Originally Posted by l187l
We need a case that has filters EVERYWHERE, supports LARGE radiators, has great cable management, HDD/SSD bays behind the motherboard, mounting spots for reservoirs and pumps, and SLEEK and stylish. Nothing obnoxious or alien spacecraft like... Think FD Define R5/S or NZXT H440, or some of the in win cases. Definitely needs a PSU cover and maybe a cover that extends to cover a pump, but has slots for hoses to go in and out.
HDD/5.25" drives are a thing of the past. Just pretend they don't exist and leave the entire front of the case open like the Define S is.
Basically just study the Define S, make it slightly bigger and make it more stylish and you'll have a winner.
It is funny you say this because for the most part, that is the exact thinking I had behind the entire design and business styling. It is already planned to not have any 5.25" bays, with removable HDD rack in the basement with a designated pump mounting slot underneath as well as next to it if for some reason you want the rack and a pump. Obviously that means there will be a basement, and the front part of the case will be designed for up to a 360mm rad and a res mounting area like the Define S. It will also have the "main" drive mounting along the back side of the mobo tray and that res mounting area. The exterior will be very minimalistic since I believe that leaves as open canvas for any modding as well as a very sleek aesthetic for those that do not want to change it and don't want a fricken flying upside down watch aircraft carrier as their case. I understand your reference but imo I don't like the H440. Plastic is not my ideal situation for the exterior of the case (which is the main thing I don't like about the case). I am trying to figure out a way to either make a liquid cooling basement option for the case, or find a way to hide the holes for someone that does not want to liquid cool their build and therefore don't want random holes on their cover.
The last comment is awesome because that was the biggest influence to the design, but I am also planning more cable management space, and some interesting other changes that I think will ultimately benefit building in the case as an enthusiast as well as a retailer or system integrator (cyberpower, ibp, cybertron, etc). Thanks for the input.