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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-18-2018, 04:48 AM - Thread Starter
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Choosing the big-tower for a wced machine (LianLi, Corsair, Phantex)

Now, it might seem strange, but what would you choose for a super-silent, water-cooled machine? Why?

Lian-Li PC-V3000WX
Corsair Obsidian 1000D
Phanteks Enthoo Elite

Lian-Li is alu but narrow, Obsidian is steel, but spacious, Elite is... expensive and nice I guess?

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Lian Li v3000WX. It's spacious, supports enough radiators to cool just about anything, and its light weight. Not to mention it's the best looking out of the 3 unless you want RGB everywhere and the 1000D would be your best bet. It is a HUGE case though. I've seen them in person and it's way too big for me. The Elite is just too expensive as you can get more for less.

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Quote: Originally Posted by toncij View Post
Now, it might seem strange, but what would you choose for a super-silent, water-cooled machine? Why?

Lian-Li PC-V3000WX
Corsair Obsidian 1000D
Phanteks Enthoo Elite

Lian-Li is alu but narrow, Obsidian is steel, but spacious, Elite is... expensive and nice I guess?
Raijintek Enyo? https://www.raijintek.com/en/product...?ProductID=101
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Lian Li v3000WX. It's spacious, supports enough radiators to cool just about anything, and its light weight. Not to mention it's the best looking out of the 3 unless you want RGB everywhere and the 1000D would be your best bet. It is a HUGE case though. I've seen them in person and it's way too big for me. The Elite is just too expensive as you can get more for less.
This is something that would host a workstation at the floor and it's a plus to be high up. Also, as many radiators as I can cram in is good, but Lian-Li is something you can actually handle, since at least the case itself is lighter. Obsidian is a bit heavy to ever lift up for maintenance. Then, well, it has more rad space and probably better airflow.

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Hmm, interesting. Very...

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If you can find one of CaseLab's sma8s on Ebay I would go with that. It's literally a perfect case. The Wayback Machine likely has the customization page archived if you're not sure which features you would prefer. Might be a pretty penny, now. But, on the plus side those cases can last for a good ten plus years.

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This is something that would host a workstation at the floor and it's a plus to be high up. Also, as many radiators as I can cram in is good, but Lian-Li is something you can actually handle, since at least the case itself is lighter. Obsidian is a bit heavy to ever lift up for maintenance. Then, well, it has more rad space and probably better airflow.
I would go Lian Li all the way, i am very happy with mine
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I would go Lian Li all the way, i am very happy with mine
How many rads and config? How low can you keep your fans?

Interesting!"

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I know it is not on your original list, but may I suggest the Littledevil PC-V7. FrozenCPU is trying to clear out their inventory, they have new ones for $150. Quite a deal when they normally cost 500 bucks straight from LD. I have been very happy with mine. In the timeframe of 2010 or some LD was considered a rival of Caselabs so that gives you an idea of the build quality. They can fit a 240+360 rad or a 280+420 rad. Airflow is excellent. Not as large as the V3000WX but the layout is just right so it can fit a ton of hardware.

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Well since everyone makes their personal suggestion I may as well add mine.

I would go with an external Radiator and in particular the MO-RA3 420 Pro Stainless Steel Edition + Acrylic Feet + Stainless Steel Rombus Grills. It is much nicer in person than on the image and great quality and clean inside. Yet you need to put some work down to make the connection with your PC pretty and easily detachable for maintenance (I am still working on mine) but it can be done.

This way you can forget all the trouble of achieving proper airflow with any case. It can't get more efficient than this with any case that has panels "constipating" airflow at the front and then 3-4 radiators competing with each other with various air streams cross-flowing and creating turbulence. Then choose whatever case you like and without radiators enjoy the ample space to do whatever your want with it & achieve great airflow and all with the lowest possible fans speeds (and dust).

Now this is not for everyone and I know most people hate external rads but if you think about it and all of the advantages it can grow on you. I am not going back to internal rads again for big builds.
If you have the space and the mood to work on it in order to make it pretty, consider it. It is working great for me and my PC is the most silent PC I ever had (sig system).

Now when I am done modding my Cosmos 2 (need custom paint job + nickel plating) and I am ready to move on I would wish for a successor to the Enthoo Elite with the same design (exterior) as the Evolv-X at the front and perhaps some more curves/angles to spice it up...but then again I don't like "boxy" utilitarian looks and that is why I never bought a Lia-Li or Caselabd and never would - too boxy for my taste but great cases nonetheless.

Appearance is a personal matter and you are the one that will stare at you box everyday.


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Here is my MO-RA3 420. I am designing some parts (stainless steel/plexi) that will conceal all the tubes and wires on the side of the radiator and will also change all the tubing to black EPDM covered with stainless steel springs. I will also install a second ball valve so that I can easily disconnect it without draining it. I can do so now by holding the tubes up - no spillage worth worrying about.
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