Looking for a case with top *and* bottom radiator support.

Hi everyone,

I've been going slightly mad trying to find a case that ticks my boxes:

Top radiator support (at least 240mm)
Bottom fan support (at least 2x120mm)
Windowed (TG preferred)
*optional* would like it to be white (but not married to it)

I'm looking to do an mATX build, so I shouldn't really be limited by clearance issues as most ATX cases support mATX mobos anyway.

I'll be doing a watercooled system with the res+pump combo in the front of the case, leaving the top and bottom of the enclosure for rads.
My thinking is that the fans on the bottom will be pulling air into the case, while the fans on the top will be pushing it out of the case.

Really appreciate any suggestion or recommendations (including aggressively telling me that my cooling ideas are completely bonkers).

Cheers!
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  1. Your options become severely limited when you want to look for those options with a TG side panel. In fact there are none. You could look at the Fractal Define S or R5 or even the Phanteks Enthoo Primo but they don't have TG options. Perhaps an aftermarket solution can come about via modding.

    You may want to brush up on your full system's specs and what you've sourced in terms of watercooling parts since the ideal locations for mounting rads are not internally but externally, that will ensure you get the coolest possible ambient air to reach the radiator cores thus cooler temps and better heat dissipation.
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  2. I can't think of a slam dunk for what you are describing, but there are aspects of these that come close:
    • Corsair Carbide Air 740 (glorious top and bottom air flow)
    • InWin 301 (especially good for mATX even though it is an ATX case)
    • Thermaltake Core P5 (completely different)
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  3. Lutfij said:
    Your options become severely limited when you want to look for those options with a TG side panel. In fact there are none. You could look at the Fractal Define S or R5 or even the Phanteks Enthoo Primo but they don't have TG options. Perhaps an aftermarket solution can come about via modding.

    You may want to brush up on your full system's specs and what you've sourced in terms of watercooling parts since the ideal locations for mounting rads are not internally but externally, that will ensure you get the coolest possible ambient air to reach the radiator cores thus cooler temps and better heat dissipation.


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    TG isn't a must for me. It's a nice to have, I guess is what I'd call it. Especially since it's almost trivial to replace an acrylic panel with a glass equivalent. Not really something I can say about adding in a glass windo to an existing solid panel.

    The Enthoo Primo fits the bill, but sweet Mary, that's a whole lotta case! Especially when you imagine me chucking an mATX mobo in there :lol:
    The Define S would be ideal, were it not for it supporting a single fan on the bottom.

    On the other hand,
    I had another (good) look at the Define R5 based on your recommendation and, it seems, that it might be a winner.
    Did a bit of Googlin' and looking at this image and this image would suggest that removing the drive cages up front would reveal a bottom that's made to support two 120mm fans and a, albeit short, power supply.
    What's your take on it? I know I'd have to measure things out like a damned engineer before committing, but it strikes me as very promising.

    On the other topic, not sure I understand what you mean by mounting the rads externally. Would that imply that the top rad would sit not inside the case, but rather above it? Not that it's not doable, I guess it would be, but how would one keep dust off (when the fans are idling)? Really curious about this!

    Cheers!
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  4. neiler0847 said:
    I can't think of a slam dunk for what you are describing, but there are aspects of these that come close:
    • Corsair Carbide Air 740 (glorious top and bottom air flow)
    • InWin 301 (especially good for mATX even though it is an ATX case)
    • Thermaltake Core P5 (completely different)


    Beyond the aesthetic aspect (which I don't much like), the 740 is really not a bad option at all! Plenty of room in there, good fan & rad support and the side panel design can come in quite handy (pun totally intended).
    I know there's no way for you to know this, so please know that I really appreciate you taking the time to throw in these options, but I cannot stand InWin's branding. Not the case designs, mind you, I mean the fact that they ostensibly slap that butt-ugly logo of theirs on everything they do.
    Oh, the P5. Many a days my mind wandered off thinking of the P5. Glorious glass, excellent design. But then I'd think of the upkeep and the dust. Oh, blimey, the dust! As amazing as it is, I can't bring myself to do it.

    That being said, I'll keep the 740 in mind. And probably will look up some mod ideas for it.

    Cheers!
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