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High End Aluminum Chassis + Water Cooling

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I'm in the process of deciding on what I want. I'm pretty obsessive about cases and do try to keep up on most everything that is out there. I have it narrowed down to four cases, but I wanted to source this out there unless there is something I might be missing. The idea is to finally have a permanent home for my main workstation. Here's a list of requirements:

-Aluminum Chassis (I *might* be persuaded by something that isn't aluminum which is still quality - Define XL R2 almost made the cut)
-Not huge (the smaller the better)
-480-600mm of rad space. I can mod to make this happen if I am given the space, so I don't need it out of the box
-Sleek design
-EATX compatible, don't need XL-ATX.
-Don't need HDD space, only a few SSDs which can go anywhere.

So the cases I'm waffling between are the Lian Li V750, A75X, Cubitek Magicube AIO, and LD PC-V7. I'm leaning more towards the PC-V7 and V750 at the moment. I'd buy the X900 in a heartbeat if I could find one. But, alas.

Cases that fit this mold that I'm not interested in for various reasons - CaseLabs, MountainMods, Corsair 900D.
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NuForce uDAC 2 
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3570K Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 ASUS RoG Matrix 7970 8GB Samsung DDR3 1600 
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Probably the LD PC-7. Personally, I'd go with Case Labs Merlin SM8, but that won't work for you, so LD is probably the next best choice for watercooling.
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FT02 with a 540 rad mod biggrin.gif
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Get the LD. You will love it.
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Hmm...PC-V750 isn't high end.

These are high end:

 

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Crucial M4 128GB  Asus DRW-24B1ST Intel Stock Cooler Windows 8 Pro 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blue Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD LITE-ON iHAS 424-98 Corsair H80 + 2X Corsair 120MM Fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate Samsung S27A350H 27" LED Backlit HDMI Monitor Cherry G80-3800 Cherry MX Blue Corsair 850W Professional Series Gold 
CaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master 690 II Advanced Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse Plantronics GameCom 367 
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Intel i3-2125 Asus P8H77-I Intel HD 3000 Samsung Green 30nm 2x4GB MV-3V4G3D/US 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 128GB  Asus DRW-24B1ST Intel Stock Cooler Windows 8 Pro 
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Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 800 Corsair Builder Series CX500V2 Lian Li PC-Q11B TrendNet TEW-684UB 
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