I used to be a complete sucka for fancy looking cases, and that was what mattered
most, until i filled the damn thing up with the hardware. I think I'll be the first person
to say that I don't like it - sorry for being negative, but I'm just being honest. But
if it's what you like, then nothing else matters.
But then look at my case the Mozart TX. I think the majority would hate the look of
it, i find particulary ugly myself, but inside is what counts. I have ample room,
and as**t load more spare even after my cooling system and rads, etc.
But anyways, if you like it, and it has the space inside that you require, then
you should be happy!!!
Nice case. As usual, I wish they'd provide better forced-air cooling for the HDDs.
BTW, you might consider doing what I sometimes do...change the PowerLED out with the HDD activity LED (sometimes I've even changed the LEDs to change the colors and brightness).
On cases I've done that to, the HDD activity really shows up as the "Power" button optics almost always provide much higher visibility. If you like blinkin' lights, it's a good mod worth the 5 minutes it takes to do.*
The power LED is usually so blah, I amp it up with an ultra-bright LED. On one case, I replaced it with a "multi-spectrum dynamic LED" (changes colors every few seconds) It depends on the circuitry used to drive the LEDs.
*Of course, don't modify the power indicator for systems you plan to give or sell to someone, as the lawyers will come after you for violating some safety regulation or other, or you might get sued by some idiot that can't remember the difference.
I mentioned earlier I like a case with a lot of cooling. Well, this just popped up in my mail at $59.99. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
If you want something with lots of air cooling, this looks like a beastie that will work for ya. It's got front fans, a back fan, a top fan, and a place where you could mount a side fan (or duct) And, it looks like it will have a lower center-of-gravity than many rigs.
My case arrived today as scheduled, but not in the claimed 3 day shipping period.
DAMAGE NOTED UPON ARRIVAL
There is a 7mm long scratch on the front top of the case in a very obvious location.
The scratch goes through the black paint into the silver steel below, so it really stands out. There are also 2 extremely small spots where dust kept the paint from being properly applied and there are 2 tiny pits in the paint and it's rough at those points. The 2 pits are easily hidden with a black permanent ink marker. The scratch will be pretty obvious no matter what I do.
There is no excuse for them to have missed this during manufacturing or pre-shipment inspection.
There was no damage on the clear over-wrap so I know the scratch was made before it was packaged and shipped.
Also, one of the knurled side-panel retention screws (the kind designed to be tightened and loosened by hand) was either installed crookedly into the case or damaged by a very strong lateral force applied after installation, and as a result had to be removed by FORCE. Someone was careless when they screwed-in the fastener on the manufacturing line. In addition, the metal around the screw-hole has been substantially deformed...so I'm fairly certain the damage was caused by a very strong lateral force applied to the screw after or during installation.
Also found out that 2 of the mobo stand-off screw-holes are stripped.
The right-side panel of the case is designed in such a way that it is almost certain to vibrate against the mobo mounting plate and make a racket when the computer is powered on and fans are spinning. I fully expect to have to install a small piece of foam to dampen the vibration.
The case itself however, is a very aesthetically pleasing design. I would be extremely happy if the case hadn't been damaged. The pre-installed 120mm rear case fan is a 3-wire RPM sensing 7-bladed CoolerMaster branded fan. However, it is so quiet that it can run at full throttle 100% of the time, and so does not need to take up a speed-controlling fan socket...unless you just want to know the RPMs or use a fan-failure monitor.
When I ordered the case, I was offered 2 "special deal" Rosewill 12V 80mm fans:
RFA80-K and RFA80L-B. Even though bearing the EXACT same model numbers as those fans in the pictures (which are clearly 3-wire fans) they do NOT contain an rpm sensor. They are 2-wire fans instead of 3-wire fans. They are also, as someone noted, noisy...and not because of the sound of air, but because of a mechanical "burrrring" sound that comes and goes...a bit like a fan lightly rubbing against a wire though there is no wire being rubbed. I didn't really expect much because they're ultra cheap fans, but I did expect them to at least match what was displayed since the model numbers matched exactly. Both the LED version and the plain fan were 2-wire fans, and BOTH make the "burrrring" sound.
**FAILURE** (extra 80mm fan only...not CoolerMaster case fan)
Within 10 minutes of being powered-on, the Rosewill Fan with 4 blue LEDs (in addition to the "burrring" sound) 1 of the 4 LEDs started flickering. Within 20 minutes, the LED apparently failed completely. I will assume this is an LED wiring failure exposed after 10 minutes of power-on vibration. I doubt it's an actual LED failure.
The Rosewill fan is now very annoying audibly AND visually.
I think I should emphasize that even the Rosewill fan boxes actually say "3-pin connector ideal for Fan Controllers" Yes, they are connectors with 3-pin HOLES, but only 2 of those "pins" have an actual metal receptor connection in them. To me, this is blatantly false advertising. It is at the very least highly mis-leading.
edit-add info about 120mm case fan, and
misleading 3-pin connector Rosewill 80mm fan claims
edit-20071230 add info about failing Rosewill Fan LED
edit to add-With appropriate tools I was able to overcome the mechanical defects. The only issue that still bothers me is the cosmetic damage. Newegg satisfactorily recognized and dealt with my concerns.
Well, I moved my most used system over to this new case, and I really like it in spite of the "issues" I raised above.
It's a lot easier to access any component, and temps are better by a few degrees C, even though I'm now running 4 HDDs internally instead of 2 IDE internally and 2 eSATA externally.
This case is also noticeably quieter than the old one. The system fan is running a good 700rpm slower than in the old case.
I also made the LED mods I talked about. HDD activity is now indicated by the ultra-bright blue LED "ring" around the power button and shows-up much better. System "power-on" is now indicated by a ultra-bright red LED that replaced the old plain red LED (that used to display HDD activity)