Summary: Generally, cases with a power supply are intended for the budget market. I believe Antec had this in mind with the Antec Sonata III Case. This product is mostly steel with a stylish plastic front bezel. There are 3x5.25", 2x3.5" (ext), and 4x3.5" (int) drive bays.
Excerpt: With the 2008 holiday season quickly approaching, computer enthusiasts everywhere will soon have a perfectly good reason (read: excuse) for upgrading their PC. Some may be looking for a couple video cards to run
Conclusion: With a price-tag in the region of £79, the Antec Sonata III 500 isn’t ultra cheap. However, that sum also buys you a fairly high-spec'd power supply that's currently priced at £52.88 from YOYOtech and doesn't seem to be selling for significantly less anywhere else.
Excerpt: During the last couple of years quiet computing has really made its big entrance. Markets are filled with numerous products from rubber grommets to silent fans, but still the case remains the single most important component when trying to build as silent setup as possible.
Conclusion: The Antec Sonata III is a worthy successor to the Sonata brand name. It is a beautiful case, which is well designed. Having an eSATA connector on the front is a welcome addition. The addition of the energy efficient EarthWatts PSU, makes this case a better package than the older Sonatas.
Summary: The Antec Sonata III is a great combination of a high efficiency brand name power supply with ample power under the hood to supply a fairly high end system with SLI/Crossfire and quad core inside a very solid case. It is hard to find such a combination these days, especially at this price point.
Pros: Great price for a solid PSU & case combination, High efficiency 500W SLI/Crossfire capable PSU included, Case construction is very solid, Perfect glossy paint job, Interior layout simple but effective, HDD mounts on rubber spacers, Solid front and high quality plastic, Removable dust filter in fr...
Cons: Installation of external 3.5 inch and 5.25 inch drives easier but still complicated, No active cooling for hard drives, Power & Reset button are covered by door, LED are both blue - what is what?, No Firewire connectivity up front, Door looks good on outside, not so good on the inside, Door is he...
Conclusion: The Sonata III is Antec's best "Quiet Computing" case yet. The case has great looks and exceptional quality. Even though the case is fairly simple, it still has some excellent features that work extremely well.
Conclusion: I was surprised at how quiet this case really is. However, there are even more things that Antec could have done to make this even better. Foam covered side panels would absorb noise and rubber grommet’s on the 5.25” bays would stop annoying optical drive vibration.
Pros: Very quiet, Reasonable cooling, Included 80+ PSU
Cons: Could have more noise prevention, Little small