Buying a Mountain mods case is an investment. It's not the sort of case you buy to throw away or change on a yearly basis. It's case you choose to match your complete needs. If you want an off the shelf product that looks the same as nigh on every other case out there then you have simply come to the wrong place. A Mountain Mods case is as unique as you are going to get save from nipping to your local hardware store and buying a jigsaw and Dremmel.
Few places stock Mountain Mods cases worldwide due to the cases not really being designed to be 'off the shelf', so therefore it would be impossible to stock every single unit in adequate numbers to make the venture viable. So then, the best place to buy the case is from Mountain Mods direct who have a very easy to follow website making the whole buying experience a pleasurable, if somewhat time consuming task due to it's nature and the sheer amount of options available.
Primarily, you have to decide on the foundation of your case, be it tower, mini-cube, cube or extended cube. My choice was the Ascension CYO (right) which is an extension of the highly popular U2-UFO.
Here's What Mountain mods had to say about the Ascension CYO:
The Mountain Mods Ascension adds 6 inches of height to the already massive U2-UFO platform. The behemoth stands 24 inches tall and is 18 inches deep and wide. The Choose Your Own series allows you to choose from a variety of possible configurations. The Ascension like the U2-UFO is COMPLETELY MODULAR - or "HYPER MODULAR" as we call it. The front and back panels can rotate 180 degrees for a different configuration. Or easily change your configuration by purchasing individual panels. The Ascension is fabricated by skilled workers in the USA. It is made from thick aluminum making it lightweight, sturdy, and thermally friendly. Casters are included for easy mobility.
Once you have made your decision that will form the foundation of your Mountain Mods case, you are then taken to a separate page where you can begin to make adjustments depending on your preference for fan locations, radiator setup, finish and panel layout etc via a number of drop down menus showing the options available.
As you can see, there are a fair amount of options available and as the design's modular you can mix and match until you find your perfect solution. With the panel choices made, you can then decide what radiators you wish to fit. As Thermochill and Swiftech/Feser etc have different fan spacings, Mountain Mods allow you to choose which spacing you require or both spacings should you wish to use different radiators in the same unit.
As you can see from the image above, most of the options are available to swap and change around to fit in with your plans for the ultimate PC case. The options however, do not stop there. Speaking to Ben at Mountain Mods will also allow you to specifically change something that is not on the list within reason. Obviously, the more modifications you add to the list will affect the length of time it takes to build as each case is built to order with only limited amounts of options pre-fabricated.
Here's the specification of the case I received:
Material - Aluminium 5052
Thickness - 1.65mm-3.25mm
Dimensions - 24x18x18 inches
Finish - Powder Coat - Sky White
Power Supplies - 2 optional ports
HD Bay - 2 sets of 120mm HD brackets - Holds 6 out of box
5.25 Bay - 2 x Removable
5.25 Devices - Holds 6
MB Tray - Removable - Horizontal
Form Factors - mATX/ATX
Front Panel - Trinity
Rear Panel - Horizon
Side Panel - Big Window
Top Panel - Standard (UFO)
120MM Fan holes - 16
Empty Weight - 18 lbs.
Let's see if the case arrived safe and sound from the USA to the UK via FEDEX...