Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck
Tell me about your acrylic case. That stuck my eye also, but have only seen a couple in all the sites I have visited.
I don't have one (yet), I just like them.
Is yours a full tower and is it as functional as a normal metal case?
A true full tower is huge. I have one (non-acrylic) and it has six 5.25" drive bays on top and room for six hard drives beneath that. (With two 2.5" bays in between.) It's almost three feet tall.
(And very hard to keep cool.)
As for acrylic cases, a few thoughts.
Looks cool (admittedly a matter of taste - some people hate them).
If you like lights and shiny stuff, you get to see it all
You never have to guess how dusty it is inside.
Everyone who visits your home is going to comment on it.
It takes a neat wiring job or your computer will look like the storage box you keep your spare cables in.
Cooling purists will tell you that acrylic doesn't dissipate heat like steel or aluminum.
If you keep it in your bedroom or use the computer for a home theater setup, all those pretty lights will give you a definite Las Vegas sensation while you're trying to sleep or watch TV.
You never have to guess how dusty it is inside, and soon realize how quickly a computer gets dusty.
Modifications are tough or impossible. It's fairly easy to add a fan somewhere in a metal case; all you need is a hole saw. Cutting through acrylic is risky.
You might find that when you pick out components you consider form over function. For instance, the neat CPU cooler that looks so cool in the store is actually not so cool when when it comes down to actually being...cool.
I wouldn't have one in my bedroom, but it would be fun for a LAN party computer or anywhere you might want a conversation piece that doubles as a computer. The computer itself can be as good as you want to make it. (And can afford...)
Then there are the really interesting cases. Do a search for "Case Mods" and you'll see that the only limit is in your imagination.
This one is actually a commercial "case" - the Antec Skeleton: