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I have a client in his late fifty's that has given me a 1600 dollar budget to build him a new rig. (No graphics card) and i seriously can't pick a case. He wants black with blue accents (if any) and he doesn't want crazy gamer look but he doesn't want it to be boring either... Likes the idea of a side window... I could really use some suggestions. Cool looking but not crazy looking... lol

Build will include:
Mid Tower
ATX Mobo
i7 4770
16GB RAM
256GB SSD
3TB Storage
Optical Drive
SD Card Reader
PSU
AIO Cooler (because he wants to say its liquid cooled)
Plex Haf XB
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Black & Blue
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Intel Core i7 920 2.66 GHz Processor LGA 1366 Dell Alienware X58 Express EVGA GTX 660 Corsair Vengeance 12GB DDR3 1600 (4GB x 3) 
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WD Blue 250GB SSD 2.5" WD Red NAS 3TB x 3 (RAID 5) LG Blu Ray Burner 16X Enermax Liqmax II 240 
OSCase
Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Cooler Master Haf XB EVO 
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Intel Core i7-5820K Haswell-E 6-Core 3.3 GHz LG... MSI X99S SLI Krait Edition LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 PNY GeForce GTX 980 4GB XLR8 OC EDITION HyperX Predator 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDR... 
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Silicon Power Slim S60 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Seagate Desktop HDD ST3000DM001 3TB 64MB Cache ... NZXT Kraken X61 RL-KRX61-01 280mm All-In-One Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit 
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NZXT HALE82 V2 700W 700W ATX 12V V2.31 & EPS 12... NZXT Phantom 410 Series CA-PH410-W1 Black/White... NZXT HALE90 v2 Premium Single Sleeved Modular C... 
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Plex Haf XB
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Black & Blue
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 920 2.66 GHz Processor LGA 1366 Dell Alienware X58 Express EVGA GTX 660 Corsair Vengeance 12GB DDR3 1600 (4GB x 3) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD Blue 250GB SSD 2.5" WD Red NAS 3TB x 3 (RAID 5) LG Blu Ray Burner 16X Enermax Liqmax II 240 
OSCase
Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Cooler Master Haf XB EVO 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-5820K Haswell-E 6-Core 3.3 GHz LG... MSI X99S SLI Krait Edition LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 PNY GeForce GTX 980 4GB XLR8 OC EDITION HyperX Predator 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDR... 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Silicon Power Slim S60 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Seagate Desktop HDD ST3000DM001 3TB 64MB Cache ... NZXT Kraken X61 RL-KRX61-01 280mm All-In-One Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit 
PowerCaseOther
NZXT HALE82 V2 700W 700W ATX 12V V2.31 & EPS 12... NZXT Phantom 410 Series CA-PH410-W1 Black/White... NZXT HALE90 v2 Premium Single Sleeved Modular C... 
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I'd suggest Corsair 750D. Also comes with a great side panel.
As for blue accents, you could paint selected parts of the chassis, or use blue LED's. Blue extension braided cables would also look good.
Edited by BradleyW - 4/3/14 at 7:26am
X79-GCN
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Intel 3930K 4.5GHz HT GIGABYTE GA-X79-UP4 AMD R9-290X GEil Evo Potenza DDR3 2400MHz CL10 (4x4GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung 840 Pro 120GB EK Supremacy (CPU) NF F12's P/P (360 Rad)  NF A14's (420 Rad)  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Chrome Compression Fittings EK RES X3 150 Primochill PremoFlex Advanced LRT Clear 1/2 ID EK-FC (R9 290X) 
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EK D5 Vario Top-X  Phobya G-Changer V2 360mm Phobya G-Changer V2 420mm Win 10 x64 Pro 
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BenQ XR3501 35" Curved Corsair Vengeance K90 Seasonic X-1250 Gold (v2) Corsair 900D 
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Intel 3930K 4.5GHz HT GIGABYTE GA-X79-UP4 AMD R9-290X GEil Evo Potenza DDR3 2400MHz CL10 (4x4GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung 840 Pro 120GB EK Supremacy (CPU) NF F12's P/P (360 Rad)  NF A14's (420 Rad)  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Chrome Compression Fittings EK RES X3 150 Primochill PremoFlex Advanced LRT Clear 1/2 ID EK-FC (R9 290X) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK D5 Vario Top-X  Phobya G-Changer V2 360mm Phobya G-Changer V2 420mm Win 10 x64 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XR3501 35" Curved Corsair Vengeance K90 Seasonic X-1250 Gold (v2) Corsair 900D 
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The Fractal Design R4 is an exceptionally good-looking case. Very sleek, black, with a window, and a front door covering up the fans/optical drives/etc. As an added bonus the power on/off LED is blue, which would play well into your black/blue accents theme. It's very professional looking, without the typical "gamer" style. It's got plenty of space behind the motherboard for cable management (you can even mount SSD's to the wall in there). Throw in some blue cables, blue ram, maybe do some light painting here and there and you have a very nice color-themed setup imho.

I was going to put a link to one at Amazon.com but it seems they're out of stock and random people/companies are reselling them overpriced. I'd check Newegg, i'm sure you can find some at their true price point.

EDIT: I forgot to mention, it comes with nice dense sound-dampening material on the walls AND a simple understated fan controller (low/med/high) for 3 fans mounted in the front panel, together making this a very quiet case.
Edited by Krulani - 4/3/14 at 7:54am
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Originally Posted by Krulani View Post

The Fractal Design R4 is an exceptionally good-looking case. Very sleek, black, with a window, and a front door covering up the fans/optical drives/etc. As an added bonus the power on/off LED is blue, which would play well into your black/blue accents theme. It's very professional looking, without the typical "gamer" style. It's got plenty of space behind the motherboard for cable management (you can even mount SSD's to the wall in there). Throw in some blue cables, blue ram, maybe do some light painting here and there and you have a very nice color-themed setup imho.

I was going to put a link to one at Amazon.com but it seems they're out of stock and random people/companies are reselling them overpriced. I'd check Newegg, i'm sure you can find some at their true price point.

Fractal do indeed make some good cases for their professional look.
X79-GCN
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3930K 4.5GHz HT GIGABYTE GA-X79-UP4 AMD R9-290X GEil Evo Potenza DDR3 2400MHz CL10 (4x4GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung 840 Pro 120GB EK Supremacy (CPU) NF F12's P/P (360 Rad)  NF A14's (420 Rad)  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Chrome Compression Fittings EK RES X3 150 Primochill PremoFlex Advanced LRT Clear 1/2 ID EK-FC (R9 290X) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK D5 Vario Top-X  Phobya G-Changer V2 360mm Phobya G-Changer V2 420mm Win 10 x64 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XR3501 35" Curved Corsair Vengeance K90 Seasonic X-1250 Gold (v2) Corsair 900D 
MouseAudio
Logitech G400s Senn HD 598 
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X79-GCN
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3930K 4.5GHz HT GIGABYTE GA-X79-UP4 AMD R9-290X GEil Evo Potenza DDR3 2400MHz CL10 (4x4GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung 840 Pro 120GB EK Supremacy (CPU) NF F12's P/P (360 Rad)  NF A14's (420 Rad)  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Chrome Compression Fittings EK RES X3 150 Primochill PremoFlex Advanced LRT Clear 1/2 ID EK-FC (R9 290X) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK D5 Vario Top-X  Phobya G-Changer V2 360mm Phobya G-Changer V2 420mm Win 10 x64 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XR3501 35" Curved Corsair Vengeance K90 Seasonic X-1250 Gold (v2) Corsair 900D 
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Logitech G400s Senn HD 598 
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