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The New Case Dillema


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So, a while ago after my 5950X upgrade, i quite quickly noticed my temps were toasty. not worry toast but not where id like.

 

67-75C while loaded depending on game being played, with my fans cranked to max on all rads (only a 240 front intake and 120 push/pull exhaust out the back installed)

 

i started thinking to myself : i need a bigger case, to at least fit my second brand new 240 rad in (brand new EK rad still in the box) and get some more cooling performance.

 

current case is a butchered NZXT H210i (when i say butchered i so casually "removed" the rear fan grill honeycomb with a grinder and filed it to allow better radiator airflow)

 

id like something i can at LEAST fit my 2x 240s in (am open to buying a 360 or 2 if needed), still looks good, and maybe a vertical GPU mount because i want to cover empty space and not buy a new MB ( running on ITX) as im sure most of the recommended cases will be M-ATX or larger.

 

please leave your thoughts below, id like it to look decent, as it will be ontop of my desk next to the monitor. i have no current floor space avaliable. ill attach a current setup photo for reference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, PCSarge said:

So, a while ago after my 5950X upgrade, i quite quickly noticed my temps were toasty. not worry toast but not where id like.

 

67-75C while loaded depending on game being played, with my fans cranked to max on all rads (only a 240 front intake and 120 push/pull exhaust out the back installed)

 

i started thinking to myself : i need a bigger case, to at least fit my second brand new 240 rad in (brand new EK rad still in the box) and get some more cooling performance.

 

current case is a butchered NZXT H210i (when i say butchered i so casually "removed" the rear fan grill honeycomb with a grinder and filed it to allow better radiator airflow)

 

id like something i can at LEAST fit my 2x 240s in (am open to buying a 360 or 2 if needed), still looks good, and maybe a vertical GPU mount because i want to cover empty space and not buy a new MB ( running on ITX) as im sure most of the recommended cases will be M-ATX or larger.

 

please leave your thoughts below, id like it to look decent, as it will be ontop of my desk next to the monitor. i have no current floor space avaliable. ill attach a current setup photo for reference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSC00140.JPG

If you end up needed any additional rads, please hit me up before you do so. I have an inventory of them, most new or lightly used. Not going to comment on cases, it's been awhile since iv'e seen what is out there. 

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worry toast 

 

you can squeeze two 240s in the Fractal Nano S and Meshify C Mini but they'd be tight. No vertical GPU but they're smol. 

 

Nano S:

 

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Meshify C Mini:

 

Aquilian's Completed Build - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core, GeForce GTX 1080  Ti 11 GB STRIX GAMING, Meshify C Mini MicroATX Mini Tower - PCPartPicker

 

 

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1 hour ago, The Pook said:

worry toast 

 

you can squeeze two 240s in the Fractal Nano S and Meshify C Mini but they'd be tight. No vertical GPU but they're smol. 

 

Nano S:

 

9bia2poz0pzz.png

 

Meshify C Mini:

 

Aquilian's Completed Build - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core, GeForce GTX 1080  Ti 11 GB STRIX GAMING, Meshify C Mini MicroATX Mini Tower - PCPartPicker

 

 

i've never really had an issue with tight spaces if im honest, my current setup is pretty tight in my H210i, i've built WC in cases smaller than this. that tiny bitfenix prodigy case from years ago rings a bell in my head. i'm just not sure if 480mm of rad is going to be good enough for what im using. i also have a 5700XT to contend with, so full length GPU space is a requirement. ill be upgrading gpus when the next generation drops aswell.

 

also those are pretty as hell, but i've never done hardline. and the fittings look like quite the money sink.

 

 

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looking at the corsair crystal 280X. looks like an interesting concept of a case, lots of radiator space. possibility to mount pump in behind with the PSU and drives.

 

 

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what does everyone think of the O11 dynamic mini? i know the O11 is overused by now but, the white case looks nice. and id love to get ahold of white Rads to go with it.

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Actually I was going to suggest that.  The layout of the case is pretty optimal and ya it's been over-played.  But still a solid build.  The only reason I went with the dynamic was due to the open layout with plenty of "back space" behind the MB to optimize cables, etc.  If you are trying to keep the footprint to a minimum that's definitely an option.  The white would look good depending on any color scheme you decide on.  Plus you can't beat the ventilation, the entire case is vented.  And ya, I never could figure out why a company will slot a case for fans, but in reality it ends up blocking a huge amount of flow anyway.  Cut the opening and opt for aftermarket screens or something.  Make it use full instead of directly for show. 

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On 19/10/2021 at 08:02, The Pook said:

worry toast 

 

you can squeeze two 240s in the Fractal Nano S and Meshify C Mini but they'd be tight. No vertical GPU but they're smol. 

 

Nano S:

 

9bia2poz0pzz.png

 

Meshify C Mini:

 

Aquilian's Completed Build - Core i7-8700K 3.7 GHz 6-Core, GeForce GTX 1080  Ti 11 GB STRIX GAMING, Meshify C Mini MicroATX Mini Tower - PCPartPicker

 

 

 

Hey, did you paint those white tubes or find hard tubing that was white?

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10 minutes ago, Sir Beregond said:

 

Hey, did you paint those white tubes or find hard tubing that was white?

 

not mine 

 

 

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24 minutes ago, The Pook said:

 

not mine 

 

 

Ah, oh well. Maybe I'll peruse that reddit thread.

 

EDIT: Looks like white XSPC PETG.

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