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Help me choose a new case!

synn21588

49 months ago

Alright, currently I've got a TT Commander G42 and the headroom for my AIO is, well, minimal. I can just BARELY fit an AIO in there, and only with one set of fans. I'd like to upgrade so that I can run push/pull on the radiator. I've been checking out different cases, and I've found a few that I like.

Must haves:

-obviously, excellent airflow for cooling, -great potential for water cooling setups, -windowed panel -effective cable management -5.25 slots for my fan controller head and optical drive

Preferred:

-Plenty of space/clearance for showcasing components and upgrading to larger/more components, such as dual GPU -I like the idea of segregating components to reduce heat inside the case and increase air flow by removing obstructions -removable dust filters

The Corsair Air540 has always garnered my attention, but I've heard people say they run out of room quickly with them. I like the design of it, but the sideways 5.25 bays make my fan controller impractical, though i suppose I could always just shut the display off.

The other day I was walking through Fry's and the Thermaltake Core x9 caught my attention and I really fell in love with it. It's huge, unnecessarily huge, almost gaudy, which I surprisingly kind of like about it. The modularity of it all is very appealing as well. But the same hugeness that I like about it, also gives me concern, speaking in terms of emptiness. The only other thing that makes me apprehensive is the fact the the motherboard lays flat. I want to showcase my system, not stare at the GPU fans all the time, and for all of it's hugeness, it seems like concealment of the wiring might be an issue. I really hate wires.

I also got a chance to check out the Corsair 760T while I was there, and it's a beautiful case. i love the full sized window panel. Seems like you can cram one hell of a system in there! But alas, it also seemed rather cookie-cutter.

Towers like the CM HAF X or CM Storm Trooper have front panels that look cheap to me, kinda like a 1989 Honda civic sporting an extra large wing and super wide body kit.

The Enthoo Pro is very sleek, simiplified, and sexy, but doesn't seem to have many fan setup options.

The new Thermaltake Core P5 is a really really neat idea, but lacks practicality.

The Thermaltake Core v71 seems like it has just about everything I'm looking for, absent a PSU cover to streamline things. I like the modularity of it, has a bazillion fan options, can support massive water cooling setups, and is clean and sleek. The Core v51 is a viable option as well for a mid size tower and seems highly cusomtizeable. I also like the Thermaltake t81.

I guess I have quite a few to consider here. So far, I'm stuck between the following:

Thermaltake: v51, v71, t81, core x9 Corsair: air540, 760t, 780t

Help!!

Lookings to spend, preferably, 100-150, but am willing to go as high as 200 for something I really like.

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

The Corsair Air540 has always garnered my attention, but I've heard people say they run out of room quickly with them. I like the design of it, but the sideways 5.25 bays make my fan controller impractical, though i suppose I could always just shut the display off.

I wouldn't use optical bays in the Air 540.

I also got a chance to check out the Corsair 760T while I was there, and it's a beautiful case. i love the full sized window panel. Seems like you can cram one hell of a system in there! But alas, it also seemed rather cookie-cutter.

the 760T is nice. same frame as the 750D and 730T. the top has a silly plastic cover instead of a dust filter and because of the curve frame in the front the bottom has one less intake fan spot than the 750D.

The Enthoo Pro is very sleek, simiplified, and sexy, but doesn't seem to have many fan setup options.

it has plenty. support for up to 9 120mm fans, 7 140mm fans, 2 200mm fans. top can hold a 420 rad or a 280 rad + 140mm fan. the cable management holes are well placed and the ample space, tie down points and velcro straps make it probably the best of all the cases you named for cable management. the one thing I hat is the side vents bypass the front filter. easily fixed, but I think companies should fix things like that.

The Thermaltake Core v71 seems like it has just about everything I'm looking for, absent a PSU cover to streamline things. I like the modularity of it, has a bazillion fan options, can support massive water cooling setups, and is clean and sleek. The Core v51 is a viable option as well for a mid size tower and seems highly cusomtizeable. I also like the Thermaltake t81.

the V71 is nice, but I'd get the Enthoo Luxe, 750D, 760T or Phantom 630 over it (and the T81 bleh). the V51 is nice and damn good for the price. don't let it's classification fool you, the case is physically a bit taller than the Enthoo pro and the same on the other dimensions.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't even realize it at first, but I can simply flip the Air540 onto it's side and that solves the problem of sideways optical bays. Lol. Actually have been reading up on all of these cases and I really, really like the Air540. I'd like to get into case modding and custom water cooling and this case just seems to have so much potential in that regard

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

yes, that is a good idea. I forgot as well the case sits nicely on it's side.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

After reviewing all the cases I mentioned, I think i'll go for the Air540. I'm just so over the traditional tower. If the Core x9 had the motherboard set traditionally, I think I'd opt for it over the 540, but I really don't feel that case has much in the way of customization, save the modularity of it. I'll be placing an order for the 540 tonight :D

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ended up removing the optical bay and installing the NZXT in it's place

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