I've "upgraded" my gaming computer from a lightly modified Antec P180 [some behind the tray cabling] to a Corsair 600t... I'm overall pleased, but I'd share a couple things with yall that you would only get if you did it yourself
Parts list :
ASUS Maximus Formula motherboard
Intel i7 875k + Corsair H50
4x4GB DDR3 Gskill
2x 300GB Velociraptors R0
1x Corsair C300 128GB [100GB formatted]
[Removed from build after]
4x 1TB WD Black FAEL [lots of noise in those trays]
ASUS 6G/USB3 card which didn't work with the C300 plugged into it
So, what's good about it?
- Putting it together was unbelievably pleasant. It's never been so enjoyable, and I've done dozens of Antec P180, Solo, Sonata, etc for work.
- Love super-easy slide in hard drive trays, the overall space, and the behind-the-tray cabling is super nice.
- HDD bays are very nice to get stuff in and out, have a minimal amount of rubber for vibration absorption.
- 5.25" bay - snap and you're done, no screws.
- Room for any power supply you desire.
- Great looking inside and out
- Easy access doors that feel good on both sides
- Decent dust filters, they "soft snap" into the case, so they are very easy to remove/clean.
- Great USB/1394/USB3/Audio plugs on top of the case + fan controller on top [no RPM, but a dial that goes up and down]
- Case is made to sit on the floor, not on your desk. Power buttons and usb/audio/fw are all on top.
- To some, the lights on the fans; top and front.
- Bigger than P180; taller and wider. And much lighter. And those could all be pro's or con's to each individual.
- Built in Fan controller; motherboard one or Zalman FC works better, but this one isn't bad.
And what's bad?
- Thin case material. Doesn't soak up noise or vibration like P180 doors do. Fair amount of plastic. Metal feels like .8mm steel.
- HDD Mounts aren't as quiet as Antec P180, either due to dampening or vibration absorption. They have much less rubber grommet material than P180 or other Antec Cases. 4 1TB HDD created a significant amount of noise and it was deemed unacceptable to me, where as the P180 with the door closed would soak up the noise
- 240mm fans are kinda meh. 800 RPM Yate Loon's were quieter. Probably going to replace the top 240mm with 2x120 mm
- Antec had better dust filters.
- Lack of any sort of cooling for GPU. Antec had it so you could have a 120mm blowing over your GPU.
Overall recommendation: Far from the quietest case, but as far as easy to build, work in and maintain, nothing beats it. Some other minor cons, and pretty much all of it has to do with noise.
Hope you all found it informative, feel free to PM or post any questions!
EDIT: oh and the obligitory titanic epeen win7 scores