I used to enjoy big towers, but unless i need the space i dont think its worth it.
Out of the what you are considering, i would go with Fracalt Design XL R2, its the same as my Define R4 just bigger. Both have the same room on the back though, only the height and that XL R2 has more PCI slots for a bigger motherboard and more 5.25 slots that for me are of no use, cooling they should be very similar.
One other that you should probably consider since you want a full tower, is the Antec P280 Black Super Mid Tower Computer Case
, reviewed also by SPCR Antec P280: Performance One Refresh
. But i would still go with XL R2.
Btw on amazon you can get the same price on both cases, just with free shipping.
I didn't think about looking on amazon, thanks.
I definitely need a full tower. Mainly for the drive bays. I'm going to be sorting and storing files from a lot of different hard drives.
That's another thing I forgot to mention, are there any cases that have hard drive suspension designed into the case? Or at the very least soft silicone mounts instead of screws?
I don't think a mid tower case will cut it for my needs.
What do you plan to stuff in it? Some cases tradeoff thermal performance for noise others are the reverse.
4770K (stock clocked), Noctua NH-D14 heatsink, Full Z87 ATX board (12" x 10.39") , BeQuiet DPP 10 1200W PSU, asus GTX 760 DCUII, Sound Blaster Titanium, 3-4 SSDs, 7-8 HDDs, DVD-ROM drive, BD-RW drive
After a couple months I'll be down to 4 SSDs and 4HDDs as I back up important files from my old HDDs to BD-R and move them to storage.
The number of fans I have will depend on the case. I'd like to put in Noctua ULN low-rpm case fans, but if the case dampens sound really well I could put medium-rpm Noctuas in.
I'll have a lot of cables running throughout the case and would like them to stay neat so that's why I want a roomy area behind the mobo tray to snake all those wires and tuck any slack in them.
Hope this helps.