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Case recommendation - £100 and to fit a 120.3 radiator

Discussion in 'Case Central' started by Confused, 22 Apr 2010.

  1. Confused

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,019

    Hi all,

    It's time to get a new case, as I've now got a nice "office" in my new house, I'm having a shift around of PCs, and my previous only PC is now moving into the office, rather than being a general-purpose gaming/media PC!

    This means that the following requires a new home:

    Abit IP35
    Q6600
    8800GT
    1x 3.5" hard drive
    1x optical drive

    Watercooling for above, consisting of:
    120.3 radiator
    DDC/XPSC pump/res combo


    I previously had all this cobbled together in a HTPC case, with the radiator mounted externally - the new HTPC won't be anywhere near as powerful/difficult to cool, so I'll be re-using my old Freezer 7 Pro in the HTPC.

    I'm looking to spend no more than £100 on a nice case.

    Unsure yet of whether I want one with a window or not, but it must have space for the 120.3 radiator and pump to be mounted *internally* - I don't want any watercooling parts sticking out of the case this time round!

    Of course, specs may change, so I'd like the case to be able to support the larger graphics cards that are out currently (cos hopefully they won't get much larger than they are now!) :)


    So, OcUK, what do you suggest I look at?


    Cheers!
     
  2. Arthalen

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Apr 2006

    Posts: 2,029

    Location: Leeds, UK

    For the love of good please dont use that thing in a HTPC, the noise is terrible :p

    As for a case that can mount an internal 120.3 for under £100 you will struggle looking through the Overclockers Case pages. You'll most likely ant a Full Tower Lian Li, Silverstone or the Corsair 700/800D (current popular choice).

    Best bet might be to check the Members Market.
     
  3. ard-tullaich

    Gangster

    Joined: 8 Aug 2009

    Posts: 455

    Or you could try a colermaster haf 932. Massive case and loads of airflow.
    I'm well inpressed with mine. Will fit a 120rad on top inside the case.
     
  4. Confused

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,019

    It'll be the Freezer or a stock Q6600 Intel heatsink! Guess I'll try them and see!

    I'm quite liking the look of the Raven 2 (I know it's £10 over my £100 budget) because it's fairly "ordinary" looking, and I've seen people fit a 120.3 inside it :)
     
  5. Arthalen

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Apr 2006

    Posts: 2,029

    Location: Leeds, UK

    Stock! STOCK!! LOL! Tbh, the stock Intel heatsink is on Frostytech's (www.frostytech.com) Top 10 'Silent' heatsinks, and if its for low noise and NO Overclcoking, lol), then it will be fine for a HTPC :)

    The Raven is a good choice, was tempted by one but Im too much of a Lian Li fanboy :D
     
    Last edited: 22 Apr 2010
  6. Tikkabhuna

    Hitman

    Joined: 14 Mar 2010

    Posts: 936

    Location: Suffolk/Bournemouth(Uni)

    I'm hopefully getting that case this summer. Looks lush. And, erm, always shop around? Dunno, if I'm allowed to say that.