Specifications, Availability and Pricing
On the outside of the PC-V700-B you will find every side clad in bushed aluminum that is anodized black and yes, there is a natural or silver version of this chassis as well. On the front, the top and bottom gently roll onto the face where the bulk of this panel is drilled with tiny round holes for ventilation. Above the venting is a stealth drive cover for the ODD bay and to the right of it is the front I/O panel with USB 3.0 and eSATA. The top of the chassis is flat, but has two openings toward the rear to allow the fans mounted there to breathe properly. As for the side panels, well they are flat expanses of brushed aluminum goodness that use a socket and ball to clip themselves to the chassis. I will cover most of the back on the interior description so that leaves us the bottom of the chassis with its large plastic feet and removable and washable dust filter under the PSU mounts inside.
Inside at the front of the PC-V700 you will find a 140mm fan clipped into the front of the chassis before you run into the drive bays. The bays consist of a single 5.25" bay, bays for four 3.5" drives and a little tray for a pair of 2.5" drives. Under the drive bays is where you will be mounting the PSU in this chassis with a mounting bracket and an adapter cord that runs from the back of the case to this bracket to attach the power to the PSU easily. Moving left you will find a natural aluminum tray for the either ATX or Micro-ATX motherboards that have a few holes for routing wiring, but no way to tie them up. Under the motherboard tray on the floor of the chassis, just left of the PSU, there are keyways cut in the floor to allow an additional pair of 3.5" drives to be installed there. In the back of the chassis you will find a 120mm fan exhausting the hot air along with the pair of 120mm fans in the roof. Below the fan in the back you will find eight expansion slots and the large and beefy metal latch system to lock the cards and covers into place.
There are some limitations of compatible components, if you really want to call them that. The specs show 440mm of room for video cards and that is true all except for the top slot of a motherboard, but usually these are PCI Express x1 types for most motherboards anyway. There is also a maximum length set for PSUs at 180mm, but that can be as long as you want really, it just may block some wiring options and one of the drive placements on the floor. The last restriction is the 160mm of room from the CPU to the door panel's interior. Again, most CPU coolers fall within that limit, so only the largest of beastly coolers is going to cause a fitting issue.
With the recent release of the PC-V700, it is a bit tough to locate one in the USA, more specifically if you don't want to shell out an arm and a leg for one. I found three places via Google and the prices vary from $243.18 with estimates shipping to my door right on up to and just beyond the $275 mark. Sadly I was able to find this chassis at a slightly better price, but Newegg is currently showing them as out of stock with a price of $235.98 shipped. All the way around you are going to be paying a minimum of near $240 to obtain one.
I guess aluminum is expensive, because at first glance, I'm not so sure this has enough to make most buyers take that leap. I don't like to judge a book by its cover, so I will take a minute and work my way through the PC-V700-B and hopefully by the end I will have a better feel for the price point.