Originally Posted by gammite
it is amazing how much money people spend on metal/plastic boxes.
While I admit that sometimes people will spend a lot of money on a case that is more of a status symbol than anything else, most people spend an appropriate amount. The cheap cases tend to not provide very good cooling and/or are noisier than better built cases, but one doesn't need to spend a fortune to get a case that has good cooling and low noise as well as having enough room to hold all of their hardware.
And what is wrong with spending more for a case that the user/owner feels has a more pleasing look to it? Of modifying the case to look a certain way? Computing to a lot of enthusiasts is a hobby so there is nothing wrong with indulging their creativity. By your reasoning everyone should be driving around in a plain jane black box automobile, every home would be plain white with plain white walls and no pictures, knick knacks, or other color or decorations. You know darn well that won't work.
So get real. It's a hobby. If you want a plain jane cheapo box fine. No one is trying to talk you out of that. But don't try to convince others that they need to do so, especially on an enthusiasts forum