15 Best Cases For Water Cooling 2020 – Mid, Full & Super Tower Options

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Today, we’re going to take a detailed look at the 15 best cases for water cooling you can currently purchase on the market.

Once you decide on a water-cooling system for your PC, a vital first step in the process of actualizing your plan will be to ensure you pick the right case that will accommodate your liquid cooling system needs.


For that reason, we selected cases with different form factor, ranging from mid, full, all the way to super-tower cases. We also added three budget cases with great water cooling capabilities, so even if you’re on a tight budget, you will be able to pick a great case without breaking the bank.


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Best Mid Tower Cases For Water Cooling

While with many mid towers you can still house a liquid cooling system and even get some great features and aesthetics, space limitation inevitably leads to limits in the amount of functionality and possibly some sacrifice when it comes to the bells and whistles of visual enhancements.

Here are some options currently on the market for mid tower cases that support liquid cooling systems. As expected, they do range a bit in functionality, aesthetics, and especially price so you can get a good idea of which one is right for your setup needs and your budget requirements.

The table below will give you a quick look at our selections for the best mid tower cases for water cooling currently available on the market. To read a full review, simply click on ‘review>>’ in respective row.

Product

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Rating

1. Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X
''The best all-around mid-tower''

9.9

2. Corsair Crystal Series 680X RGB
''High quality, great value''

9.7

3. Thermaltake Core P90
''The true display of your setup''

9.6

4. Asus ROG Strix Helios
''Beautiful premium option''

9.5

5. Cooler Master MasterBox TD500
''Budget pick''

9.4


1. Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X

Form factor: Mid-tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, mini-ITX | Dimensions: 240 x 520 x 510mm | Weight: 33lb / 15kg | Radiator Support: 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm, 420mm | I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 1 x HD audio/Mic, 1x USB 3.1 GEN 2 Type-C | Drive bays: 2.5″ (9), 3.5″ (10)

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv XREASONS TO BUY

  • Massive storage options
  • Excellent for showcasing builds
  • Room for 420mm radiator at the front
  • Supports dual-system
  • Comes with a radiator mounting bracket
  • Features quick fill and drain integrated ports

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Higher price
  • Has no software for controlling RGB

Our Rating:   9.9/10

Surgical might be the word that best describes the Phantek Enthoo Evolv X. From its smooth sandblasted silver aluminum exterior to its super sleek interior layout, the Evolv X exudes precision and performance.

Inside, the mid tower has truly staggering storage capabilities. It can handle ten HDDs and nine SSDs simultaneously and is dual-system capable with an E-ATX and ITX configuration.

Even with all that power, keeping it cool won’t be a problem. The Evolv X supports a 420mm radiator and comes with a radiator mounting bracket and an integrated port, allowing for easy filling and draining.

On other towers, filling and draining can be an awkward and often stressful process, but Phanteks really hit it out of the park with this simple feature. There’s plenty of room at the top and back of the tower to mount an additional smaller radiator, allowing for a totally customizable and very robust water-cooling configuration.


The Evolv X also comes equipped with USB 3.0 capability and integrated digital RGB lights. It’s got all the bells and whistles of a true showcase and the tempered glass sides really show off the build. However, the RGB controls are rather finnicky and make it difficult to customize the RBG lights the way you’d like.

Phanteks doesn’t offer software to control the lights so other towers offer far superior RGB customization. Mismatched RGB lights is not a good look for something that purports to be a showcase, but if you can look past that (or get them all the work) the Evolv X is undoubtably a beautiful tower.

Where this tower truly shines is in its dual-system support. Unlike many others in its class, the Evolv X is ready to tackle the toughest of projects or elevate your streaming experience by supporting E-ATX and ITX motherboards. Keeping all that organized is Phanteks’ cable management 2.0 system. These cable door covers keep the inside of the tower organized and looking like the showcase it is.

In totality, the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X is an excellent choice if you’re specifically looking for a water-cooled mid tower. It is capable of housing a large radiators and has plenty of room for dropping in a water-cooling system. The quick-fill and drain integrated ports are also a welcome touch. Yet, the Evolv’s true calling card is its monstrous storage capabilities and dual-system support. Combined with its water-cooling support, the Evolv X is wonderful value for its price.

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2. Corsair Crystal Series 680X RGB

Form factor: Mid-tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, mini-ITX | Dimensions: 423 x 344 x 505mm | Weight: 25.5lb / 11.58kg | Radiator Support: 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 360mm | I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 1x HD audio/Mic, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C | Drive bays: 2.5″ (4), 3.5″ (3)

Corsair Crystal Series 680X RGBREASONS TO BUY

  • Perfect for a water cooling system
  • Dual-chamber design
  • High quality materials
  • Excellent for showcasing build
  • Easy to build in
  • Comes with three 120mm RGB fans

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Premium price

Our Rating:   9.7/10

The Corsair Crystal Series 680X is an intimidating mid tower case because of its size alone, and RGB fans and hinged tempered glass panels on its front and roof make it an absolute show-stopper.

Its unique dual-chamber design allows you to show off incredibly elegant builds and provides more than enough space for custom water-cooling set-ups, while keeping everything looking neat and tidy.

The dedicated cooling chamber of the 680X boasts numerous fan and radiator mounts, which gives you the freedom to be creative in your build. It can house radiators up to 360mm in size in the front. up to 280mm on top, 140mm in the back and up to 280mm at the bottom of the case. The case is a great choice for a water-cooled build because of all the prime real estate it has to offer.


Another great feature of this tower is the high level of accessibility. What good is all that space if you can’t get to it? Well, the tempered glass that encases the tower is hinged, making installation incredibly easy and gives you quick access (and a lovely view) of all your components.

Speaking of views, dazzling RGB fans come pre-equipped on the Crystal Series 680X. The 48 RGB LEDs are totally customizable and synchronized by Corsair’s iCUE software. While the 120mm fans might not be quite large enough to satisfy the most intense cooling needs, they represent an incredible value out of the box. Unfortunately, the 240mm fan in the back is not RGB.

The 680X supports many sizes of motherboards, from Mini-ITX to E-ATX.

The tower also features a removable tray with slots for up to 7 SSDs or HDDs. However, when maxing out the drive capacity, it should be noted that air flow may be a concern; but a water cooling-focused build will have no issues here.

Overall, the Corsair Crystal Series 680X represents amazing value and is a great tower choice for anyone looking to house a water-cooling set-up. Its design allows for a dedicated cooling chamber with enough room for 2 radiators, while the customizable RGB lights beg to be shown off to friends or on your stream. The option for up to 7 drives allows you to pack as much storage in your mid tower case as possible.

The impressive number of features, high level of accessibility, and overall ease of building in the case make it stand-out choice, one that should strongly be considered by anyone in the market for a mid tower case for water cooling.

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3. Thermaltake Core P90

Form factor: Mid-tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 470 x 470 x 615 mm | Weight: 37.9lb / 17.2kg | Radiator Support: 240mm, 280mm, 360mm, | I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 1x HD audio/Mic, 2x USB 2.0

Thermaltake Core P90REASONS TO BUY

  • Unique design
  • Room for up to 480mm radiators
  • Permits vertical GPU mounting
  • Excellent for showcasing builds
  • Stays extremelly cool
  • Sturdy and quality construction

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Less Storage space
  • No USB type-C port

Our Rating:   9.6/10

Like a work of modern art, the angular design of the Thermaltake Core P90 looks like something straight out of a modern science fiction movie. This modular mid tower features 5mm thick tempered glass on two sides to show off its components and its unique way of isolating its internals allows for improved cooling capabilities.

Thermaltake also boasts their Core P90 is capable of housing “extreme” liquid cooling set-ups, but actually getting such a configuration installed is a bit of a challenge. While the tower appears to have plenty of room to install a water-cooling set-up, the radiator mount is rather tiny (only 122.5mm) and can’t support a 280mm radiator.

That’s not a complete deal-breaker as the design of the case allows for some creativity in build and the overall size of the case allows plenty of space for radiators as large as 480mm. It also features the room for open loop cooling, but more mounts are needed than are provided by Thermaltake.

Despite falling a little short of the “extreme” claim, the Core P90 is altogether a very good choice for a custom water-cooled build.

Aside from its water-cooling capabilities, the tower is actually pretty light on features for its class and price point. Out of the box, it doesn’t feature RGB lighting, fan controllers, or USB 3.1 Type-C support, many of which are standard on other towers. Radiator placement also encroaches on the hard drive, leaving room for only one 2.5’’ SSD and one 3.5’’ hard drive.

Instead, the Core P90 sets itself apart with its aesthetic and unique mounting and placement options. Its two-way GPU placement permits vertical GPU mounting and includes the riser cable necessary to make that happen.

The tower itself can sit vertically, horizontally, or can be mounted on the wall. Wall mounting might be a daunting endeavor, though, due the sheer weight of the P90. It’s a showcase at heart, so however you decide to configure the P90, it’s guaranteed to be an eye catcher.

All in all, the Thermaltake Core P90 makes for a good choice for a water-cooled custom build. It’s got style in spades, with its unique modular shape and tempered glass sides, and more than enough room inside to pack in a pretty hefty cooling set-up. Despite being a little light on features compared to some other mid tower cases, its striking looks make up for its minor shortcomings.

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4. Asus ROG Strix Helios

Form factor: Mid-tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 250 x 565 x 591mm | Weight: 39.7lb / 18kg | Radiator Support: 120, 140, 240, 280, 360, 420mm | I/O Ports: 1x USB 3.1 type-C, 1x HD audio/Mic, 4x USB 3.1, LED and Fan Controls

Asus ROG Strix HeliosREASONS TO BUY

  • Quality and durable build
  • Attractive aesthetics
  • Rich I/O panel
  • Room for up to 420mm radiators
  • Extremely spacious inside
  • Allows for double vertical GPU mount

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Premium price
  • Large and heavy

Our Rating:   9.5/10

With the Helios, Asus continues to wade into the tower market. This mid tower is beastly like an American muscle car, potentially weighing more than 70 pounds when fully assembled, while supporting EATX motherboards and a whopping nine storage drives.

The “Republic of Gamers” RGB graphic on the front of the tower brings a touch of color to the black aluminum body, and the tempered glass sides show off the internal components.

The monstrous Helios comes out of the box ready for some serious water-cooling, which will be absolutely necessary if you’re to get the most out of this tower. Its radiator mounting bracket can support a radiator up to 420mm in length and 90mm across, while the interior of the tower has more than ample room for any kind of water-cooling configuration.

Open loop cooling looks incredible behind the tempered glass and the Helios has all the mounts you’ll need to make that a reality. All of this combines to make the Asus an excellent choice for a water-cooled tower.

Additional cooling for the Helios is provided by four 140mm fans and the Helios has mounting room for up to seven additional fans, even with a radiator and water-cooling system equipped. Unfortunately, the 140mm fans are not upgradable but their inclusion is still great value.

The Helios sets itself apart from its competitors with its motherboard support and storage capabilities. EATX motherboard support and the option for up to nine storage drives aren’t often found in mid tower cases, but Asus delivers.

Additionally, it also supports two vertically mounted graphics cards or three horizontally mounted graphics cards. The Helios is capable of housing some very impressive components, and, as we covered earlier, keeps them all quite cool.

Some might say that the Helios isn’t even a true mid tower due its size and heft, fortunately the included carry strap allows this behemoth to be quite a bit more mobile than you might expect. Not that you’d plan on carrying around your 70+ pound tower, but the option is welcome.

Altogether, the Helios is a great mid tower, especially if you plan on installing a water-cooling system. It has more size than you could ever need and all the appropriate mounts to make whatever configuration you desire possible.

It can handle beefier components than its competitors and stays cool in the process. Its only downsides are its massive size and weight, and the fact that you might expect a more eye-catching design from a tower at this price point.

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5. Cooler Master MasterBox TD500

Form factor: Mid-tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 493 x 217 x 468 mm | Weight: 15.4lb / 7kg | Radiator Support: 120, 140, 240, 280, 360mm | I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.0, Audio In & Out (supports HD audio)

Cooler Master MasterBox TD500REASONS TO BUY

  • Light and compact
  • Room for up to 360mm radiators
  • Budget friendly
  • Comes with 3 RGB fans
  • Aesthetically pleasing

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Lesser storage options
  • Cable management is not ideal

Our Rating:   9.4/10

For the slightly more price conscious, The MasterBox TD500 offers a robust water-cooling system on a tower with all the expected mainstream features.

Its water-cooling capabilities are truly its greatest strength. It supports two 360mm radiators on the front and side, and additional radiator support in the back. Of course, there’s just enough room to get that all equipped, but it might be bit of tight fit in the back with all the RGB equipped.

The MasterBox also readily accepts most pre-built water-cooling rigs so if you’re looking for high-quality cooling, the MasterBox has you covered. However, you should look elsewhere if you’re looking to equip a radiator larger than 360mm, as anything larger than that will simply not fit.

In addition to the dual radiators, it features three RGB fans out of the box and offers support for up to seven fans total. That’s a serious commitment to cooling and more than sufficient for most builds. The RGB is easily customizable, but as mentioned before, the fan cords can get a bit unwieldy and crowd the back radiator. It would have been helpful if more cord management solutions were present. The fans can also be pretty noisy.

The MasterBox is covered in mesh, which really makes it a quite aesthetically pleasing mid tower. It’s got a sort of three-dimensional appearance and is quite striking, especially with the RGB fans illuminating it. Its tempered glass side panels have a unique slice in them too. Its looks are a major selling point and outclass most others at the price point.

The mesh also has functional benefits, which is helping to improve air flow and keep dust from collecting.

As far as hard drives, the MasterBox can support four. This is plenty of storage for most users, but definitely on the lower end when compared to other mid towers who can easily support six or more.

In summary, the Cooler Master MasterBox TD500 is an adequate choice for a water-cooled mid tower. It does offer dual 360mm radiator support, but more serious water-cooling builds often call for a larger radiator capacity that it just can’t fit.

Cord management is occasionally an issue as well, but all things considered, the MasterBox is very solid offering from Cooler Master and a good value at its price point. Its appearance and price are its strongest points, and there’s very little fault the average consumer would find.

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Best Full Tower Cases For Water Cooling

Full tower cases are, as you would expect, quite a bit larger in size than mid tower cases and generally offer more functionality and customizability due to the additional space. If you want some more space real estate for your PC’s innards and you have the physical desk space for this size case, see some of the below options currently on the market.

From premium to budget picks, these cases obviously run higher in price when compared to mid towers but the payoff of more physical space for your beefed up components as well as more complex custom liquid cooling systems is definitely worth it.

The table below will give you a quick look at our selections for the best full tower cases for water cooling currently available on the market. To read a full review, simply click on ‘review>>’ in respective row.

Product

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Rating

1. Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL
''The best all-around full-tower''

9.8

2. Cooler Master Cosmos C700M
''Best premium full-tower''

9.7

3. Phanteks Enthoo 719
''Elegant & High performing''

9.6

4. Thermaltake Core P8
''Best for showcasing your build''

9.5

5. Cougar Panzer Max
''Practical, portable, durable''

9.3


1. Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL

Form Factor: Full-Tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX, ATX, Mini-ITX, micro ATX | Dimensions: 471 x 285 x 513 mm | Weight: 25.6lb / 11.6kg | Radiator Support: 120, 140, 240, 280, 360mm | I/O Ports: 4x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 type-C, 1x HD audio

Lian Li O11 Dynamic XLREASONS TO BUY

  • Room for three 360mm radiators
  • Spacious and comfortable to build in
  • Quality and nice looking construction
  • Features hot-swappable drive bays
  • Rich I/O selection
  • Excellent for showcasing builds

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Higher price
  • Not for inexperienced PC builders

Our Rating:   9.8/10

The Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL operates on one simple principle: more is always better. Everything about the Dynamic XL is extreme, from its three 360mm radiators, to the hot-swappable hard drive bay, to its tempered glass covering that exposes every inch of its insides. This tower is not for the faint of heart, nor for the inexperienced PC builder.

The Dynamic XL’s tripple radiator set-up makes it an amazing water-cooling tower. With space or mounts for three 360mm radiators on the side, top and bottom, almost any kind of custom water-cooling set-up is possible in this full tower.

The interior is incredibly spacious and there are plenty of mounts for everything. It’s even possible to install larger radiators due to the sheer volume of interior space, but the mounts for that would not be included.


In addition to the water-cooling options, the tower also comes equipped with two 120mm fans. It has mounts for up to a total of ten additional fans. Though they can be a little noisy, coming equipped with fans out of the box is mark in the Dynamic XL’s favor.

A totally unique feature of the Dynamic XL is its hot-swappable hard drive bay. Four 3.5” hard drive bays can be swapped in and out without powering down the machine. This gives the tower more of a “workstation” sort of feel and elevates it out of the hobbyist realm.

Despite its classic form, the Dynamic XL still has distinctive looks thanks to its tempered glass front and sides. The glass is tinted ever-so-slightly and shows off all, truly all, the internal components. In fact, inexperienced PC builders might shy away from this tower as it really showcases your cord management skills. Otherwise, the Dynamic XL is quite striking visually, with a tiny strip of RGB giving the front just a necessary pop of color.

For water cooling purposes, you can’t go wrong with the Lian Li O11 XL. Its three 360mm radiator and ten fan support can keep even the most powerful systems cool and running without a problem and the tower has more than enough interior real estate to house any custom system.

Just make sure to be mindful of your cord management, as the glass exterior won’t hide any sloppiness. The Dynamic XL is a great tower and an incredible value proposition at this its price point. It stands out in a crowded market in all the right ways.

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2. Cooler Master Cosmos C700M

Form Factor: Full-tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 650 x 306 x 651mm | Weight: 52.5lb / 23.8kg | Radiator Support: 120, 140, 240, 280, 360, 420mm | I/O Ports: 1x USB 3.1 type-C, 4x USB 3.0, 1x HD Audio

Cooler Master Cosmos C700MREASONS TO BUY

  • High quality build
  • Pleasing aesthetics with RGB
  • Space for two 420mm radiators
  • Extremelly spacious inside
  • Elegant curved tempered glass side panels
  • Rich I/O selection
  • Versatile layout options

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Premium price
  • Extremelly heavy

Our Rating:   9.7/10

The C700M is Cooler Master’s flagship model and it definitely looks the part. Its striking metal handles are the first thing that grab your eyes, but it’s the clean lines and aesthetically-pleasing combination of light and dark materials that make your jaw drop. With all the subtlety of a shotgun, the Cooler Master Cosmos C700M is a fully-featured behemoth of a full tower case.

Its massive size and unique flat radiator bracket design gives the C700M a good amount of versatility when it comes to water-cooling options. At maximum capacity, this tower can house two 420mm radiators mounted to the front, top, or side of the frame.

This provides a lot of freedom when it comes to installing custom cooling loops and the total radiator capacity is quite large. Expect a tight fit, however, if you plan on fully building out a water-cooling system.

That tight fit, however, assumes you plan on maxing out he C700M’s roomy interior and make use of its unique graphics card mounting capabilities. The video cards can be mounted vertically to show it off against the glass window, in true showcase fashion. Riser hardware for mounting the graphics card is included.

The C700M also features unique storage mounting abilities. 2.5’’ drive mounting is almost tool-less and incredibly simple due to the small screws on the drive bracket. It’s an interesting and elegant solution, but not all drives are mounted this way. All the 3.5’’ brackets must be mounted the usual way. Seven drive mounting brackets are included with the case.

The face of the tower is decorated with stripes of RGB LEDs. Always eye-catching, these LEDs are slightly lower in quality when compared against other light configurations on its class. However, the C700M does feature eight expansion slots to improve the LED experience.

The C700M, has a significant amount of heft to it, weighing in at over 50 pounds empty. Fully built, it should be pushing 100 pounds.

Altogether, the Cooler Master C700M is a top choice for a tower if you’re focused exclusively on water-cooling capabilities. It has room for two 420mm radiators and more than enough real estate to design a custom-looping water-cooling set-up.

Additionally, the radiator brackets allow for a good deal of freedom in their mounting position. Its other features are almost quirky, however, like the vertical installing the graphics card or the unusual 2.5’’ drive installation. The C700M is a flagship product with the price to match, but its water-cooling capabilities are top-notch.

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3. Phanteks Enthoo 719

Form Factor: Full-Tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX, SSI EEB | Dimensions: 240 x 570 x 595mm | Weight: 31.5lb / 14.3kg | Radiator Support: 120, 140, 240, 280, 360, 420, 480mm | I/O Ports: 1x USB 3.1 Type-C gen2, 4x USB 3.0, Microphone,
Headphone

Phanteks Enthoo 719REASONS TO BUY

  • Room for dual 480mm and 360mm rads
  • dual-system capability
  • Massive storage options
  • Quality build
  • Features RGB lighting
  • Clean cable management

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Lacks good airflow
  • Higher price

Our Rating:   9.6/10

The Phenteks Enthoo 719 is a full-size tower with an eye toward extreme performance. It also boasts a great deal of storage, dual-system capability, and its dual radiator support makes it an ideal home for a water-cooling configuration. The sleek aluminum and steel design, tempered glass panel, and in-your-face RGB LEDs make it a showstopper.

The Enthoo 719 supports dual 480mm radiators and dual 360mm radiators simultaneously. That unbelievable radiator volume can be the backbone of your custom water-cooling set-up. Of course, the Enthoo 719 also boasts an incredibly roomy interior with plenty of mounting locations, perfect for a looping design.

Take care to remember, however, that room fills up quickly when the tower is fully outfitted. If you measure and plan appropriately, you shouldn’t want for anything with regard to water-cooling.

The rig is actually best suited configured in a water-cooled fashion, as the main drawback of the 719 is its air flow. It only stands one inch of the ground, and the back and right side are completely blocked off, so air really only flow freely on one side. In place of the dual radiator systems, up to 15 fans can be mounted instead so air-cooling isn’t completely out of the question.

The Enthoo 719 is a true workstation. It has dual-system and true EATX motherboard support making it more than just a gaming rig, despite prominently featuring Phanteks Digital-RGB. The stunning RGB easily syncs with the motherboard and other Phanteks products; and like other showcases, you can vertically mount your dual graphics card.

However, the vertical mount for the GPU is not included. It’ll likely never get the chance to catch too many eyes, though, as the rig is quite heavy and doesn’t come with handles.

Cable management in this tower is simple. Phenteks provided guided cable routes and covers to keep the interior of the case looking elegant even when housing the most complex of builds.

Altogether, the Phenteks Enthoo 719 makes one fantastic case. Its workstation capabilities, striking RGB set-up, and showcase quality earn it top marks. It sets itself apart from the pack, however, with its absolutely dynamite water-cooling support.

The dual radiator system packs insane radiator volume into the Enthoo 719 and from there, pretty much any water-cooling configuration is possible due to all of the numerous mounting locations. With all its features and high-quality components, it’s incredibly easy to recommend this tower.

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4. Thermaltake Core P8

Form Factor: Full-Tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 660 x 260 x 626mm | Weight: 49.8lb / 22.6kg | Radiator Support: 120, 140, 240, 280, 360, 420, 480mm | I/O Ports: 1x USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C, 2x USB 3.0, x 2 USB 2.0, 1 x HD Audio

Thermaltake Core P8REASONS TO BUY

  • Space for 4 radiators simultaneously (up to 480mm)
  • 20 possible fan mounting locations
  • totally customizable modular design
  • Quality, sturdy build
  • Perfect for showcasing builds
  • Rich I/O selection

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Premium price
  • heavy, hard to move around

Our Rating:   9.5/10

Thanks to its modular layout, the Thermaltake Core P8 is an easily modifiable and totally customizable full tower case. It can be wall-mounted or show off an open layout after you remove the 4mm thick glass panels that line the front, side, and top of the case. It supports EATX motherboards and is capable of supporting a whopping four radiators.

Obviously, radiator support is a good indicator that the P8 is a ready for a serious water-cooling system. Two 480mm radiators can be mounted on the front and right side of the tower, the top houses a maximum radiator size of 360mm, and on the bottom you’ll be able to fit a 240mm.

Incredibly, this is all supported simultaneously. Due to the open layout of the tower, both cooling loop configurations or all-in-one systems will find a spacious home in the P8. This tower will absolutely satisfy you water-cooling needs, whatever they may be.

For additional cooling support, the P8 also features an array of fan mounts so you can bring the best of both air and water- cooling to your P8 build. Twenty possible fan mounting locations line the interior of this case.

Imagine all those fans, all of them lit up with RGB, shining from behind the tempered glass. While the P8 is not exactly the most aesthetically-minded build, it’s got the classic good looks of a high-end case. The tempered glass on this model is especially nice and a little bit thicker than many of its competitors. The glass is also removable, as one of the main selling points of the P8 is the potential for an open-air layout.

Thermaltake designed the P8 with an open-air philosophy, meaning you have a lot of freedom in the mounting and layout of your build. Thermaltake calls it DMD, or “Dismantlable Modular Design,” and it allows you to essentially build your tower from the ground up. It has full EATX motherboard support and, like many others in its class, the option to vertically mount the GPU.

All in all, the Thermaltake P8 is designed for the modern age. Its totally customizable modular design, insane fan support, EATX motherboard support make it a strong title contender. However, the P8’s four radiator mounting locations and wealth of space for any custom water-cooling configuration is what scores it a knockout blow. This tower is loaded with features, has understated looks, and represents a great value for the price.

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5. Cougar Panzer Max

Form Factor: Full-Tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX, L-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX,CEB | Dimensions: 266 x 612 x 556mm | Weight: 26.5lb / 12kg | Radiator Support: 120, 140, 240, 280, 360mm | I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1 x HD Audio, Fan Controller

Cougar Panzer MaxREASONS TO BUY

  • Highly durable and quality build
  • Spacious and easy to build in
  • Supports up to 6 diferent type of mobos
  • Features headset and keyboard holder
  • Tool-less accessibility
  • Room for two 360mm radiators

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Not the best for extensive water cooling
  • Higher price

Our Rating:   9.3/10

Nicknamed “The Tank” due to its German heritage, the Cougar Panzer Max looks almost like something from an alien world. Mesh and brushed plastic combine to give this full tower a futuristic-military look and feel, while a tempered glass window shows off the internals. Handles and a keyboard holder on top of the tower give the form some function. The Panzer certainly has the threatening appearance to match its intimidating name.

The Panzer Max offers support for up to 4 radiators of a modest 360mm. The radiators use the same mounts as the fans forcing you to choose between an air-cooled or water-cooled unit.

Even if you were planning on a fully-water-cooled build, it’s still nice to have an air-cooling option, or at least more space to mount a more elaborate system. Two 120mm fans come preinstalled in the front with an additional 120mm fan in the back. Disappointingly, none of the fans are RGB, though it is nice they were included.

Other towers in its class offer much more water-cooling support, either by way of larger radiator capacity, more room to mount radiators, or more room to implement a custom-built looping system.
Despite the lacking water-cooling capabilities, the Panzer Max offers a host of other features which provide a lot of options for your build.

It has the space to house six different motherboard form factors, though there is no dual-system option here. It also accommodates four double slot 390mm graphics cards and up to six hard drives.

Its tempered glass window is simultaneously a feature and draw-back. On the one hand, it offers incredibly easy access to the Panzer’s insides; and yet on the other hand it’s almost too easy to open and needs to be taped closed in transport.

If you’re taken by the space-age looks and storage capabilities, the Cougar Panzer Max is worthy companion. It’s a great value for the amount of motherboard, graphics card, and hard drive support it offers. However, if you’re looking for a tower capable of extensive water-cooling, it might be wise for you to look elsewhere.

Its competitors have it beat in nearly every way, from radiator size to radiator quantity. It will house two 360mm radiators, but sacrifices its air-cool capabilities to do it, a concession that won’t be necessary with other full tower models. All in all, the Panzer Max is a good choice for a full tower, but its water-cooling capabilities leave a bit to be desired.

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Best Super Tower Cases For Water Cooling

These cases are simply massive and the limitations are seemingly nonexistent when it comes to the sheer volume of components that can be housed. You will not be hard pressed to find space for multiple GPUs, extensive storage, and fans galore. Not to mention the option for a colossal custom liquid cooling setup.

Obviously a downside to the super towers is that the prices can get extremely high for these cases considering their ability to support such a vast build, and even the budget picks for super tower cases can be higher priced than a top premium option in mid tower cases.

The table below will give you a quick look at our selections for the best super tower cases for water cooling currently available on the market. To read a full review, simply click on ‘review>>’ in respective row.

Product

Image

Rating

1. Corsair Obsidian 1000D
''A force to be reckoned with''

9.8

2. Thermaltake Tower 900 Black Edition
''Great affordable super tower''

9.7


1. Corsair Obsidian 1000D

Form Factor: Super-tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX, ATX, Mini-ITX, SSI EEB, microATX | Dimensions: 27.4 x 12.1 x 27.3 inches | Weight: 65lb / 29.5kg | Radiator Support: 120, 140, 240, 280, 360, 420, 480mm | I/O Ports: 1 x Audio/Mic, 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 3.1 Type-C

Corsair Obsidian 1000DREASONS TO BUY

  • Excellent for showcasing builds
  • Room for 4 480mm radiators simultaneously
  • Supports dual-system
  • Massive storage capabilities
  • Comes with Corsair Commander PRO
  • Extremely well made
  • Beautiful aesthetics
  • Rich I/O selection

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Premium price

Our Rating:   9.8/10

Form follows function with the huge Corsair Obsidian 1000D super tower case. It is the largest chassis ever produced by Corsair and the intention is to pack as much hardware into the gigantic full tower case as possible. When it’s loaded to the gills, it’s a force to be reckoned with.

This monster of a tower leads off with a huge array of cooling capabilities. The 1000D boasts the capacity to house four 480mm radiators and 18 fans at the same time, giving you the benefit of both air and water cooling. Installing the fans and radiators is a breeze as well, with modular, telescoping mounts in the cooling bay. Altogether, the 1000D practically begs for some sort of custom cooling set-up, due to all the space and ease of installation.

To help keep things neat and tidy, the 1000D makes use of triple-chamber design, with French-style doors providing easy access to the back compartment and four removable tempered glass windows on the side. Overall, the look is very clean and utilitarian and the chambered design easily compartmentalizes even the most extreme dual-system builds.


Hardcore gamers will certainly appreciate the ability to stream and game out of the same tower thanks to the 1000D’s simultaneous dual-system support of an E-ATX motherboard and a Mini-ITX motherboard.

Another great feature of the 1000D is the huge support for storage. Eleven separate compartments house up to five 3.5’’ HDDs and six 2.5’’ SDDs. The staggering storage capability is very on-brand for this tower that tries to offer more of everything.

Of course, no modern build would be complete without RGB support and the 1000D is no different. Corsair’s iCUE software rules over the fan and lighting configuration via a built-in Commander PRO controller. The controller gets the job done without a complaint and is very simple to use.

All in all, the Corsair Obsidian 1000D is an excellent choice for a water-cooled PC build. Its triple-chamber layout allows for ample room and provides connection points for any kind of custom-cooled build, while the radiator capacity is top of the class. You’ll need all that cooling capacity of you plan on building the 1000D to its potential and load it up with a dual-system set-up and maximize its 11 total storage drives.

This tower is the brawniest option in a class of heavy weights, and pulls no punches when it matches up with the competition. The 1000D is highly recommended and won’t leave you wanting more.

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2. Thermaltake Tower 900 Black Edition

Form Factor: Super-tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX, ATX, Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX | Dimensions: 752 x 423 x 483mm | Weight: 54lb / 24.5kg | Radiator Support: 480, 560mm | I/O Ports: 4x USB 3.0, 1x HD Audio

Thermaltake Tower 900 Black EditionREASONS TO BUY

  • Extremely spacious inside
  • Room for up to 560mm radiators
  • Will fit any imaginable build
  • Easy access to the inside
  • Quality build
  • Perfect for showcasing builds

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Incredibly heavy
  • Higher price
  • Lacks USB type-c port

Our Rating:   9.7/10

The Thermaltake Tower 900 Black Edition is a massive super tower, double the width of a typical tower. Inside, it makes use of its plentiful space with modular design that strips down to its bare bones with just a screw driver.

This beast of case is incredibly heavy, as heavy as most fully built PCs when its empty. It’s not a terribly practical case for anyone, but its roomy interior is a modder’s paradise.

If you’re looking to build an incredibly intricate cooling set-up, then you’re in luck because the most common modification of the Tower 900 is custom water-cooling. It has all the space you could possibly need. It can house all-in-one systems or custom loops and features large radiator support.

On the left side of the case, you can mount a 480mm radiator and on the right side you can mount an even larger 560mm radiator. Altogether, this is one super tower that comes ready for water-cooling and can support virtually any configuration.

However, it should be noted that the Tower 900 interfaces best with other Thermaltake products. The bottom mount holes are pre-drilled for the company’s pump and reservoir combo. Other products can be mounted as well, it just might take little bit more maneuvering.

Otherwise, the case offers the expected features for a super tower of its size. Its 5mm tempered glass is very thick for its class and is hinged for easy access to the PC’s internals. The Tower 900 also supports EATX motherboards, like the growing trend, allows for a vertical mounted GPU.

Despite its size, the Thermaltake Tower 900 Black Edition is not really a showpiece. Its looks are just adequate, nothing is terribly striking about its appearance. It certainly looks and feels high-quality but there is nothing unique. It does, however, feature RGB lighting controls, which is really a standard for a tower in this class.

This tower is a hot rod, designed for wedging all possible modifications inside of it and then opening up the throttle. It is the perfect case for building a water-cooling set-up inside, offering an incredible radiator capacity and ample room for mounting.

Altogether, the Thermaltake Tower 900 Black Edition is a capable super tower that with lots of prime real estate inside of it. It can house almost any build; just be sure you don’t have to move it when you’re finished as the finished build will likely be well over 100 pounds.

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Best Budget Cases For Water Cooling

If you’re on a tight budget, but still looking for a great case with water cooling capabilities, you should stick around for the last three cases of the mix. We selected the best cases with water cooling and budget in mind, so you can get yourself a great case that’s not going to cost you an arm and a leg.

The table below will give you a quick look at our selections for the best budget cases for water cooling currently available on the market. To read a full review, simply click on ‘review>>’ in respective row.

Product

Image

Rating

1. Phanteks Enthoo Pro
''Best budget case for water cooling''

9.6

2. MSI MPG Gungnir 100
''Best budget mid-tower for water cooling''

9.5

3. Musetex 903-N6
''Fancy budget pick''

9.2


1. Phanteks Enthoo Pro

Form Factor: Full-tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, EATX, mATX, SSI EEB | Dimensions: 235 x 535 x 501mm | Weight: 26.2lb / 11.9kg | Radiator Support: 120, 140, 240, 280, 360, 420mm | I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, Mic, Headphone

Phanteks Enthoo ProREASONS TO BUY

  • Competitive pricing
  • Room for up to 420mm radiators
  • Can house 4 radiators simultaneously
  • Tempered glass with easy access
  • Spacious, easy to build in
  • Solid construction

REASONS TO AVOID

  • awkard drive placement
  • Cheap plastic interior

Rating:   9.6/10

The Enthoo Pro is the entry level model in the Phanteks Enthoo line. It comes dressed up in faux-aluminum, giving it a high-end appearance, and boasts the standard tempered glass window. However, it’s missing out of the box RGB fans or lights to really subvert the expectations.

This full tower is a water-cooling enthusiast’s dream on a budget. It can house four radiators simultaneously, the largest being a massive 420mm up front. On top you can mount a 360mm radiator, while the bottom and rear max-out at 240mm. The Phanteks Enthoo Pro also comes complete with radiator mounts for all four radiators too, so installation is a breeze.

The interior of the Enthoo Pro is also quite roomy, so custom set-ups will be right at home. Dual looping may even be a possibility if you’re very confident in your installation abilities, though a smaller, more modest system is more than adequate.

Unfortunately, the Phanteks Enthoo Pro has some serious downsides. The exterior of the case is made almost entirely of plastic, despite its brushed aluminum appearance; and many soft-touched areas like the power button feel flimsy and cheap.

The placement of the SSD drive is also awkward to reach and crowds out HDD support, forcing you to choose between one or the other. This is where the Phanteks Enthoo Pro really feels like a budget tower.

Despite that, the Enthoo Pro also provides some excellent features. The smoky tempered glass panel is strikingly beautiful and, with an eye toward practicality, is hinged allowing easy access to the PC’s internals, which isn’t something typically found on budget cases.

The case also boasts an incredibly spacious interior, with more than enough room and mounting capabilities for modding. Its also compatible with Phantek proprietary RGB LED strips and motherboards and allows for easy interfacing and control on the front panel.

All in all, the Phanteks Enthoo Pro is a decent budget case that offers spectacular water-cooling support. It boasts an incredible four radiator support, and mounting and installing them is a pain-free process. The Enthoo Pro also features roomy interior, making building and modding simple and satisfying.

It has some drawbacks, though those are mainly due to budget considerations. The plastic feels a bit cheap in some areas and the drive placement is rather awkward, but it’s easy to look past those shortcomings if you’re dead set picking the ideal budget case for your water-cooled build.

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2. MSI MPG Gungnir 100

Form Factor: Mid-tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 510 x 227 x 525mm | Weight: 20.5lb / 9.3kg | Radiator Support: 120, 140, 240, 280, 360, 420mm | I/O Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 1x HD Audio

MSI MPG Gungnir 100REASONS TO BUY

  • Budget friendly
  • Great design
  • Tempered glass and RGB support
  • Space for up to 420mm radiators
  • Easy cable management
  • Quality, solid construction

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Limited storage support
  • Lacking rubber grommets

Rating:   9.5/10

The MSI MPG Gungnir 100 is a budget option in the mid tower arena. Like many others in its class, it offers the usual features like tempered glass windows and RGB without be overly flashy and in-your-face. Its truly unique feature is the fact MSI implores you to custom print your own parts and make it totally you own. Maybe this is where you can improve its limited RGB capabilities.

As far as cooling goes, the Gungnir 100 is a ready and capable mid tower. It supports a 420mm radiator up front and a 360mm radiator on top. For a case in its class, the Gungnir is really packing some serious radiator volume and is a great choice for a water-cooled set up.

Custom set-ups may be limited by the smaller interior, so loops are likely out of the question, but all-in-one systems will be right at home with a little wiggle room to spare. If you’re shopping for a budget friendly mid tower, the Gungnir 100 should be at the top of your list.

Water-cooling should be the go-to cooling option for this case, as the air-cooling options are very limited. It only has mounts for 4 120mm fans, three in the front and one in the back. Fortunately, all four fans are included out of the box but the front fans are not RGB.

Cable management is rather simple with the Gungnir 100, as MSI has included velcro straps to assist you. The smaller interior of the case gets messy in a hurry, so tucking away excess cable is a necessity rather than a vanity. Fortunately, it’s easy to keep it looking tidy and elegant.

Out of the box RGB capability is slightly disappointing, but that’s to be expected with a budget case such as this. The back fan is the only included RGB fan so you’ll have to shell out extra to get RGB fans up front. The front of the case also features very little in the way of RGB, so the manufacturer MSI offers the ability to outfit custom 3D-printed parts. Hopefully, you have a 3D printer sitting around.

For the money, the MSI MPG Gungnir 100 is a fine case. It is slightly lacking in features compared to others in the mid-sized class, but overall, the case is sturdy, solid, and feels like good quality. You won’t find a more capable budget tower for water-cooling, as the Gungnir boasts an impressive radiator capacity.

And, while dual-looping systems and other wild custom builds are out of the question, it has all the space you need to mount a more modest build or an all-in-one system. With an eye towards water-cooling ability, there aren’t many better budget buys on the market.

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3. Musetex 903-N6

Form Factor: Mid-tower | Motherboard Support: E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 17 x 17 x 8 in | Weight: 18.5lb / 8.4kg | Radiator Support: 120, 140, 240, 280, 360mm | I/O Ports: 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x HD Audio, RGB controller

Musetex 903N6REASONS TO BUY

  • Great design
  • Vibrant RGB with controls
  • Supports up to E-ATX motherboard
  • Supports up to 360mm radiators
  • Easy cable management
  • Competitive pricing

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Limited space inside
  • Limited space for radiators
  • Not ideal for water cooling

Rating:   9.2/10

For the budget seekers, Musetex offers the 903-N6, a mid tower case with comparable specs to more top-of-the-line builds. Beautiful RGB and tempered glass bedeck the exterior of the 903-N6 and give the case a premium look and feel while its motherboard support is definitely top-notch and a little bit unexpected in a budget-oriented case such as this one.

Primarily, the Musetex tower focuses on air-cooling. It has the mounts for up to 8 fans, 6 of which come pre-installed. However, this doesn’t mean that this case is incapable of housing a water-cooled build. A single 360mm radiator is mountable on the front of the 903-N6 while a single 240mm radiator can be mounted on top.

It won’t be enough to power a fully-custom build but an all-in-one system is the perfect playmate for it. The 903-N6 is not a great option for a water-cooled build but there aren’t many cases in its class that are.

Unlike most other budget cases of its size, the 903-N6 can house a host of motherboard options. EATX, ATX, micro-ATX, and mini-ITX are all supported here, though, to the surprise of no one, dual-system capabilities are not found here.

The Musetex certainly doesn’t look like a budget case. It comes with all the fancy bells and whistles a higher end case would have, like its tempered glass and RGB. The smoked glass is 4mm thick and elegantly displays the internals, while integrated RGB lights are easily controlled from the front panel and offer 12 different lighting modes including syncing with music.

The only time the Musetex really feels like a budget case is when you’re installing the SSD. The drive placement is very awkward to reach and the SSD encroaches upon the SATA and power cable housing. It’s a pretty minor gripe, but is a blemish on the otherwise very clean record of the 903-N6.

Overall, the Musetex 903-N6 makes a solid if unspectacular mid tower case. It has many nice features, like RGB lights and EATX motherboard support, that are a little unexpected on a budget case such as itself.

However, the water-cooling options aren’t as solid. Many mid tower cases offer larger radiator capacity or the ability to customize your configuration, and the Musetex T400 just won’t get you there.

The two radiators it does support are modest in size and best configured with an all-in-one type of set-up. It is still a good value for its price, but water-cooling enthusiasts should look elsewhere.

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About Richard Gamin 77 Articles
My name's Richard and over the years, I have personally built many PCs for myself and my friends. I love gaming, programming, graphics designing and basically anything that has to do with computers and technology. If you ever need a hand with anything, feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to help you out.

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    • We did check this one out and have to say it looks really good, but for the money, I don’t think it’s worth it. Personally, I would rather go for the corsair 1000D in this price category.

  1. Hello Richard, I am a big fan of gaming and I sometimes want to go for a bigger PC to aid better experience while gaming and without a doubt, the CPU goes really hot since I got the last system and it been a bit of an issue. I don’t want it to crash and so I just have to drip the game for a while it its really frustrating when this happens. It would be a feet idea to get a water cooling device but most of them I have seen can’t be trusted and that has made me stay away from it. I feel some level of confidence for the mentioned ones in this article and would make move to get one. Cheers.

  2. Wow, you have a very buzzing list to chose from here and I find your post very overwhelming as well. I was thinking of changing the case of my PC and a friend told me about the water cooling setup as the new read deal that people are opting for. I just recently turned to using my PC to play games a lot. And I don’t want it damaged. Which of this do you think I should turn in for?

    • Ho Riley,

      That really depends on what you looking for in terms of size, visuals and of course, your budget. If you’re looking to spend the least amount of money possible, be sure to pick one from our ‘budget picks’.

      Hope this helps!

      Richard

  3. I have long wanted a liquid-cooled unit. I do graphics and Webdesign and am looking at also doing live streaming events as an affiliate marketer. That, and I am a big fan of graphic intense MMORPG games. Many of these tasks require that I have a high degree of processing and may at times overtask the processor and overheat my machine which in turn leads to lower performance. I am partial to the looks of the Thermaltake View 91 in the middle of the list and am wondering if you have personal experience with this tower or can tell me if it is easy to assemble from my bare bones?

    • Hey Andy,

      If you have any experience with building a PC, you should be able to build inside of the view 91. Plus it has some sweet features like voice control and such. If you’re not confident however, there is plenty of tutorials on youtube!

      Hope this helps

      Richard

  4. Could you please tell me how water cooling works? I have heard that there is a liquid that fully immerses components because they have no reactivity with them. Is this what these cases do? My son is looking to build a gaming pc. I am going have him use your site reviews to make his decision on which case to buy. 

    • Hi Jim,

      These cases do not have water cooling instaled, however they offer the best support and space for installing a watercooling loop. If you don’t have any experience with setting up a watercooling loop, I strongly recommend checking out some youtube tutorials for that.

      Hope this helps,

      Richard

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