44 months ago
Features? Look? Design? Ease of Use? Moddability? Durability?
Personally I'm function over form, but I will pay for a great looking case more than not.
When I first bought, I was looking for price and quality. I wanted to find the best budget case I could, and I ended up getting the Tesseract SW. I don't regret the choice one bit.
A few months ago, I got the Corsair Air 540 for $80 on a flash sale, and I love it.
However, my next build I'm definitely going to be looking for form factor and ease of use. I really want to go to a smaller footprint, and I don't overclock so it gives me a bunch of options as far as cases I could look into. I really love the Phanteks SFF cases.
If you got the 540, the 240 is a great mATX case :P
Some small quirks but it's extremely easy to mod
1) Well thought out and compact layout
2) Not hideous
3) Room for future expansion
Well theres a few things to consider here
I prefer cubes over towers, has a lower center of gravity.
Horizontal Mobo layout.
PSU below motherboard, never above.
Enough room for cable management.
Functionality, as in, expansion bays, slots, USB type and number, ventilation, price, not ugly, any extras that might be included. I wound up with a DIYPC Silence since it fit the bill for the least money. No lights or window in the side but that's ok, it works well and cable management options are spectacular IMO.
In order of importance.
1. Durability/Quality. I like steel cases. Even more than aluminum. It just feels nicer in the hand to me.
2. Compatibility. I look for how many square mm of radiators can I fit in it :)
3. Aesthetics. I prefer Fractal Design~ish cases with a side panel window.
--how many hard drives can I stuff in a system
-Can I get a FULL motherboard in the case with plenty of room for the biggest video card
-side window with a fan blowing into the case
-can I fit 2 or 3 X size fans at the top of the case
-reduce the spaghetti cable mess
-how are the front panel connections? # of USB 3.0/3.1. Can I plug head phones to the front panel
-I only buy parts when on sale or some kind of deal
-sits on a counter. Solid base feet
-next case will be larger, more to stuff inside and I have the space set aside for the case :)
Features and Look are the big ones for me. I want a nice looking case, that'll be relatively painless when installing whatever components I choose. Air flow is important too.
I'm sure silence is a big one for a lot of people.