Let's talk about cases. What we have, what we want, what we hate.
Personally, I want a full tower case, no window, with at least one optical drive bay that I don't have to open a fridge door to get to. Pic related is the closest thing I've found, but it's pretty ugly.
I will start my first build in the spring and want this case because its fairly large enough for novice magagement of cables, components ect.
I want to paint my case like pic related.
Have a Define R5 and I can't say I'd need anything else.
I might like a small case. Maybe a Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX. I know it's quite big for an ITX but it looks sexy.
i have this one in orange, it's great. looks a lot better in person
Current case, CoolerMaster Elite 430 Black
What I want: the one on the right
what I hate : >>52685452
Cases I own right now
>NZXT S340 white
>Cooler Master N400
>Fractal Design Define XL
>Cooler Master Elite 310
NZXT looks beautiful and there's no support for redundant legacy drives. Two brackets for 3.5" drives, two 2.5" brackets. Power supply and 3.5" drives are hidden below in a separate tunnel. Upper deck is almost entirely visible through a huge window that's almost the size of the panel. Very aesthetic. The front panel is just a removable metla plate, behind it there's room for two 140mm fans or a full size AIO cooler. Using an AIO cooler will cannibalize air intake, so the GPU will run extremely hot. While the case is pictured with the manufacturer's AIO cooler, it's clearly intended for air cooling. It has excellently placed two fans just around the CPU cooler, one above, one behind. It will vent all the hot air out efficiently. The GPU on the other hand is a bit left out, my suggestion would be to buy very high cfm fans to the front. Size wise I think this is ideal, it's definitely mATX size while it houses a full ATX board with all the goodies. I think if people buying mITX rigs knew the actual size of this case they might consider dropping their hotboxes for something like this. I wouldn't buy this case again because I prefer to have even better airflow, but I would suggest this to anyone considering an aesthetic small case.
The N400 is a very inexpensive case, so that in mind it is limited in a few ways: It offers poor cable management solutions. Definitely needs a modular PSU to balance this out. With one, it's much easier to deal with it. It has very good airflow, there's room for two fans in the front, TWO in the roof and, one in the back and as an added bonus, it actually has a filtered vent in the size. It's absolutely perfect for a full size AIO cooler. This model can be bought with a window for dem aesthetics. If this offered better cable management, I would consider using this as my main case.
The Define XL is a very big, very sturdy, very padded and very high quality case. It was new before the time of SSDs, so it lacks a few smart solutions, but overall it's built like a tank and makes most cases feel tinny and weak.
I just did some dusting and cable management to it, it offers quite a good cable management solution. It has a lot of fans but because it's so big, the air doesn't flow very well. It needs very high cfm fans to move air around efficiently. I use this to house my media PC that's connected to my TV, the case is very silent and looks good so it's a perfect match for it. It has enough grunt to play BF4 well, so sometimes when I have a friend over we can just spontaneously have a two man lan party.
Overall good but it could do with refreshing.
The Elite 310 is just a case where to put a computer in. If you have literally no money to spend on a case, this does it all. Fits ATX, but doesn't offer any cable management help. It's just something that you put stuff into and don't case. I kind of appreciate it's no-bullshit attitude to being a case, there's not a single gimmick in the case. The front air intake is gimped by the solid HDD rack, othewise the case breathes well. I could recommend this to a person looking for about the most inexpensive case around.
I been thinking to replace my cheap ass literally $15 dollar case to this.
Corsair Vengeance C70. I got the black one. I like it, a bit of rice but not a lot. Plenty of room for a midtower, especially behind the mobo tray. I kinda get the feeling they weren't actually expecting you to fill all six 3.5 bays though, the airflow through them is pretty abysmal when they're filled.
Fractal Define R4 blackout. More (and better) drive bays. The behind-mobo 2.5 bays are a cool idea, though I don't have anything in them at the moment. Super quiet. The cable-management isn't as good as the C70 though, and I would have preferred a third 5.25 bay. I'm very happy with it for this purpose, but if I were using one for my main machine its limitations would irk me, as would the door on the front.
>old server, now a router
Cooler Master Elite 130. What a pile of junk. Loud with stock fans, buzzed incessantly with a spinning-disk drive mounted in any position, annoying cooling layout in general.
Sounds like you want a Corsair 700D.
I've owned many cases that are popular. If any one wants to know my thoughts, ask.
>In Win 901
Current case is the NCase M1.
Bought it years ago. A bit ricey, but it was really cheap, has decent airflow, some cable management possibilities and knobs for manual fan control. Dust filters even. Definitely not the top shelf as far as esthetics go, but then again, no one ever comes over to possibly look at it.
The one major issue is busted front fan that's hotglued to the cover, to replace it i'd have to mess it up. It's just loud at first, then operates normally, probably bearings.
Next time i upgrade i want to do someting fun, for the sake of it. Take apart some industrial equipment and place the guts in it, so it looks like computers in children's chinese cartoons. Scrap metal covered in hazard stripes. Or screw it all to a slab of concrete.
I have a Corsair 600T that I installed a H100i into. It fits fine, sandwiched between the top like pic related.
Today my Fury X arrived and the radiator doesn't fit into the back exhaust fan. It's currently tied down via zipties in my drive cages in the front.
What is a case that can accommodate all this? Also, is there a good place for me to sell the 600T?
How do you decide on how effective a case is?
Pic related, I didn't expect how troublesome its storage bays would be with straight SATA connectors would be. I had one perpendicular SATA connector as well, but I still had to bend that awkwardly because it pointed downwards.
Almost want to just buy a new case completely (then just give this to someone else) when I upgrade in 3-4 years. Maybe even one for a microATX mobo next time, unless that's just a recipe for another disaster because of GPU not fitting or something.
zalman h1 master race. perfect mid tower with storage like a full tower.
3 optical bays, gonna install a hot swap
>dem opening vents
subtly perfect amount of rice
Perpendicular ones would still bump into the one for the drive underneath, and it's not actually a problem but there are a lot more issues (my first build) that I want to improve on when I upgrade. Mobo with lots of stuff I don't actually need, overkill power supply, .etc so eh, might as well overhaul the whole thing after a few years.
maybe I just need a full tower case just so cable management is easier. Had to squeeze in the power connectors for my GPU as well.
I take your question as 'what makes a good case', and here are my two cents. These are mostly just personal opinions, and I use my computers for gaming. So:
>Good airflow all around
Air comes in from the front, the more fans you can fit behind the faceplate, the better. What I think is most ignored in case design is how GPU airflow is taken care of. The front fans sure supply SOME air, but there's nothing to pull out the hot exhaust air coming from the GPU. Some cases have a vent in the side panel, even some windowed cases do that too. That's one thing to think about when factoring a case. Attaching a fan to a removeable panel has never been something I like to do. I nigger rigged this small fan below the GPU and it proves successful, taking out from 3 to 6 celcius.
>Placement of solid components
Another thing to consider is legacy/hard drive rack positioning, If you have a cheap case, you usually can't remove a redundant rack and it blocks airflow. On the contrary, some cases (like mine) don't support more than a few hard drives and no legacy at all. Not good if you want to have many HDDs or an optical drive. But you have to ask yourself, do you absolutely need legacy drives? Can they be replaced by thumb drives?
>Good cable management solutions
A tidy system is always a sign of a caring owner. Nothing is more pleasurable to see than everything tied down neatly. It also makes it easier to clean the system and it gathers less dust. The more providing the case is, the less you have to fiddle with cable management, if you don't actually enjoy that.
Do I even need to elaborate? Keep it simple, stupid (it's a reference)
If you have an AIO cooler, you don't want to sacrifice airflow. Block the front, you get no air in. GPU pays the ticket. If you have a two block AIO, place it on the roof of the case if that's possible. Some cases have space on the roof but fans only, not the radiator.
mid tower, with heaps of room due to the bay drives being at the back and hidden. there's only three 3.5" and two 2.5" bays, no optical drive but so much room for gpus, cable management and AIO cooling radiators without anything looking cluttered. also doesn't look like a fucking transformer.
Back in 2008, the "coolest" thing was to have a fulltower so i threw my money at this bad boy.
No regrets, back then full towers was the only way of getting some cable managment...
I have a weird fetish with simple professional server rig looking cases, anyone can relate?
I can relate anon. I love my ThinkPad, so I like cases with a similar utilitarian aesthetic.
I hate all this gaymer looking shit with LEDs inside. I just want a simple, adult looking case
A case that's just big enough to accept a full sized CPU cooler, a full length (310mm or above) GPU, 160mm PSU, and have room for decent storage options (2-3 x 3.5", 2-3 x 2.5"). Needs to have good thermals and acoustics. Fits into a carryon, if it fits into a backpack that's an awesome plus. Node 304 and Core 500 came closest.