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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-29-2018, 10:22 AM - Thread Starter
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Looking for water cooling case recommendations

I'm looking for an atx mid-tower that can fit a hx850 platinum, two 360mm slim radiators or rough equivalent, e.g. 240 and 360, 280 and 360, 2x240 and 280, 2x280, etc and a watercool heatkiller tube 150 d5 comfortably. I currently have a ryzen 2600 with a strix x470-f and a 1080ti fe.

I like elegant-looking cases and I want it to have a tempered glass side window and a psu shroud. Ideally it won't cost as much as a caselabs case and won't be too big either. No super towers please. I'm ok with waiting for cases that will come out by the end of the year.

Currently I own a fractal design r6 but the ram compatibility is just a little off and I don't want to have to mutilate a fan to fit the top 360mm rad.

Here's what I've looked at so far.

Lian Li PC-011: considering
Lian Li Lancool One: considering
Phanteks Evolv X: considering
Caselabs anything: no (either too big or no tempered glass)
Thermaltake anything: iffy

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I think the PC-O11 and Evolv X are good shouts. The Air variant of the PC-O11 also looks interesting. I assume it's the Dynamic version you've seen... that's definitely preferable over the original PC-O11. I think that would be my own personal choice, although I'm intrigued to see how the Air performs when it's released... I prefer the look of the Dynamic though, and it's very competitively priced. It is made of steel though, not aluminium, which is what has always made Lian-Li cases so expensive in the past.

The Corsair Obsidian 500D might be worth a look also, quite smart looking, although Corsair have (yet again) made some odd design decisions with the PSU shroud which I am not a fan of.

If you were OK with something a bit more plain, the Define R6 is a very good performer, or if you wanted something more compact there is the Fractal Define Meshify C. Space is a bit limited up top, but you can fit a 280mm rad up there providing you don't have RAM/heatsinks over 40mm in height.

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I think the PC-O11 and Evolv X are good shouts. The Air variant of the PC-O11 also looks interesting. I assume it's the Dynamic version you've seen... that's definitely preferable over the original PC-O11. I think that would be my own personal choice, although I'm intrigued to see how the Air performs when it's released... I prefer the look of the Dynamic though, and it's very competitively priced. It is made of steel though, not aluminium, which is what has always made Lian-Li cases so expensive in the past.
I'm looking at both, though everyone and their mother has a dynamic since it's so good hehe.

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I think the PC-O11 and Evolv X are good shouts. The Air variant of the PC-O11 also looks interesting. I assume it's the Dynamic version you've seen... that's definitely preferable over the original PC-O11. I think that would be my own personal choice, although I'm intrigued to see how the Air performs when it's released... I prefer the look of the Dynamic though, and it's very competitively priced. It is made of steel though, not aluminium, which is what has always made Lian-Li cases so expensive in the past.

The Corsair Obsidian 500D might be worth a look also, quite smart looking, although Corsair have (yet again) made some odd design decisions with the PSU shroud which I am not a fan of.
What annoys me about that case is how they restricted top rad compatability to 280/240 even though you can get a 360 up there logically speaking.

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If you were OK with something a bit more plain, the Define R6 is a very good performer, or if you wanted something more compact there is the Fractal Define Meshify C. Space is a bit limited up top, but you can fit a 280mm rad up there providing you don't have RAM/heatsinks over 40mm in height.
I have an r6 currently, my ram's too tall which is why I'm looking for another case.
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I have an r6 currently, my ram's too tall which is why I'm looking for another case.
You can fit 2 360mm radiators in the R6 without tall ram being an issue tho. There are a bunch of examples of it without modding.
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You can fit 2 360mm radiators in the R6 without tall ram being an issue tho. There are a bunch of examples of it without modding.
Yes I'm aware and with my specific parts it doesn't fit. I've tried with the 360mm radiator on the top in both configurations available. Maybe the strix x470-f has the ram slots slightly higher than on my old z270 gaming pro carbon because it used to just barely fit.

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What about NZXT cases? they make some pretty nice mid tower ones

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What about NZXT cases? they make some pretty nice mid tower ones
If they come out with a H700 I'll be interested
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Bit more info on the Air... great price!

https://www.techpowerup.com/245764/l...11-air-chassis

For cooling and looks, not sure this can be beat. Dynamic arguably looks a bit more expensive and high end, but I can't see the Air not offering better cooling.

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Bit more info on the Air... great price!

https://www.techpowerup.com/245764/l...11-air-chassis

For cooling and looks, not sure this can be beat. Dynamic arguably looks a bit more expensive and high end, but I can't see the Air not offering better cooling.
Ooo yes the air, looks a bit more subdued than the dynamic does. Can't help but wonder how a distribution plate would look attached to the front...
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