Originally Posted by SwitchFX
His suggestion holds merit if I wanted to buy older cases. I want a new case with modern features. Current market direction isn't going down the route I want it to. It's a no brainer to purchase a Cooler Master HAF case, but I don't want to mod the hell out of it because all its front panel features are from 2010. And I don't want to purchase extra add-ins. The only reasonable case is some full tower Fractal makes but I've never seen it in store and don't feel like buying and returning through Amazon or CrikeyEgg.
I still do optical in the form of BluRay on high quality discs. I've got stuff I burned over 20 years ago with scratches that still works without a hitch, same for scratched up BluRays from 2009 or 2010. Plus, optical bay to hard drive bay conversion and a flashed card make for more storage. A NAS is ideal, but I've already built three, in addition to Synology units.
Sounds like you and I are in the same exact market. I have all your exact needs. People laugh at people wanting Optical Drive bays on a modern case, but the needs exists, no matter how small. I have been building in a lot of Fractal Cases lately for clients, and they are a dream to build in, but I haven't seen any tower of theirs that would fit my needs either, except cases from 2014 that I am not sure you can even buy any more.
At Very Least I would need 2, but prefer 3, 5.25" Bays.
Because I have moved all almost all of my hard storage out of my case, save for 4 3.5" Drives, 4 2.5" Drives, and 2 M.2s, I could settle for a case that just had two of the Dual Drive Bays, and then Clever Mounts for SSD's On the Rear Side Panel and Power Supply Shroud.
I NEED Support for 2 360mm Radiators, but both 360 Rads need to be able to fit with the 2 5.25" Drives Installed (Every Modern Case that I am aware of that has both Dual 360 Rad Support and daul 5.25" Bay support, makes you choose between the 5.25" Drives and either the Top Mounted or Front Mounted 360 Rad, I need it to be able to accommodate all.)
The Last MUST HAVE that I need is a Mesh Side Panel Intake Option with Fan Mounting Support, I don't care about the new Tempered Glass Craze, I just want old school Side Intake, Its a Must here in Las Vegas, NV where my Room Temperature is never below 25c and frequently above 30c, having that extra side Intake helps My 10Gbe Cards, Sound Cards, and Raid Cards stay cool, as well as giving extra Ventilation to my NVMe Drives and VRM's. I am big on cooling and this has proven itself to be an effective way to keep my components cool, vs the modern cases which always end up with heat soak, especially for the add in cards trapped between a hot Power Supply and Graphics card, I just prefer having a side intake, and I wish this option would come back.
If the case fits the above options, then the rest I could compromise on, but I would prefer it to have the same Quality as a Phanteks or Fractal Design Case. Having that kind of top build quality helps in the build and upgrade process and would be awesome. The Rest is just having a Nice Modern Sleek look, with a Power supply shroud of some kind, and ample of Cable Management. My Current Case, the Old Rosewill Evo Armor V2 has support for all of these options but the dual 360 Rad support, and I have gotten around that by just mounting One of my 360 Rads to the top of it and drilling some Holes in the top for the tubing, and then I had to put the other Rad on Disconnects and mounted it to the wall just outside the case, which works well but is ghetto as hell and I would prefer to have room to put it in the case. The thing that sucks about the case is its poor build quality and horrible cable management options, with all the Gear I have in it, its impossible to hide all the cables, so I just can't wait to have a case that checks all my boxes.
Would love it if anyone had any specific suggestions!