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As far as the best castle build... I am partial to #6080 and #6085 . They have always been my favorite castles.
However, given that you say "Just finished Helms deep and loved it ... this type of build." These sets, and almost all mentioned above, are nothing like helms deep in terms of the style of build.
The only one above which doesnt use any of these 'big ugly' pieces is #10223 Joust, so I'd go for that if I were you - or #9472 Weathertop. Haven't built Helms Deep yet, but the circular build on Weathertop was the best castle build I've yet experienced - the images are a bit deceptive, there's a lot going on in those walls, build-wise.
Must admit Im enjoying thinking about castles again. Just thought of another which doesnt use 'big ugly' pieces and is a good build.. the Viking Fortress.