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    Default For US$200, Would You Choose a High-End Mid Tower or an Entry/Mid-Level Full Tower?

    Hi everyone.

    Lian Li is currently starting to plan their next generation of products and would like your input.

    Based on your preference, if you had US$200 dollars in your pocket would you be more likely to choose a high-end mid tower chassis or an entry/mid level full tower?

    Feel free to post why?

    Your input may directly influence the next-gen of Lian Li computer cases.
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    My preference is for a higher end mid-tower case with the following features:
    • the motherboard is rotated 90 degrees so that the pci-e slots are oriented vertically
    • larger sized motherboards are supported
    • modular internal drive bays are removable and/or easy to customize
    • options for many cooling fans, all of which have easily removable filters and solid panels to block off unused fan inlets/outlets
    • adequate room for thicker water cooling radiators
    • adequate room for wiring behind the motherboard
    • removable motherboard tray
    • choice of several exterior case colors
    • e-sata hot swap bay(s)
    • usb 2.0 and 3.0 connectors with adequate space between the connectors
    • a better hard drive mounting setup that allows better air flow through the top and bottom of each installed hard drive
    • tall enough rubber feet on the bottom of the case to provide adequate ventilation for bottom mounted air intake cooling fans
    • case is wide enough for tall cpu cooling towers and provide room for internal sound absorbing material
    I want the first prototype for testing and evaluation.
    Last edited by profJim; 09-06-2012 at 09:44 AM. Reason: added more requirements
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    Default Re: For US$200, Would You Choose a High-End Mid Tower or an Entry/Mid-Level Full Tower?

    I think Profjim as hit the nail on the head with all his ideas.
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    Default Re: For US$200, Would You Choose a High-End Mid Tower or an Entry/Mid-Level Full Tower?

    To expand on PJ's High end mid tower maybe a snap in/slide in PSU tray, 200mm or larger side fan or mutipul 120mm fans, MB fan, Acess to Heat sink without removing MB. Ability to use tripple, dual 120mm fans, or 200mm top fans. Better tool-less drivebays and addin cards design. +1 on thicker rad.

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    Default Re: For US$200, Would You Choose a High-End Mid Tower or an Entry/Mid-Level Full Tower?

    profjim you want ALL that for $200?

    personally id choose a mid tower,full towers can take up alot of space!!

    i think its important to take into account the tallness(wideness) of the high end air cooler heatsinks,silver arrow/phanteks/noctua d14,ive seen alot of cases where they arnt wide enough to accommodate them,some hotswap hdd bays would be nice also and some ssd mounting points somewhere in the case

    another issue ive come across on some cases is having the headphone front panel ports too close to the usb ports and not adequately shielded resulting in crackling/interference when using the usb ports/charging phone/memory sticks ect

    maybe a pull out clip to hang your headphones up?
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    Default Re: For US$200, Would You Choose a High-End Mid Tower or an Entry/Mid-Level Full Tower?

    profjim you want ALL that for $200?
    Nope, I only want to pay $175 for the case which would also include at least 2 large fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) cooling fans.
    I was going to suggest that they use Kevlar instead of plastic for all exterior case parts, but I must be marginally realistic with my features wish list.
    I don't mind if they want to charge $29.95 extra for a pull out headphone clip option.

    One feature I'd like to see is a user manual that finally tells us the proper place to install the ferrite ring that often comes with computer cases.
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    Default Re: For US$200, Would You Choose a High-End Mid Tower or an Entry/Mid-Level Full Tower?

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    My preference is for a higher end mid-tower case with the following features:
    • the motherboard is rotated 90 degrees so that the pci-e slots are oriented vertically
    • larger sized motherboards are supported
    • modular internal drive bays are removable and/or easy to customize
    • options for many cooling fans, all of which have easily removable filters and solid panels to block off unused fan inlets/outlets
    • adequate room for thicker water cooling radiators
    • adequate room for wiring behind the motherboard
    • removable motherboard tray
    • choice of several exterior case colors
    • e-sata hot swap bay(s)
    • usb 2.0 and 3.0 connectors with adequate space between the connectors
    • a better hard drive mounting setup that allows better air flow through the top and bottom of each installed hard drive
    • tall enough rubber feet on the bottom of the case to provide adequate ventilation for bottom mounted air intake cooling fans
    • case is wide enough for tall cpu cooling towers and provide room for internal sound absorbing material
    I want the first prototype for testing and evaluation.
    Quote Originally Posted by wazza300 View Post
    profjim you want ALL that for $200?

    personally id choose a mid tower,full towers can take up alot of space!!

    i think its important to take into account the tallness(wideness) of the high end air cooler heatsinks,silver arrow/phanteks/noctua d14,ive seen alot of cases where they arnt wide enough to accommodate them,some hotswap hdd bays would be nice also and some ssd mounting points somewhere in the case

    another issue ive come across on some cases is having the headphone front panel ports too close to the usb ports and not adequately shielded resulting in crackling/interference when using the usb ports/charging phone/memory sticks ect

    maybe a pull out clip to hang your headphones up?
    Thanks for your input guys. ProfJim you mentioned adequate space for cabling behind the motherboard tray, while you, wazza300, said you want space for high end air coolers and heat sinks.

    How much width behind the motherboard tray do you consider enough these days? Can the width go too far for your stylistic preferences? And if there is a tradeoff, what is more important to you, cable management or cooler height?
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    Default Re: For US$200, Would You Choose a High-End Mid Tower or an Entry/Mid-Level Full Tower?

    One other thought from me...please do away with the 4 pin molex connections on fans. Heck everything that uses one. Their ancient and fragile.

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    Default Re: For US$200, Would You Choose a High-End Mid Tower or an Entry/Mid-Level Full Tower?

    Form follows function in my book, and I won't sacrifice performance, function or important features for a "better looking" computer case.
    For me, stylistic preferences take a back seat to features, function and performance.
    I believe that some of the current mainstream/enthusiast cases have 9" (225mm) or more in outside width. Many premium air cooled tower heatsinks are now more than 165mm tall, measured from the top of the cpu heat spreader.

    Optimal cable management can noticeably improve air flow through a computer case by providing a less restrictive air flow path. Both of my current computer cases don't provide enough depth behind the motherboard for the thick 24-pin power supply cable and all the other cables and wires. Ideally the space behind the motherboard is deep enough so that cooling air can freely circulate without the outer case cover pressing against cables or wires that will restrict airflow.

    I said:
    • adequate room for thicker water cooling radiators
    • adequate room for wiring behind the motherboard
    • case is wide enough for tall cpu cooling towers and provide room for internal sound absorbing material
    • removable motherboard tray
    3/4" (19mm) of interior depth behind the motherbord would be about right for optimal cable management. If needed, I could live without room for internal sound absorbing material on the outer side panels and not having a removable motherboard tray. Computer case designers need to take a lesson from mobile phone and tablet manufacturers, where their products have a slimmer and classier look due to the beveled outer edges on the back of their products. I am not willing to compromise on cooler height or cable management.

    Food for thought:
    I'm seriously considering using a computer test bench setup for my next computer case if I can find one that that has an external enclosure that can be quickly removed for easy access. I might end up with an oversized custom HTPC computer case.
    Let's see what your designers can do with this approach.

    This isn't what I want, but it's a start:

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    im no way an expert on tolerances/clearance issues but aslong as theres a good 1-2cm gap between all the top branded/performing air coolers (inc the ones ive mentioned) and the side panel id be more than happy,
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