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Hi guys,

I am looking for a good mid/full (although mid is more preferred) tower case for my custom CPU+GPU watercooling loop since my previous Prodigy case won't satisfy my needs. I would like to have an option to mount everything internally.
My system is:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard:Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Videocard: EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN Hydro Copper
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Watercooling components:


XSPC RX240 Kit
XSPC RX120 radiator
XSPC EX140 radiator



I am not planning to expand/replace my loop at the moment. I will really appreciate for any advices on a new case for this system. Thanks!

UPDATE:
After looking at all your suggestions, I have decided to stick with mid-tower cases. Also, I forgot to mention that let the case stay under the budget of ~$200-250.
Edited by kurodatsubasa - 7/9/13 at 11:09pm
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to be honest If you are looking to expand I know allot of great cases that are full tower ! they are allot more easy to work in and plan out I would make the jump to a full tower! so if you do I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE
rosewell black hawk ultra
corsair 900D
HAF
HAF-X
switch 810




=ROG
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Originally Posted by REPUBLICOFGAMER View Post

to be honest If you are looking to expand I know allot of great cases that are full tower ! they are allot more easy to work in and plan out I would make the jump to a full tower! so if you do I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE
rosewell black hawk ultra
corsair 900D
HAF
HAF-X
switch 810




=ROG

Thank you for your suggestions! 900D seems good to me, but I am still open to mid-tower suggestions. Although I understand your point, I want to keep my system somewhat compact as I often move from one to another place. Originally, my BitFenix Prodigy was suiting my goal, but I failed to notice how I suddenly jumped into watercooling. biggrin.gif
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Switching out the 120 and 140 rads for a 360 and getting a switch 810 is might good idea!
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Thank you guys for your suggestions! I have actually made up my mind to stick with only mid tower cases only as I can see a lot of troubles with having full tower cases in the future...Also, I forgot to mention that my budget for the new case is about ~$200-250. Thanks!
post #9 of 9
My favorite small case for MicroATX is the Silverstone TJ08-E (http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=303). This is actually my favorite case of all time aside from my CaseLabs because the dimensions inside are so perfectly designed as to not waste any space and still have very good air flow.

My favorite small case for MiniITX is the Silverstone SG05 (http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=210&area=en). You wouldn't be able to fit 120.3 worth of radiator in it though, so you would probably need a radiator stand (http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12652/ex-rad-221/Phobya_Radiator_Housing_Stand_-_Dual_2_x_120mm_Bench_Edition_38188.html) and QDCs on the back of the case. It also uses an SFX PSU if you were planning to use existing components.
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