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I want to try my first watercooling build for AMD Bulldozer when it comes out, I only really want a cpu loop, adding gpu's to the loop just seems harder and more expensive. I'm having trouble deciding if it would be good to have a rad mounted to the back of a case or inside for temperature reasons and i'm not sure which case to get. I love the 800D but its just way to much for me so what cases do you guys think would be best fitted for price and watercooling space?
post #2 of 6
If you're looking for budget and you're planning on a CPU-only loop, why not go for a Nzxt Gamma?

It's not the prettiest case but it's cheap, very functional for it's price point, has lots of cooling options, and can support a 240mm radiator up top.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146061

Or if you want something a little nicer you could go with the CM 690 II Advanced even. Great cable management, great cooling, tool-less design, reasonably priced, stylish looks, and it can support a 240mm radiator up top and I believe a 240mm radiator on the bottom.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119216
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Originally Posted by Siegfried262 View Post
If you're looking for budget and you're planning on a CPU-only loop, why not go for a Nzxt Gamma?

It's not the prettiest case but it's cheap, very functional for it's price point, has lots of cooling options, and can support a 240mm radiator up top.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146061

Or if you want something a little nicer you could go with the CM 690 II Advanced even. Great cable management, great cooling, tool-less design, reasonably priced, stylish looks, and it can support a 240mm radiator up top and I believe a 240mm radiator on the bottom.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119216
Those cases look good but I was thinking more towards a full tower case, I know it costs more but I don't want space to be that big of an issue.
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For a 360 rad the HAF 932 would probably be the cheapest
    
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700D goes on sale for $140 AR a bunch keep your eyes open.
    
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Ah, in that case I'd recommend the Coolermaster ATCS 840.

Reserved looks, good airflow, tons of room, good cable management, aluminum construction, plus it can fit a 360mm radiator up top and a 240mm at the front by the H.D Cage.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ter-_-11119187

You can find it cheaper online but Newegg is a good reference point. If you were so inclined I'd even consider selling mine for a good price over retail with oodles of fans. Merely an offer
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