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Looking for Quality + Power User Case Recommendations (lots of drives & liquid cooling)

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I'm a power user. I do everything with my PC and I don't want external dongles or other junk hanging off the side. My current case is a higher-end Fractal Design which I consider easily a top of the line brand. Unfortunately they only have one external 5.25 bay (I require two). I'm not familiar with other a lot of other brands so I'm looking for suggestions please.

  • Will be taking a full ATX X570 motherboard.
  • Must have at least six 3.5 inch internal bays. I'm knocking my SATA count from 10 down to 8 as I'm merging two RAID 1s with a couple of 12TB drives to make this more realistic. For the curious I'm replacing the current 1TB SSDs with 2TB NVMe SSDs in a few months. Hidden drive mounts (e.g. behind/near behind the CPU is not something I consider useful as I like easy access to drives).
  • Must have at least two external 5.25 bays. I like having access to a Blu-ray drive and I have an adapter that takes a 2.5, 3.5 and two USB 3.0 ports at once so I basically treat hard drives like floppy disks.
  • Must have some form of dust control. I've had to clean out my liquid cooling twice because of dust and this case is actually really good (the places I've resided are just really dust-oriented but I'm moving on soon).
  • Internal drive bays should ideally be removable. Thankfully I pay attention and haven't had a drive die for almost two decades (running seven drives right now so I'd call that a good track record) though I do occasionally need to remove drives (e.g. a drive decides it doesn't need to stay in RAID 1 and I have to figure out which one is the problem child).
  • Drive bays should face one of the side panels thereby keeping the cables out of the way of the airflow.
  • RGB lighting is (wait for it) optional but if it exists I absolutely must be able to turn it off very easily (...and see that demonstrated in a video). My bedroom is always my office and I find it easier to lose consciousness if my case isn't producing more of a light show than the local circus during Christmas.
  • Side panel window, I have pride in my work and I enjoy letting people see it if they're interested.
  • Good cable management is a must!
  • Ability for me to have at least two front intake fans and two separate places to mount radiators for CPU and GPU liquid cooling.
  • The case should be reasonably aesthetically pleasing, I'm not 12, I'm in my 30s and I like clean minimal design.
  • The case must be at least decent at cooling.
  • Price isn't too important though I'm not interested in dropping $800 on a case, if it's around or below $250 I'm okay with that.
I've been poking around on Newegg and I'm not feeling anything too strong. I did come across the be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Silver rev. 2 which seems to fit all the specifications I'm looking for and it's not too much of a stretch on the price. Looks like you can reverse the side the motherboard mounts so you can put the $23 motherboard from your parent's 10 year old proprietary system where the board is mounted on the wrong side in this lol...

Any way I'm open to recommendations and the build quality is important, I'm willing to spend a moderate amount extra on something quality but nothing insane.
 
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The Phanteks Enthoo Pro has six 3.5" bays, three 5.25" bays, a top vent for a radiator, and a decent amount of space it looks like. It also has dust filters for the intakes.

I have the Enthoo Pro M which only has one 5.25" bay and two 3.5" bays. If this case is anything to go by, the build quality is decent. It isn't as sturdy as some other cases, but it's fine. It has a decent amount of space around back for cable management.
 
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$580?! Don't get me wrong, that is a very aesthetically pleasing case but past a point I'd just be throwing money in to a burning pit of oil.

The Phanteks Enthoo Pro has six 3.5" bays, three 5.25" bays, a top vent for a radiator, and a decent amount of space it looks like. It also has dust filters for the intakes.
Is this what you're talking about? Not as aesthetically pleasing as the be Quiet! case though more reasonable on the budget. I really like the drive SATA connectors plugging in on the left side instead of the right.
 
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I myself have the original Cosmos 2 as my server with lots of hdd's (modded)
 
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I don't think that one has external drive bays. nice price tho :)
No, but it fits all the other requirements and is a good price. I was really tempted to get this myself, but I figured my setup would just be dwarfed by the case.

There must be some sort of external way to mount 5.25" drives that might be worth considering.
 
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Quadstellar? Yes, pricy... though if these are in mint condition... I think its a very cool case to build in.


Also, this

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The Nanoxia DeepSilence 6 might be fitting. I know this thing has nearly everything you're asking for.
 
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I recently built my son a gaming rig with this case and it was great in almost every aspect, however, in order to hide as many cables as possible, I had to use several really long extension cables for the fans & lighting controls and clipped them to & tucked them inside the frame members. Otherwise they would have been hanging/running around every which way, because I put a 240mm AIO in the top, 2x 140mm in the front & on both sides by removing all of the drive trays (we used both nvme drive slots on the Z390 mobo and a 4TB external storage drive)

But OTOH, you obvioously can't get to the drives without removing the side panel, and there is no place to put a optical drive either, so that would not meet some of the OP's requirements...
 
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If you can find one the Thermaltake Core X9 would satisfy your itch completely. It is the predecessor to the Level 20XT and as such has everything including 3 5.25 bays. It comes with an acrylic side window but you can order a tempered glass panel too.
 
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The Nanoxia DeepSilence 6 might be fitting. I know this thing has nearly everything you're asking for.
I looked it up and nice! I really like how I can use the dual-radiator for the CPU mounted against the hard drive cage in the front and then use a triple radiator for my GPU on the top. I don't need 13 hard drive bays (ha!) but it's always better to have more than not enough. I'm not wild about the cheapish plastic look though it certain has the functionality covered. I'm curious how the rear tube access works with liquid cooling though they're already making extremely good use of space here. I like the six (2 2.0 / 4 3.0) USB plugs (no C though?). Some questions for you:
  • Do they sell side panels with windows by chance?
  • No pictures with the right side panel off, does this come with a fan controller?

This case easily has functionality covered, thank you for the suggestion!

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Quadstellar? Yes, pricy... though if these are in mint condition... I think its a very cool case to build in.

A little bit over the top though interesting. Unfortunately sometimes space is a bit of a premium though I like the creativity.
 

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I looked it up and nice! I really like how I can use the dual-radiator for the CPU mounted against the hard drive cage in the front and then use a triple radiator for my GPU on the top. I don't need 13 hard drive bays (ha!) but it's always better to have more than not enough. I'm not wild about the cheapish plastic look though it certain has the functionality covered. I'm curious how the rear tube access works with liquid cooling though they're already making extremely good use of space here. I like the six (2 2.0 / 4 3.0) USB plugs (no C though?). Some questions for you:
  • Do they sell side panels with windows by chance?
  • No pictures with the right side panel off, does this come with a fan controller?

This case easily has functionality covered, thank you for the suggestion!

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A little bit over the top though interesting. Unfortunately sometimes space is a bit of a premium though I like the creativity.
Two fans can be controlled (top front panel, very top)

No extra side panels as far as I know, but that might be that there is foam on both panels to keep noise down and boy does it do a good job of that. The only downsides I have of this case was the sheer size and weight of it.


Actually had temps drop going into this thing from my Phanteks Enthoo Pro.
 
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