After doing a lot of research online I decided to buy this case. It's supposed to be very quiet while still providing good cooling performance. I'm yet to assemble all of my computer components, but from what I've seen so far everything is great(except for one point). I wish both HDD cages could be rotated 90' so that I can install/remove drives from the front. In default layout drives slide in from the side. Upper cage can be rotated 90', but in the wrong direction so that drives slide in from the motherboard side. This is totally useless because you won't be able to install any hdd if you already have a video-card installed. If it wasn't for that minor gripe I'd give this case a perfect rating.
I purchased this cabinet to house a recent Win8/XBMC HTPC with gaming capability build. It's spacious(for a HTPC cab), study, attractive and has good fit and finish. The included fans and inner sound dampening material are nice bonuses. The fans run quietly, and even adding 5 additional fans, I barely hear anything across the room, and definitely hear nothing when there's sound coming from my home theater. One thing to note is that if you're using a pre-built watercooling solution, you may need to mod the case by cutting a new fan/rad mount, as I did. I have a Corsair H55, and it wouldn't fit on the right side of the case because the overall thickness of fan + rad projected over the RAM slots, and the tubing was not long enough to stretch to the left side of the case. I ended up cutting a new mount in the top panel of the case, which was kind of a sticky mess because of the sound dampening material, but I can't fault the case for that - this wasn't an intended use of the product. However, mounting my rad there with 2 fans in a push-pull configuration is keeping my FX8350 nice and cool at idle and within safe limits(max 58C) under load for an hour or more, and that's a hot-running processor. I also removed the HDD cages completely and just laid my ssd in the bottom of the case to make extra space for the cables from my non-modular PSU. So far, so good. Also of note is that if you're using a full ATX board, you will not have space to mount a slimline optical drive. I just keep one in a USB3 enclosure handy for the rare occasion I need to read a disc.
If you are considering buying this case, realize that it is the size of a mini fridge. It is huge. Pros: Plenty of space for any modding that you could think up. Extended graphics cards have plenty of room to stretch out. Fans in the side door are your standard 120mm fans. The pictures make them look smaller. There is a good inch or so of space on the flip side of the case to hide cables. Should not have any issues there. Cons: Weight could be an issue for some people. Empty, this case weighs 60lbs. Depending on how it is filled could easily push the weight factor to 80-90lbs. There is only one fan in the top portion of the case, yet there are three spaces for fans. You will need two more fans in order to maximize this space. Other than that, the case is sleek, spacious, awesome, and the imagination would almost have no boundaries. I would recommend sleeving the cables that are part of the case as there are plenty, otherwise you could end up with a rats nest in no time.
Which is great as I have an Asus Micro motherboard. The Star Tech 630 watt power supply I bought at Overstock will work with the case better than the case I have since the power supply is to be installed at the bottom giving more fan potential than the 8 available space noted for the case. Heat rises; Which is nice since it can rise to the right side of the case where two fans can be mounted and on top where two more fans can be mounted. The side you can't see on the right side of the case is important where two fans can be installed because hard drives create heat, too. The case is lightweight and the design is incredible.
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