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Recommendations for full tower case? (re: Noctua NH-D15, watercooling, etc)

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I'm currently using an older Antec Twelve Hundred (v1) case but I don't like the cable management and my Noctua NH-D15 is MASSIVE and bumps the side panel of the case.

Here's what I'm looking for in a case:
  • Full tower
  • Fits Noctua NH-D15 cpu cooler without problems
  • Fits GTX 1080 Ti (ie. long video cards) without problems
  • Allows for future expansion to water cooling
  • Minimal/plain aesthetic
  • Does NOT need side glass panel. The case is next to a wall and sides cannot be seen anyways.

I'm currently looking at the be quiet! Dark Base 900. I don't think I need the Pro (ie. wireless charging, glass side panel). The only disadvantage is no PSU shroud.

Anybody have any recommendations?
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Intel i7-6700k ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980 G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) (3200 MH... 
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Samsung 840 EVO 128 GB SSD Samsung 850 PRO 1 TB SSD Lite-On 12X Blu-ray Burner (IHBS112-29) Noctua NH-D15 
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Intel i7-6700k ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980 G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) (3200 MH... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 EVO 128 GB SSD Samsung 850 PRO 1 TB SSD Lite-On 12X Blu-ray Burner (IHBS112-29) Noctua NH-D15 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 10 Enterprise ASUS X34 Dell 2405FPW Filco Majestouch 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX-850W Antec Twelve Hundred Razr DeathAdder Func 
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post #2 of 7
Check the websites Techbargins and Slickdeals for computer cases on sale.
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post #3 of 7
Fractal Define R5. Such a well designed case. Plenty of room for NH-15 (although getting to that 8-pin 12V connector on your motherboard is tight with the NH-15 installed). Modular drive bay design is very handy. Can fit a 3 fan GPU without removing drive bays. Lots of places to mount big radiators should you go to water in the future. Sleek, clean styling.

Seems like it is what you are looking for.
     
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Sandisk Ultra II 960GB 2 x Intel 530 SSD 2 x 3TB HDD LG BD-R 
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Noctua NH-D15 Windows 10 Home Dell 27" 1080p Seasonic Prime 750W Titanium 
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7700K Delid @5.1GHz @1.4V Asus Z270F Strix Asus RX480 Strix @ 1400MHz Corsair Vengance PC3200 2x8GB 
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Sandisk Ultra II 960GB 2 x Intel 530 SSD 2 x 3TB HDD LG BD-R 
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Noctua NH-D15 Windows 10 Home Dell 27" 1080p Seasonic Prime 750W Titanium 
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i7 2600K @4.6GHz @1.4V Gigabyte GA-Z68-D3H-B3 AMD RX480 4x4GB GSkill RipjawsX 1600 CL8 
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2 X Intel 530 240GB + 4TB HDD LG BD-RW Cooler Master Hyper 212 Windows 10 
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post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by sofakng View Post

[*]Minimal/plain aesthetic
[*]Does NOT need side glass panel. The case is next to a wall and sides cannot be seen anyways.
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?

Nanoxias Deep Silence line

https://www.amazon.com/Nanoxia-Controllers-Motherboard-Radiators-NXDS1B/dp/B008J1I0I6?th=1
post #5 of 7
I remember you from /r/buildapc. I'll tell you what they said and what was also suggested here, Define S or the Define R5.
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AMD FX-8350 ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura Sapphire R9 Fury NITRO 4GB XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Core Edition 
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Kingston HyperX FURY 16GB DDR3L-1600 HGST Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB Seagate Momentus XT 500GB 
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Phanteks PH-F140MP Noctua NF-A4x10 Thermalright TY-140 Windows 10 Pro 
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post #6 of 7
Thermaltake Core P5
Really clean minimalistic look
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
How is the Fractal Design XL for a full-tower design? ...or what about the be quiet! Dark Base 900 that I mentioned in the OP?
Current System
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-6700k ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980 G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) (3200 MH... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 EVO 128 GB SSD Samsung 850 PRO 1 TB SSD Lite-On 12X Blu-ray Burner (IHBS112-29) Noctua NH-D15 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 10 Enterprise ASUS X34 Dell 2405FPW Filco Majestouch 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX-850W Antec Twelve Hundred Razr DeathAdder Func 
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Current System
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-6700k ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980 G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) (3200 MH... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 EVO 128 GB SSD Samsung 850 PRO 1 TB SSD Lite-On 12X Blu-ray Burner (IHBS112-29) Noctua NH-D15 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 10 Enterprise ASUS X34 Dell 2405FPW Filco Majestouch 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX-850W Antec Twelve Hundred Razr DeathAdder Func 
  hide details  
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