Originally Posted by BPK
No, no one told me my case would be fine, because no one knew what my case was, and I had NO idea that a CASE would become the biggest problem I face.
Honestly, how far to companies have to go to make SURE you can't use any other products other than their own?
Acer, go fall in a pit.
But they're not built with the thought in mind that someone might gut it out and put their own computer inside. They're built with the thought in mind that the computer will grow old, and then it'll be tossed out in a recycling yard somewhere.
About 99% of people who buy prebuilts don't replace everything inside with their own stuff. Instead, the only things they upgrade might be the CPU, the graphics card, memory, hard drives, and optical drives. But even then most people who buy prebuilts are afraid to replace just the hard drive, let alone open the case. Some are even afraid that opening the case might break something (seriously - I've met several people who think this).
So those who want to upgrade but are scared to do it will either have someone else do it, send it in, or they just buy a new computer. Some even feel it's worth sending in to have the manufacturer put a new motherboard in!
In other words, when building your own computer, using your own case (or even making
your own, which some people do) can be critical. When you build your own computer, you become the OEM which basically means using another OEM's equipment might lead to incompatibility. But using 100% aftermarket stuff should end up being no problem.
I suppose one reason for them having a proprietary connector is to simplify things, or to reduce costs. This way they use the same connector in every case, instead of having like 5 different connectors that they have to produce. I don't know.
Either way, I hope you end up with a case that you like!