The 650D is almost too big for the space I have now; there is absolutely no way I could fit a 750D or 800D in and it will take a bit of creativity to make room for the 650D. At my age (I'm pushing 65), not to mention that I'm handicapped, weight is a huge issue. I can handle the weight of my present rig but not a whole heck of a lot more. I also need the built-in hotswap bay at the top of the 650D; it would be perfect for 2.5" drives. Ever since Antec discontinued the EASYSATA swap bay, I haven't seen a decent swap bay anywhere for 3.5" or 2.5". Fortunately, I managed to snag a spare EASYSATA while I could. My present case, an Antec Two Hundred v2 has an excellent 2.5" swap bay built into the case. I use the 3.5" EASYSATA I put in my present case daily for backups; the 2.5" gets used far less frequently but having it beats the holy snot out of digging out and setting up an external dock when I do use it.
The reason I like the EASYSATA so much is it has few moving parts. It basically is a simple bay that guides the HDD to a little circuit board that has a connector on one side that plugs into the HDD when the HDD is pushed into bay. The other side has a connector that takes the SATA power data cables from the computer. I managed to snag several spare connector boards but, in the past 14 months I've been using the bay, I've seen no evidence of wear on the connector and so little on the HDD connector, they both will probably last for at least as long as the HDD does. The only moving parts are the swinging door on the bay and the latch that holds the HDD in the bay. There is enough friction on the connectors, the latch is really unnecessary so, if it ever fails, all I would need to do is file down the little nub that holds the drive in and just let gravity and the connector keep the HDD in place. As long as I push in the release button when I insert the HDD instead of forcing the HDD against the locking nub (it's tapered to allow that), it should last forever anyway. The door is pure simplicity so it should also last forever as long as I don't abuse it.
The built in 2.5" swap bay just has the door to wear out or break. If it ever does break, I managed to snag a spare front cover for the case.
All the hot swap bays I've seen use a door that doubles as an ejection lever and I see plenty of complaints about those. The EASYSATA doesn't have that problem. Neither does the built-in swap bay at the top of the 650D, which would be perfect for 2.5" drives.
The only reason I'm tempted by the 650D is I do need more room inside and would like to have more HDD room although with the bigger HDDs that are coming out (6TB is out already although not quite ready for prime time yet) and Seagate is bragging about being able to have 60TB by 2016; we will see about that!), the HDD room is probably a moot issue. I'm using an extended ATX board inside my present case and it is seriously crowded inside. Cooling is adequate but just barely due to the crowding. If I ever need to change out the TIM, I would have to pull everything out. And I mean everything: the rear fan, PSU (actually easier than pulling the top fan), the optical drive, then the MOBO. I can get at only half of my RAM sticks (just barely). The 650D would allow me to rotate my CPU cooler so I can get at the screws that hold down the cooler without yanking the MOBO (the 2011 coolers mount from the top of the MOBO instead of the back). It would also allow me to get at my RAM modules should, God forbid, I ever need to. Even though people complain about the lack of wire management space behind the MOBO on the 650D, it's better than what I have with my present case (custom made PSU cables were essential in my present case).These are the feet
I have on my present case:
They aren't as fancy as yours but I can't see them anyway and they get the job done. I used a different means of mounting them, though. I wanted permanently mounted studs available so I wouldn't have to tear the rig down if I ever wanted to bolt my rig down (I might move into a travel trailer someday and do the snowbird thing). I used some 1/4"-20 black anodized button head bolts that I attached with speednuts to the case then used a nylock nut to secure the feet to the bolts now turned studs. That way, I can remove the feet without tearing down the machine just by removing the nuts and have studs I can use to bolt down the machine already in place.Edited by Lady Fitzgerald - 4/16/14 at 7:50am