Looking for the best performing/highest quality case I can fit in a 20" tall desk cabinet. Depth shouldn't be an issue, neither is width (12ish). Happy to spend in the $200-300 range if I like it.
My current top pick is the Silverstone FT02. It has the quality and size I'm looking for, but I want to be sure there aren't other contenders I should be considering. It seems to be the biggest case that fits in this space due to the 90 degree rotation.
Context: I live in a smallish Apt with my girlfriend. Given our space and aesthetic limitations, I'm allowed any kind of technology I can hide in my desk. ) Before some of you express concerns -- I've taken the back panel off of the desk compartment, so it does have adequate cooling despite the tight fit. (the space behind the opening is actually about 2" taller than my 20" opening limitation -- so I do have room for top ventilation in a case like the FT02 and the open back on the desk lets me fit this exceptionally deep case).
Parts moving over: (from a retiring Antec 300 Illusion) i5 2500K @ 4.3Ghz on a ASUS P8P67 Deluxe w/Antec 620 Kuhler, Cruical M4 128gb SSD, XFX 6950 2gb (dual fan vers), 16GB G.Skill Ripjaw 1600, Seasonic X650 Gold. (Not sure how well the Kuhler will work in this airflow case?)
I have never used the corsair cases, I have heard good things and they are just a suggestion to look at.
Thanks -- I've been looking at the mid-level Corsairs. Even though they have some sweet to conveniences, they just don't seem like enough of a change over my current case. Even though they are better I have trouble justifying the expense when its so similar to what I'm currently running.
Thanks everyone. I'm still not sold on anything here as an alternative, but the ideas do help a lot.
I do really like how sleek the white fractal R3 looks (which the newegg photo says is 17.4 tall BTW) but I still think I want to get a higher-end/better cooled case. It's staying on the list as a strong contender though.
Maybe I'll have to figure out a way to modify this desk and get a larger tower in ... otherwise the FT02 is probably still it.