Originally Posted by windfire
Since you are happy with both, then I think you should just save the cash for something else.
The upgrade is not that you are tired of your Sniper (ie on an emotional basis) or the Sniper is failing to perform (ie on a functional basis). So the upgrade is not justified on either basis.
And, your sig rig is quite balanced and so I cannot recommend any other upgrade.
Brettjv is also using a Sniper and he has recently bought a RV03. Perhaps he can share his experience on the pros and cons of these 2 cases.
Once I've actually done the build on the RV03, I'll definitely try to remember to come to this thread and give my thoughts. Storm Sniper is an adequate case, one I feel I made much better than adequate by the following minor 'mods' (stretch to call them mods, but
1) Actually mounting a 140mm in the bottom slot ... although that filter is terrible and chokes off a LOT of the airflow, and
2) Putting a 3-drive bay/cage out of an Antec 900 into the front drive bays, and mounting my 3 HD's in it. This provided more air over the mobo (although it's sorta warm air), and made it so I could ...
3) Remove the drive cage that came w/the case and restricted airflow to my GPU's, and
4) Replaced the lame mesh door with the optional solid clear side panel I got from CM.
I am NOT a 'fan' of randomly placed mesh on a case, put there as a marketing bullet point for inexperienced builders. Like "ZOMG look at all the mesh this this must have awesome airflow!!!1!!1!!" Because that is poppycock. ANY holes that are in my case, I want them to be there for a good reason, otherwise, I cover them up. I want full control of where the air goes in, and where it goes out. I'm always looking to create a proper 'wind tunnel'. The mesh door on the Sniper is opposite of this principle. Not to mention, it makes the case LOUD as sin.
I also generally dislike side fans, as they disrupt the air flow of the case and usually add surprisingly little actual 'cooling functionality' when you look at your average temps of all the parts in your case. They may lower gpu temps slightly but it's usually at the cost of other parts running warmer.
So in my book, the way the Sniper comes outfitted is kinda lame, but if you make some simple mods like the ones I did, and add the bottom 140mm fan, it becomes a pretty darn decent case in my eyes. I'm just tired of mine, and looking for something that does a better job of cooling the GPU's, which I believe the RV03 is going to do.
When I think in terms of how I think an air cooled case would be optimally 'set up', the RV03 comes *really* close to how I would design it, esp. when you consider some of the options in terms of added fans. I'm def. planning on using both the front and rear bays for extra airflow ... but they're going to be run very low speeds as I want minimal interference with the general 'bottom to top' airflow design.Edited by brettjv - 8/21/11 at 4:17pm