Looking For Case Recommendations

gangolfus

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I have decided to do a mid-cycle refresh on my computer and have decided I want to go with small form factor system. You can see my current setup in my signature. My goal is to keep my proc and ram, and switch to a mATX motherboard and go to a smaller case. I like the size/shape of the short/squat towers that allow a mATX motherboard to lay on the bottom. I have looked at many on Newegg and Amazon, but I have only found a few options that meet 3 specific criteria:

1) Short/squat form factor (I wish it had a name to ease searching)
2) Will fit my current (large) Seasonic power supply
3) Has space for a 120mm fan for my Corsair H60 water cooler.

The options I have found are:
Apevia X-QPACK-NW http://www.amazon.com/Apevia-Aspire...35Z6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331613509&sr=8-1
Apevia X-QPACK2 http://www.amazon.com/Apevia-X-QPAC...2962/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1331613509&sr=8-4
Aerocool M40 http://www.amazon.com/AEROCOOL-M40-BK-Steel-Black-Retail/dp/B001DQY6BE
Aerocool Qx-2000 http://www.amazon.com/AEROCOOL-Qx-2000-EN52863-Steel-Retail/dp/B003B8LZ5C

Currently I am leaning towards one of the Aerocool's because I think the fold open top will be easier to work on. Are there any other cases I am missing/should consider?

Thanks in advance for any help!
 

gangolfus

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The Thermaltake and Silverstone don't have places for 120mm fans. The Lian Li is an option, but the side drive bays are a little weird.
 

adjas

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this might work, has 4 120mm in the front, though expensive.

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http://www.amazon.com/Lian-Li-PC-V353-PC-V353B-Aluminum/dp/B006LYCSJA

I'm actually using this case for my present system, and I love it, unfortunately it's out of production.

Qmicra

http://www.overclock.net/t/622715/i7-x58-atx-build-log-stealth#post_7831858

And this could be your cheap option

http://3btech.net/blchfcsmfoal.html
 

gangolfus

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It certainly is snazzy looking, but I'm just not a fan of the side drive-bay/IO ports. The case will have it's right side against a wall so they will not be usable for me.
 

gangolfus

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Have you considered going smaller and buying a Shuttle? They've got a Z68 system available to which you can fit a 92mm Asetek water cooler.

I'm not looking for a barebones kit, just a case. I don't feel the need to do a whole platform switch at this time. I see no reason why my current proc shouldn't last me another year or two.

I would love to go miniITX, but I don't believe AM3+ miniITX exists.
 
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