Are there other cases I should consider, esp. aluminum ones (but see the Lian Li ones I rejected)?
I am looking for a less than full ATX case for a mATX MB and modest power CPU/GPU (see below). I hope to get one that's
not real heavy or large (but not strictly so--see the Define Mini),
easy to work in (a key requirement), with enough
room for a 160 mm HSF (Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo) and
USB 3 on the front panel
Right now my top choices are the
Fractal Design Define Mini - http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1230-page1.html
Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6737
I lean toward the Elite 431 Plus because it is lighter and has plenty of room while being rougly the same size. I know the 431 Plus is not a premium case and uses cheaper sheet metal and plastic, I like the lack of all the extra sound deadening materials, but if people have comments on how to boost it's anti-vibration, etc. behavior, I'd appreciate it since I know it's a risk. My components won't make a lot of noise.
I looked at what other people are considering in this forum and have rejected the SilverStone Temjin TJO8-E, Lian Li V354 & PC-A04 & -A05, Antec Solo II.