Hey, I'm going to be building a computer soon and i've picked out every part but the case, so far i've got.
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 Motherboard
Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler
ASUS GTX580 DirectCUii
G.Skill Ripjaw x memory (2x4)
Samsung SpinPoint F3 1tb HDD
But for the case i want one with good cooling with enough room for the CPU cooler and the rest of components. I personally like the look of the Corsair 600T and the NZXT Phantom but don't know if there good cases.
Honestly, I too don't like the looks of the HAF-X (or any other case in the HAF series for that matter).. Anyway, for your budget, my top two recommendations will be the Silverstone Raven RV02-EW and the Lian-Li PC A70f.. Both are excellent cases.. If however you can increase your budget to about 250$, you can get the best case available in the market today i.e. the Silverstone Fortress FT02..
If you like the Corsair 600T, I would highly recommend going with the Corsair 650D. I replaced my Antec 1200 with the Corsair 650D and couldn't be happier! Temps haven't changed (actually a little better), plus I get more room within the case and better cable management.