EVGA

ATX case update help/suggestions

Author
Nereus
Omnipotent Enthusiast
  • Total Posts : 10323
  • Reward points : 0
  • Joined: 2009/04/09 20:05:53
  • Location: Brooklyn, NYC.
  • Status: online
  • Ribbons : 33
2019/04/16 09:21:22 (permalink)
 
I'm looking at updating my ATX case - I currently have a Corsair Carbide Air 540 which is an awesome case for my requirements, but I've had it for 4 years and it's getting a bit scruffy and the front panel USB ports are getting a bit touchy, so I figured it's time to replace it (and not with the exact same model case lol).
 
Dimensions are a very big issue. Because I have a 'shallow' desk (front to back), I need to keep the case depth (front to back) down to 17" or less, and also width no more than 13" wide. Height doesn't matter. My existing Air 540 is 16.33" deep, 13" wide, and 18" tall.
 
Another requirement is needing a case that can handle a 280mm radiator and fans at the top of the case (for CPU), and a 120mm radiator and fan at the rear or bottom of the case (GPU). I prefer the intake fans located at the front as just case fans - either 2 x 140mm or 3 x 120mm.
 
I love the Air 540 because of the compartmentalization and cable management, and also the cooling set up. That is why my first choice so far (after quite a lot of looking) is the Corsair Crystal Series 680X RGB Tempered Glass case. It's a nice looking case, although I don't need the RGB bling, but there's no 'non-RGB' version. Dimensions are 16.7" deep (good), 13.5" wide (meh), and nearly 20" high (no problem), so there's a heap of room, and layout is similar to the Air 540.. although width is more than I'd like, but it's doable if I have to. Reviews are ok - GamersNexus gave it a few negative points only because Corsair call it 'high airflow' when it's pretty much middle of the road, but otherwise the review was good. The only other issue is that it's expensive for a case @ $250...
 
I also looked at the Lian Li 011 Air which is similar to both the 540 and 680X as far as layout goes (compartments), and is only 10.6" wide (good), 18.3" high (good), but 18.75" deep (definitely bad for me), plus the reviews I've seen say it has airflow issues because of the mesh, and a few other problems on top. Also no space for a rear exhaust fan.
 
My ideal case would be something like 17" deep, maybe 9" wide, and very tall - like 25"+ so the PSU can stack below the mobo. The problem is, it seems tall with shallow depth cases are really hard to find.. :(  ..or they have really crappy air flow or they're ugly as sin (I usually search Gamers Nexus for comprehensive case reviews).
 
At this stage the 680X has my interest, but if someone can recommend an alternative that fits the requirements above and isn't quite as pricey as the 680X @ $250, please respond!
 
Cheers.
 
 
 
post edited by Nereus - 2019/04/16 09:25:22

ASSOCIATE CODE : CSKKXUT5Q9GVAFR (5-10% off EVGA.com purchases)   |   AFFILIATE CODE : E64DMBSMI6 (EVGA product registration)
  HEATWARE   |   MODSRIGS $1K WIN   |   BUILD 

#1

7 Replies Related Threads

    Nereus
    Omnipotent Enthusiast
    • Total Posts : 10323
    • Reward points : 0
    • Joined: 2009/04/09 20:05:53
    • Location: Brooklyn, NYC.
    • Status: online
    • Ribbons : 33
    Re: ATX case update help/suggestions 2019/04/16 17:11:05 (permalink)
     
    Just remembered I have almost $600 in Amazon Prime points to use, so I just order the case since nobody had a better suggestion, and it's basically free. :)

    ASSOCIATE CODE : CSKKXUT5Q9GVAFR (5-10% off EVGA.com purchases)   |   AFFILIATE CODE : E64DMBSMI6 (EVGA product registration)
      HEATWARE   |   MODSRIGS $1K WIN   |   BUILD 

    #2
    jfw06013
    iCX Member
    • Total Posts : 340
    • Reward points : 0
    • Joined: 2017/02/14 10:26:10
    • Status: offline
    • Ribbons : 2
    Re: ATX case update help/suggestions 2019/04/16 23:00:17 (permalink)
    I have a Corsair Obsidian 750D airflow edition that has a Evga X299 FTW K motherboard, Evga SuperNova 1000 W G2 and will fit 2 EVGA RTX 2080 Ti Ultra Gaming (one is a hybrid) along with a Evga 280x140 CLC.
    The only thing I had to do was remove 1 3.5 drive cage (it comes with 2, I really do not need that if I use a 5.25 adapter) and the airflow was more than enough.
    I bought it because I need a place for my blu-ray burner and to watch blu-ray movies and its small enough to fit under my desk.


    #3
    Nereus
    Omnipotent Enthusiast
    • Total Posts : 10323
    • Reward points : 0
    • Joined: 2009/04/09 20:05:53
    • Location: Brooklyn, NYC.
    • Status: online
    • Ribbons : 33
    Re: ATX case update help/suggestions 2019/04/17 06:12:22 (permalink)
     
    The 750D is near 22" deep front to back - waaay too big for what I've been looking for. :)
     

    ASSOCIATE CODE : CSKKXUT5Q9GVAFR (5-10% off EVGA.com purchases)   |   AFFILIATE CODE : E64DMBSMI6 (EVGA product registration)
      HEATWARE   |   MODSRIGS $1K WIN   |   BUILD 

    #4
    DeadMedic
    SSC Member
    • Total Posts : 650
    • Reward points : 0
    • Joined: 2005/12/06 19:04:59
    • Location: NY,NY
    • Status: offline
    • Ribbons : 5
    Re: ATX case update help/suggestions 2019/04/17 17:28:45 (permalink)
    Just build a rig with the Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic. E-Z P-Z and very pretty to look at.

    LIAN LI PC-O11 Dynamic
    EVGA 1000 GQ
    Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master
    Intel i9 9900k
    32G DDR4 3600 (G.Skill Royal)
    RTX 2080 Ti XC ULTRA
    XPG SX8200 1TB Win 10 Pro x64
    Micron 2TB SSD
    WD 4TB Blue
    WD 2Tb Green 

    Heatware
    #5
    Nereus
    Omnipotent Enthusiast
    • Total Posts : 10323
    • Reward points : 0
    • Joined: 2009/04/09 20:05:53
    • Location: Brooklyn, NYC.
    • Status: online
    • Ribbons : 33
    Re: ATX case update help/suggestions 2019/04/17 18:40:58 (permalink)
    DeadMedic
    Just build a rig with the Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic. E-Z P-Z and very pretty to look at.

    Yeah I was looking at that one closely too, but it was too big front to back.
     

    ASSOCIATE CODE : CSKKXUT5Q9GVAFR (5-10% off EVGA.com purchases)   |   AFFILIATE CODE : E64DMBSMI6 (EVGA product registration)
      HEATWARE   |   MODSRIGS $1K WIN   |   BUILD 

    #6
    wmmills
    CLASSIFIED Member
    • Total Posts : 4756
    • Reward points : 0
    • Joined: 2006/01/04 20:47:29
    • Location: New Jersey
    • Status: offline
    • Ribbons : 23
    Re: ATX case update help/suggestions 2019/04/18 03:31:15 (permalink)
    Man Nereus, the 540 is a great case!!  Maybe it just needs a freshening up..... a little modding, some paint and detail work and its better than a new case.  

    MOBO: EVGA P67 FTW, CPU: I5 2500K, RAM: Gskill PI 1600 CAS 6, SSD: Samsung 830 128gb, HDD: WD Caviar Black 750gb, PSU: CoolerMaster V-1000, CPU HSF: EVGA ScC HSF~ P/P 88CFM Yate Loons, G-CARD:EVGA GTX780 w/ EVGA 980ti Hybrid AIO Cooler, CASE: LIAN-LI PC-V2010B w/ Window mod, OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, MON: AOC i2367F, HdSet: steelseries Siberia 
     


    Jan 28th Is Data Privacy Day!!               
    #7
    Nereus
    Omnipotent Enthusiast
    • Total Posts : 10323
    • Reward points : 0
    • Joined: 2009/04/09 20:05:53
    • Location: Brooklyn, NYC.
    • Status: online
    • Ribbons : 33
    Re: ATX case update help/suggestions 2019/04/18 16:38:52 (permalink)
    wmmills
    Man Nereus, the 540 is a great case!!  Maybe it just needs a freshening up..... a little modding, some paint and detail work and its better than a new case.  

    The 540 is definitely an excellent case, but I don't get enough spare time to be able to refurbish it all at once, so I'd end up several weeks without a main desktop machine  ..the 680X has a very similar internal layout which is why I went that way - it appears to be the 'new 540' ...but with bling. lol. Hopefully I'll get time to rebuild this weekend. I'm also going to try the Maximus XI Code motherboard (Z390) on this build.
     

    ASSOCIATE CODE : CSKKXUT5Q9GVAFR (5-10% off EVGA.com purchases)   |   AFFILIATE CODE : E64DMBSMI6 (EVGA product registration)
      HEATWARE   |   MODSRIGS $1K WIN   |   BUILD 

    #8
    Jump to:
  • Back to Mobile