60 months ago
I'm in the planning stage for building a new rig (current noodling here: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/ewhac/saved/fRdJ7P ), and am looking to select a case.
The case on my current seven-year-old rig is a "Freedom Eiffel Tower" made by the now-dead company ASYS. It's a sturdy full-height tower with plenty of space, a decent attempt at tool-less design, and enough glowy lights to make me happy. If not for the fact ASYS is dead, and I would need an additional drive cage to make it work, I would seriously consider re-using the case for the new rig.
There are a couple things about it that bother me, though. One is weight; its all-metal housing and side panels make it a bit of a heft. But that would be manageable if it weren't for it's biggest annoyance: There's nowhere to grab it to pick it up. It sits on the floor next to my desk. I have to sort of hook my finger in the recessed area with the motherboard ports and lift from the very bottom to pick it up and move it from my office to a work area. It is almost literally a pain in the neck.
So what I'm hoping for for the new machine is a case that looks cool (decorative lighting a plus, but not required), and that is either light or easy to pick up.
Some candidates that have caught my eye:
- Cooler Master COSMOS SE ( http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-cos5000kwn1 ): My current front-runner. Fairly appealing design, good space, 28 lbs. empty, and two big handles at the top. However, it's unclear if those handles are actually load-bearing, or merely decorative.
- Fractal Design Define R5 ( http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcadefr5ti ): Very clean design, good space, not too heavy. But there's even fewer places to grab this thing than on the ASYS.
- NZXT H630 (Black) ( http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-cah630fm1 ): Full-height tower, nice design, huge space, vastly configurable, and side-mounted USB ports (sadly, not on the side I would prefer). As a full tower, it's a bit heavier than the mid-towers above, however. Does anyone know if that "lip" at the front-top of the case can be used to pick it up?
- Phanteks Enthoo Luxe ( http://pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-case-phes614lbk ): This appears to be the flavor of the month; I've seen this case recommended a half-dozen times just in the last week. I'm perhaps not very enamored of the design, but it clearly has lots of very configurable space, front-mounted USB ports, and pretty lights. I would want to know, however, if the machine can be lifted by that "groove" along the top that seems to hold the decorative lighting.
- Cooler Master Cosmos II ( http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc1200kkn1 ): I only mention this one because it's the only one I've seen lately that's made me stop and go, "Oooo, that's nice." In all other respects, however, it's a poor choice for me -- 20 pounds too heavy, and $100 too expensive.
I also rather like the design of the Phanteks Enthoo Primo Aluminum, but it's a bit expensive, and clearly meant for some fluid-cooling madman.
For what it's worth, I also thought that the Thermaltake VN10001W2N ( http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-case-vn10001w2n ) had a rather cool design... And then I read some reviews...
So. Thoughts on the matter?