man the amount of people using jigsaws, files, nibblers.. have none of you heard of the mighty dremel? it does make chopping cases really easy although you have to be careful - the brown fibrous cutting wheels are quite fragile and the diamond coated carbide wheels are quite harsh.. really indispensable tools though i never did a nice case cut till i got one especially in steel
i want my front fan the same as yours, right at the bottom of the case. Doing this i believe will allow the fitting of more 3.5" HDDs. My boot drive, gaming drive are both SSD, the always on HDD will be on the vibration mounts.. i'm not so bothered about a little HDD noise when copying stuff from an archive drive to always on HDD, the storage drives will spend most of their time turned off anyway. I have several old HDD brackets salvaged from old cases, a 2 drive, 3 drive, and a 5 drive which i'm pretty certain doesn't fit but i think a 4 drive bracket might. I'm working on an idea i had to mount a few SSDs in the case in other areas. Need a 2.5" drive to test the concept. I'll be mounting fans with anti-vibration gaskets and mounts, and i really don't use ODD much , in fact, i had considered doing this build without one and just plugging in my external when i need one.. only running an internal ODD to have everything in one box.. to sum up how little i use ODD - the current pioneer ODD in my current pc is IDE and was new when IDE was the standard, SATA did not exist.. i've burned maybe 4 cds on it, never burned a dvd, and only ever used it as a reader to install a few progs.. i'm not even sure it works anymore, i haven't used it for at least two years
check out the noctua D14 heatsink - with its middle fan mounted low, that heatsink looks to create quite some airflow at the top of a m-atx board for ram and VRMs. I agree about kingston ram.. in my long experience, not usually anything special performance wise but i've never had a kingston stick fail or be DOA either and i really abused some of those kingston value ram pc133 sticks back in the day
lining the case with foam is a problem for me. I'm not averse to using some of the thin stuff they use in the car industry to stop car doors from booming and to cut road noise but foam silencing always struck me as too much of a compromise on temperatures. I'll keep the possibility in mind but inaudibility is really only important for me at low loads/idle so with PWM fans etc etc i don't think the foam is necessary.. never had to use it before, anyway.
do you have measurements for your graphics card length? i've read 10.5" which is a bit of a shame as it really rules out the rear exhaust cooled cards i've been looking at, they're a lot longer and if you only have 1/4 inch, no fit.. currently considering the possibility of a corsair h80 type AIO liquid cooler mounted in the rear fan mount to cool the GPU but will probably go for a lesser card (than a 7950)
ulp.. i'd planned to get an asus board.. just hoping their top line boards are not the ones which fail (rog boards)
I keep cases till they become obsolete. With 120mm fan front and rear i consider the antec ideal, so expect to keep it a long time.. the only reason i'd go for something else is if the ATX/mATX standards are replaced or i decide i want a normal ATX again (even less likely). I plan to add dust filtered pci brackets, thumbscrews on every screw, tool-less fan mountings etc to bring it up to the tech level of a modern high-ish end case