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Looking for a new case.

I am currently using an EVGA-DG86 computer case for my gaming setup. I got it when they released, and while its served its purpose well, I've been thinking about replacing it.

I've had some minor issues with this case, that have really been making me dislike it the longer I have it. Its been with me through about 2 different iterations. And both of the motherboards cannot use their IO panels because the frame just does not line up. The side panel latch does not work, I have to break the handle off the latch every time I need access to the back side of the motherboard and push the latch down with a screw driver. I'm not sure why it doesn't work with the handle. And other minor things. Its also just overly big compared to other towers in its weight class. My previous case being a CM Stormtrooper, was a great case and I had hoped this would surpass it.

Anyway, as for a new case. I'm looking for something to do water cooling in. I'm heavily considering doing hard tubing water cooling. I want to be able to show it off with some RBG lighting in it. And most importantly, it needs to be able to support up to 3 HDDs and 1 SSD and ATX form MB.

This is obviously meant to be more of a form update to my build, rather than a function.

I'm planning to do this for my next new full computer build, but I don't want to break the bank on a computer case.

Because of the bays I need for storage I'm guessing I'll likely need to keep to full tower, but I would like to be able to move it to my desk so a mid tower would be acceptable if I can find one.

TL;DR I need a computer case that can fit 3x3.5"bays, 1x2.5" bay, ATX MB, and room for a pump/reservoir and radiator.

I've looked at many cases already, but I need help figuring out what to choose, any suggestions welcome.
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I am currently using an EVGA-DG86 computer case for my gaming setup. I got it when they released, and while its served its purpose well, I've been thinking about replacing it.

I've had some minor issues with this case, that have really been making me dislike it the longer I have it. Its been with me through about 2 different iterations. And both of the motherboards cannot use their IO panels because the frame just does not line up. The side panel latch does not work, I have to break the handle off the latch every time I need access to the back side of the motherboard and push the latch down with a screw driver. I'm not sure why it doesn't work with the handle. And other minor things. Its also just overly big compared to other towers in its weight class. My previous case being a CM Stormtrooper, was a great case and I had hoped this would surpass it.

Anyway, as for a new case. I'm looking for something to do water cooling in. I'm heavily considering doing hard tubing water cooling. I want to be able to show it off with some RBG lighting in it. And most importantly, it needs to be able to support up to 3 HDDs and 1 SSD and ATX form MB.

This is obviously meant to be more of a form update to my build, rather than a function.

I'm planning to do this for my next new full computer build, but I don't want to break the bank on a computer case.

Because of the bays I need for storage I'm guessing I'll likely need to keep to full tower, but I would like to be able to move it to my desk so a mid tower would be acceptable if I can find one.

TL;DR I need a computer case that can fit 3x3.5"bays, 1x2.5" bay, ATX MB, and room for a pump/reservoir and radiator.

I've looked at many cases already, but I need help figuring out what to choose, any suggestions welcome.
Well since no one else has chimed in yet, Figured I would through in my Favorite Case, I do so many of my builds in this case, because it is so versatile, and checks all the boxes for you.

This is the Fractal Design R6. This baby is amazing to build in, and will house a lot of Hardware. If you want to open the front up to give you more room for Water Cooling you have to get creative to add the 3rd HDD, but you have the space Below to do it. If you want to keep the Hard Drive Bays in, then you have plenty of room for all of your Drives and SSD's, but then the Issue becomes Res and Pump Space, but I Over Came this Pretty Easily, so you definitely could to.

Here is my most recent Build in it, in the Open Layout.






Keep In mind in this configuration it natively supports 2 3.5" HDD's, and 4 2.5" SSD's, but You Can get creative and Fit your 3rd HDD, by Mounting it where I have My Pump Mounted on the Bottom of the Case, and then instead Mount your Pump/Res to the Front Fans. Also, 2 of the Native available SSD Mount Positions are in the front on top of the PSU Shroud, so if you wanted to Vertically Mount your Graphics card Like I did, then you would only have 2 Places to Natively Mount your SSD's. Also keep in mind to Mount 4 SSD's You would need to buy 2 Extra SSD Sleds, as the case only comes with 2. But of course if you decide to go with the Hard Drive Cage Mounts Installed Config, then you have more than enough space to Mount HDD's and SSDs.

Here is some more Pix of the Case (Keep In mind these are Pix of the Solid Side Panel Version, there is a Tempered Glass Side Panel Version that is not much more, this is just the Pics I already had uploaded):
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Looks interesting. It looks like there's a ton of additional space for more drives, I would just need an additional sled than whats provided. I haven't done a water cooled build before, how would additional drives effect my ability to install a reservoir/pump?
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+1 for the Define R6 or Meshify S2, they're the same case with the same tooling except the Meshify S2 has a mesh front instead of a solid panel.

you can fit three 3.5 hard drives and 2 2.5" behind the back side panel without taking any space from your reservoir/pump. you can mount two 2.5" on top of the PSU shroud under the GPU too.


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Quote: Originally Posted by Brimlock View Post
Looks interesting. It looks like there's a ton of additional space for more drives, I would just need an additional sled than whats provided. I haven't done a water cooled build before, how would additional drives effect my ability to install a reservoir/pump?
Yeah this case is awesome. So, according to your original post you need 3 HDD's and 1 SSD to fit. In the cases stalk configuration, it gives you 2 SSD Trays, and 6 HDD Trays, giving you more then enough Sleds for all of your Drives.

Then if you install all 3 of your drives starting at the 3rd from bottom slot, that gives you plenty of room to mount a Pump/Res Combo on an HDD Tray just above the 3rd Drive. The only issue with this Method is that the Pump/Res won't be visible from the side glass window, but otherwise would work perfectly for you, and leave enough room for you underneath the drives to cable manage and stuff cables and stuff. So In this case having the additional drives on top of the 3 HDD's and 1 SSD that you spoke about would only limit the size of your Pump/Res combo, if you had 5 Hdd Sleds being used for instance then you would BARELY have enough room to fit a EKWB 140 DDC/D5, but you could still.

Anyways, good luck, let me know if you have any specific questions.

And the Pook Recommendation for the Meshify is also a good choice. That case is actually a bit smaller then the R6, but they give you plenty of room for your 3 HDD's and still enough to do some Water Cooling, and the build experience is also a dream to build in. So Take a look at your options, but for the Size and Price, its hard to argue with what the R6 has to offer.

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What about the S2 vision blackout tempered glass? Its basically the same case. I know they have an RGB version, but they charge quite a premium for the RGB fans and the controller, which Gamers Nexus reported that the controller itself is a sad choice for the price.

Would it cost me less to get the blackout and fit it with my own LED fans? Does the tempered glass in the blackout darken the LEDs too much? (Note: I don't currently own any LED fans) I'm not sure if the glass is any darker than other tinted glass cases.
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it's just tinted, it's not impossible to see through even without LEDs.

there's a Fractal Design thread here on OCN if you haven't already checked it out yet.

https://www.overclock.net/forum/161-...case-club.html

there's a Fractal Design rep that pops his head in the thread fairly frequently too

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Fractal have a lot of cases that will happily accept bulky cooling solutions, plus they are really good quality as well. The Define series are aimed at silent computing, Meshify is for superior airflow and Vector is for the silly folks who demand attention (honestly, I'm not sure who they are made for).
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The Phanteks Enthoo 719 is pretty flexible as far as drive options and liquid cooling support goes. Considering you have a DG-86, you're already used to having a massive case.

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I know the DG-86 is so big. Honestly I thought I'd love having such a huge case, but at this point I think its just obnoxious. I really liked the ability to read my internal PC temps on the side of the case though.
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