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post #1 of 16
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So tax refunds are coming in and I am buying a Rasa RX240 kit for $170.

My current case will not be ideal for this kit and I may be getting as much as $300 to spend on my system from the refund.

So I may be in the market for a new case, preferably one that I could mount the radiator internally. I am already set on a couple other purchases beyond the cooling kit and would say my case budget is about $80 maximum.

Here are my preferences:
*Capable of mounting 240mm radiator internally
*Good wire management
*Five+ 5.25 bays
*Bottom mounted PSU (optional)


Thanks for the feedback, rep+ to those that give good suggestions within the preferences above....thanks!
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post #2 of 16
I have a HAF X, and I wouldn't recommend them for WCing. After a failed WC setup with my HAF X, I did some research and bought an 800D for my wced rig. Tons of slots for tubes and such.
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post #3 of 16
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Quote:
Originally Posted by avalon View Post
I have a HAF X, and I wouldn't recommend them for WCing. After a failed WC setup with my HAF X, I did some research and bought an 800D for my wced rig. Tons of slots for tubes and such.
I appreciate the thought but I said $80 max, not $270...way out of my budget.
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post #4 of 16
The CM Scout looks decent, but it's $10 more :/

But you can try the HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Tpk=HAF%20912
post #5 of 16
I don't know if there's a case out there within $80 that can mount a radiator that size internally. I do know that some of the NZXT Classic series cases can mount them externally on top for under $80. They're the Gamma, Beta EVO, and the M59. If height is a concern for you, I'd suggest finding out how tall that radiator is, because those cases are no higher than 18".

Also, if you do go that route, you might want to consider rubber screws.
 
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post #6 of 16
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I think the HAF912 might work for a top mounted internal radiator, I was also looking at the LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58W though its top mounting is 2x140mm.
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post #7 of 16
I was just going to suggest the Lian Li lancool and recommend spending the extra $20 for the one with side window. The radiator should fit with the 2 140mm mountings but you might have to drill a couple of small screw holes. Most 140mm fans have the same mounting screw layout as 120mm.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112239
    
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post #8 of 16
Proof that the NZXT Classic series cases can have a 240 radiator installed internally:

http://www.overclockers.com/forums/s...&postcount=377

He has the M59, but internally the Gamma, Beta EVO, and M59 are all the same - the EVO is a tad bit bigger, though. I don't know if your radiator is the same size or not (might want to check on that), but if so I think one of these cases will be perfect for you. The cases can be found here, they're the first three - and all of them are $50 or under.

EDIT:
Do you really mean 5+ 5.25 bays?! I read that as 3.5 haha.
Edited by TheRockMonsi - 1/24/11 at 6:54pm
 
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post #9 of 16
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At TheRockMonsi, the NZTX might work but I find it rather ugly in the front (it may grow on me though)...anyone have a guess as to the dimensions of the radiator in that pic?


At Sgilmore62, I was looking at the Lancool 58 with side panel for $70. That one has room to mount two 140mm fans as blowhole exhaust, but that is where I want my radiator...not sure if it will work.
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post #10 of 16


I'm surprised no one has mentioned this. The can fit a 240 radiator on the top and bottom of the case. Without mods. Pretty awesome huh. I'll probably be grabbing one as a temporary case till I get my Lian Li.
Edited by Blue Marker - 1/24/11 at 7:15pm
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