Recently I was looking for something that's big and powerful that doesn't break the budget to accommodate my friend's new system that included i7 950 CPU, dual video cards for SLI, 4 HDD, and 2 optical drives. It was another one of the many builds that I regularly do for my friends for free (after they get the parts). God, I'm a nice guy!
Description and dimensions
The 30+ pounds was the first thing I noticed when I got the box. This thing is HUGE. The dimensions were 17.6" (H) x 8.1" (W) x 23" (D) (447mm (H) x 206mm (W) x 584.2mm (D)). With 23 inches in depth, there's enough room in there to put the longest video cards on the markets. As for the storage itself, there are 10 Drive Bays, 4 External 5.25" (one with 5.25" to 3.5" adapter) and 6 internal 3.5". The four external bays are behind a double hinged door that can open up all the way to the side of the case (270 degrees). I find the door to be a bit lose and flimsy, the hinges are all plastic so one must be very careful when opening and closing the door.
The case itself is painted all black and looks generic to say the least. There are 2 usb ports, 1 IEEE1394, audio in and out, with the power and reset buttons behind the door.
The side panel can be removed like a huge giant door and you can mount a 80mm fan to blow cool air directly onto where your graphics cards should be. At the back of the case is a 120mm Tricool fan the serves as an exhaust to draw hot air out of the case. You can adjust the speed of the Tricool fan to be more quiet if you want to.
The bottom of the case is where the Hard-Disk Drives (HDD) reside, located behind a second metal grill that you can add 2 optional 92mm fans to draw air into the case as well as cool the HDD's at the same time. I put 2 blue LED 92mm fans to give it a uniquely cool look.
There are 7 expansion slots for your motherboard's needs. The power supply itself is non other than Antec's TruePower Trio 650W. Very nice indeed. It is Crossfire/ SLI certified and comes with a 5 year warranty.
*NOTE: Now, I will not go into the minute details of how I assembled all the parts as that's a subject in itself. I recommend consulting a PC professional or read up on it yourself. Google is your best friend :)
With that said, the shear size of this thing makes installing much easier as you have more room to move and maneuver your hands. I installed 2 x GTX 280 video cards without any problems with with a spare half an inch or so before it reaches the HDD's. To be smart about it, I recommend using some electrical tape to manage the wiring thereby making the it look neater and at the same time increase airflow (which decreases the temperatures of the hardware components like CPU, video card, RAM, motherboard).
It has all the room you'll ever need for any build of PC you wish to conjure with plenty of power, plenty of expansion slots. It's not as quiet as some smaller cases like the Sonata II. On second thoughts, of course it's not as quiet considering how much stuff there's inside and the shear size of this thing. The Antec's TruePower Trio 650W power supply is worth the value in itself. And for around £160 pounds, I'd say it's a bargain!