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I currently have a Cosmos II Case filled with a Asus Maximus Extreme V, I7 3770K w/ H100i and 2x GTX680, 1x256 Samsumg Pro SSD, 1x 1TB Evo, 1TB WB Black HDD, 2x 3GB Seagate HDD.

I need to find a smaller case that will fit all of this and still fit under a 27.5" tall (25" max height for top vents)/24" deep desk space because I will be giving this computer to my GF and building a new rig for myself in the next year (Going full watercooled). In doing so the desk configuration will be changing and all computers will need to fit under the table top to work. I love the Define S however it will not fit the Asus Extreme Mobo as its 10.7" wide.

I would like the case to also be capable of watercooling w/ 1x360+1x240 or 2x360 rad in the future in the future as the plan is to pass down my old hardware to the GF as I upgrade over the years. Since she is a WOW player and I am a Battlefield/Crysis player my few year old hardware will still serve her very well.

As I said I really like the Define S however with the countersunk MOBO Tray it will not fit the 10.7" width of the Maximus. Looking for a good case under $150 that will fit the bill. It does not need to have optical bays but if it did that would be fine also.

Your input and experience is greatly appreciated.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
C Drive 2x Samsung 840Pro 256GB in RAID 0 + 1TB... Pioneer 15x BD-R Burner Corsair H100i + 200mm front fan + 8x120mm fans ... Windows 8 Pro 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL27T 120hz Razer Orbweaver Mechanical Gaming Pad + Logitec... Corsair AX1200i Coolermaster Cosmos II 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair M65 Corsair Vengeance MM600 Sound Blaster Z + Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 + Razer ... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7-3770 ASUS P8Z77-V LE LGA 1155 GTX 660Ti 16GB DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
4TB WD Black ASUS 24X DVD Burner Air Windows 8 Pro 64Bit 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Samsung S23B550V Samsung S23B550V Samsung S23B550V Logitech K350 
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Phanteks has a few options that would work well.
- Enthoo Pro, $100, 21.65" x 9.25" x 21.06" LWH, 8 Expansion slots, EATX Support, Max 420mm rad in top, 240mm rad in bottom with 1 of 2 drive cages & PSU cover removed, leaving space for 2x2.5" drives & 3x3.5" drives, 3x5.25" bays.
- Enthoo Luxe $140, 21.65" x 9.25" x 22.05" LWH Same internals as Pro, but larger top panel allows for additional fan space & ultimately thicker top radiators. Also adds exterior lights.

The following should also work, but motherboard clearance is at the limit, so no guarantees, & adding a second radiator would take away a lot of your 3.5" drive bay space.
- Enthoo Pro M $80, 19.7" x 9.25" x 18.9" LWH, 7 Expansion slots, EAXT support (up to 264mm), Max 360mm rad in top, 280mm rad in front (or swapped around, 2x360mm rads have clearance issues). Front rad takes away from 3.5" drive space. 1x5.25" bay. You'd also need another SSD bracket $10 (PH-SDBKT_01) to fit all your current drives.
- Enthoo Evolv ATX, $180, 20.1" x 9.25" x 19.5" LWH, same internals as Pro M, but much nicer exterior, comes with more drive trays, & no 5.25" bay allowance.

If it were me, I'd buy the Luxe (I did), as it will easily hold everything you have, & if you change to custom water cooling, you'll have more clearance for a thicker top radiator. If you want slightly smaller, the Pro is still good, but the Luxe is nicer. The Pro M & Evolv ATX are much smaller, but the Pro M isn't as nice, the Evolv ATX is a bit over budget, & both may require some compromise later & are borderline for fitment already.
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2280 Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BL 
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post #3 of 4
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Of those options the Luxe seems like a viable option +1 Rep. Any other suggestions from anyone?
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
C Drive 2x Samsung 840Pro 256GB in RAID 0 + 1TB... Pioneer 15x BD-R Burner Corsair H100i + 200mm front fan + 8x120mm fans ... Windows 8 Pro 64bit 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
C Drive 2x Samsung 840Pro 256GB in RAID 0 + 1TB... Pioneer 15x BD-R Burner Corsair H100i + 200mm front fan + 8x120mm fans ... Windows 8 Pro 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL27T 120hz Razer Orbweaver Mechanical Gaming Pad + Logitec... Corsair AX1200i Coolermaster Cosmos II 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair M65 Corsair Vengeance MM600 Sound Blaster Z + Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 + Razer ... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7-3770 ASUS P8Z77-V LE LGA 1155 GTX 660Ti 16GB DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
4TB WD Black ASUS 24X DVD Burner Air Windows 8 Pro 64Bit 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Samsung S23B550V Samsung S23B550V Samsung S23B550V Logitech K350 
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post #4 of 4
I always lean towards Phanteks, but while I'm at it, the NZXT Phantom 530 (starting around $115, varies by color) is functionally very similar to the Luxe/Pro if you want a different look, though it doesn't look as nicely built (never handled it). The NZXT Source 530 for $80 is the same chassis stripped down to the basics looks wise, but if you're looking to save money, you'd be better off setting an email notification for sales on the Enthoo Pro, as it's been available for less than $80 7 times in the last 90 days.

The Corsair 750D Airflow Edition for $150 could work, but I think the Enthoo Luxe is still nicer for that price. You don't want the regular 750D at any price, as the front panel is too restrictive for functional cooling.

There may be some others as well. I searched on PCPartPicker for cases that support EATX & 5x3.5" bays under $160, & narrowed down from there. You have to check for yourself from there on dimensions, radiator support, & number of drive cages still usable with said radiators. I didn't look at everything, but the InWin, Rosewill, & Thermaltake cases I did check don't meet all your needs, & I couldn't find enough info on the Azza cases to say, but the didn't look nice enough to go further.
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Brother's Machine
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i5-6600k GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z170 EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2280 Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BL 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Phanteks PH-F140SP Phanteks PH-F140SP Phanteks PH-F140SP Phanteks PH-F140SP 
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Western Digital Caviar Blue Cryorig H7 Undecided EVGA Supernova G2 750W 
CaseOther
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i3-2120 ACER IPISB-VR EVGA GTX 260 3x2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
Wester Digital Green ASUS DVD RW DVD RW Stock Cooler 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Noctua NF-S12B Redux-1200 Noctua NF-S12B Redux-1200 Noctua NF-S12B Redux-1200 Windows 10 Pro 
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Brother's Machine
(15 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-6600k GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z170 EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2280 Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BL 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Phanteks PH-F140SP Phanteks PH-F140SP Phanteks PH-F140SP Phanteks PH-F140SP 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Phanteks PH-F140SP Phanteks PH-F120SP Windows 10 Pro Visio E601i-A3 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech K400 EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Logitech G600 MMO 
OtherOtherOther
XBox One Controller Reeven Four Eyes Touch HTC Vive 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Pentium G4560 ASUS H110M-A/M.2 Corsair Vengeance LPX Western Digital Caviar Blue 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Western Digital Caviar Blue Cryorig H7 Undecided EVGA Supernova G2 750W 
CaseOther
Corsair Air 540 Phanteks PH-F140SP 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i3-2120 ACER IPISB-VR EVGA GTX 260 3x2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
Wester Digital Green ASUS DVD RW DVD RW Stock Cooler 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Noctua NF-S12B Redux-1200 Noctua NF-S12B Redux-1200 Noctua NF-S12B Redux-1200 Windows 10 Pro 
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