I never utilized space in the 600T that I've had for a few years and wanted to move my setup to a smaller, sleeker and simpler build. I had been looking at several cases over a long period of time, then happened to come across the Pandora. I fell in love with the aluminum exterior, form factor and side panel. It was an instant buy which kicked off the process in scaling down to a more compact mATX build.
The swap process took about 3 weeks to complete, being that I swapped components back and forth and upgraded some hardware in the process. I guess a bit oddly my objective here was to downsize my rig, compact as many components as the space would allow while keeping as clean as possible. Therefore, a few of the hardware changes included expanding RAM to utilize all the slots, adding a second SSD, upsizing from a 120mm to a 240mm radiator, and adding a second GPU to the mix. Where before I had a huge cave of a rig with none of its potential being used, I now had a smaller, aesthetically better looking pc with all of the space being used.
Of all the reviews I read and watched of the Pandora, the one criticism that often came up was the lack of cable management space behind the side panel. This was indeed true and probably the hardest part of trying to end up with a clean build at the end. It definitely took a little more creativity in getting the final look how I wanted it.
In the end, it was definitely worth it. I'm extremely happy with the new mATX setup and the beautiful case from Bitfenix!