I'm looking at a new build and I have some unusual requirements.
I want a top venting power supply slot as this will sit on the floor.
I want some amount of LED lights because (don't laugh) the kids use the lights as night lights if they need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. With the number of plugs in the area -- it just seems easier to allow the computer to fill this function and not get a 1 to n plug mold adapter to put a separate night light in.
I'm looking for quiet. This sits in a common area. The older I get, the more that seems to matter -- the kids make enough noise on their own.
I want at least 2 USB ports on top. Will plug in things like iPods, etc and since this is on the floor, I want them to sit on top and would like the USB ports close.
Don't care about locks, weight (it will go in one location and sit for lifetime unless I lose a job and have to move), exterior color (within reason -- some of the green ones are just *ugly*).
It will likely hold a i7-860, ATI 5850, no more than 2 HDDs and 1 DVD+RW, the 750HX Corsair power supply (that I have already), probably 6 GB of memory and I won't overclock to excessive measures -- may even leave it as the stock CPU heat sink unless there is compelling reason not to (as in it would significantly reduce overall noise).
Has anyone played with one of these? Are there air fliters (I can't tell) -- as this will be on the carpeted floor I'm worried about the amount of dust. How are the noise levels? Do those flanges on the front inhibit DVD trays from operation? Cable management a big problem (have some indication but thinking it could be solved with zip ties)? I note the 230mm fans and some indication you have to go back to mfg to replace should there be issues. Anybody had to deal with that? Is it that common (can't tell how many of the posts are just a minority with a bad experience that are vocal or not)?
Any advice / feedback appreciated. I'm not in a real hurry. With the supply problems with the 5850 I'll likely wait until Jan before I start really buying everything -- but the rebate for $20 will runs out on the 15th -- so you never know -- I might buy just the case early.