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The last couple weeks I've been researching what case to get and really having a hard time choosing. I currently have a Lian Li A05 case and really like the design and style of that.

I'm after a full size tower case as I found the Lian Li really constrictive to work with and really started running out of internal space.

A mid tower could be an option if it's the right one and I've been looking heavily at the Corsair 650d, however I don't know if it will be good enough for my needs.

I currently run an Intel i7 920 at stock speed and will continue to air cool this, but in plan to upgrade to the next release of intel processors when they come out at a reasonable price and I'm thinking of water cooling that and two gpu cards. However I'm not sold on the water cooling quite yet. So ideally I'm after a case that is good air cooling and has the space an options to water cool.

The Corsair 800d is was an option, but the air cooling sounds bad and I'm not sure if I want to go down that route.
The Cooler Master HAF X is a great case, if they didn't make it so damn ugly I would have already bought it.
I looked at the Corsair 500r and really like the style, but I think it's a little small.
The Corsair 650d is so close to what I want and with the mesh side panel looks like an option, but I really need around 6/7 HDD drive bays.
Silverstone TJ07 is awesome, but I want to air cool for a while and the HDD bays not being sideways to the case annoys me.

I'm not a huge fan of any of the LianLi full tower cases, so would be happy enough to ignore those.
The NZXT Phantom in the flesh looks like it is a plastic wart... well it's not that bad, but looks better in the pictures.
I don't like the unusual mounting of some of the SIlverstone cases, I like my mobos traditional, my LianLi A05 has them upside down and when I had a fanless gpu it wasn't great at all.

Ideally what I'd love is a HAF X with the styling of the Corsair 650d. If the 650d was maybe a little larger it would be perfect for me. I might end up going with this and getting the mesh side panel, but I'm worried I'm limiting myself in the future.

Any ideas or opinions?
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post #2 of 7
With your wants and needs considered, I personally think this case would be ideal for your application, the ATCS 840 by Cooler Master.

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=5777

It has awesome, executive styling and is built strongly and robustly. It features all the usual great Cooler Master tool-less features like the drive bays and 5.25" bays, and there are a lot of bays for futureproofability. Do note that the case also comes in black tongue.gif (Looks far better in black in my opinion.
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if you want a big case with alot of internal head room then the xigmatek elysium should be one to go for.
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Just an update. I went down to Frys today to check out some cases in the flesh. I have to say the the HAF X case is not as bad as the pictures make it out to be. Compared to pretty much everything out there it was really the only one that fits everything I need and want.

I was really disappointed however with Corsair 800d. The front panel really scratches bad and overall quality was not as good as I would have expected for the price it's asking for and as I'm not sure about water cooling quite yet, i'll leave this one.

So I'm now looking at the HAF X. Is there any other cases planned to come out soon from Cooler Master?
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post #5 of 7
They will probably release something in Q1 2012. I'd hold out for that. The HAF X is quite common really.

If you can find one, get the Acer Predator case. It's quite unique really. But they are very hard to find on their own.

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I my self am quite fond of the 400r/500r looks and space
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How about the 600t?
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