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    I have decided its time to change my case, I currently have a 650D and require something larger. Must be full tower in black with enough room for my H100i with push/pull fans and sli GTX780's. To be honest I would love to try proper wc but I do not have the time nor the expertise to try it. I was thinking the 900D, does any one else have any suggestions.
    Corsair 900D, Superflower 1200watt Platinum PSU, ASUS Z97 Ranger MB , Intel 4790K, EVGA GTX 1080 FTW, Corsair H100i, 16gig Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400mhz, Samsung 850 (500gig), WD 2tb, Pioneer 206DBK BluRay writer, Windows 10, Dell 2715U.

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    Air 540 - lots of space, nice looking, side window and plenty of WC options if you ever decide to go down that route
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    • #3
      If you don't have the time nor expertise to go full wc, then don't buy a wc case like the 900D. It's got inferior airflow through the main compartment compared to other air cooling cases as it's designed to have the heat removed by radiators at specific mounting points.

      I was in a similar predicament to you and changed from the 800D to the NZXT Phantom 820. It's primarily an air cooling case and tested excellently but you can also fit a 120x360 rad in the top, a 140mm rad at the rear, a 200mm rad in the front and a 140x280mm in the bottom - should I ever decide to wc my setup. I purchased the windowed side panel off the Switch 810 and did away with the gpu side fan. I'm very happy with it and it'll have to be a pretty special case to make me change now.
      Last edited by Bing; 19-01-14, 19:17.

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      • #4
        You may not have the expertise but we all start somewhere. There are plenty of us on here who can help you.

        Also, agreed with the above. Do NOT get a 900D if you want to use air cooling. It's dire for that as it was specifically designed for water cooled builds.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bing View Post
          If you don't have the time nor expertise to go full wc, then don't buy a wc case like the 900D. It's got inferior airflow through the main compartment compared to other air cooling cases as it's designed to have the heat removed by radiators at specific mounting points.

          I was in a similar predicament to you and changed from the 800D to the NZXT Phantom 820. It's primarily an air cooling case and tested excellently but you can also fit a 120x360 rad in the top, a 140mm rad at the rear, a 200mm rad in the front and a 140x280mm in the bottom - should I ever decide to wc my setup. I purchased the windowed side panel off the Source 210 and did away with the gpu side fan. I'm very happy with it and it'll have to be a pretty special case to make me change now.
          What about the NZXT 810?
          Corsair 900D, Superflower 1200watt Platinum PSU, ASUS Z97 Ranger MB , Intel 4790K, EVGA GTX 1080 FTW, Corsair H100i, 16gig Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400mhz, Samsung 850 (500gig), WD 2tb, Pioneer 206DBK BluRay writer, Windows 10, Dell 2715U.

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          • #6
            What about it? The Switch 810 and Phantom 820 share a common chassis with only the outer plastics and a couple of minor configuration differences between them.

            I opted for the Phantom because of the extra features like the fan controller and RGB lighting; however, bought a windowed side panel of a Switch 810 to get that clean side look and it actually improved gpu cooling performance as there wasn't a loss of pressure from the side of the chassis.

            There's no doubt that the 810 is a cleaner looking case, especially with the louvres on the top but the features of the 820 swung me that way. They perform very similarly in stock form, with the 810 actually being better at gpu cooling and slightly worse in the cpu area. You can easily reconfigure them though and set them up however you see fit. That's the beauty of these two cases, the options are vast.
            Last edited by Bing; 19-01-14, 19:26.

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            • #7
              I've got a HAF Stacker 935 + 915F sitting in my front room atm, it's (they're) biblical

              there's so much scope for just everything, if you can live with the shear size it's gotta be a recommendation
              Last edited by niceguyrichy; 20-01-14, 08:40.

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