Any modding and custom pc project no matter how complex or easy it is, will be defined by the choice of computer case. In my case, no pun intended :), I knew I wanted at least a mid-tower, but preferably a full tower. I also made a small list of my own to ensure that when I started my hunting party it would be for the right prey.
What a case need to support for my modding project
- Modular and flexible
- High end design
- 420 and 280 or 360 and 360 or 360 and 280 radiator support
- White or black
- Enough room for a 1080 Ti GPU
- Preferably room for a 180mm PSU
I also picked brand based on how friendly and active they are on social media. As I follow most of the hardware and gaming brands I went on a mission to see who would actually answer a typical consumer question and would anyone even answer a question for sponsorship? I was surprised by how good, friendly and quickly most of the brands who matched my computer cases list interacted.
After some awesome input from some of the Facebook groups I’m frequent in and particularly Casemodders group. I ended up with a shortlist of 4.
Case 1 – be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900
Case 2 – Corsair Crystal 570X RGB Tempered Glass
Case 3 – NZXT H440W Silent Ultra New Edition Window White
Case 4 – Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass
They all ticked in most of my boxes and the brands answered quickly to my questions. I decided to remove Phantek, will save that until a future build, as I’m very interested in building something with that beautiful case. I had made a perception of building with a white case and NZXT was the only one providing one from factory and they have also been one of the most active brands on Twitter. I couldn’t decide if I liked or disliked the beehive pattern in the front on the Corsair, so decided to leave that one out, but will come back to Corsair. I was very close when I decided that I wanted to go 420mm for my radiator and the be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 was the only case of the four solving that. I was a little reluctant to go with it, due to its size. So much bigger than the other three, but I now know better. Water cooling with custom loop requires A LOT of room. I also wanted to create a really clean build with PSU cover a 2nd floor to hide cables, so I would need a case with more space.
My choice of be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 for my modding project is a choice I will not regret. It just ooze quality and the modularity of that case is just amazing. I wrote a short review of the be quiet! Dark Base Pro computer case you can read in the component list for Zeuligan build.