So what case did you went for? im guessing 230mm was the HAF X?
Hi all. I did some Black Friday shopping. I ended up taking a chance on the Rosewill Thor V2.
And I still don't have a thorough write-up to present. With the holidays, and our 4-month old son, I haven't had a lot of time with my new stuff. But I can
say that this case is WELL worth the price! Granted, I got it for $99 shipped on Black Friday rather than $129 regular price, but still.
I agree with the somewhat negative comments people have had about this case in the past (less than great physical build quality, silly grommets so flimsy they pop out with an ugly stare), but I also don't think it would change my decision. If I had to do it over again, I'd choose the same case. What I really like are (in no particular order):
- The 230mm (x3) fans are SUPER quiet. I can't hear them at all, even when they're spinning at full speed.
- The 140mm fan at the back is reasonably quiet as well.
- The cavernous amount of space makes assembly so stupidly easy it was almost comical.
- Plenty of room behind the backwall for cables to run. You can barely see a cable in my setup now!
- USB 3... by all accounts it was a passthrough and not a proper header, but I was very pleased to see it arrived with a proper header! The ONLY reason that wasn't entirely welcome news, was that I was planning ahead and I got a 3.5mm USB 3 to use with the mobo's header Oh well.
- It has eSATA on the front - although after I get a USB3 external HDD, I won't use it going forward. Still, my current HDD enclosure uses eSATA so I wanted it... and got it.
I can't comment on the overall silent-ness of this case though, because I haven't finished building. I keep getting distracted. At the moment I have a HDD hanging out the side, my video cards haven't arrived, and my power supply had one cable too short to reach its spot on the mobo AND run via the back, so I had to buy an extension. Once I get everything fitted, I'll be sure to make a more indepth report and provide some pictures.
Regardless, I strongly urge SPCR to consider testing this case. It has the potential to be bloody quiet I think, simply by virtue of its huge fans if nothing else. And its cheaper than the competition with more features.