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I searched and couldn't find a topic related to the question so I posted, * I apologize if there is one*

I just had my first taste of watercooling 4 days ago, and now I cant stop looking at webshops for watercooling parts, fittings, tubings, rads... I'm starting to get obssesed, I know the setup I have is not 'pro' enough, but with time i think i can make it happen..

But looking at my setup, I've started wondering, what can I improve... then it hit me.. my case is too cramped.. and I mean cramped! I know FT02's are built for air cooling, but i tried to break the chain and make FT02 a bit watercooling friendly as you can see from the picture below

** I'm just witing for my 2nd waterblock hence im not running in xfire at the moment



So yeh, I came to the conclusion that in order for me to further improve my watercooling 'soon to be hobby', I need a watercooling friendly case... I would like the community's opinion about this.

budget will be £500-£550 no more than that, just so you know I live in UK, some people will suggest mountain mods im sure, I'll admit, they look fantastic, but I cant really see myself using a mountain mod case...

Creating my own case is out of the question, I'm not that creative, buying other parts like CPU/mobo/whatever is out of the question as well, i have extra money for that and i'm waiting for BD ^_^


Thanks guys ^_^ This community has really helped me a lot, I built my first computer because of OCN, built my first WC because of OCN, almost all computer hardware building whatever knowledge I have came from OCN ^_^ **see mum? the internet is not the devil!**
Edited by MorbEIn - 2/27/11 at 11:02am
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post #2 of 25
700/800d, probably the most reasonable case without going to a mountainmods over the top style.
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One of these should serve you well:http://www.overclock.net/cases/86987...c-case-ld.html

It definitely has plenty of room for watercooling

A Case Labs case would be great too, and all OCN members get a 15% discount at the moment: http://www.overclock.net/case-labs/9...-shipping.html

Everyone's going to tell you 700/800d and TJ07 (which are both fantastic cases), but I thought I'd list a couple out of the ordinary cases.
Edited by HobieCat - 2/27/11 at 11:09am
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post #4 of 25
800d or TJ07. Mountain mods and a few other places make the big cube cases, but they may be hard for you to get over there and may be out of your budget.
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post #5 of 25
Corsair 800D or 700D (the same case with no window and - the swapable drive bays)

TJ07

These would be my choices and well under £500

Also worth checking out if you dont want to mod the TJ07

http://www.chilledpc.co.uk/shop/inde...464dec9f584578

Powder coating available too
Edited by Riskitall84 - 2/27/11 at 11:15am
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Oh btw, I forgot to mention, I have the chance to get myself a TJ11, but this community knows better, so yeh ^_^
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Originally Posted by PulkPull View Post
800d or TJ07. Mountain mods and a few other places make the big cube cases, but they may be hard for you to get over there and may be out of your budget.
sending a MM case from US to EU.. the customs itself will seriously exceed my budget...
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post #8 of 25
700D or the Mountain Mods Pinnacle 18 or 24 - CYO
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Corsair 800D IMO. Big, simple yet elegant case. Perfect for watercooling.
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mountain mods
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