The 650D is getting bashed way too hard. It seems like it has a good balance of features. The rigid steel body makes it strong which is great. The front panel is real brushed aluminum which is great.
I was admiring the arc midi case until i read the front face was fake plastic aluminum. It's amazing that people were actually bashing the corsair for using real aluminum on the face and praising the midi for using plastic and not being "wasteful" lol. I'd expect it to be the other way around, it's like opposite day or something.
The big cpu hole in the back is awesome. I've seen so many complaints about different cases with holes not lining up with the cpu cooler on the back of the motherboard and when corsair makes a case with a big enough opening to work with everything people complain about that too. And yes, I registered just to post that.
I'm thinking about replacing my lian li with a 650D because it makes annoying rattling noises, feels flimsy, and has horrible wire management. I was drooling over the arc midi until i looked at some pics more closely. It looks like the side fan mounts too high and may bump against large cpu coolers like every other case I've seen with side fans. It also looks like the bottom mount fan is unusable by people with long power supplies like myself. The fake aluminum front panel is the final straw.
It does look very nice for $100 but it's not quite there. As far as the 650D goes, it's not perfect either but it's closer. I don't mind having a big front intake fan as long as I can get replacements down the line when it wears out or if I need a different speed. Standard sizes are preferred because of availability. Dual 140mm's would be fantastic. Also, like many other cases, it looks like it has negative pressure which makes for lots of dust in every crevice. Every case should have positive pressure coming from the front\\bottom\\side (not necessarily all) and force air briskly through the back, top, and vented pci covers (to push out the heat from video cards with special coolers that don't exhaust).
The only other thing is the top of the 650D is ugly because of the fan grill. It looks like It's missing a cover and we're seeing the exposed workings. It would be much preferred to have lots of tiny holes drilled through in a square pattern the size of the fan underneath or at least a vented cover that snaps in on top for appearances. That's all I can think of at the moment. I think it's great there are reps here. Please make me my perfect case
Thanks for reading this if you did.Edited by Brannigan - 4/3/11 at 9:53am