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post #11 of 71
Number of Expansion Slots: 8 with a 3 inch or bigger space between the last expansion slot and where the PSU goes as you want the GPU to have enough room to push air or grab air.
Number of 3.5" drive bays: 6 with them being removable
Number of 2.5" drive bays: 2 with them being added underneath the first set of 3.5" drive bays
Watercooling options: Top 240 rad and front 240 rad.
Layout (PSU on bottom/top/etc?): PSU bottom with a fan filter at the bottom.
Fan/Cooling Options: Front should have a 200MM fan with the option of being able to put a 240 rad. Top should have also a 200mm fan with 240 rad compatible. A rear 140mm fan
Number of 5.25" drive bays:4 with the third being a 3.5 and the forth being a 2.5 in case you don't want to use the 3.5 bays
Other (sound dampening? Windows?): Make the case fat where if you want too add a long heat-sink instead of a water cooler it would have space and maybe a fan on the window.
Maximum price you'd pay for your "dream" mid tower: 150 as it is a mid tower not a full tower.

What i would want to be in this case is the ability to either air or water cool it. The fact that 650D had removable 3.5" drive bays makes it appealing but what would have been better is that the 5.25" drive bays have been two and one 3.5" drive bay and a 2.5" as it gives you the option to just have a simple setup of an SSD and a hard drive. Also having enough space on the back of the mother board would be nice 2 inch or 2.5 inch spacing maybe? Having that extra space between your last GPU and PSU is great as it can prevent from getting you PSU hot as it happens to me where my 2nd GPU is real close to my PSU and it creates a lot of heat that kinda just stays there. I guess the perfect mid tower would be a full tower but shorter and fatter.
post #12 of 71
Number of Expansion Slots: 8
Number of 3.5" drive bays: 2
Number of 2.5" drive bays: 2 behind mobo
Watercooling options: Slim 240/280mm AIO (Air builds need love too)
Layout (PSU on bottom/top/etc?): Psu bottom
Fan/Cooling Options: 3x 140mm front, 120/140mm back, 2x 120/140mm top
Number of 5.25" drive bays: 0
Other (sound dampening? Windows?): Large window and hidden i/o similar to 900D but a style that suits the case
Maximum price you'd pay for your "dream" mid tower: $200- $250

Edit: No USB 2.0, only 2 or 4x 3.0, headphone and mic, and power reset in front i/o
post #13 of 71
Number of Expansion Slots: 9 to support XL ATX board
Number of 3.5" drive bays: 2-3
Number of 2.5" drive bays: 2-3 located behind the mother board
Watercooling options: up to dual 140mm radiator top and front and up to sigle 140 rear
Layout (PSU on bottom/top/etc?): Bottom
Fan/Cooling Options: 2 X 120mm/140mm front and top and 1 X 120mm/140mm rear. with optional covers for the two top fan spots.
Number of 5.25" drive bays: 2-3
Other (sound dampening? Windows?): Big side window
Maximum price you'd pay for your "dream" mid tower: $250
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post #14 of 71
Number of Expansion Slots:
im fine with the standard

Number of 3.5" drive bays:
2 to 4 (cage must be modular/removable as i only use 2x ssd, i have a NAS for my storage needs)

Number of 2.5" drive bays:
2 to 4 (cage must be modular/removable as i only use 2x ssd, i have a NAS for my storage needs)

Watercooling options:
360 in the top

Layout (PSU on bottom/top/etc?):
Doesnt matter, but must have a easy to access filter.

Fan/Cooling Options:
NO GRILLS, cut them out like you did with air 540 case.
3x120mm/140mm on top
1x 120/140mm back exhaust
3x 120/140mm front

Number of 5.25" drive bays:
keep them at 4 but keep it modular (modular interior, nobody has perfected this yet, nzxt has the right idea)
i do no use any optical drives, but if i could put a hdd drive cage where the 5.25 drive bay sits.. that would be amazing. OR if they just want to remove the whole 5.25 interior cage to put a larger radiator, that would be cool as well.

Other (sound dampening? Windows?):
Windows is a must for me as long as you do no butcher it by integrating a fan/mesh/window like coolermaster does. Its Ugly, dont do it. Either make it all window or mesh or none at all, do not mix it.

Maximum price you'd pay for your "dream" mid tower:
under $150

ps. I think no manufacturer has embraced the modular ability for inside a case yet. Corsair is in the right direction with the removable hdd cage, with my 600t, i must removed both cage and put the SSD on the bottom. Take it one step further, let us remove hdd cages, 5.25 cages, etc.
post #15 of 71
Number of Expansion Slots: Lucky Seven
Number of 3.5" drive bays: 3 with removable tray mounts
Number of 2.5" drive bays: 2, 1 hidden backside motherboard and 1 fully accessible and removable mount
Watercooling options: Top external mount for 360mm Rads, Front internal mount for 360mm Rads, Back of case external mount 240mm Rad, needs proper tubing size holes
Layout (PSU on bottom/top/etc?): Top, why? easier to reach on/off switch when standing up.
Fan/Cooling Options: 1x120mm in the back, 3x120mm on the top of the case, and 3x120mm in front of the case
Number of 5.25" drive bays: 2, never saw a need for more than that
Other (sound dampening? Windows?): Dynamat
Maximum price you'd pay for your "dream" mid tower: $150 or less
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post #16 of 71
Number of Expansion Slots: 8
Number of 3.5" drive bays: Dont Care
Number of 2.5" drive bays: Dont Care
Watercooling options: 360 radiator @ top, 240/280 @ Front
Layout (PSU on bottom/top/etc?): PSU Mounted behind motherboard tray like on the 540 Air
Fan/Cooling Options: 3x120mm fans on top, 2x120/140mm fans front, 1x 120/140mm fan rear
Number of 5.25" drive bays: Minimum 2, removable
Other (sound dampening? Windows?): ATX sized side window displaying the motherboard.
Maximum price you'd pay for your "dream" mid tower: 250

Phantek Enthoo Primo is a good inspiration. I want it as slim as possible with a new clean design (please no 350d/900d design).
Top should have a fan apartment which is removable for easier access & mounting. Front panel should have ventilation, not solid like on 350d/900d.
Make it the best mid tower in the world.
post #17 of 71
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dire Squirrel View Post

Number of 5.25" drive bays: ZERO. Get it through you thick sculls that we live in the year 2013. No one uses optical drives.

I think people are still using optical drives... Also, people might want these bays available for other components, e.g fan controllers, etc...
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post #18 of 71
the 900D is a nice cheap mid tower biggrin.gif
post #19 of 71
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the 900D is a nice cheap mid tower biggrin.gif
Sorry but the 800D takes home that status. thumb.gif
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post #20 of 71
Quote:
Originally Posted by HiTechPixel View Post

Number of Expansion Slots:
7/8, doesn't really matter.

Number of 3.5" drive bays:
1-4, make 'em hidden.

Number of 2.5" drive bays:
1-4, same as above; make 'em hidden.

Watercooling options:
360 in the top and a 360 in the front.

Layout (PSU on bottom/top/etc?):
PSU on bottom.

Fan/Cooling Options:
Three fan mounts in the front, three in the top, one in the bottom and one in the back.

Number of 5.25" drive bays:
None or make them removable.

Other (sound dampening? Windows?):
Just make sure the intakes are filtered (I'm looking at you, Air 540) well enough without being too restrictive.

Maximum price you'd pay for your "dream" mid tower:
200 US Dollars.

Nailed what I was thinking EXCEPT the 360 rads have to be at least 60mm thick (plus fans so 85mm) and I would have to say with NZXT and a few other case companies pushing great products I would like to see this this case push sub 200 dollars.
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