Haven't done one of these in a while, primarily because I haven't felt the need to upgrade to Ivy Bridge and redo my system entirely. However, I have wanted to upgrade my case for a while. The HAF 932 is a great case, definitely up there on the list of cases I've owned. But it's growing a bit long in the tooth and I just want something new.
I looked at a few options, including the Pinnacle 24 from Mountain Mods (yes, Tool, I gave some serious thought to buying yours) and decided against it because while it is a very sturdy and monstrous case that can theoretically hold anything I chuck into it something about the interior layout just threw me off...mostly the mediocre cable routing ability and the fact that I didn't want to mount my hard drives to my fans. I also did look at some of CaseLabs' offerings and balked at the price. The only tower they offer would be over $500, which is far more than I want to spend on just the case. By far the most expensive case I've ever bought was the Qmicra v2 from PCDLabs at ~$350, and I'm not looking to repeat that purchase just yet.
Given my fairly light radiator demands (room for at least a PA120.3 with prospects for more rads with some modding), at least 5 hard drives (two of which are 2.5" drives), decent cable routing/hiding ability, and classy looks, the case I kept coming back to was the Obsidian 800D. There aren't really any mods I'll have to do to get everything installed, at least that I know of ahead of time. About the only thing that will be difficult to fit in there is my bay reservoir/pump combo, but other people have used that with this case before with little trouble. I haven't ordered the case yet, probably going to wait till early-mid September to pull the trigger on it. But I have started collecting some of the parts I need to build and pretty much everything is getting moved over from my HAF anyway.
It'll pretty much end up being my sig rig in a new case, but here's the guts of the machine anyway:
EVGA P67 FTW
4x4GB G.Skill DDR3-1600
EVGA GTX 680 (awaiting Step Up)
And for the watercooling:
Swiftech Apogee XT
XSPC dual bay pump/reservoir combo, with an MCP655 mounted
PrimoFlex LRT, black
Monsoon Free Center Compression fittings, black chrome
On the subject of the fittings, here's a teaser:
These fittings are a bit cheaper than the Bitspower ones everyone goes ape**** over. I bought a pack of 6 that comes with a tool to tighten the fitting and the nut for under $40 from FrozenCPU, whereas the Bitspower ones are $10 each. Plus, I think these look cooler. The lighting isn't great in my room but these are the black chrome version for 1/2" ID 3/4" OD tubing. I thought they'd be darker and at first I was disappointed but when I thought about it some more the contrast with the black PrimoFlex tubing I'll be using will be nice. Possibly even necessary.
There are a few reviews of these fittings out there on the interwebs and everyone seems to like them, especially given the (comparatively) low price tag. So I decided to pick some up and give them a shot.
Another first with this build is sleeving. My plan is to sleeve all the PSU and case cables with 550 paracord (cheaper than buying actual sleeving but with a similar look) to give everything a cohesive appearance. It'll be a pain in the *** but worth it once it's done. I first thought about doing black with a few strands of red but decided that if I want to keep using this case and power supply through other builds that aren't black/red then I don't want to have to redo them in other colors, so all the cables are going to be black. I ordered 100' of black and 50' of red paracord for under $20 from Amazon. For ease of working with the heatshrink I ordered a heatgun as well.
As new developments arise I'll post them here.