Originally Posted by skupples
there's no need for a case that size unless you're stuffing it full of 2+ GPUs, and 2-4 120.3+ radiators... Not to mention "Super tower" isn't really an accepted form factor, it's just marketing jargon to separate the biggest of the cases from the full tower form factor. As someone with one of the largest PC cases on earth (STH10) I don't recommend going LARGE unless you actually plan to stuff it full of hardware. If not? Save yourself some space and some cash, & use NewEgg to sort by HDD slots. I just picked up a cheep CM case with a glass door that came with 2x 5 slot bays, with room for more.
If not, then go with slightly older mass production full towers. Most of them include 10 HDD slots, with the ability to buy additional bays. The 900D is not unique in this, more like, its one of the last enthusiast tier cases to give folks 3 HDD bays... As most of us just rip them out & toss them in the junk... Not to mention the 900D's structural integrity fails once you remove all those bays, allowing the whole case to flex with ease. You dodged a bullet not going with the 900D. As said above, it's overkill unless you're stuffing it full of multiple GPUs, n a few big radiators.
the enthusiast space is 99% about what looks good, n bays are ugly, so they've gone by the wayside in exchange for FPS increasing LEDs, glass, & garbage OEM fans with more FPS increasing LEDs. Who needs a massive array when you've got RGB?! ammirite?!
I've spent countless hours doing further research, and it seems like almost all of the cases that offer 8+ HDD capacity put the HDDs in cages just behind the front intake. The 900D is one of very few that let you put them in a bottom compartment.
There are some more recent cases - like the Thermaltake View 91 - that let you put some behind the mobo tray, but these cases stupidly put glass panels in front of everything.
"Hey, so, you know how we have excellent airflow on this case, right? Well, I was thinking... why don't we ruin that by choking it all off with glass?"
Anyway, another case that lets you put HDDs in a floor compartment is the Cosmos II, but they stupidly put a 200mm fan in the front! Like, hello, case manufacturers, big fans like that have a terrible ability to push air through resistance of any sort. (I say that as if they don't damn well know that already.) You can put a single 120mm instead, but on a case this size that's unacceptable.
"Hey, so, you know how we have the only case on the market with good airflow and high drive capacity? Well, I was thinking... why don't we ruin that by only allowing an intake fan that has no static pressure?"
Soooo, here we are. I feel like my options are:
1) Used 900D (hoping that the person who listed the local ad didn't already sell it. AND hoping that I never need spare parts that are no longer manufactured)
2) 750D or some other equivalent cases that offers 3x3 drive cages (for 9 HDDs + maybe two or three from converting the 5.25" bays), accepting throttled air flow from front intakes having to overcome all that HDD resistance.
Am I, like, the only person on the face of the earth who wants good airflow and actually stores data on a few HDDs? I don't think I'm asking for much...