I created a custom acrylic cover that also covers the top to greatly reduce dust intrusion while keeping sides and bottom open. This really improved the aesthetics as well, right now I'm just using the bottom stainless steel pillars to keep it in place, I'm planning to add some hinges at the top to make it a gullwing style cover.
This is my "do everything computer" with emphasis on Steam and Xbox/Windows10 gaming, it has a speedy SSD for OS and system apps, a dedicated drive for documents+media, another for game installation and another for full backup.
Finally I can say I have a fully finished themed build, I've been rebuilding it over the years in a tight budget with eBay/Craigslist and Black Friday deals and finds. The name was thought starting with the "snow" version of the components, the "wall" nature of the case and "defender" because the full build looks like a fortress with the defense mechanisms deployed and decorated in arctic camo.
So, what I really love about this build is the open air nature of the case and the shielded/covered motherboard, this is a unique combination that really makes justice for the motherboard covers where they didn't make sense in a fully enclosed case that also made it hard to appreciate it all around. Avexir is known for making memory modules to match specific motherboards in design and this S-Type version (Sabranco) has an arctic camo pattern that matches the also arctic camo on the motherboard.
Right now the build is complete as it is intended, from there I have two modding paths: a flat configuration where I mount the power supply flat under the CPU cooler and create a custom video card bracket to mount the card where the power supply is closer to the case, reducing the case thickness almost by half, and another path where I keep it as is, but making a custom HDD cage to mount under the CPU cooler and make a custom cover that I've been wanting to do with clear plexiglass that covers the top and front but leaves the sides and bottom open, then hinge it at the top so it swings up to work on the components, then when closed I can use the existing bottom stainless steel pillars to lock it.
I will be pursuing the second path for now as it is more challenging and unique, then will work on the flat mods just in case I get bored, keeping it modular so I can switch back and forth.
P.S. What I miss about the "box" cases is having fans all around, the radiator fans kinda make it up but it's not the same, I will add one to the drive cage I'm planning to build tho. Also my acrylic cover opens the possibility to add fans anywhere but it can ruin the clean look.
P.S.2. The exorbitant final price was left just for actual reference, I think I have paid about a third of it as not all of the components were bought new and the rest with deals and discounts.
CPU Intel - Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor This was the best value/performance processor at the time and still performs great!
CPU Cooler Deepcool - CAPTAIN 240EX WHITE 153.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler On a sea of similar performing and looking coolers, this one caught my eye because it has a unique design and the color fit the theme I was looking for.
Motherboard Asus - SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK S ATX LGA1150 Motherboard For any open-air case build, the shielded Sabertooth motherboard series made the most sense, and this limited edition in white makes the build more special and gorgeous looking while protecting motherboard components and ports. This motherboard has a great story about the design and features that you can get to here: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/SABERTOOTH_Z97_MARK_S/
Memory Avexir - Core Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory This memory kit was made specifically for the Mark S Sabertooth motherboard, it replaced the already good looking and performing Fury HyperX in white, with an arctic camo pattern that matched the motherboard and a white LED that makes it shine.
Video Card Asus - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dual Series Video Card Besides the obvious white color, this video card has performed great after replacing two Asus GTX 770 and obliterating them in performance. I was bummed about the lack of a back plate but it didn't matter much for this case as they're mounted vertically.
Storage 1 Samsung - 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Operating System and sytem apps drive.
Storage 2 Seagate - 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive This is were I store documents, pictures and media. I choose the hybrid drives because I needed the huge storage and the increased speed of the SSD cache with prices similar to regular HDDs.
Storage 3 Seagate - 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive Games are getting ridiculous storage needs and 2TB is now starting to look short but well more than enough for the currently played games. I also store setup files for apps, games and OS.
Storage 4 Seagate - 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive Backup all the stuffs!!! I would really hate to lose all my stuff so I dedicated a drive for them.
Case Thermaltake - Core P3 Snow Edition ATX Mid Tower Case I have been looking at open-air cases for a long time and wanted to get out of the "box" where almost (if not all) of computer cases are basically the same with some bells and whistles added. This case (I'm not sure if we should call it "case") brings enormous modding possibilities and I always wanted to have a build as flat as possible. This is a high quality case where the price doesn't make it justice, the thing is HEAVY, you can feel the quality build and when you see all the accessories it comes with you still wonder if for the price, it was too much to be true. It wasn't, it is worth it.
Power Supply SeaSonic - Snow Silent 750W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Another component found for the color but kept for the quality and beauty, it has a beautiful design, a switch that you can use for silence/performance and a fully modular interface.
Monitor LG - 29UM68-P 29.0" 2560x1080 60Hz Monitor Ultrawide view increases the horizontal view without adding other monitors, most games adapt pretty good and I got an awesome Black Friday deal on it.
Keyboard Corsair - K65 RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard I choose this keyboard because of the aluminum construction, individual RGB colored cherry MX keys and the size eliminating the number pad (tenkeyless) to make more room for the mouse, this is a solid keyboard. It's not white but also the monitor and mouse aren't :P.
Mouse Logitech - MX Master Bluetooth Wireless Laser Mouse When Logitech announced this mouse, I knew I had to have it, it looks and feels good, can switch between three devices at the touch of a button.
Gamepad Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller I had years on the Logitech F710 but now I wanted an Xbox controller... and it would take a lot to replace the F710 and it did not dissappoint, premium build and very customizable, not a big fan of the stick layout but it works.
Steering Wheel Logitech MOMO Force Racing Force Feedback Wheel I've had this for years and still works solid on Windows 10! Even further, I bought it used from eBay which makes a testament for Logitech hardware. Looking at the MOMO website, this wheel resembles the MOD. 30 the most.