I've recently been thinking more and more about the need for bigger / larger desktop towers & their uses in today's modern world. First off, before I get called " Troll ". I like big cases as much as the next person however this is something I've been thinking about.
Really, with everything shrinking & getting smaller and smaller, you can fit high end setups in mini itx rigs, micro atx cases & even the more standard atx cases , are bigger cases slowly becoming more redundant? You've got cases like the Cosmos 2, 900d, Xigmatek Elysium, Case-Labs Magnum & Merlin series, all great cases, but absolutely HUGE & they are great at what they do, but what real world application are these cases suitable for? In a professional setting where power is required, usually you'd be able to fit ANY graphics card into many mid towers, even the cases that cost less & are on the lower end of the spectrum. Cooling wise there are many mid towers available to suit everyones needs as well as ITX size rigs.
Truly, I can say as someone who used to own a larger case, that it's no longer about how big of a case you have but how the space is used and I can appreciate all sorts of cases. However, I can actually move my rig around now, it was reasonably priced & I can fit an SLI, mid range ( 3770k, 680 ) setup in there no worries whilst still maintaining a reasonably moderate size.
I spent $1600 on a computer which to many builders today is nothing, and I max out every game, ?I play with excellent sound quality & a sound card, great resolutions, have two ssd's & an incredible amount of RAM & storage space. Everyone can achieve this, I'm not breaking new ground. & it's like sometimes the excuse " It's beacuse we have a passion, it's because we're enthusiasts is also a little redundant". Why use that as an excuse to WASTE money on redundancy, it doesn't make you look like a hobbyist, it makes you look like an idiot. Many people compare this to restoring & building old cars, the truth is it's quite different & although I appreciate the effort it's just simply not even close.
You see, I'd liken this new craze of everyone " building the biggest & best rigs " to everyone driving around in a H2 Hummer all chromed out with flashing lights. You need to have taste to be able to restore classic motors, and most enthusiasts now are going out and buying big cases, like the 900d and throwing a 3770k in there.
Just to get this out in the open, z77, i5 3570k i7 3770k & then the upcoming Haswell I7 4770k's are MAINSTREAM cpu's. You have no idea how silly it is to look upon these monster cases like the cosmos 2 and find out that your running the same CPU as computers that are sold in store for $1000. The same goes for everything else... Like your running windows 8 dude.. just like the rest of us but in a case that looks like it dropped out of space and is WAY too big.
Here's the deal - Today, you can spend less & achieve more, achieve a good solid overclock in a well priced & adequate sized case without spending $5000 to colour co ordinate a PC ( which is quite easy by the way ). I've come to learn that most of what professional reviewers are suggesting at the moment its quite ridiculous.. Most reviewers do NOT understand the differences between positive & negative air flow & the importance of VALUE in a chassis. It's for this very reason Cooler Master stopped producing quality cases and started pumping out cases like the PLASTIC HAF series & discontinued the ATCS 840's and so on...because people are demanding Bigger sizes, less quality & more crap like led's fan controllers... ugh.
The same goes with LIAN li, they used to be AMAZING cases and now they are barely keeping up with the designs of their cases and the quality of the cases is so disgustingly Low...
Even corsair, look at the 400r & 500r, such disappointing chassis nothing compares in terms of quality today & it's really making large cases redundant. in a years time they're going to have a full line up of thunderbolt " GPU in a box " style solutions will allow ultrabooks, laptops & notebooks to use the Thunderbolt ports to transfer video data, essentially turning everyhing else to trash, being able to use the 680 with thunderbolt & hooking it up to a laptop. Easy!
Edit for language.