Help choosing a good case

I was planning to buy a totally new pc about 3 months ago using advice from everyone here as I haven't built a PC in a long, long time, but I decided to wait for the Ivy Bridge i7 and the GTX 680. I'm going to have great components, dropping about $2500 on the initial build, but I need an awesome Full Tower case.
Here's the catch... I want to stay with air cooling.
I'm going to drop another GTX 680 in the thing for SLI the month after I put it together, plus I will be sticking with SSD so I need quite a few drive bays. Yes, I know its not very cost efficient, but I want to. I'll expand over time. Sometimes things get stuck in your head and you want to do it no matter what.
Needs to be pci-e 3.0 native and have room for a large CPU cooler, as I will be overclocking. I dont care where the PSU goes as long as its not in the middle of the case. :) I haven't chosen the mobo yet because I want to wait until Ivy actually releases, though it will be an ATX.
I was initially considering the Cosmos 2, but as it is $350 I was wondering if anyone had any other option for me from your experiences? Haf X maybe? I've done research, but basically what I've noticed is that water cooled gets a lot more air time that air cooled. So I seek advice.
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  1. NZXT Switch 810 (I really suggest this one for your needs)
    Corsair 650D
    Corsair 600T
    Bitfenix Shinobi XL
    CM Storm Trooper
  2. etrigan3774 said:
    I was planning to buy a totally new pc about 3 months ago using advice from everyone here as I haven't built a PC in a long, long time, but I decided to wait for the Ivy Bridge i7 and the GTX 680. I'm going to have great components, dropping about $2500 on the initial build, but I need an awesome Full Tower case.
    Here's the catch... I want to stay with air cooling.
    I'm going to drop another GTX 680 in the thing for SLI the month after I put it together, plus I will be sticking with SSD so I need quite a few drive bays. Yes, I know its not very cost efficient, but I want to. I'll expand over time. Sometimes things get stuck in your head and you want to do it no matter what.
    Needs to be pci-e 3.0 native and have room for a large CPU cooler, as I will be overclocking. I dont care where the PSU goes as long as its not in the middle of the case. :) I haven't chosen the mobo yet because I want to wait until Ivy actually releases, though it will be an ATX.
    I was initially considering the Cosmos 2, but as it is $350 I was wondering if anyone had any other option for me from your experiences? Haf X maybe? I've done research, but basically what I've noticed is that water cooled gets a lot more air time that air cooled. So I seek advice.



    For that price and all those beautiful new components there can be only one case, the worlds best Air cooling and stunningly good looking case...

    Silverstone SST-FT02B-W USB 3.0 Fortress Full Tower Aluminium Window Chassis - http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=242&area=en






    Here take a look at mine, and i have the huge Be Quiet Dark Rock PRO COU cooler in there...
  3. +1 on fortress but if you want some thing a bit cheaper then raven rv03 is a great case too
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163185
    it is also an excellent case.
  4. the silverstone looks nice , surprisingly , as I'm not a big fan of there other offerings . The switch 810 got good reviews for design but there's alot of plastic there . The lian li pc-a 70f is good for the price but I'm not sure on the native usb 3.0 . http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112342 good luck with your decision .. youtube is your friend :)
  5. but switch has too much plastic :(
  6. My choice would always ly around these ones:

    Fractal Design:
    - Arc Midi
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007&Tpk=arc%20midi

    -Define XL USB3.0
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352017

    Bitfenix:
    - Raider (bit hard to beat this one in any price range, to me it just looks awesome)
    http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/chassis/raider/
  7. And i forgot the: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139007

    Can't say this one looks bad...
  8. the raider looks good . not sure how the others would fare in the air cooling capacity ..
  9. if i had your budget i'd have the raider already...
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