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Need new PC case for build

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Hey all


I have been planning my PC build for a long time now since late 2015, and over the past 3 years due to technological advances and financial issues, I never had the chance to start saving and buying many parts, and so throughout this period, my build has changed considerably since to match the current PC trends and take advantage of the best tech for the budget I have allocated. 

Now right to the point, I have purchased my case; an NZXT Phantom 820 gunmetal a while ago before the whole tempered glass, RGB and brushed aluminum trend came along and now it feels a bit dated for my now RGB build, and so I'd rather use it for something else (it was also an ex demo unit that has the filters missing and I can't be bothered trying to look for replacements, so I'll make my own whenever I use it).  I would like some suggestions for a full ATX case with plenty of room for drives (yes we storage hoarders exist), room for a radiator, tempered glass and would look great in a full RGB build.  I'd prefer to only spend $500 aud max

The build: (its for gaming and workstation, I won't respond to comments about changing my specs)

My Specs:

  • Laptop: MSI GE72 2QL Apache
    • Motherboard: MSI GE72 2QL Apache MBO
    • CPU: Intel i7 5700hq 2.5Ghz (3Ghz boost)
    • GPU: Nvidia GTX950m 2GB
    • RAM: 16GB DDR3
    • HDD: 1TB HGST 2.5 laptop drive 5200 rpm
    • SSD: 128GB Toshiba m.2 SSD
  • Server/Retro Gaming machine: Lenovo S20 Thinkstation
    • Motherboard: Lenovo S20 MBO
    • CPU: Intel Xeon X5690 3.46Ghz (3.73Ghz Boost)
    • GPU: Asus OC Nvidia GTX 960 4gb
    • RAM: 12GB UDIMM DDR3
    • HDD: 500GB Seagate Barracuda, 500GB Western Digital Caviar
  • Powermac G5 2003:
    • Motherboard: Unnamed Apple Logic Board
    • CPU: Single Core IBM PowerPC G5 1.6Ghz
    • GPU: Nvidia Geforce 6200 LE 256MB
    • RAM: 1GB DDR2
    • HDD 1: 80GB MAXTOR STM3 Serial ATA
    • HDD 2: 40GB WD WD400BD Serial ATA
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6 hours ago, ItsTheDuckAgain said:

^This. Keep the gunmetal look, get every thing you want. Win Win

6 hours ago, Othersideguy said:

The build: (its for gaming and workstation, I won't respond to comments about changing my specs)

Then might I offer suggestions? I personally see nothing wrong with the build but would offer some minor tweaks, like if you could find the new 860 EVO for less (if not dont worry about it, speeds aernt different it's just longevity of the NAND cells) and the other was the CPU cooler, potentially if you went with the R6 you could get a 360mm rad for even better cooling of the 8700k which is quite hot (unless you plan on delidding). Again these are just suggestions

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