I realize I'm late to a party that wasn't even fun (fan holes 'discussion') - but I simply wanted to point out an obvious difference between those other 'elite' brands and CaseLabs.... it's been postulated by some that modding a CL case is crazy because of the cost - however, I feel it's exactly the opposite!
If I have a case (which I actually do have one now that I think of it) that was very expensive that I want to mod (in this particular case it's the ABS Canyon 595 - better known as the Lian-Li TYR PCX-2000). Brand new it was over $500, nearing the end of it's sales-life it was available for just under $200... and it's a very beautiful case - it even has those fan holes... which it mates with fingerguards... which defeats the purpose slightly... but I digress.
If I mod the front panel to handle a 360mm rad (one fan is offset incorrectly and would need cutting/drilling) and I screw it up
- my only option is to either attempt fabricating a replacement front panel, de-riveting and re-riveting, attempting to match the anodizing and brushing of the rest of the case, etc...
Or I could try to find another whole case to start over on... for at least another $100-200.
With these 'horribly expensive' (apparently) CL cases... I can simply order another panel to replace the one I damaged... and it will come in exactly the same quality, finish, etc... that the original panel was - for a very reasonable price.
All of this is just to say that, although opinions are like 'fan holes' and everyone has one, I personally think that CL cases are some of the cheapest
to mod - at least in the sense that you always have a way to salvage mistakes. If you don't ever make mistakes or if you work on $50 plastic cases... then my point isn't valid for you. For the rest of us - it makes drilling and cutting much, much less stressful (and I have an M8 that isn't as easy to buy single interior panels for like the Mercury line). Edited by DiGiCiDAL - 9/22/13 at 5:27pm