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Guys

I am having a rough time choosing a case,
I need a case with simple, clean looks, not flashy really, also black.
Must house 7+ HDDs, light, silent, good cooling for HDDs, have filters that are easily cleaned, also the case itself being easily cleaned, have plenty of space for HDD cables and routing (i hate having to force cables when closing a cases side panel), ideally also hotswap compatible either with 5.25 devices or built in.

What would perfect is a 550d with more hdd spaces and hotswap, better cooling and slide removable filters.

I though about these
- Another tj08e (i have one as gaming pc)
- Silverstone Grandia GD08 (werid design, not easely available)
- Antec 902 (ugly, 9 drives, cools nice, not living room compatible)
- Phantom 410 (cheapest, but i hate gloss)
- CM Storm Stryker (weid looking, but 8 drives, xd)
- Lian-Li PC-A76X (omfg12 nice, expensive though)
- HAF xb (2 3.5, a joke..)
- Buy a sg09b for my gaming and use the tj as server.
- 550d (warm for summer)
- fractal arc mini
- antec p280
- phantom 630
- node 304

Antec 302 maybe?
Or a Silverstone GD08?

But none is perfect.
 
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Then get the 550D. Then put a hot swap bay like I did. The only complaint I have is the front clips break too easy. I just ordered more

 
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I have the older ARK HTPC-400 (4-5mm metal front ) case and it's been good for the most part although as it's turned in to a gaming case i will have to get the dremel out soon before summer.. O yeah mine was only $80 when i got it not silly $150 BS.

mMedia 400BA which might be worth a look as it looks like they made some nice improvements with it.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/foru...edia-htpc-400ba-media-center-case-review.html

EDIT
Might be worth looking in to the old Thermaltake Armor case's, mine holds 13 HDDs although the newer ones less and much more plastic crap on them.
 
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