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post #1 of 9
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Hey guys, I need a little help. Can you recommend a case that meets these few requirements:
  • Has at least 4 5.25" external bays
  • Has pre-drilled holes by I/O panel for water cooling tube outlet (see attached picture)
  • Bottom mounted PSU
  • Tall enough for SLI where the bottom card is not too close to the PSU
I really like the Thermaltake V4 Black Edition because it's fully painted on the inside and it meets just about all of these requirements, except that it's a mid tower so if I run SLI my bottom card would be closer to the PSU than I want.

What do you suggest?
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post #2 of 9
Corsair 800D leaps to mind. What's your budget?
     
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post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
I forgot to mention my budget... That corsair is a little too high. I'm about to invest in a WC loop and dont really have that much extra cast. The price point of Thermaltake V4 is great, it's only $50 on Newegg. Looking to stay at or under $100.
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Thread Starter 
Although I can't disagree with you about the 800D. Corsair makes very good stuff.
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post #5 of 9
To get extra space for your lower SLI card, you'll probably want to look at a full tower, and there aren't too many full towers <$100. Here are all the ones on newegg. I don't know enough about any of them to recommend them. Another thing you could consider is looking at a mid-tower with a separate PSU compartment, like the Antec P183 or P193. Both are more than you want to spend, but I picked up a P183 for $90 after rebate so you might get lucky. Good hunting!
     
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Corsair Force GT 120GB + Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Samsung Blu-Ray Water Win7 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
32" 1080p LG TV Logitech K800 Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Modular NZXT Switch 810 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G700 Steelseries QcK Mini Onboard + Klipsch Promedia 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 64 X2 5050e ASUS M3N78-VM GeForce 8200 (onboard) 2x2GB Corsair DDR2 800 
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post #6 of 9
NZXT Whisper.
Its freakin massive, has 7 external 5.25 bays, 9 HDD bays (both 3.5" and 2.5" compatible) and the PSU is seperate from the motherboard area.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...NZXT%20Whisper

They've changed a few things, compared to the cases in the reviews you find. Notably, a 140mm front fan, modified PSU mounting and larger water tube holes in the rear.
Edited by Dirtyworks - 12/27/10 at 5:29pm
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post #7 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by shapiror06 View Post
Although I can't disagree with you about the 800D. Corsair makes very good stuff.
how about Lian Li Lancool?I saw it in high reviews and my friend recommended it.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Dirtyworks View Post
NZXT Whisper.
Its freakin massive, has 7 external 5.25 bays, 9 HDD bays (both 3.5" and 2.5" compatible) and the PSU is seperate from the motherboard area.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...NZXT%20Whisper

They've changed a few things, compared to the cases in the reviews you find. Notably, a 140mm front fan, modified PSU mounting and larger water tube holes in the rear.
Thanks for the suggestion, I really like this one. Too bad newegg has $25 shipping on it right now :/

EDIT: Amazon has it $109 free shipping!
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post #9 of 9
look at the forsale section on the forums, you might be able to score a HAF 932
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