Well, here we go. I went ahead and bought the case and my god it's beautiful to work with. I used to dread cable management, and you will see why further down. However, with this new case, cabling went like a breeze and my only concern was how to hide the already hidden cables. I used scotch tape with some stripes. No, I'm not going to show you how it looks behind the mobo. Now, the case itself is very sturdy, and has a very nice build quality, especially when the only kind of cases you come from are the pre-built crappy ones from HP and Packerd Bell and so on. Working with a real case makes all the difference in the world. Everything just fitted, as if it was custom manufactured for me. The HDD bays are incredibly, ridiculously tight, and you can feel how those HDDs are seriously attached to the case. Very nice solution. The front panel has been a case for criticism, and I somewhat agree - it is a bit plasticky. However, there are plastics and then there are plastics. This front door is definitely the sturdy kind of well made plastic IMO. As for silence, meh, I can't make out a big difference between this one and my old case, because they are idle:ing most of the time anyway. It's in no way über-quiet, which is kind of impossible to be, however, I was a bit disappointed as I can clearly hear the fans work even when I pull down the fan control downwards to 5 v. The noise is, however, pretty miniscule in comparison to the keyboard noise as I'm typing this - so this may definitely be one of those opinions that will change over time. Just keep in mind, it isn't completely quiet.
Addendum: After having stressed the CPU out with real-world stressing, it doesn't get louder at all. It's almost as if I want to open the whole thing up to make sure the cpu fan is still spinning.
All in all, I'm going to go ahead and give it a solid 4.5 out of 5. IMO very recommended, just keep two things in mind: I have a new toy syndrome, and this is my first "real case" as well, although I have worked with friend's cases.
This is how my old one looked like
This is the new one
On my kitchen table
On and I forgot: I also bought this:
ville@Zeus:~$ cat /proc/meminfo
MemTotal: 8266332 kB
MemFree: 6535276 kB
Edited by Coq de Combat - 1/9/13 at 12:26pm