PDA

View Full Version : Which case for SLI setup?


Sc0rp10n
02-15-07, 08:43 PM
I'm about to put together an SLI setup with 8800 GTX's. I'm taking a look at the Thermaltake Armor cases. I like the looks of the one without the side fan, but I'm wondering if it will be required for the SLI setup.

One note, I'm not planning on overclocking beyond what will already be done in the retail version of whichever card I get (EVGA, BFG, etc).

Case without side fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811133154

Case with fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811133021

Can I get by without the side fan or would it be a really good idea?

daforce
02-15-07, 09:24 PM
I have that case in silver.

Intially I had no side fan as they were not available at the time, but I bought the fan'd panel later on. It basically silent and puts out a decent amount of air. I see no reason not to get the one with the fan.
I took those stupid flappy metal bits off the front as well, they were really annoying.

I am only running Single 8800gtx tho, but the case would have ample room for SLi

Spartan 117
02-15-07, 09:26 PM
for SLI with lots of room, I think the Cooler Master Stacker 830 is the the winner, its one of the best cases :)

Sc0rp10n
02-15-07, 09:30 PM
I have that case in silver.

Intially I had no side fan as they were not available at the time, but I bought the fan'd panel later on. It basically silent and puts out a decent amount of air. I see no reason not to get the one with the fan.
I took those stupid flappy metal bits off the front as well, they were really annoying.

I am only running Single 8800gtx tho, but the case would have ample room for SLi


I like the case without the fan because you can see inside the case better. So you're saying that there's an addon part/panel you can buy later to install the fan? No need for a dremmel or cutting?

daforce
02-15-07, 09:42 PM
You basically buy a whole new side panel with the fan installed. Its like $70AUD so its not that expensive really.

So you can get the case without fan and if later on you want the fan, just buy the replacement panel.

Sc0rp10n
02-15-07, 09:46 PM
I think that's what I'm going to do. Thanks for the info - very helpful.

daforce
02-15-07, 09:57 PM
no problem mate :)

RussianHAXOR
02-15-07, 10:58 PM
I'm about to put together an SLI setup with 8800 GTX's. I'm taking a look at the Thermaltake Armor cases. I like the looks of the one without the side fan, but I'm wondering if it will be required for the SLI setup.

One note, I'm not planning on overclocking beyond what will already be done in the retail version of whichever card I get (EVGA, BFG, etc).

Case without side fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811133154

Case with fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811133021

Can I get by without the side fan or would it be a really good idea?

Im doing a build right now with that case and it really pushes alot of fresh air onto the mobo. My friend calls it the **** fan because its so huge. lol.

Blacklash
02-17-07, 03:24 AM
If I were doing 8800GTX SLi:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811119121

Or if you really love nVidia:

http://www.barrys-rigs-n-reviews.com/reviews/2007/hardware/nvstacker/nvstacker1.htm

john19055
02-17-07, 04:14 AM
Just make sure it has a lot of room since the GTX's are so long .

OldGamer
02-17-07, 04:39 AM
I am on my third Cooler Master case and I just cannot imagine the stamped metal crud and plastic snap on "louvers" that most of these cases are made of. I have two wave masters and the air flow is good for a case without side fans plus you gotta love the high quality thumb screws and the removable MB tray. ALL aluminum construction... very solid and very slick.

Lots of room for cable management behind the MB plate and no crappy folded tin can chasis and such. One bad point is the old style front facing HD mounting makes it a bit tedious to swap out drives.

daforce
02-17-07, 04:50 AM
Well im running a 8800gtx in mine at the moment , with 9 hdds and it fits just fine :0

This case is far from stamped metal crud. Very good case. I had a lian li before this one, and love them both!!

SwedX
02-17-07, 04:59 AM
I will definetly get this badass :D
Fulltower and the best I have ever seen..a perfect match for 8800GTX SLI!

Quote!
"This is an excellent case to work with. Access to almost every component is easy and smooth, with more than enough room"

http://www.extrememhz.com/temjin05-p4.shtml