Originally Posted by kzinti1
There's still no reason that the side panels and top plate couldn't be made of more easily moddable aluminum. They could even be produced as an optional accessory.
I have no real problem with a steel frame. Not that it couldn't easily be replaced during the manufacturing process with square aluminum tubing and the panels fleshed out in a monocoque fashion at a fairly reasonable price. Neither cheap nor exorborant in either cost of materiel or retooling. Just the will to do it.
Yes, I know about the problems of corrosion from direct contact between dissimilar metals. I also know there are many easy, cheap workarounds to that little problem. Treating galvanic corrosion and preventing it from recurring was part of my job in the Air Force.
I've also never seen a SilverStone case I would buy. Only because they're so damned ugly.
If I didn't like my Corsair cases I would've stopped buying them after I bought the 700D.
How much would it actually cost for Corsair to have given us an extra inch of space behind the motherboard tray for proper routing and concealment of the wiring? The side panel of my 700D just popped open as I'm typing this. Again. It's a rats nest back there but it's the best I can do with what little space there is to work with.
One at a time...
1. Could the side and top panels be made out of more easily moddable aluminum? Yes. It would have cost more, but to be honest, we spent a lot more on parts that didn't need to be overbuilt. The 800D was our first case, and is just over 2 years old now. We learned a lot of stuff when we developed it - and from the way you guys use them. To be honest, if we wanted to design a successor to the 800D, all we'd have to do is browse this thread, see what mods 80% of the people are making, and just build that into the next version. Problem solved. Well, one problem solved...
2. The dissimilar metals thing can be gotten around, you're right. Especially if you've coated the metals and don't use them in corrosive environments like outdoors. Not too terribly worried about that, and we're not planning to rivet through uncoated aluminum into uncoated steel anytime soon.
3. How much would it have cost to put an extra inch? Hmm...well let's see. The 800D/700D are 9 inches wide. Assuming they're 10 Inches wide by the same height, that means the box has to get at least an inch wider. Likely 1.5"-2" wider due to the extra weight of the chassis as well. Assuming that the box is now 2" wider, and the current box is 13 5/16" wide, we're about 15 1/4" wide, which is about 10%-15% wider. Assuming this cuts our container loading by similar numbers, 15%, then we add another few bucks to the cost of shipping, not to mention the cost of the metal itself. So my guess, conservatively, is that it would have pushed the 800D over $299 and to about $319 or so.
But that's just the technical answer - the real answer is that we wanted an inch behind the motherboard tray, and with zip ties, we've found that was sufficient. Nonetheless, it's something people want more of, so we'd definitely look at it for future revisions or cases. The 600T (our next case, came out a full year after the 800D) has well over an inch back there due to the curvature. And the 650D also has more room.
We're getting better with each generation. But you're right - the 800D is a classic and is aging gracefully, but we're not going to just sit here while our competitors try to eat our lunch. We've got plans. Lots and lots of plans.