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Cosmos S
ATCS 840
HAF 932
HAF X

Which of the above will be better for air cooling now and water cooling 3 - 4 months down the line? Any other suggestions? Really would like exclude the HAF series if there is something better - side window an added bonus but not necessary.
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post #2 of 11
The HAF cases would likely be better for sheer airflow but I have an ATCS 840 and it does rather well.

I'd recommend the ATCS 840 for an air cooling/water cooling case. Lots of room to work with, good airflow, stylish looks. You can't lose.
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post #3 of 11
HAF X for pure air cooling and they will all take a triple rad.

The ATCS 840 has pretty crappy GPU temps given the front fan being interfered with by the hdd cages. The HAF X has a 200mm door fan that resolves that (amongst other things).


The Cosmos S also has a door fan and 1 small fan up front to cool the hard drives.
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post #4 of 11
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Darn it....I knew you guys are gonna go for the HAF X. Guess I need to welcome that ugly duckling to my home. Wish the silverstone guys were a bit smarter....
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post #5 of 11
I don't think that's a fair assessment of the ATCS 840's GPU cooling.

Not only can you add a 120mm fan to the bottom to bring in fresh air but you can put two 120mm fans on the H.D racks to help guide in fresh air. Not to mention the GPU Duct you can add to the back.

You don't have to settle for the HAF X (in terms of aesthetics) if you don't want to.
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post #6 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Siegfried262 View Post
You don't have to settle for the HAF X (in terms of aesthetics) if you don't want to.
I am really struggling to find a case with good air-flow that can compete with it and yet allow me to water cool easily later on. Cases are either great for air cool or great for water - but not both at the same time. From all the readings, it seems HAF X is the only that can come closest to both.
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post #7 of 11
The airflow might not be quite where the HAF X is but the airflow of the ATCS 840 loaded with fans is nothing to laugh at.

Not to mention you can fit a 360 rad up top and a 240 rad at the H.D Racks.
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post #8 of 11
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Thank you Sigfried262. Ultimately, I am going water cooled. So air cool is something to get me by till then. I will definitely consider that case.

How does the NZXT Phantom fares compared to the HAF X or the ATCS 840?
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post #9 of 11
But of course. Hell, I'm getting a Define R3 at the end of the month and I could give you a good deal on my ATCS 840 which comes fully loaded with nice fans . Just an offer though, if you might be interested in the near future.

By specs though the Nzxt Phantom looks like it'd cool pretty well if you populated it's fan slots. Unique aesthetics as well.
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post #10 of 11
Haf X is ugly. Atcs is just so classy an lots of spcae, removabel mobo tray, rear gpu duct lots of places for optional fans not to mention the included 3 230mm fans an one 120mm.

also it looks classy. Unbelivably classy.
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