Joined on 11/02/06
Cons in other reviews are extremely exaggerated.
Pros: Size [matters] - Does this case have room for...? Yes! Price - When I started building computers you could find cases for $20 to $30. However, if you must pay > $100 for a case anyway, why not buy a behemoth and get your money's worth instead of some puny thing that you have to squeeze your components into? Cooling - There is room for air to move. The pre-installed fans in my case are so quiet that I can't even hear them. The good flow of air and plentiful space ensures that your fans will likely never reach top speed, and therefore, never become a nuisance until they age considerably. I was also able to mount the radiator of the H115i liquid cooler in the top of this case. Not all the screws had a corresponding mount, but I've had no issues thus far. I believe the H110i might line up better if that matters, though I'm not certain. Fans fans fans! - I already mentioned the pre-installed fans were quiet, but I believed the subject of fans deserved its own point. There are tons of mounting points for fans in this thing. Watch the video if you don't believe me. The included fan hubs also give a great option if your motherboard doesn't have enough fan headers for all those fans. All fans draw air through a mesh which does a great job of blocking dust. I was LANing at a house with 2 cats and hardwood floors. Afterwards I was able to simply wipe furballs off of each mesh cover. Size (again) - Future-proof your case with room for expansion of your system. Ten drive bays? Planning on striping ten SSD's some day? You can't do that in a tiny case.
Cons: Side panels - As brought up by others, these provide a slight inconvenience to line up properly, though I believe this point is grossly exaggerated. The side panels are heavy because they are large. Welcome to earth. Bigger things are more awkward than smaller things. First world griping of others aside, the screws for my side panels do not snug all the way to the point that the back of the side panel is butting up against the corresponding back of the case (a confusing description, I know). But the sides are secure and the case is aesthetically pleasing (not a noticeable gap without getting out your caliper), so I am satisfied. Front panel (aforementioned "plastic pieces" from another reviewer) - This was the review that nearly scared me off from buying this case as it sounded quite apocalyptic. As much as it would be awful to have to wait for another case, this would demand an exchange. My case arrived with no "bouncing plastic pieces." It is unlikely for these pieces to be broken in shipping, though I could see how they might break at some point in the future if one is not careful. There is no other way to get the front panel off of the case (in order to install an optical drive or fans) other than "just pull." Start pulling from the bottom and the snaps let loose. My advice is to leave this part off until you are completely finished building the computer. I had to take mine off twice because of a bonehead move. I cringed while doing so, as I felt I had to be more forceful the second time around, but happily, nothing went wrong. If there is one flaw in the design, this is it. However, if you are careful and do not pull this part off without cause, I see no reason for this to be a real issue. Size - If only this case could be small on the outside and huge on the inside. A word to the wise - double check the dimensions of where you want to put this giant if you have a place in mind. Not many shelves are big enough to hold this, and you will likely have to put it on the floor. (This may or may not be a real con.) No power supply - This is not a con for me; it is a blessing. But do keep that in mind if you were expecting something different.
Overall Review: To put one thing to rest, the hard drives DO NOT need to be moved - Saying the mounts for the drives need to be moved is absolutely false. If you are having problems with your wiring butting up against the case it is because you are installing them BACKWARDS! It may not be completely obvious without someone spelling it out for you, but you are supposed to install your drives the other way! That way your cabling runs behind your components and up through the rubber protected slots on the other side of the case instead of dangling in front of your fans and impeding airflow. I'm sorry, but don't blame the product if you don't know how to use it. This may prove to be a problem if your SATA cables are extremely short. I would recommend new SATA cables with a new build anyway, but my motherboard came with some standard SATA cables and I had no issues routing them in this way. Also, most of the negative reviews seem to stem from problems in shipping rather than being an inferior product. It upsets me that people allow UPS, Fedex, or even the US postal service to so severely abuse the products they are shipping and then blame those products for arriving broken by way of a negative review or by berating the manufacturers. This case is large and heavy. No one likes having to wait for a replacement product, but those two facts make the odds of this thing being damaged in shipping a real possibility that you should be prepared for. It is not the fault of the product. If you draw the unlucky lottery and receive a damaged item, be a grown-up and work with Newegg and the manufacturer to get the issue resolved rather than blaming an otherwise solid product. Some people's fans may have been noisy, but mine are not. If you expect tip-top quality from pre-installed hardware, then you have obviously never built a computer before in your life. I was pleasantly surprised by how quiet these fans were. I did not buy this case for its fans. The fact that they are very usable has only served to sweeten the deal. This is not an advertisement for "Great PC Fans - Case Included!" You should treat it as such and not decide purchases and reviews on something so trivial. For you they may not be acceptable, or perhaps your fans will arrive in worse shape than mine. Complain and get replacements or buy the fans that make you happy and move on. Some are complaining about the pushbutton and the top panel for this case. I have had no issues with mine, and I see no reason to expect that I will. Everything I have used thus far has functioned flawlessly and the construction of this panel appears to be of good quality overall. If you don't like that it is mounted on the top, that seems to be something to worry about prior to your purchase, rather than something to complain about afterwards. You will likely be placing this case on the floor and will be thankful not to have to bend over so far to turn the computer on. Overall I would absolutely recommend this case to anyone with the space for it. It is a great product.
Setting the record straight
Cons: Would rather pay with jellybeans than money.
Overall Review: I'm writing this review to set the record straight. This drive works perfectly fine with Linux. I don't use anything else and I have had zero problems. Don't let one misguided review discourage you from buying this drive. Read the whole review - who uses Windows even occasionally anymore anyway? That's so Windows XP...