Originally Posted by 5CheeseLasagna
Wow, RayvinAzn, that was a great reply. You gave a mini review of it! Awesome! And no need to worry, I'm a reader, not a skimmer.
It sounds to me like the only things I really might be unhappy with are the corners they cut, and the buttons. I probably won't mind the fan filters. My lack of experience will probably allow me to feel like I have the best rig money can buy.
See, I came from a $150 aluminum case (Gigabyte 3D Aurora) and moved to this one for better cooling options (I realized that my temperatures were dropping a hell of a lot with my case door off, which led me to believe I might want a different case). A lot of the things I mentioned you might not even notice if you're not coming from a higher-quality case (not saying the 3D Aurora was a Lian-Li, Silverstone, or heaven forbid, Soldam, but it's definitely not a budget case), or can be easily fixed for a few dollars. I got a very nice Lian-Li case speaker for $3 which gave me my POST beep back (didn't realize how much I missed that), and a few rubber grommets backed my fans up from the case enough to alleviate any impacting issues I had (although there's still the noise).
Basically, this case will seem like the dog's bollocks for anyone that hasn't used a more expensive case before, but for those of us that have, it's a bit hard to swallow a few of the corners that were cut (no case speaker being one of the most offensive, second only to the improperly fitted fan filter). Still, I'd wait to see what the Cooler Master Centurion 590 has to offer. The annoying front panel that so many have mentioned appears to have been scrapped, along with the removable top piece, which some people will like, and others won't. The USB/Firewire/eSATA panel was also moved to the front of the case, which may or may not be a good thing (I'm thinking bad though, I like it up top, since my case is on the floor, and the cables are easier to hide), and the drive cage is now a removable 4-in-3 unit with a 120mm fan, which is also going to make cable routing more difficult than the sideways mount in the RC690.
Still, I'm thinking the case will probably be a fair bit cheaper than the RC690, making it a candidate worth considering. Personally though, I think I'm going to stick to higher-quality cases from now on. I might get the Antec 1200 for my next case, unless I have enough cash to justify picking up a Silverstone Temjin or Lian-Li V-series case.