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Looking for a micro atx case to finish off my build

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I build a budget computer and stuck it in a an old server case. To finish it off I need a good case so I can stop thinking about it. Here's my specs,

Amd fx4100
Gigabyte am3+ 760g m-atx
asus gtx 560 1gb
cooler master 500 watt psu
G-skill sniper 8gb 1333

As I said, lol. It's in a SERVER CASE. A micro atx board in a server case..... I mean. I tried modding the case, and got it looking alright till i tried putting a window in it and screwed it up. I've been too busy to fix it.

I'm content with playing bf3 at medium and not overclocking it at all. Not water cooled, I got like 1 120 mm fan and about 4 80 mm fans. Server cases are weird with these 80 mm fans.

So I have 3 options.

Option 1 - Cheap ass case that looks simple, It'll do till I build a new computer and make this thing a media computer or lan party thing.

Option 2 - A m-atx case with 3 5.25 inch external drive bays. I have a 120 mm fan to 3 drive bay adapter. I love this thing, I have a grill on it off a girl holding an axe, and I would like to use it in a m-atx case. But I've only found a couple. And they don't look that amazing for their price.

Option 3 - Help me on this one. Fractal design define mini, or an arc mini. If i go this route, Then I'll build a new computer with them down the road. I love fractal designs define mini, it just looks awesome, very simple, and the whole quiet thing is cool. Or I could go with an arc mini and put a dual rad on top and put it to the extreme. The define mini would be an all black build, just blacked out and quiet. The arc mini I would make it red led. What would your personal opinion be? Don't give facts I want opinions.

So If you guys could look it over and throw me links to a cheap case, a case with 3 bays, and your opinion, and which option I really should go with, that would be awesome.

Thanks ahead :PPP
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-4100  Gigabyte am3+ 760g m-atx Asus Gtx 560 G-Skill 2x 4gb 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 500gb (friend gave me it, never looked at it) None Windows 7 Pro Acer 20 in. 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
G510 Cooler master 500 watt Fractal Design Define mini G300 
Mouse PadAudio
None (lolololol) Logitech Z313 2.1  
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-4100  Gigabyte am3+ 760g m-atx Asus Gtx 560 G-Skill 2x 4gb 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 500gb (friend gave me it, never looked at it) None Windows 7 Pro Acer 20 in. 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
G510 Cooler master 500 watt Fractal Design Define mini G300 
Mouse PadAudio
None (lolololol) Logitech Z313 2.1  
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Without going into too much here, I did my homework as I was recently considering a micro and mini builds and my two faves were the Bitfinex Prodigy (mini) and the Silverstone FT03 (micro). They are not that cheap though at $80 for the Prodigy and $150 for the FT03.

Look at my Sig rig for some pics of the Bitfinex Prodigy (the build I decided to go with in the end).

In relation to specifics regarding your question I'd also recommend the Silverstone TJ08-E (micro) which will go for $99 or the Silverstone SG05 which sells for $110 (mini).
 
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Intel i7 4770k @ 4.5GHz Asus Maximus VI Gene Gigabyte R9 290 @ 1160MHz/1350MHz Gigabyte R9 290 @ 1160MHz/1350MHz 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
G.Skill Trident X 2X8GB DDR3 2400MHz Samsung 840 PRO 256GB  Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB SATA III 6Gb/s 64... Pioneer Blu-ray Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Liquid Single Loop Triple Radiators Win 7 SP1 Professional x64bit  Samsung SynchMaster 24" Widescreen 1200p TFT-LC... Logitech G15 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1300w 80+ Gold Fully Modular  Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Microsoft Sidewinder X5 Allsop Redmond Mouse Pad 
Audio
Cambridge Soundworks 5.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K @ 4.6GHz ASRock Z77E-ITX mITX  Sapphire HD 7990 @ 1090MHz/1600MHz G.SKILL Ripjaws 2X4GB DDR3-1600 @ 1866MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial SSD 128GB mSATA SATA III 6GB  Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA II 32MB 7200RPM LG DVD R/W SATA with LightScribe Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 7 Professional x64bit Samsung 52" 1080p 60Hz LCD Logitech Wireless K330 Corsair AX850 Gold Fully Modular 
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BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ATX Black  Logitech Wireless M215 Corsair Vengeance MM200 Yamaha RX-V681 & PSB/Polk Audio 5.1 
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WD Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache 7200RPM LG Optical Drive Thermaltake Max Orb Windows 7 
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BitoHeaven
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel i7 4770k @ 4.5GHz Asus Maximus VI Gene Gigabyte R9 290 @ 1160MHz/1350MHz Gigabyte R9 290 @ 1160MHz/1350MHz 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
G.Skill Trident X 2X8GB DDR3 2400MHz Samsung 840 PRO 256GB  Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB SATA III 6Gb/s 64... Pioneer Blu-ray Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Liquid Single Loop Triple Radiators Win 7 SP1 Professional x64bit  Samsung SynchMaster 24" Widescreen 1200p TFT-LC... Logitech G15 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1300w 80+ Gold Fully Modular  Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Microsoft Sidewinder X5 Allsop Redmond Mouse Pad 
Audio
Cambridge Soundworks 5.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K @ 4.6GHz ASRock Z77E-ITX mITX  Sapphire HD 7990 @ 1090MHz/1600MHz G.SKILL Ripjaws 2X4GB DDR3-1600 @ 1866MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial SSD 128GB mSATA SATA III 6GB  Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA II 32MB 7200RPM LG DVD R/W SATA with LightScribe Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 7 Professional x64bit Samsung 52" 1080p 60Hz LCD Logitech Wireless K330 Corsair AX850 Gold Fully Modular 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ATX Black  Logitech Wireless M215 Corsair Vengeance MM200 Yamaha RX-V681 & PSB/Polk Audio 5.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X4 640 ASRock N68C-GS NVIDIA 6600GT G. Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache 7200RPM LG Optical Drive Thermaltake Max Orb Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Viewsonic 19” Flatscreen CRT Gigabyte GK-K6800 103  Thermaltake TR2 600W Cigar Boxes 
MouseMouse Pad
Zalman ZM-M300 Corsair Vengeance MM200 
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Alright, I got it down two 4 cases, two brands.

The SilverStone Temjin Series TJ08B-E; the SilverStone SST-PS07B; Fractal Design Arc Mini; Fractal Design Define Mini

Anyone have an opinion on their favorite out of these? Or which performs the best.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-4100  Gigabyte am3+ 760g m-atx Asus Gtx 560 G-Skill 2x 4gb 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 500gb (friend gave me it, never looked at it) None Windows 7 Pro Acer 20 in. 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
G510 Cooler master 500 watt Fractal Design Define mini G300 
Mouse PadAudio
None (lolololol) Logitech Z313 2.1  
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-4100  Gigabyte am3+ 760g m-atx Asus Gtx 560 G-Skill 2x 4gb 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 500gb (friend gave me it, never looked at it) None Windows 7 Pro Acer 20 in. 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
G510 Cooler master 500 watt Fractal Design Define mini G300 
Mouse PadAudio
None (lolololol) Logitech Z313 2.1  
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