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Hello everyone,

I need a hand here, in finding a case to fit my needs.

I would like to build an energy-efficient rig to complement my main system (in my sig)...but I'm having trouble finding a case that meets all my needs. I only have limited experience with small form factor systems, so I thought you all might know something that would work that I'm not thinking of. I'm not even sure a case exists that fits these requirements. Here's the list.

Requirements:
  • Must be able to accommodate a full-sized video card. I run Eyefinity normally, and want my small system to be able to drive all three of my monitors as well. (I plan to use something like this if the case is mATX: ASUS EAH6970 DCII)
  • Must be able to house a full-size, modular PSU. I want to use a Gold rated supply in this rig, to help keep it efficient. I want modularity, to reduce cable clutter and promote good airflow.
  • Must have good airflow, with the ability to mount more then one 120mm fan (two minimum).
  • Must be available for purchase (a case like the Qmicra Qc2F, the Fractal Mini, or the DaBox 100 would be great, but you can't get the damn things).

Wish List:
  • Easy to remove and clean filters on the fans.
  • Cable routing options beyond 'shoving everything in an empty drive bay'.
  • Quiet design, but doesn't need to be silent.
  • Solid construction, without flimsy panels, drive cages, etc..
  • Fan placement allows for a positive pressure setup.
  • Ability to replace fans with aftermarket models. (IE, no weird proprietary form factors).
  • Ability to use other standard size components (optical drives, cpu coolers, ram with heat spreaders, etc.).
  • Decent room to work in.

One consideration I'm not too worried about is cost. I don't mind spending $$$ if the case can hit the majority of these goals.

I realize this is a pretty hefty set of goals. I wish I had design and fabrication skills, because I can see a design for this in my head, but I can't realize that with my skills. Therefore, if anyone knows a case that can hit most of these goals, please let me know.

Thanks for any help you can provide.
    
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Phenom II X6 1090T ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Crossfired ASUS EAH6970 DirectCU II Corsair Dominator CMD8GX3M4A1333C7 (4x2GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel X-25M 160GB SSD LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Three Dell P2310H Monitors 
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Phenom II X6 1090T ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Crossfired ASUS EAH6970 DirectCU II Corsair Dominator CMD8GX3M4A1333C7 (4x2GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel X-25M 160GB SSD LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Three Dell P2310H Monitors 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G110 Enermax Galaxy EVO 1250W Thermaltake Level 10 GT Logitech G500 
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WD Scorpio Blue 500GB LG DVD Writer Corsair H50 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit 
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WD Scorpio Blue 500GB LG DVD Writer Corsair H50 Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit 
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ASUS 23.6" 1080p X2 abs M1 SilverStone Strider Plus 750w SilverStone SG03 
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