The PC-X1000 is actually available here in Denmark where I live, but it costs three times as much as the R3. Nice case though.
Luke M wrote:
This isn't far from the Silverstone TJ08/PS07 with drive cage removed.
It isn't actually, going to look into that case. Thanks for the tip.
Upcoming FT04 & RV04 are similar but large enough for ATX boards.http://www.kitguru.net/components/cases ... ress-ft04/
From the pictures, the FT04 seems very similar to what I'm looking for, and depending on the price, I may buy that one.
But regardless, I still feel that there is a piece of the market that is being forgotten. I'm not against spending a good amount on a case that could last me a few builds and upwards of 6 years, but the modifications I'm seeking for the R4 seems so miniscule - granted, I don't know much about the manufacturing process, so I could be wrong - that I feel like I'm over-spending. Why spend so much on a FT02, if Fractal could make the case I want for half that?
This is the case I wish they would make:
(Don't mind the difference in the color of the coating)
I've removed the optical drive as I very rarely use it and can get by with an external one. There is only space for a single HDD, as that is plenty for me, and since the price of 512gb SSD's will soon reach affordable levels, this supports that decision too, for me at least. And finally, the two 180mm fans should provide enough airflow to keep the system cool and quiet.
If I had to make the case appeal to a wider market segment, it would probably need the things I removed above.
The drive cages would be removable to allow a fan and/or 120mm rad at the top, and a wider PSU at the bottom. Maybe even make the optical drive and its rails be removable, thereby allowing a 240mm rad to be installed in the top. The front has three 140mm fans, and a combination of 180mm fans and a single 120mm is also an option for the cooling.
In the end I might just mod the R4 to suit my needs and give up on shortening the case.
I guess I could always write Fractal an email.