I give that a 6.5/10 on the Skrying Weaselout scale.
Pretty good at the usual 'sticking to what I said no matter what' overall but you make some assumptions without personal experience that the plastic needs modding (-1.0) - it doesn't need modding although that may be clone model specific, the one I got certainly doesn't and airflow 'restriction' is about the same as your Lian Li example and other cases that use a mesh-type face, try looking closer at the bottom front it's a series of offset vertical slits.
The plastic creates turbulence which creates noise. That why I would mod the front of the case and likely add a mesh filter. Pasdepardon mentioned these at good cases for a modding start point. I specifically noted the amount of plastic (a lot on the front) wouldn't make them very ideal for that purpose. Hence the context and speaking of those cases within the light of modding.
Additionally you're bringing the Lian Li into a different conversation than it was intended. I thought it was quite clear that the Lian Li conversation was one entirely separate from the modding conversation, I guess I was mistaken. To codedivine I talked about the issues of the all aluminum cases Lian Li makes in specific reference to moving them around often. I mentioned they have a Lancool brand made specifically for the LAN goer. I did mention some of those models have plastic to state what these cases were made out of instead of the traditional all aluminum case made by Lian Li. It wasn't a modding comment. Again, I thought this was perfectly clear given that I separated the conversations through use of quoting codedivine.
For *not* sticking to your plan by getting a 19x19" 'mid'tower (and after saying the P180 mini is huge, talk about a change of plans!) you get -2.0. The additional 0.5 is because no one gets a 10.0
First, the Mini P180 comments on it being huge have always be within the context of it only being able to house a mATX motherboard. In the grand scheme of cases from mITX to extended ATX it isn't that large. But for only housing a mATX case it is large. This is the general consensus for the case, just take a look at the SilentPC Review conclusion for similar opinions.
Second, I was forced into going to a larger case due to the slot configurations on mATX motherboards using the 785G chipset from MSI, Asus and Gigabyte. None of the boards offered from those manufacturers had the slots I needed. So I had to move up in size. I went with the Storm Scout over smaller ATX cases for portability reasons. Take a case like the NSK4480 from Antec. One of the smaller ATX cases. The Storm Scout is a good 3" deeper and taller but it has a handle which makes it easier to carry. The Storm Scout also has a number of other features that make it superior and more fitting to my changed needs. Specifically the greater amount of 5.25" to place hard drives in should in the future I need to remove the hard drive cages for graphics card length reasons. Also the hole behind CPU socket in the Storm Scout and other cable management holes not found in the Antec.
If you wanted to know why I changed my plans all you had to do was ask. But as you typically do with me you attacked first.
In any case (pun intended!
) what's so hard about cutting plastic? Sure, trying to add or change what's there is beyond typical mechanical modding but plastic is easier to cut than metal with simple hand tools as long as you aren't a seizure-prone monkey with no manual dexterity.
There's more to modding than cutting. It's a potential issue. Beyond cutting, such as painting, screwing, or whatever plastic is increasingly more difficult to work with. I rather work with steel or aluminum than plastic. If I purchased a case specifically for modding I don't want a low potential ceiling.
Golly here I was posting in this thread trying to be helpful and point out some additional options from personal experience and it still ends up with a stupid argument with Skry-'my uninformed opinion is fact'-ing.
An argument you started. You said there was contradictions in my post. I new there was trouble as soon as I saw you quoted my entire post instead of the part pointed towards you. I knew you would take whatever I said out of context. You've done this numerous times. I've asked you to stop but you've continued to do so. I don't have much more left to do other than to try to explain what I said line by line to you.