I just un-boxed my new corsair 900D yesterday. As pretty much everybody knows, it's big (41 lbs empty, I think). Like most cases, it has pros and cons. From what I've seen so far (and I'll I've done is de-box it, remove the side panels, lower the bottom panels, move around the drive cages, mount my fan controller and BD-ROM (mostly just to see how they were going to look), remove the front panel, and finally, take the new radiator out of the box it was shipped in, mess around with the fans etc, and then spent a good 30 minutes pondering the best place for the rad.
- aesthetics (this is the first high-end case I've seen in a while that isn't just another nauseatingly obvious attempt by the designers to create a case that has lots of pretty lights, and an overall cheesy design that sacrifices utility and function in order to look more like what a bunch of marketing guys think 13 - 17 year old males all agree looks "badass")
- frame stability... case that size, last thing you want is a frame that can't support the weight and ends up bending or distorting, potentially destroying motherboards and god knowss else
- Adaptability.... pretty much everything you want in there will almost definitely fit (it helps that the drive cages can slide out and be re-attached elsewhere....) I saw one guy's build on youtube where he mounted 7 radiators!
- cable routing ( you have to see it to believe it)
- I love the way the brushed aluminum looks, but i'm already getting annoyed with the ever-growing collection of fingerprints
- The drive cages are a tad flimsy. I guess that's how they kept this behemoth affordable
- on a case this large, it's can be nightmare to move. just think: just over 40 lbs w/ nothing inside but a few fans, some cables, and 4 lightweight drive enclsures. Now fill up wih all that precious crap you've been drooling over... well, you get it.
I'm not starting the build til later this week - -I'll update this thread if anyone's still intersted.
oh yeh: my last, most recent old PCs were, first one geekbox adaptation of a silverstone temjin, and then more recently, slightly less powerful (and a lot dumber looking) was a semi-custom housed in a HAF box (don't remember the specific model - - looked pretty much like this: http://www.crazypc.com/images/cases/haf932/932blacklarge.jpg )
The silverstone is still as rock-solid as when i bought it; the HAF less well... it seems that it's been slowly falling apart since it entered my life (tho it took way too long for me to figure it out), from which I can only conclude that it was built cheaply, designed poorly, and produced in very large factories with very little emphasis on quality control. But that's just my experience.
Edited by defanged, 16 February 2014 - 02:32 PM.