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I am making a couple different build lists, one SFF and another larger build for VMs, high end gaming, HTPC and general web browsing. Also possibility of using the build as a server, haven't really decided on that yet. However I would like a case with high drive capacity and good aairflow, one that can possibly be used for air or water cooling. This seems like a tall task and I couldn't really find one myself. So I came to you guys.

The rest if the build will be either an ATX or EATX board so the case will need to support that.

So suggestions?
post #2 of 52
this case would be perfect for you. it comes with 8 fans (with options for more), 10 internal 3.5 in bays, and can support up to hptx motherboards (even bigger than eatx)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147157
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I was actually looking at that case myself, but was unsure about it. I will keep that one in mind as I seek at least one more option, but right now that is looking like the clear winner.
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this one would work too except it does not support e-atx, only atx:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129100
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Fractal Design Define XL R2 when it comes out very soon (good for water cooling as well) thumb.gifsmile.gif
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Originally Posted by brian1115 View Post

Fractal Design Define XL R2 when it comes out very soon (good for water cooling as well) thumb.gifsmile.gif

or the corsair 900d when it comes out which is going to be even better biggrin.gif
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post #7 of 52
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I do like the Twelve Hundred and the 900D but if I don't go with water cooling I think the 900D, while I would LOVE to have it, may be a able waste. I don't know anything about the XL R2 so I will have to look that up.
post #8 of 52
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OK I just looked at the Define XL, I know the R2 is an upgrade but I honestly really like the look of the one out now. I may consider that very seriously. Opinions on it?
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Originally Posted by MX5J6 View Post

OK I just looked at the Define XL, I know the R2 is an upgrade but I honestly really like the look of the one out now. I may consider that very seriously. Opinions on it?

it's terrible for water cooling. the biggest rad you can fit in it is a 280 in the front and that means you have to remove the hard drive cages which makes it worthless. you have better options for what you're looking for
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And if I don't go with water cooling? Or should I just wait for the R2 anyway? Though I did want to install at least an H100i and I'm not sure I can in this case without removing the top drive cage?
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