The Goth case is really good, main reason being that it will take any atx power supply, very important depending on the hardware you plan to putt in there or use in the future. Lots of places to hide cables and wires for that nice clean look. No vents of any sort in the housing which is an advantage if you intend to sound proof the case. Narrower than most which allows it to fit in more component racks, I've had trouble with others. It is not black, it is a dark grey. I had to paint mine which is fine because if you paint your drive plates too you know it will match exactly. If you're willing to paint you should be able to get the beige version even cheaper. I can't remember the model number but just search for retrofit on this forum and you should find it. I've had a few Antec cases in the past, usually towers, and I've always found even their cheap cases to be very well constructed.
The Avance ATX is a pretty good success. I modified the case and PS myself, and the noise/heat levels are acceptable (with celeron 1.3/TUSL), but the case layout itself was challenging with two hard drives and DVDRom. The position of internal drives is not very good for trying to get two on one IDE cable.
The size of the case is great -- more than makes up for the non-ATX-standard power supply since it was easily modified and I'm running a relatively cool machine to start.
I'm currently using Antec SXB1030 (aka 1103 model on the colorcases web site). Moved to a 600W power supply & 4 fans total. Have 5 drives in there for a total of 600GB of storage in a RAID 0 configuration (striped).
I think I want to get the black Avance case, but I have a few questions about it that I can't seem to confirm anywhere. How many fans of each size are standard for the Avance case? Is it the typical (2) 60 mm and (1) 80 mm arrangement? If so, is that "in addition to" the optional modification that www.digitalconnection.com offers, or does that take the place of one of the fans? Thanks!
I successfully used this noise improved DigitalConnection case (if anybody is interested please pm me) until I just upgraded to a DIGN4e case. I did not find anything bad or wrong with the DC case, other than the design does not match very well with my HiFi equipment.
There is a place to install, but the fans are not included. We've decided not to use these as they add to the noise level, YMMV. We now add Silencer to the front of the case as shown at the spec page on our website.
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