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Choosing a new case, need opinions

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Seeing as my VX-R is now feeling small (it won't fit a 212+ from the specs I can find, definitely not with a side fan), and the lack of dust filters is brutal, I've decided on getting a quality full-tower.

For reference, the ASUS 3-slot DCII 570 will be part of this build, and my next mobo, (either AM3+ or 1155 in a couple months) will be either ATX or extended.

I'd prefer not to go much over $200, and my main discussion now is Phantom vs HAF-X with the 1200 in distant third. I'm also open to any ideas outside of those three, but I don't care for the DF series.

In nice list format:
Needs:
No higher than ~$200 US.
Full Tower
Great Airflow*
Rigid frame (I don't like flexing)
Stable Base- On desk, not floor
Good cable management

Want:
EATX support
Red LEDs
Side window to show off DCII 570 & CPU
Fan Controller/Silent fans

*Watercooling isn't a necessary consideration

So, any ideas? If there's any cases that should fit this that are not released yet but will be soon, I'm willing to wait if they're worth it.
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post #2 of 3
the haf X is the way to go. it has cheap 120mm thats silent. and the 200mm spin slowly to not produce any loud sounds. it has all you need.
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RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Kingston HyperX 8GB 1866 Samsung Evo 840 500GB Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM Western Digital Black 1TB 7200RPM 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
ASUS DRW-24B1ST Corsair H100i Windows 10 Professional Dell Gaming S2716DG 27" 
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BenQ GW2760HS 27" BenQ GW2760HS 27" Ducky Shine II (Red LED,Cherry MX Blue) CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850  
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Corsair 650D Logitech G502 Yamaha R-v703 w/ Yamaha Monitors Obbuto Revolution for Desk/Cockpit 
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Value Ram  Value Ram Western Digital Blue some DVDRW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair A70 Win 7 Ultimate 64bit Samsung SyncMaster T260 26" Steelseries 6Gv2 
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post #3 of 3
I'd get the HAF 932 black because of its fanless window, can appreciate much better your hardware. but doesnt have fan controller uhmmmm ...
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