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good water cooling cases under $250? 1 week 4 days ago #18134

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I've been looking into upgrading from an nzxt s340 to something with a bit more options when it comes to watercooling. I'm probably going to use a 360mm rad and maybe an extra 120 or 240mm rad.

Also, I'm curious if there are any good watercooling cases out there with 5.25 inch bays. If there isn't, I think I'll live with a usb optical drive, if there is, I'd love the option because I've run into a couple occasions where an internal optical drive would have been nice. Also less cables outside my rig cluttering my desk
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You won't need a 360 radiator unless you're cooling an i9.

90% of cases will take a 240mm radiator. I prefer them at the top so they exhaust hot air out of the case. I use an Enthoo Pro - www.pccasegear.com/products/27575/phante...oo-pro-chassis-black with a 280mm radiator at the top.
You could also use a Dark Pro 700 or 900.
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jshel2000 wrote:
I've been looking into upgrading from an nzxt s340 to something with a bit more options when it comes to watercooling. I'm probably going to use a 360mm rad and maybe an extra 120 or 240mm rad.

Also, I'm curious if there are any good watercooling cases out there with 5.25 inch bays. If there isn't, I think I'll live with a usb optical drive, if there is, I'd love the option because I've run into a couple occasions where an internal optical drive would have been nice. Also less cables outside my rig cluttering my desk

Unless you use an i9, ThreadRipper or add a GPU loop, a single 280 or 360 would be plenty enough for "just" the CPU.

There are plenty of cases that offer multi-rad support, especially <250$ .

However, in some of those cases you'll have to remove the Hard-Drive cages for an additional front radiator - something to keep in mind, if you plan on using 3.5" drives. (A lot have other, additional 2.5" bays, so it's not a proplem if you are only using 2.5" drives or SSDs).

And some of the cases have the 360/420 radiators blocking the top 5.25" bays, so I would recommend a case that either has three 5.25" bays or more, or mounts the radiators somewhere else. (That's obviously not a problem with 280/240 radiators, as they are shorter).

Phantek Enthoo and Primo,
Corsair 750D (Airflow Edition) and
Thermaltake Core X5 and X9,
are just a few that would have decent 360 + 5.25" support, with the possibility of adding a 240/280 later.
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