Originally Posted by Brimlock
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):