Originally Posted by Baasha
Originally Posted by XNine
A couple of questions:
How many 140mm rads and what size (total per rad) do you plan on having, not just now but let's say within the next 3 years?
What would you prefer layout wise, double or single wide?
How many power supplies do you see yourself using now or in the future?
What kind of room do you have for a case (on or off of a desk)?
I think knowing some of the larger, space taking hardware you plan on using is the first step to finding a solution that will work, not just for now, But for future builds in the same case. The biggest thing you want to avoid is not being happy with what you buy. Having to compromise almost always ends up in disappointment (I've been there a few times myself), so let's try and figure out what will work.
Additionally, do you plan on using things like fan controllers, HDDs, optical drives? This would help us narrow down the options.
I plan on having only my CPU water-cooled - with an AIO cooler. Right now, I'm using the Kraken X60 but will upgrade if something better comes along.
Everything else in my system is air-cooled and will be so for the foreseeable future.
I am unsure about layout - I'm torn between the TH10A (especially since it was recently upgraded/updated), M10, or the SMH10. At this point, common sense tells me I should go with the SMH10 w/ the 85mm extension on top (so that I can run 4 140mm fans on my radiator for Push/Pull).
I definitely plan on using 2 PSUs for now - I want to have that option.
My computer is actually in another room - I enjoy quiet and silent gaming/computing in my main room with my display setup. I will be getting the Caster Kit and keeping the PC on the ground - I have plenty of space for the rig.
I have 2 Lamptron fan controllers now - so yes, I will be using 2 fan controllers, and one Blu-Ray Burner - these are the 5.25" bays that I am using currently and plan to for the new build.
I do have 10 SSDs, and 1 HDD (would like to add another later). I want to get Flex-Bays (ventilated) for all the drives etc. Someone else on the forum mentioned that the SSD adapter would enable me to fit 2 SSDs per adapter and 4 adapters per Flex-Bay. Is this correct? That means, my 8x SSD array can fit on one Flex Bay and I can use another Flex Bay for the remaining 2 SSDs and a couple of "regular" HDDs right?
I have a ton of really good 120mm fans - 3 Delta 120mm (5000 RPM) and several Scythe Ultra Kaze (3000 RPM).
I want to have the best air-flow in my case since I'm running 4x GTX-Titan Black SC on air so may be 3 120mm Ultra Kaze on the bottom blowing up towards the GPUs (?) and the 3 Deltas on the front sucking air in(?). Then I can mount 4 140mm Noctua fans on the Kraken X60 radiator and some other fan on the back of the case (should this one blow air out or suck it in?).
Please see my build/benchmark thread here for more info on my rig currently - I'm going to be using everything in that build except the case (doh).The Uber Rig
Given these things, which case do you suggest? The M10 might be too compact (not enough air flow?) so I guess either the TH10A or the SMH10 (may be STH10?).
EDIT: I used to run the Mountain Mods Ascension CYO when I ran 4x GTX-580 Classified w/ 2 PSUs.
That's a hell of a lot of SSDs, lol. Additionally, if anyone ever tells you that the Scythe Ultra Kaze's are bad fans, tell them they're insane. Most of my builds for the last 4 years have had those and they're awesome, especially considering I got a boat load of them for 7 bucks each! Always wanted a Mountain Mod Ascension. It's 1 of 3 or 4 cases I've never had that I wanted.
Well, factoring all of this in, I would honestly say that your best bet is probably the STH10. It will support your kraken rad up top or in the bottom (you can order it in reverse ATX so that the Kraken Rad goes in the lower chamber. Conversely, if you purchased the SMH10 in REverse ATX, the Kraken radiator can be mounted in the bottom since the bottom will support 140 fans.
For SSDs, you would need the MAC 102 and MAC 124 accessories. Each MAC 102 will allow for mounting of 4 MAC 124 (2 SSDs each), so yes, 8 total SSDs in this configuration. So you would need to order 1 MAC 102 and 1 MAC 124. Both cases will allow mounting of 4 SSDs and 2 HDDs without any kind of adapter, as well as 2 PSUs.
So, in my opinion I think the STH10 would be the better choice, but the SMH10 is a great option as well for what you're trying to go for.