Some very good arguments have been made, many of them relevant and forefront in my own mind.
The HAF line has indeed proven to be a little too industrial for my tastes. The Fractal R3 has definately been a contender at various times for me, the biggest pros with that one being the noise blocking features and excellent cable management design. However, their are numerous customer reviews citing damaged cases and endless RMA cycles, remind anyone of another manufacturer in this thread? *cough*Antec*cough*
Fractal has an awesome design and concept going, they just gotta get a handle on their packing/shipping/handling/qc. Perhaps, at their unbelievably low price point, damaged cases are hard to avoid. Somethings gotta give when your selling cases of that caliber for ~$99.
I will wholeheartedly agree, the Lian-Li leaves alot to be desired in the looks department, however, I think a paintjob could redeem the aspiring contender. Quality and functionality are big pros for me, and the K63 also fits a few other odd and personal requirements, mainly having the window, dual intake front fans, ability to handle a 240 rad with little or no modification, factory filters, mid-tower, and of course the price point. So far, the only other cases I can find that meet most or all of my requirements are pushing the $200-250 range, and I'm sorry but I cannot justify spending that much on my case. Ultimate budget for my build will not surpass $1000 and I've yet to begin my search for a quality PSU among other things.
I'm quickly becoming a champion of the K63's design and if I dont quit talking about it, I'm just gonna have to start writing reviews about it, the looks do grow on you once you've stared at it for a while.
Edited by Baskt_Case - 4/9/11 at 11:05am