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I have the TJ08 right now and its a little tight on space. But I like the clean look .

I have a Kuhler 920 on my gpu and want to get an H100 soon. Or possibly a big tower cooler.

I was looking at the arc mini but the front panel looks kind of cheap and I don't know if I want to mount the 120 rad to the plastic front. I am looking in the $100 range. There are a lot of lian li's in this range on newegg but IDK whats what with all those need to go through them.

This one caught my eye.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112337
 

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Not everyone all at once now.
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I really really like the recent lineup from Corsair. The Carbide series, and the 650D are bigger than most traditional mid-tower cases, but I feel it's a good median between mid and full. I am able to comfortably run a similar cooling set up to what you have in my 650D. I would like a 240 rad (H100) up top and run the Kuhler exhaust in the rear to clear up space, but I don't mind my set up right now. These Corsair cases seem a bit out of your stated price range, but I have seen the 500R dip to ~110$. See the 300R @under 100$, could house your cooling needs as well.

The fractal cases are pretty nice, I helped my brother build into a Define R3. For the cost, I feel it held up pretty well. Decent wire management options. You could comfortably run pull on the H100 up top, and likely fit the 920 rear exhausting in pull only.

For that Lian Li you posted, would you mod the top for the H100, or just run a tower air cooler?

I like your rig specs, and my personal opinion is to drop a little more $ if you can, and fine a case that really fits your needs. A H100 on the CPU, and the 920 on your 680 is gonna last for a minute.. might as well make it look good
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An alternative is Lian Li PC-9F which is very similar to the Lancool PC-K9WX.
For both cases, the Corsair H100 goes to the front (with the removal of the HDD cage(s). For the K9WX, the Antec 920 goes to the rear. For the 9F, the 920 can either go to the top or to the rear)

Key comparison:-
PC-K9WX vs PC-9F
-Aluminum/steel vs aluminum
-18.25lbs vs 13.2lbs
-2x140mm front fans vs 2x120mm front fans
-1x120mm rear fan vs 1x120mm rear fan
-none vs top panel 140mm optional opening for fan
-side panel window vs none
-US$130 vs US$120

If the side window is not a must, I suggest the PC-9F over the PC-K9WX.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112304&Tpk=pc-9f

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Thanks guys. There are only certain spots I can put the rads because of fixed tubing length. Not sure in the h100 could reach the front and not sure how the 920 would look coming off the gpu to the rear exhaust.

I really wanted something just a little bigger that my tj08. But now I have been eyeing 550D. Maybe I should just ditch the requirement for the H100. Put the Kuhler 920 on the CPU and grab a 620 for the GPU.
 
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