Originally Posted by barrpet
No its really not the ideal case for water cooling. I looked at all the options and observed a few things.
Mounting a top 360 chews up the top 5.25 bay.
There is only 3in between the top of the case and the top of the mobo. A 120.x rad fits up top, even in push pull, but it hangs down in front of the mobo and gets quite close to touching it. In my experience I doubt a 140.x will fit up top with fans pushing, and some thicker ones probably wont fit at all.
Two internal 360's is out of the question without serious modding/creativity.
A 140 will fit on the rear exhaust port with no modding.
A 120 will fit between the psu and hdd cage with no/minimal modding.
A 240 can fit standing up next to the HDD cage with modding.
It's just really not a great case to water cool. I'm thinking about doing a mini work log/guide for it because a lot of people seem to have it and no one can figure out how to get decent rad internally.
It definitely isn't a huge improvement over the 932 in terms of water coolability.
I would have to agree with that, being an ex-tool and die maker and engineer. This is my first foray in WC'ing. I bought this case without enough investigation and the design sucks for WC'ing. It is quite obvious that nobody that worked on this porject at Cooler Master has ever watercooled. It would be sooo simple to design an effective case. This was a disappointing purchase for me.
I ended up with a 360 inside the case at the top, push fans in the top and pull fans on the bottom of the 360. I also stood up a 240 like you said between the drive cages and the mobo. Lastly, I hung a 120 on the back, even though I wanted to stay stealth.
For improvements, the case needs more space between the plastic top and metal top (under it) for a 360 AND fans. It also needs more space between the metal top and the mobo for a second set of fans for the top 360. Lastly, it needs to be deeper to accommodate the standing 240 better.
Also, the top mounts for a 360 are way to flimsy and the casters are a joke.
From a support perspective, the USB 3.0 front panel requiring routing the cables to the back of the box and using external USB connectors is sad and the keep saying the new "internal" cables that hook up to the mobo have been "in process" forever.
Lastly, no stock on the hot swap tray is annoying.
JohnEdited by jcrouse - 2/18/11 at 10:46pm