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CES: IN WIN Displays Costly but Beautiful Computer Cases (Video)

Roblimo posted about 2 years ago | from the out-of-our-price-range-but-cute dept.

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This video shows a computer case that's "pretty expensive," says Timothy Lord. "It's over $300. On the other hand, it is beautiful." The manufacturer, Taiwan-based IN WIN, has put a $399 MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) tag on their top-of-the-line "limited edition" computer cases. Wow. Most of us probably won't buy one of these, considering that low-cost mid-tower cases can be had for $30, and the entire computer used to edit this video cost $399 (with the addition of some RAM and a better video card). But there is a market for Lamborghinis, and there is a market for computer cases that cost as much as a complete low-end computer. And CES (annoying sounds if you click the link) is a great place to look at them even if you don't really need a computer case that costs more than a minimum wage worker's entire weekly paycheck.

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It's not so great. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562217)

Maybe Timothy was hitting on her.

Re:It's not so great. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562533)


Not really like a Lamborghini (4, Insightful)

coldsalmon (946941) | about 2 years ago | (#42562241)

More like a Lamborghini replica kit. It looks cool (or horrible, depending on your aesthetics), but it doesn't actually help you go faster.

Oh no? (1)

neoshroom (324937) | about 2 years ago | (#42562831)

I think they mean, to quote the saleswoman herself "This sell for like crazy user." Personally, I might believe her, because I'm not sure that case provides an effective faraday cage, which should be the first thing you look for in a case. If you are crazy though, you clearly wouldn't care about that.

Re:Oh no? (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 2 years ago | (#42563081)

Faraday cage? Please this isn't 1990 with a bleeding EF power supplies, and mobos.

Re:Oh no? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42563413)

Faraday cage? Please this isn't 1990 with a bleeding EF power supplies, and mobos.

1990? Please my iPhone 4 (er, Verizon cell tower) must be a time-machine that tunnels all of my incoming calls through 1990.

People used to think I had ESP because I would come out of my home-office to answer the cellular phone I had left on the coffee table (in silent mode). I let the gag run for a few months before someone caught me playing a round of Battlefield and they heard the modem-esque glitchy sounds at the same time the iPhone rang in the other room. I will carefully note that the trick works equally well with shielded cable headphones or my stereo amplifier.

If that isn't EMF leakage I guess I don't know what electromagnetic fields are or how they actually work. (if I don't, please don't tell my employers or they WILL fire me)

Re:Oh no? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42564161)

I used to keep my cell phone on top of my PC case (windowed). It took me 1 HDD, 2 graphics cards, 4 sticks of RAM, and 6 months until I realized what the problem was.
I always wondered why it seemed like my RAID software was constantly verifying/correcting errors. :\

Defend yourself against sneaky behavior. (0)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | about 2 years ago | (#42562245)

The reason they make hugely expensive computer cases is not so they will sell a lot of them. The reason is that they want to manipulate people into thinking paying more is sensible. So, by advertising very high prices they may sneakily get people to pay $50 when before they would only pay $35.

Here in the U.S. there is a big effort to do that with food.

Re:Defend yourself against sneaky behavior. (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 2 years ago | (#42562299)

For even $50 can you get a decent case?

I mean aluminum not steel, and no sharp edges, at least full ATX. I last bought one 14 years ago and it cost about $50 then.

Re:Defend yourself against sneaky behavior. (1)

yurtinus (1590157) | about 2 years ago | (#42562327)

I don't think you can get a decent aluminum case for $100... I've built my last few computers in some of Antec's more entry level cases, and they're still $60-$100. But as you say, no sharp edges and generally great to work in.

Re:Defend yourself against sneaky behavior. (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 2 years ago | (#42562405)

I think the one I have from ~2000 is an antec or an antec clone of some kind.

Re:Defend yourself against sneaky behavior. (2)

Mashiki (184564) | about 2 years ago | (#42562355)

Out of aluminum? Maybe from Lian Li, but the price has gone up and I think their cheapest cases are going for around $70-80/pop these days for their decent mid-tower cases and you don't have to worry about sharp edges or anything. A bunch of their stuff is on clearance right now now too, so you can get some pretty good discounts. Otherwise cooler master if you don't mind steel cases, they round out all the edges and nothing is sharp. Even on their cheapest cases.

Re:Defend yourself against sneaky behavior. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562581)

i bought an antec case for $100 last week - typically i buy the cheapest $30 case i can find.. what struck my eye with a more expensive case was the fan layout with two 140mm back, two top and two in front, not to mention some of the best wire management ive seen in a case (since the typical $30 ones have zero wire management)

Re:Defend yourself against sneaky behavior. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42563035)

I just built a new computer using the Antec P280 case. It is one of the best cases that I have even owned for clean wiring, it comes with really quiet fans, and has removable/washable dust filters for both the front of the case and for the power supply (which sits on the bottom of the case).

It looked to me like the case in the video was open at the sides. I would be concerned about dust.

Re:Defend yourself against sneaky behavior. (1)

sconeu (64226) | about 2 years ago | (#42563655)

It's steel, not aluminum, but I just bought an Antec 300 for about $50. Top and back fans, 9 bays, Midsize ATX. Black. No annoying windows or lights.

Timmothy, man, you gotta lose the glasses. (1, Interesting)

dyingtolive (1393037) | about 2 years ago | (#42562251)

"I'm hawking some crappy overpriced gadgets. You've probably never heard of them..."

Re:Timmothy, man, you gotta lose the glasses. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562619)

"I'm hawking some crappy overpriced gadgets. You've probably never heard of them..."

Apple iPhones?

Re:Timmothy, man, you gotta lose the glasses. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562665)

I thought he was trying to be the next J.K. Rowlings character.

"You're a geek timmy! Come follow me as we explore a magical world. First stop, Diagonal Matrix alley (AKA CES)."

Where's the product??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562253)

How nice that there are links to just about every product mentioned in the posting, except the one the posting is for. Just a Flash-based video (people still use Flash for video?).

In the eye of the beholder (1)

cockpitcomp (1575439) | about 2 years ago | (#42562257)

These are going to clash with the existing furniture. Got anything in wood in the mission style, cherry stain?

Re:In the eye of the beholder (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562615)

Why use the traditional full ATX tower format with fans all over the place if it is basically an open case?

It's like a case that is just the side panels with a skeleton type structure along the top back and front.

Reusable... (4, Interesting)

jythie (914043) | about 2 years ago | (#42562261)

I am actually a bit surprised people are not willing to pay more for cases, since it is one of the few parts in a computer that can be reused after many upgrades.

Re:Reusable... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562321)

i usually go to a wood store and buy some cheap wood and make a $10 case out of wood -___-
there is no reason to pay allot for a case when you can make one yourself that's better than anything they can produce for 100 times the money.

you can even make one out of an IKEA PS cupboard on wheels, i've done that for someone and when done right it beats the most expensive cases out there.

Re:Reusable... (1)

Desler (1608317) | about 2 years ago | (#42562527)

Where are you buying $1000 cases (since you mentioned the 100x claim).

Re:Reusable... (3, Informative)

RobbieCrash (834439) | about 2 years ago | (#42562547) []

$1,200 dear god is it beautiful.

Re:Reusable... (1)

realityimpaired (1668397) | about 2 years ago | (#42562697)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder... I certainly wouldn't spend that kind of money on it.

Also, it doesn't look *too* dissimilar from some of the Antec cases you can get for less than 1/5 of that price.

Re:Reusable... (1)

RobbieCrash (834439) | about 2 years ago | (#42562829)

Oh totally. It's insanely overpriced. $1,200 gets you the watercooling kit as well, But even still, nowhere near $1,200 good.

Re:Reusable... (2)

geekoid (135745) | about 2 years ago | (#42563125)

Sure it is.
Reading upon it, it is really, really well designed. Good industrial designers are hard to find and not cheap.

I wouldn't pay 1200 dollars, but then I wouldn't spend 250K for a Ferrari. Doesn't mean it's not worth it.

Re:Reusable... (1)

RobbieCrash (834439) | about 2 years ago | (#42563325)

Worth is a personal value call. If I'm not willing to ascribe a value to something, it's not with that value.

The case is well crafted, it uses good parts, both the aesthetic and functional design is impressive, but it's still not worth $1,200.

Re:Reusable... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42564051)

depends on your personal understanding of the value of a $

Re:Reusable... (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | about 2 years ago | (#42562779)

Or... I have an Antec NSK 2480 [] for my MythTV system. I painted the front panel black enamel and it looks like a home theater component. It's about $120 from Newegg / Amazon. Super quiet.

I put a blue Crystalfontz 20x2 LCD display [] I had laying around in the upper bay (edges and mount also painted black enamel) and the DVD reader (black front) in the lower. LED encircling the power button glows blue.

Very nice, if I say so myself.

Re:Reusable... (1)

c0lo (1497653) | about 2 years ago | (#42562851)

Where are you buying $1000 cases (since you mentioned the 100x claim).

Made of wood... and brass and glass and what not []

Re:Reusable... (4, Informative)

hab136 (30884) | about 2 years ago | (#42562549)

Wood is terrible for heat dissipation and blocking electromagnetic interference. There's a reason we use aluminum.

Re:Reusable... (1)

emorning (2465220) | about 2 years ago | (#42562911)

I assemble my own home machines. I spend a little extra money on low noise hard drives and CPU fans. I use nightstands from IKea for the case. I line the inside with foil tape and I leave the back panel off. Leaving the back off gives the case *plenty* of ventilation and stays very cool. I mount all the components to the side and bottom of the case with industrial velcro. The velcro sucks up *all* vibration*. Using low noise components means I can hardly hear the machine when its on it even though the back of the case is open. If there is any other background noise at all I cannot detect if the machine is on.

Re:Reusable... (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 2 years ago | (#42563159)

" blocking electromagnetic interference"
for the vast amount if places and homes, that's not a key requirement anymore. The components have gotten really, really good.

If I was running a arc welder near buy, or industrial equipment, sure. But the home? not really needed.

Before you replay, I want you to think of all the computers around your house they come wrapped in plastic.

Re:Reusable... (1)

adolf (21054) | about 2 years ago | (#42563377)

If I was running a arc welder near buy, or industrial equipment, sure. But the home? not really needed.

The point of shielding is not to keep the arc welder from interfering with the computer, but to keep the computer from interfering with radio transmissions.

Further reading [] .

Re:Reusable... (1)

Chemisor (97276) | about 2 years ago | (#42563507)

The case is not supposed to dissipate any heat; it is not a heatsink - it is a conduit. Unlike aluminum, wood is heavy and is much more effective at damping sound. A case made of 3/4" plywood will be heavy enough to not transmit any sound through the walls. Make zigzag entry and exit conduits and all the noise your computer makes will not make it out. While you are at it, you may as well make the case into a desk with a removable access panel.

Those Star Trek consoles really are a good design for today's computers; dedicated air ducts hiding fans make it silent and unsightly cables are easy to hide.

Plywood Planar Speaker (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42564499)

Even a piece of 3/4" Plywood can acoustically couple to some lower frequency sound inside your box and make a dandy plywood Planar Speaker, if it's over 12" square.

Re:Reusable... (1)

getto man d (619850) | about 2 years ago | (#42562353)

Exactly. I've had a Thermaltake Armor for the past 6-7 years and have had multiple components swapped out. Though the case is a bit on the heavy side, the reusable dust filters, easy to access drive bays, and spaciousness have made it worthwhile.

Re:Reusable... (1)

Inigo Montoya (31674) | about 2 years ago | (#42562691)

Ditto. I have an Antec Solo that I've used for 3 upgrades now, and maybe had it 6 years also.

It serves me well. It has 4 external 5-1/4" bays that I only use 1 for a DVD drive... the other 3 have 3-1/2" disks in them. And it has 4 internal 3-1/2" drive bays with disks and 2 slow speed 80mm cooling fans right in front of them. Antec put a washable filter in front of those intake fans. I've put a slow moving 120mm fan at the back and the power supply fan, also 120mm, makes it all super quiet.

The case is thick steel, braced and rugged. The two side panels are thick steel and sound insulated, and remove with thumbscrews. The front panel opens like a door for access to the internal drives, which are all mounted on included trays with rubber bushings (also included).

The black paint almost feels baked on, I can't damage it with anything, there's not a scratch on it after all this time. The Power and Reset buttons are glued on plastic hinges which became un-glued within 6 months.. I repaired it with Gorilla Glue and it's been fine for 6 years now. This seems to be a common problem.

Except for that power and reset problem, which has been fixed and did not come back again, it's simply one of the best cases I've ever owned and I hate to give it up. It's super quiet. Yes, it's big, and I know there are mini ITX systems and really small cases now, but for the last few upgrades I didn't see the need to change it out too. Maybe my next system will be a mini ITX-- they are reaching a good power point these days.

Re:Reusable... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562499)

Some people don't upgrade incrementally, they buy entirely new computers and will reuse a few parts - usually optical drives and input devices - while turning the old machine into a server or giving it to a friend. In those situations, buying a new case is important.

I think one of the reasons people feel that cases should be inexpensive is because they just sit there. They themselves don't spin or compute, they're basically stand sthat you can screw a few peripherals into to keep them close to each other.

As someone who has bought $300+ cases... (2)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | about 2 years ago | (#42562541)

I think this looks like a pretty terrible one. First, I'm not looking for an Ikea case. if I build it myself, I expect it to be customizable -- I should be able to piece together various parts like an erector set to build something unique and perfect for the parts I put inside, not have only a single design. What's the point?

Second, an open-air case sounds like a bad idea. There's going to be no control over airflow here so despite what the woman in the video says, I think cooling will probably actually be worse. Being open-air also means it's going to be a lot louder when your GPU or HDDs start going. As someone who once had cases full of ridiculously noisy high-speed fans, I now cherish a silent PC above all else.

The next case I get will probably cost $200+, but I'll end up using it for 10 years like I have my current one.

Re:As someone who has bought $300+ cases... (2)

dow (7718) | about 2 years ago | (#42563237)

I thought that with my last case purchase, a Corsair 800D. I do love the case but now I'm thinking I would quite like to attend a LAN event or two at some point, and this thing is huge and weighs a ton. Just taking it out to the workshop to blast the dust out a few times a year is enough to make me think an aluminium or even plastic case might be a better idea. Maybe something slightly smaller too. It does look the part sitting under the desk mind, and has brilliant cable management and has to be the easiest case I've ever had the pleasure of building with.

My previous case lasted over ten years, kinda... I made another build in a cheap case and there wasn't the space to run two graphics cards, as the gfx power cables and the hard disks clashed. I reverted to the old AT tower from the 90's for a while, which I painted black and blue from its old beige that was yellowing. I have no problem paying many times the cost of the cheapest cases... I don't consider myself crazy. I don't think she meant to say crazy. We are enthusiasts and to some it might seem crazy but to us it's a sense of pride and enjoyment to own such a product.

I can't help but think that sort of case would garner a lot more respect if it was one the owner had designed and built themselves rather than just have bought and built it, but there would still be a fair amount of kudos to anyone that did buy it; just as a demonstration that their PC means more to them than just a tool to access Facebook.

Re:Reusable... (1)

RobbieCrash (834439) | about 2 years ago | (#42562543)

Seriously, I bought a Cooler Master Wave Master Quiet Ultra Pro, or some other ridiculously named contraption, in 2003 for $150 and it's the only piece of hardware still going.

That said, it's on its last legs as video cards are too big and hot to be as cramped as they are in this case, so I'm going to get the Level 10 GT [] and run that til its wheels fall off.

The case also, at least for gaming PCs, helps a lot with temperature management.

Re:Reusable... (1)

chrismcb (983081) | about 2 years ago | (#42564843)

Cases are important. I can't stand the cheap cases, and would rather spend a bit more money for a case that is easier to maintain, and won't slice my hand open every time I need to do something inside the case.

Oooh an oblong box, how innovative (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562279)

pinnacle of design is an oblong box ? such forward thinking

wtf (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about 2 years ago | (#42562297)

It's pretty, but completely impractical, it's literally wide open, you can't create a significant air flow and it might filter your air better than a hepa filter right before it overheats your components from the dust, but as I said it does look cool... just needs some finishing touches from somebody who understands a thing or about computer building. Also those pipes would be 10x cooler if they supported water cooling. Might as well right?

For $399 I can easily get a full tower that has everything I just mentioned and most of those look pretty nifty too.

Re:wtf (1)

KiloByte (825081) | about 2 years ago | (#42562857)

You can do a lot better with a wide open case [] (it's a 6cm cube if you wonder about size) for a sweet ARM 4-core 1.7-2.0GHz machine. This kind of gear used to cost over $800 early last year, this one [] is $89, or after including 64GB disk and other "optional" components, shipping, etc, $226. And instead of RasPi's ~$100 toy, you get a fully capable, perfectly quiet computer.

Crap, the above paragraph makes me sound like a shill :p

Awful (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562319)

Yuck. My opinion is that it's over $300 and ugly. There really haven't been good cases made since IBM's PS/2 line, which was carefully thought out to be easily opened using a nickel and one's hands. It also had internal moldings to channel air to the right places and foam on the inside of case to deaden noise.

Beautiful?!? (3, Insightful)

Lluc (703772) | about 2 years ago | (#42562333)

A beautiful case is one that is small enough to escape notice, quiet enough so that is is effectively silent, or well engineered enough to allow easy construction or 10 hard drive bays in a small volume. How many people really want a bright orange monstrosity on or under their desk that screams, "LOVE CHILD OF A COMPUTER AND AN ERECTOR SET!!"?

Re:Beautiful?!? (5, Funny)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about 2 years ago | (#42562469)

How many people really want a bright orange monstrosity on or under their desk that screams, "LOVE CHILD OF A COMPUTER AND AN ERECTOR SET!!"?

Don't ask questions you don't want the answer to...

Re:Beautiful?!? (1)

SomewhatRandom (1299167) | about 2 years ago | (#42562515)

Amen, I'll stick with Silverstone cases - minimalistic design, well engineered, and quiet. Why do enthusiast cases have to be lit up like christmas trees or look like they came out of some teenage mutant ninja turtles cartoon. Efficient and functional design in and of itself can be beautiful.

Re:Beautiful?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562571)

Actually, most people, don't know much about computers, except that when something breaks they have to carry it for service, and a tower like that, gets really painful to move around.

I'd rather have a football sized computer that needs specialized tools to service, than a furniture replacement showing me all the dust it gathered.

Probably the reason why so many people buy laptops over desktops.

Re:Beautiful?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562655)

MEEEE!!!!!!!!. No actually, I prefer Mac Minis. They run silent, have Wifi, Bluetooth and now USB 3, firewire AND thunderbolt, and can fit on the ISO mounting brackets on the back of a 32" monitor 8)
A bug ass case like this would go down lwell and LAN parties though 8)

Re:Beautiful?!? (1)

Jeng (926980) | about 2 years ago | (#42562667)

It is ugly and badly designed. This is a case for people who like bicycle parts who have absolutely no knowledge about computers.

The open air design along with all those fans means it will be loud and it will have horrible air flow.

Re:Beautiful?!? (0)

geekoid (135745) | about 2 years ago | (#42563183)

No, it doesn't. I swear to god I'm going to start a skeptic podcast that just deals with computer bullshit people like you spout.

Do people really buy 30$ cases anymore? (5, Interesting)

hypergreatthing (254983) | about 2 years ago | (#42562365)

From a person who builds his computers still from components instead of ordering from prebuilt systems, I used to buy the lowest cost cases. After many a times where the cases were made shoddy, sharp edges, bays that had screw holes that didn't line up, etc, i opted to try out the more expensive cases (70-120$) and boy was i impressed. Anyone who's had to deal with the no brand name cases, and then put together a antec p182 or antec 900 is in a world of difference. Cable management, fan filters, vibration gromits, extra airflow from properly designed and positioned case fans, etc. Not to mention they use thumbscrews as much as possible, are pleasing to look at, come with extra cables. My own p183 came with a special ssd bay when ssds were just started to be made and getting popular.
Sure it's a niche market and artsy cases aren't usually worth it, but don't knock well made cases that are reasonable until you actually put together computers and experience the difference.

Re:Do people really buy 30$ cases anymore? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562577)

I think I paid $40 for the case for my new gaming PC and my only complaint is that they forgot to connect the power button cable to the power button on the front of the case... which took ten minutes to figure out and two minutes to dismantle and fix.

It's not as solid as the Antec case on the old one, but it works fine and looks fine.

Re:Do people really buy 30$ cases anymore? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42563787)

I dunno, do you think people still want to save $40-90 on the purchase, by your figures? Usually when you ask a rhetorical question, it's supposed to be rhetorical in your favor.

Yes, there is a noticeable difference between a cheap case and a quality case. About as noticeable as the difference between $30 and $120. You get what you pay for, and you pay for what you get.

Re:Do people really buy 30$ cases anymore? (1)

klui (457783) | about 2 years ago | (#42564111)

Antec's support is great, too. I didn't have a 3.5" drive bracket for a case I purchased from my friend. I emailed them about how I may purchase one and support basically told me to go down to their office and they'll give me the part for free. They also threw in a bunch of rails, extra screws, grommets, and other brackets.

Guess what brand of case I will buy next?

Too much bling (1)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | about 2 years ago | (#42562375)

Transparent looks cool for a couple weeks untill the fuzz starts getting in everything. Then you find out what "detailing" the inside of a computer really means. It's not long before you just want a basic nice looking [] case back.

Still Waiting (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562395)

I'm still waiting for a decent small form factor case.

The PC industry is still putting out these huge ugly boxes. Even the Mini ITX cases are cumbersome ugly boxes.

Frankly, it disgusts me that WIntel companies haven't followed Apple more. Small, sleek, minimize the wires(size and quantity).

Nobody needs 5 or 10 expansion bays anymore, everything is on the motherboard. Shrink the PSU, use a big, slow, quiet fan and put it all into a small sleek case!

Re:Still Waiting (2)

dreold (827386) | about 2 years ago | (#42562555)

Take a look at the LianLi Q25B [] or the Bitfenix Prodigy []

I have used both and am quite impressed.
The Bitfenix is a bit "cheaper" feeling than the LianLi, but better for CPUs needing better cooling.

Agree on the PSU, though.

Shut up and take my money! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562397)

Resisting the urge to take my credit card out of my wallet right now... what?! How did it end up in my hands while I was typing this... gosh darn it...

I'd buy one although it doesn't fit with my place (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562401)

I don't really need this either although I buy a lot of things I don't really need and can't really use and dare I say haven't bothered to open. I got piles of stuff that was really totally useless like the raspberry pi, macs, netbooks, iAnythings, etc.

Humorously the stuff I actually use daily and really like tends to be free (ie's got some freeken awesome stuff to support you if you like that sort of thing)!

I guess though it all depends on what definition of free you use though. My personal donations for the year to free software projects were over 10,000 USD. Hehe

I've got the cash to spare and am a free software advocate if it wasn't apparent.

Horrible (1)

ickleberry (864871) | about 2 years ago | (#42562447)

Boring designs, doesn't look like anything special,only one that caught my eye was the metal tube 'd-frame' design. Most of them are generic enough looking huge ATX towers. Still I wouldn't want to let someone into my house and tell them 'yea dude, like I spend $400 on a fucking case for a computer'. Now if I made a similar case myself out of metal tubes for my own mini-itx machine, that is something I could be proud of. Splashing out on a mass produced case like that from Taiwan is nothing but shameless excess like you would have seen in Celtic tiger Ireland.

$399 is not "over $300" (1)

zodar (141552) | about 2 years ago | (#42562459)

It's four hundred dollars.

Re:$399 is not "over $300" (1)

pwnyxpress (2597273) | about 2 years ago | (#42562529)

Last time I checked, $400 is over $300.

They know their market (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562471)

Sarah: It sells for like crazy user and actually the MSRP is like $399.

I thought it was funny that she said it was only for people who are crazy. In other words, they have too much money on their hands.

Small Mini-ITX fileserver case? (1)

hawguy (1600213) | about 2 years ago | (#42562479)

While we're on the subject of cases, does anyone have any recommendations for an inexpensive, small mini-itx case with good cooling that can hold five (or more) 3.5" disks and a 2.5" disk?

I like the LIAN LI PC-Q25B, but at $120 (without a power supply), it's more than I wanted to spend.

I don't care so much about looks, but I'd like it to be as small as possible (so don't want a Micro-ATX case).

Re:Small Mini-ITX fileserver case? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562605)

Check out the Fractal Design Node 304 [] . Newegg has them for $89. It can holds 6 3.5" disks, a double slot video card and a tower CPU cooler. It doesn't really have a dedicated 2.5" slot but I would think you could stash it somewhere with some double sided foam tape.

Re:Small Mini-ITX fileserver case? (1)

Lluc (703772) | about 2 years ago | (#42562635)

Do you have a recommendation for a mini-itx motherboard that supports ECC? I'm starting to think about building something like this myself (several HDs, raidZ, small, quiet). I'm debating whether I want ECC memory and/or a PCI-e card with SATA ports.

Re:Small Mini-ITX fileserver case? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42563341)

For Intel chips, the only mainstream option is the Intel S1200KP [] . Supermicro has a few ITX boards [] that support ECC but they are horribly expensive as they come with built-in Mobile CPUs. Supermicro also has a new Atom board [] that supports ECC, but it only goes up to 8GB. (what's the point?)

Re:Small Mini-ITX fileserver case? (1)

Lluc (703772) | about 2 years ago | (#42563705)

I wonder if there are any AMD options. Last time I checked newegg, I think there may have only been 1-2 itx boards total (with the latest socket).

Come on.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42562481)

How is this news post anything other than an ad?

Costly but beautiful computer cases... (1)

tompaulco (629533) | about 2 years ago | (#42562503)

They should have put one of those in the video instead of that ugly orange thing.
I have a Cooler Master Haf X full Tower that came with a 1 KW power supply and 3 or 4 10 inch variable speed fans, clever wire routing grommets and accessibility options to get at both sides of the motherboard, front side USBs, card readers, external sata connectors and enough plugs and wiring to hook up every accessory you could think of, all for less than the cost of that case. And it's also not ugly.

Epic fail (1, Insightful)

ArrayIndexOutOfBound (694797) | about 2 years ago | (#42562517)

This post is horrendous. Apart from plugging in several links that fail any notability test, the case is not notable either as there are much cooler and much more expensive cases around, the video is cropped to oblivion and player controls don't fit in the video frame either. If only I could fathom why did I waste another minute on commenting???

Commercials? (1)

santax (1541065) | about 2 years ago | (#42562597)

Is it me or is everything that is posted by Roblimo recently a bloody commercial including pricetags and manufacturer links? Might be just me, but I sure hope this isn't product placement.

Expensive cases can be 100% justified (1)

citylivin (1250770) | about 2 years ago | (#42562641)

I can't see the video (why slashdot has to use its own not working for me, flash player instead of youtube, who knows) and from the other posters, it sounds like its just flashy. However there is much to be said for putting down a few hundred for a good case.

About 7 years ago I purchased an thermaltake armor fulltower case ( [] ) to replace my then aging and not enough drive bay 90s era full tower. This was probably the best decision with regards to purchasing personal equipment that I have ever made. Although the link doesnt say, I remember it costing about $180 before taxes.

This case has survived several builds. There is so much room inside I have never again had an issue with space or heat. With 13 drive bays, like 5 or 6 fan spots, a well engineered case will last you 10+ years.

At the time, I was thinking, I can't believe i just payed $200 for a bit of steel and some fans. Luckily I made the right decision and I have thanked myself every single time I go to work on the machine. No more drilling and tapping holes, trying to squeeze drives in. No heat problems, as all the drives sit in their own 5 1/4 slots with large fans blowing over all of them.

A proper case is a kind of bliss everyone should know. The case can often be an overlooked part of a system build, when really it can be argued that it is the most important component in the system.

TLDR: I cant actually see this inwin case, so I cant say if the expense is justified in this particular instance, but it certainly can be.

Re:Expensive cases can be 100% justified (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 2 years ago | (#42563205)

It does. However, it's from people who are into a particular look or style. So for a specialty case, yes its worth it. Will you like it? too subjective.

Wow! (1)

thegarbz (1787294) | about 2 years ago | (#42562643)

I don't think wow! is really the comment one can make. Lian-Li has made (and still does make) many of it's full tower computer cases with MSRPs $100-$200 more than this.

Anyone who thinks that this is somehow special, or thinks that the price will prevent it from being a major hit is quite out of touch with the gaming community.

Re:Wow! (1)

HideyoshiJP (1392619) | about 2 years ago | (#42563195)

Very true. I only recently migrated from a 10-year-old PC-75. What did I replace it with? Another Lian-Li. I wish I could get ahold of a sweet case from Abee [] , but I don't want to go through a buyer service to get it from Japan.

Good Old In-Win (1)

TheChief (164671) | about 2 years ago | (#42562661)

It's nice and all, but they just need to bring back their Q500 Full tower case.. that's the stuff that late 90s builds were made of.. Built my first personal system with one..

One small difference... (2)

BumpyCarrot (775949) | about 2 years ago | (#42562699)

I'd bet money that a Lamborghini has gotten SOMEONE laid.

Best website since geocities went down (1)

oisteink (234061) | about 2 years ago | (#42562771)

Tried to look at their website, but with all that loading, blinking and moving stuff 14 seconds was all I could endure.

They're just better... somehow... (4, Funny)

wcrowe (94389) | about 2 years ago | (#42562775)

Yes, they are expensive, but the bits processed by these cases are warmer. True computerophiles can detect this.

Nice to see good design, but what about $$ value? (1)

AtariDatacenter (31657) | about 2 years ago | (#42562811)

I am very pleased to see some good case design. I really like having a case that is fun to look at. (The odd thing with non-computer types is if they see a really snazzy case, they assume you've got some sort of super computer under the hood!) This one is a little interesting, but I don't think it is $400 worth. Myself, I recently got a lot of bang for the buck modding some NZXT Phantom cases. They've already got a very nice sci-fi design and look like props from Mass Effect. They are $90 shipped [] at TigerDirect right now, which is tough to beat. Large as hell, too. I think the only thing I really didn't like about it is that some of the older NZXT Phantom cases have USB 2.0 built in. The newer one I picked up had 2.0 and 3.0 built into the case. But back on topic, PLEASE, encourage cool case makers. I just don't think this one is $400 cool.

Antec Case (1)

ArcadeNut (85398) | about 2 years ago | (#42562875)

This is probably the best case I've ever purchased: []

Too bad it's discontinued :(

Re:Antec Case (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42563127)

It looks very similar to my Coolermaster HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition. I have heard a lot of good things about Antec's cases, but never personally used any of them. But man, the HAF 932 advanced is a beast.

Re:Antec Case (1)

AtariDatacenter (31657) | about 2 years ago | (#42564859)

Discontinued, but still available for $110. []
Also, hello again Brien King. But you knew me under a different username.

Scripted? (0)

dynamo (6127) | about 2 years ago | (#42563065)

Interviewer: And uh and.. how many are.. are these.. are these going to be.. a limited edition?
Company Rep: Oh! The important thing is that it's limited edition ..

That dframe looks really good... I might weld me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42563271)

something like that. Thanks for the idea !

Captch: Reaper
And now I have a name for it too !

RF MUST be a problem with this (1)

mauriceh (3721) | about 2 years ago | (#42563785)

How on earth would they expect this to pass any RF or safety tests?

Computer safety gear. (1)

Ostracus (1354233) | about 2 years ago | (#42563835)

Looks like a roll-over cage for a computer. Handy if your computer crashes.

I 3 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42564241)

I love Sarah.

True Story.

That's not expensive. (1)

asm2750 (1124425) | about 2 years ago | (#42564535)

I've seen water-cooling and phase-change cooling cases go for more than 399 USD. Also, open air cases while nice looking make sounds eve louder, and directed airflow hard.

$300 alluminum case (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42564631)

$300 is obsurd for alluminum pipe anyone can glue/weld together and make in a shop in a hour or so this company is just looking at everyone like they are idiots sheesh

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