Thanks everyone for your input thus far regarding this great little case. I did a litte research on the net before finding this thread and figured this would possibly be the best place to ask if what I'm thinking of doing makes any sense.
At present, I'm running a Fractal Design R3 case with an extra front fan. It's a basic AMD A6-3670K setup with 4GB of RAM, a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ CPU cooler and an ADATA 120GB SSD as the main boot drive. For media in the system, I'm running 3x4TB Hitachi 5400RPM drives and a 1x3TB Hitachi 5400RPM. I've got a Seasonic X-560 modular PSW in this (again, overkill, but I like the fact that it never really has to run the fan as it's passive 99% of the time when I use it).
The Node 304 intrigues me because of its size. The R3 is pretty huge in my condo living room and I'd love something a little smaller and this case seems to fit the bill. Besides, this case would look a lot nicer on an A/V shelf.
So, I'm looking at picking this case up and moving the drives over but changing up the mainboard and CPU simply because I know that the Intel offerings run cooler but I do need at least 5x SATA ports so the Intel ITX solutions seem to be much more in line with what I want to do.
No gaming or anything else (other than HD audio playback and HD video playback) occur with this system. Not planning to overclock anything as I don't really need to.
My biggest curiosity is how cool are drives running for others who have a similar setup? Under Hard Disk Sentinel Pro 4.20, my drive temperatures never run above 36C (and this is usually when the suns beaming in as I face south or other people on lower floors are running heat). On my current ASUS setup, I have the fans set to LOW/AUTO and run the case fans at about 2/3 on the adjustable dial with the R3.
To recap, I plan to pull the following from my current system:
PSU: Seasonic X-560
HDD1: Hitachi 3TB 5400 RPM
HDD2: Hitachi 4TB 5400 RPM
HDD3: Hitachi 4TB 5400 RPM
HDD4: Hitachi 4TB 5400 RPM
SSD: ADATA S510 [works fine for my application]
And I plan to purchase the following:
Case: Fractal Design Node 304
MB: ASUS P8H77-I Deluxe
CPU: Intel i3-3225 [was originally thinking the i3-3220T as it's cooler but I know the 3225 has HD4000 for IGP]
VIDEO: ON BOARD
RAM: 2x4GB (whatever is decent and cheap at the time of purchase)
I've read that the 24p issue has more or less been fixed. I had an old Clarkdale i3 which drove me nuts and ended up putting in a Radeon 6450HD video card because it was _that bad_.
Does anybody have any thoughts on this potential move?