Best Water Cooling Case for Enthusiast Gaming PC in 2018

A water cooled PC not only looks great but it also provides much better cooling to your major components that include your CPU and Graphics Card (Water block ones). Also, if you are an enthusiast and into extreme overclocking then water cooling will allow you to overclock your CPU and GPU to much higher frequencies. There are generally two types of liquid cooling or water cooling, one is the custom loop water cooling where you build your own water cooling loop using pipes / tubes, pump, radiator, reservoir, coolant / water and waterblock for CPU and Graphics Card. Other one is closed loop liquid cooling where ready-made or pre-built AIO liquid coolers are available for direct use and you just have to mount the waterblock unit on the CPU and radiator on the case. AIO water coolers are sealed units and you cannot open them or change or top-up the coolant. There are also AIO liquid cooled graphics cards too but they are only available for high-end GPUs. The performance of a custom loop water cooling is generally better than AIO closed loop liquid cooler. However, custom loop water cooling is more expensive compared to AIO liquid cooling and Air cooling.

Building a custom water cooling loop is a tough and tedious task compared to AIO and Air CPU coolers. Custom loop water cooling requires more space especially when you are cooling your waterblock graphics card with it and using multiple radiators. Therefore, it is not possible to employ custom water cooling in any computer case. So, there are some special PC cases available that are designed for extreme and advanced water cooling setups. A good Water Cooling case has enough space to accommodate multiple radiators (360mm or bigger), Reservoir and Pump with ease. Also, it should have full window tempered glass panels so that you and others can get a clear and complete view of your beautiful water cooled computer system. So, here I am going to list down the best water cooling cases or liquid cooled PC cases for setting up high-end water cooling setup for your CPU and GPU.

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Note: There are some high-end CPU Air Coolers available too that can provide you similar cooling performance of good AIO liquid cooler. You can check them out from the link given below.

Must Read: Best CPU Air Coolers for Overclocking & Gaming

Best Water Cooling PC Cases with Tempered Glass

Here are the best water cooling computer cases for building a high-end water cooled PC for enthusiasts and for overclocking. These liquid cooling PC cases are suitable for both custom loop and AIO closed loop liquid cooling solutions, and all of them come with big tempered glass panels. Below mentioned liquid cooling PC cases are available in mid-tower, full-tower, cube and super-tower form factors.

Fractal Design Define R6 Black TG

If you are looking for a sturdy mid-tower water cooled PC case then you won’t find anything as good as the Fractal Design Define R6 Black TG. This is a classy looking, well-built and very spacious computer case that can swallow all of your gaming components and water cooling loop comfortably. This mid-tower case can support up to eATX (up to 285mm) motherboards. The case has great airflow with plenty of fan mount points (nine fan mount points) and it comes with three Dynamic X2 GP-14 140mm fans pre-installed. The front panel of the case is made of brushed aluminum and on the top of the front case, you will find two USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports and audio ports. It features Third generation ModuVent technology that gives users the choice between a soundproof steel cover or filtered multi-fan ventilation setup in the top panel. Also, you don’t have to worry about your storage needs as the case supports up to 8 drive bays for your hard drives and SSDs.

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This mid-tower water cooling case is big enough to support high-end graphics cards up to 440mm in length, 185mm tall CPU coolers and up to 300mm PSU. For water cooling, it supports up to 420mm radiator on top, 360mm in the front and 280mm on the base. The case features two different layouts; the standard layout is designed for maximum storage capacity and the open layout is for water cooling setup. The left side panel has tempered glass and the right one is fitted to sound dampening material for minimizing noise.

Side panels on this case can be easily removed using the tool-less push locks. Other features include Vertical 2.5 slot GPU mount, Dust filters, PWM Fan Hub, cable routing and tool free drive installation. The case is compatible with Fractal Design Connect D1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Upgrade Kit which you can but separately. Overall, it is a modular, quieter and elegant looking water cooling case that is loaded with features and has solid build quality. Highly Recommended by me.

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Fractal Design Define R6 Black TG Specifications
Form Factor Mid-Tower
Motherboard   ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, eATX (up to 285mm wide),
Drive Bays 3.5″/2.5″ x 6, 2.5” x 2 (hidden)
Front Ports 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, Audio
Expansion Slots 7 + 2 vertical
CPU Cooler Height 185mm
Graphics Card Length  440mm
Radiator support Front: 120/240/360 mm or 140/280 mm

Top:      

Standard layout – 120/240/360 mm (max 35 mm motherboard component height)

Open layout – 120/240/360 mm – 140/280/420 mm (max 35 mm motherboard component height)

Rear: 120mm

Bottom: 120/240 mm or 140 / 280 mm

Fans & Cooling Front: 3 x 120 mm or 2 x 140 mm,

Top:      

Standard layout: 3 x 120 or 2 x 140

Open layout: 3 x 120/140 mm

Rear: 1 x 120/140 mm

Bottom: 2 x 120/140 mm

Tempered Glass Panels Side Panel (tinted)
Features Tool-less push-to-lock for Side Panels, Tool less Drive Installation, Dust Filters on Front, Top & Base, Sound Dampening Material on Right Side Panel, Standard and Open Layout, 300mm PSU support, Cable routing, ModuVent technology, PWM Fan Hub, Reversible front door

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Thermaltake Core P5 Tempered Glass Edition ATX Wall-Mount Case

If you want to showcase all of your fancy gaming components and water cooling loop then this open frame panoramic viewing case is a perfect choice. This is a beautiful ATX mid-tower case that has got full length tempered glass windowed panel on top, side and top and you can literally see each and every component of your gaming rig from outside. You can easily setup a custom water loop with  reservoir in this case for your CPU and GPU. It supports up to 480mm radiators and is Thermaltake Tt LCS Certified. This is a modular case and supports 3-way placement layouts (Wall mount, Horizontal and Vertical) and dual GPU layout locations (horizontal / vertical). The case does support 120mm / 140mm fan mount points on the left but you won’t be able to use them with liquid cooling setup because the same location is shared for the radiator too. On the front panel of the case, you will find two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and Audio ports.

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The case can support graphics cards up to 570mm (without Reservoir) and 280mm (with Reservoir) in length, CPU coolers up to 180mm tall and PSU up to 200mm in length. The case is only good for a single radiator water cooling setup and you cannot use dual radiators or dual loop water cooling with it. A standard riser cable is included with this case for vertical mounting of graphics card. This case is a work of art and if you are looking for a case that provides stunning look of your gaming components with RGB lighting then you should definitely get this one. It is also available in other colors that include red and snow (white). You can check them all by going to the link given below.

Thermaltake Core P5 Tempered Glass Edition Case Specifications
Form Factor Mid-Tower
Motherboard  Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX
Drive Bays 1 x 3.5’’ or 2.5’’ (HDD tray), 3 x 3.5’’ or 2.5’’ (Hidden Behind the M/B tray)
Front Ports USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1
Expansion Slots 8
CPU Cooler Height 180mm
Graphics Card Length  280mm (with Reservoir), 570mm (without Reservoir)
Radiator support Left Side: 1 x 480mm / 1 x 420mm
Fans & Cooling Left Side: 4 x 120mm / 3 x 140mm
Tempered Glass Panels Side, Top, Front (5mm)
Features 3-way placement layouts (Wall mount, Horizontal and Vertical), 200mm PSU support, DMD – Dismantlable Modular Design, Tt LCS Certified

Thermaltake Core P5 Tempered Glass Edition ATX Case

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass Full Tower Case

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass is a traditional and classy looking Full Tower case from Phanteks. This is a multipurpose case that can be used for building a water cooled gaming PC and a traditional powerful desktop with lots of drives. It is RGB PC case and comes with RGB LED strips on its front and top corners on both the sides. The case offers plenty of drive bays and also comes with 5.25” bays which you can use for fitting an optical drive or a 5.25” fan controller. The case is very spacious with great airflow and comes with sufficient fan mount points on front, rear and top. On the front panel, you will find two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, LED switch and Audio ports hidden in hinged door.

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The case supports 347mm long graphics cards, 193mm tall CPU coolers and 318mm long PSU. For water cooling, it comes with Reservoir mounts, Pump bracket and supports up to 420mm radiator on top, 250mm on front, 120mm at rear and up to 240mm at bottom. RGB LED lighting and effects in this case can be controlled using the LED switch and by RGB LED softwares that include MSI Mystic Light Sync, Asus Aura Sync and Gigabyte RGB Fusion. The case is compatible with Phanteks RGB LED Strips. Other features include Dust Filter on Front and Top, Cable management, 3-pin Fan Hub (support 6 Fans) and Tool free drive installation. Overall, a very practical case  if you want a clean looking case with lots of space, water cooling support, good build quality and fancy RGB LED lighting.

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass Case Specifications
Form Factor Full Tower
Motherboard  ATX, EATX, uATX, mini ITX, SSI EEB
Drive Bays 5.25″ x 3, 3.5″ / 2.5″ x 6, 2.5″ x 4 (2 included)
Front Ports 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, Mic, Headphone
Expansion Slots 7
CPU Cooler Height 193mm
Graphics Card Length  347mm
Radiator support Front: up to 240mm

Top: up to 360mm / up to 420mm

Rear: 120mm

Bottom: up to 240mm / 140mm

Fans & Cooling Front: 120mm x 2 / 140mm x 2

Top: 120mm x 3, 140mm x 2

Rear: 120mm / 140mm x 1

Tempered Glass Panels Side
Features RGB LED lighting on Corners, Dust filters, Cable Management, Tools Free Drive Installation, Reservoir Mounts and Pump Bracket, Compatible with Phanteks RGB LED Strips and RGB motherboards, Sand-blasted Aluminum panels, Fan Hub (x6 fans)

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Corsair Obsidian Series 500D Premium Mid-Tower Case

Corsair Obsidian Series 500D is a modern, stylish and sleek mid-tower case that supports up to ATX sized motherboards. The is a beautiful case with smoked tempered glass doors on both the sides. These are swing door panels that allows easy accessibility to your components. The case is pretty spacious and has got fan mount points at front, top and rear for achieving high airflow. The case looks very premium with its aluminum front panel and top plate. The top of the front panel consists of two USB 3.0 ports, USB 3.1 Type-C port and audio. I think this is the only case in its segment to feature a front USB Type-C port.

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The case can support graphics cards up to 370mm long, 170mm tall CPU coolers and 225mm PSU. You can easily setup a dual radiators water cooling loop in this case as it supports up 360mm radiator on front, up to 280mm / 240mm radiator on top. It also includes decent amount of drive bays for your SSDs and HDDs. Other features include removable dust filters, removable fan and radiator trays, cable routing and tool free drive installation. So, if you are looking for a relatively compact case for your water cooled PC build then you cannot ignore this beauty with its Iconic Obsidian design.  

Corsair Obsidian Series 500D Mid-Tower Case Specifications
Form Factor Mid-Tower
Motherboard  Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX
Drive Bays 3.5” x 2, 2.5” x 3
Front Ports USB 3.0 x 2, USB 3.1 Type-C, Audio
Expansion Slots 7
CPU Cooler Height 170mm
Graphics Card Length  370mm
Radiator support Front: up to 360mm

Top: up to 280mm / 240mm

Rear: 120mm

Fans & Cooling Front: 120mm x 3 / 140mm x 2

Top: 120 x 2 / 140mm x 2

Rear: 120mm x 1

Tempered Glass Panels Both Sides (smoked tempered glass)
Features Aluminum Front and Roof Plate, 225mmPSU support, Swing Door Handles, Removable Fan and Radiator Trays, Cable routing, Removable built-in Dust Filters, Direct Airflow Path design

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Thermaltake Level 20 XT Cube Case

Thermaltake Level 20 XT is one of the newest cases in the Thermaltake Level 20 new case series. This is an E-ATX Cube Case and offers tons of space for custom water cooling loop and other high-end gaming components. This cube gaming case is a looker and it comes with 4mm tempered glass panels on all its sides i.e. front, top, left, right so that you can showcase all of your high-end gaming components in style. It has got plenty of fan installation mount points all round and can even support two 200mm fans at front. This is a modular case and has dual chamber design where the lower chamber is for PSU and storage devices while the upper chamber houses PCI-E cards, motherboard and graphics card. On the top of the front panel you will get two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, one USB Type-C port and Audio ports.

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The case supports high-end graphics cards up to 400mm long, 250mm tall CPU coolers and standard 220mm PSU. This is an ultimate case for water cooling as it is capable of supporting two radiators (up to 480mm / 420mm) on top and can support big radiators on front, side and at bottom. You can easily setup an advanced custom water cooling loop with big radiators and reservoirs in this case. Other features include dust filter, tool free drive installation and cable routing. Overall, it is one of the best looking and spacious cube cases for building an enthusiast gaming PC with water cooling.                               

Thermaltake Level 20 XT Cube Case Specifications
Form Factor E-ATX Cube Case
Motherboard  Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX
Drive Bays 6 x 3.5’’ or 2.5’’ (HDD Cage), 1 x 3.5’’, 2 x 2.5’’ (M/B Tray Hidden)
Front Ports USB 2.0 x2, USB 3.0 x2, HD Audio x 1, Type-C x1
Expansion Slots 8
CPU Cooler Height 250mm
Graphics Card Length  400mm (with ODD cage), 590mm (without ODD cage)
Radiator support Front: up to 360mm / 280mm (x1)

Top: up to 480mm / 420mm (x2)

Rear: 120mm / 140mm (x1)

Left / Right: up to 480mm / 420mm (x1)

Bottom: up to 480mm / 420mm (x1)

Fans & Cooling Front: 3 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm, 2 x 200mm

Top: 8 x 120mm, 6 x 140mm, 2 x 200mm

Rear: 2 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm

Bottom: 3 x 120mm

Left / Right Side: 4 x 120mm, 3 x 140mm

Tempered Glass Panels 4mm Tempered Glass x 4(Left & Right & Front & Top)
Features Tt LCS Certified, Chamber Design, 220mm PSU support, DMD: Dismantlable Modular Design, Cable routing, Tool less drive installation

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Corsair Obsidian Series 1000D Super-Tower Case

Corsair Obsidian Series 1000D is the bigger version of the Corsair Obsidian Series 500D mid-tower case that I have mentioned above in this post. This is a monstrous super tower case and can support up to SSI-EEB and E-ATX motherboards. It is a modern looking and stylish case and has got tempered glass swingable doors on both the sides for easy access to your components. It packs enormous amount of space and can swallow all your big water cooling radiators and high-end gaming components without any hitch. The case has great ventilation and has 18 fan mounts for adding fans and increasing airflow. It has got telescopic tool-less modular radiators trays that can slide in and out for easy installation of fans and radiators. The top of the front case is RGB LED lit and it contains four USB 3.0 ports, USB 3.1 Gen-2 Type-C port, power button and audio ports. The case includes built-in CORSAIR Commander PRO fan and lighting controller that comes with 6 fan connectors and two RGB connectors for Corsair RGB lighting devices. You can control the RGB lighting and fan speed using Corsair iCUE or Link software.

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This is a dual system ready case which can run two systems concurrently with E-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards having separate PSUs. This can prove very handy when you want to build one system for gaming purpose and other one for online streaming to twitch, so that neither of them will suffer performance breakdowns due to different tasks. The case is also capable of supporting up to 11 storage drives (2.5” / 3.5”).

It supports high-end graphics cards up to 400mm in length and 180mm tall CPU coolers. This case is perfect for building an advanced dual water cooling loop with multiple radiators as it can support dual 480mm radiators at front, single 420mm radiator on top and up to 240mm radiator at rear. Other features include cable routing, dust filters and tool-less drive installation. The build-quality of the case is top-notch and if you are an enthusiast who is looking for a big, powerful, feature rich and a modern stylish case for extreme build then this one is for you.   

Corsair Obsidian Series 1000D Super-Tower Case Specifications
Form Factor Super Tower
Motherboard  Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX, SSI-EEB
Drive Bays 3.5” x 5, 2.5” x 6
Front Ports USB 3.0 x 4, USB 3.1 Gen-2 Type-C x 2, Audio
Expansion Slots 8
CPU Cooler Height 180mm
Graphics Card Length  400mm
Radiator support Front: up to 480mm (x2)

Top: up to 420mm (x1)

Rear: up to 240mm / 140mm (x1)

Fans & Cooling Front: 8 x 120mm

Rear: 2 x 120mm / 140mm

Top: 3 x 140mm

Tempered Glass Panels Both Sides (Smoked Tempered Glass Doors)
Features Side Tempered Glass Doors, CORSAIR Commander PRO Fan and Lighting controller, RGB LED lit front panel, standard or vertical GPU mounting, pump and reservoir fit points, tool-less modular radiator mounting trays, cable routing, tool-less drive installation, Corsair iCUE software support, Dual system ready

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Thermaltake Tower 900 E-ATX Vertical Super Tower Case

This case is a piece of art and is designed in collaboration with Watermod France. It is a vertical super-tower case and supports up to E-ATX sized motherboards. The case comes with 5mm tempered glass panels on top and sides and you can view each and every component clearly in this case. It is a huge case and offers tons of space for biggest of the gaming components you can find. For cooling, it has plenty of fan mount points at sides, top and rear. The front panel comes with I/O ports that include four USB 3.0 ports and HD audio ports.

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It can fit 400mm long high-end graphics card, 260mm tall CPU coolers and 220mm PSU. For water cooling it supports 480mm and 560mm radiators and has two reservoir mounts. The case is highly modular and you can customize it according to your needs. Other features include tool free drive installation and cable routing. So, if you are looking for a beautifully crafted case with lots of space and large tempered glass windows then look no further. It is available in two colors; black and snow white.

Thermaltake Tower 900 E-ATX Vertical Case Specifications
Form Factor Super Tower
Motherboard  Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX
Drive Bays 5.25” x 1, 6 x 3.5’’ or 2.5’’ (With HDD Cage), 2 x 2.5’’ (With HDD tray)
Front Ports USB 3.0 x 4, HD Audio x 1
Expansion Slots 8
CPU Cooler Height 260mm
Graphics Card Length  400mm
Radiator support Left / Right Side: 1 x 480mm, 1 x 560mm
Fans & Cooling Left Side: 4 x 120mm, 4 x 140mm

Right Side: 4 x 120mm, 4 x 140mm

Top: 2 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm

Rear: 2 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm

HDD Cage: 1 x 120mm, 1 x 140mm

Tempered Glass Panels Front and Both Sides (5mm thickness)
Features 220mm PSU support, Tt LCS Certified, DMD – Dismantlable Modular Design, Tool free drive installation and cable routing.

Thermaltake Tower 900 E-ATX Vertical Super Tower Case

Thermaltake View 71 Tempered Glass Edition Full Tower Case

Thermaltake View 71 is a Full Tower case in the View case series that is focused to provide you the complete view of your components from outside. The case come with swing open full window tempered glass panels on sides for easy access, and tempered glass panel on top and front. This is a stunning looking case and for cooling it comes pre-installed with 140mm Riing LED Blue fan at rear and front. You can optionally install more fans at front, top and bottom if you want to increase the airflow further. The front panel includes two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and audio ports.

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The case can accommodate up to 410mm long graphics card (without HDD rack), 190mm tall CPU coolers and up to 420mm radiators on front, top and side. In this case you can also mount your graphics card vertically using the integrated Riser GPU bracket. The case features modular design and is suitable for building a high-end gaming PC for 4K gaming. Other features include cable routing, tool-free drive installation and fan filter on top. This case is also available in RGB edition and you can check both of them out from the links given below.

Thermaltake View 71 Tempered Glass Edition Case Specifications
Form Factor Full Tower
Motherboard  Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX
Drive Bays 2.5” x 4 or 3.5”x4(HDD Rack), 2.5”x 6 or 3.5” x 3 (Hidden)
Front Ports USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2, HD Audio
Expansion Slots 8+2
CPU Cooler Height 190mm
Graphics Card Length  310mm (With HDD Rack), 410mm (Without HDD Rack
Radiator support Front: 1 x 360mm, 1 x 420mm

Top: 1 x 360mm, 1 x 420mm

Rear: 1 x 120mm, 1 x 140mm

Right: 1 x 360mm, 1 x 420mm

Bottom: 1 x 240mm

Fans & Cooling Front: 3 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm

Top: 3 x 120mm, 3 x 140mm

Rear: 1 x 120mm, 1 x 140mm

Bottom: 2 x 120mm

Tempered Glass Panels (Left & Right & Front & Top) 5mm Tempered Glass x 4
Features Tt LCS Certified, 220mm PSU support, Modular Design, Tool-Free installation, Cable routing, Riser GPU Support Bracket for Vertical GPU mounting

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Final Words

At the end I would like to say that if you are looking forward to build a PC with water cooling then selecting a right case is very important. This is due to the fact that not every case is designed for water cooling and the ones that support it may not be suitable for bigger and advanced water cooling loop. Here I have listed the best water cooling cases for all popular form factors and they fully support custom water cooling loop and AIO liquid coolers. You can select the right one according to your requirements or needs and if you have any doubts or queries regarding them then please ask me by leaving a comment below.

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  1. charles September 5, 2018
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