I can't add anything to this thread, except that I'm starting a new build soon with the latest-and-greatest Intel (Z87 chipset with an i7-4771, SSDs in RAID-0 (Tom's Hardware says I shouldn't bother with RAID for SSDs, but we'll see), and I wanted the perfect, quiet case for it that could also handle my desire to have 4 or 5 5.25 bays in front (2 or 3 CD/DVD/Blu-Ray drives and 2 hot-swap drive bays), and in an ATX form-factor.
Problem is, most of the cases like that are HUGE.
I bought a Fractal Define XL R2, and it was gigantic, so I bought a Corsair (wink wink) Obsidian 550D at the local computer store before everything closed for the holiday, as I wanted to build it this weekend.
The main thing is, I want all of the above, but in a smaller package. The best I could find is a Lian-Li PC-7FN (or similar Lian-Li case), but they don't seem to do a lot for cooling nor quietness.
What I'd like is something like the Corsair Obsidian 550D, but with the build quality and space-efficiency of a Lian-Li case. 4 3.5 internal bays (or more if 2.5 drives are used - the 550D has far more drive space than I need, so could be a bit shorter if it left them out). Solid metal, less breakable plastic, and if you have to have a door, make it a much more solidly-attached door. I still want 4 or 5 front-panel 5.25 bays tho'
That's my main issue with available cases.
Anyway, just my 2 cents, even though I don't have the amazingly astute recommendations of the incredibly smart computer-silencers above.