Pros: Case layout is good, it's a good utilitarian mATX case with clean no frills styling. And options for more than adequate cooling and cable routing. As budget cases go it's OK
Cons: Case is far too thin in construction, I have used lower end Coller Master cases in the past and considered the lower end a good buy, but reinforcement folds in the stamping is lacking and the side panels bend and dent far to easily, if you are careful, don't hesitate to use one of these but for t...
Summary: This is going to house an mATX P55 mobo with an i7-860 (gently overclocked), an 8800GTX 512, and a couple of hard disks. The point is to be a semi-portable gaming rig that I can also use on the desk at home as a secondary computer if my primary system is down for any reason.
Pros: Good basic layout with decent room around the motherboard, plenty of cooling fan options (4x, each with 80/92/120mm mounting holes), thumbscrews for the side panels, and isn't flashy. The motherboard mounting studs were already in place, too.
Cons: Stamped steel everywhere (and is quite thin), comes with only one anemic 120mm fan, tool-less bay clips aren't that solid, and the spots for firewire and eSATA on the front panel don't even have ports behind them (they're labelled but not present). The USB2.0 and audio ports are wired, but the pl...
Summary: I know that many motherboards now come with a permanently attached speaker but they don't all. It should be considered a standard feature for cases to include a small speaker that connects to the motherboard header.
Pros: Nice price. Nice cooling. Nice drive mounts (no need to take off both side panels).
Cons: No speaker. Power supply bay is a bit difficult to get a power supply into. There is a piece of metal that actively pushes the power supply up too high for the screw holes to line up.
Summary: I've contacted CM about the USB when the warranty was still in effect, got one reply saying I needed to redo the RMA process. I did, but got no response from CM. The headphone jack problem is outside warranty. I don't think the Elite series has an elite warranty (1 year as of today).
Pros: It's light, some tool-less drive bays, quiet, computer runs cool with just one exhaust fan
Cons: My case has problems with the USB ports in the front and (just recently) with the headphone jack. The USB ports for some reason don't sit nicely enough for all flash drives, etc. to connect properly. Some upward pressure needs to be applied for some flash drives to maintain contact between USB po...
Summary: Still cant get over that screw........and I never thought of putting it back on because of it being the most pointless placement of a screw in history.
Pros: The hard drive mounting I am kind of 50/50 on but it is nice that it leaves an open spot so a fan in the front would be more effective. But there are only 2 hard drive mounts in this. which is the least amount I have ever seen for a bare case (I knew when I bought its just weird)
Cons: (Unless i am blind) The manual tells you nowhere in the description of how to take the other side panel off that THERE IS A SCREW INSIDE THE CASE THAT IS HOLDING IT ON. In my manual I got a picture of the 4 thumb screws being taken off and the panels being removed. Me and a helper spent 7 minutes...
Summary: i built a machine with this case and had a few minor problems with it being the metal is so weak on the back side putting in the motherboard plate and the video card actualy bent the case thats how week it is youd think youd want alot firmer case since your motherboard is very close to the weakest...
Pros: quick release drive bay. good room for a compact case.
Cons: the material is very cheap and easy to bend. the hard drive mounting area is a bit weird but i guess it works.there are 2 openings on the side cover for fans but it dose not come with fans for them.
Summary: Every feature of this case is flawed in some way, but not quite enough to ruin the deal. A decent offering given the price. I found it elsewhere for less -- would really only recommend it here at a sale price. Not a good $45+shipping value.
Pros: Offers high-end features at a mid-to-low price range... kinda. Front cables plenty long. Material light, but tough enough. Four 120mm fan ports. Closer to a Mini Tower than a Mid Tower (15" high vs. 18"). Motherboard mounts pre-installed.
Cons: There's a little metal tab with a screw securing the off-side panel. I didn't notice this until after about 10 minutes of muscling the thing apart. Two of the motherboard mounts were stripped out; doesn't come with extras. Drive bays minimal, and flimsy. Even though they quick-lock on the open si...
Summary: If Antec offered their NSK3480 without a power supply then I definitely would have gone that route. The Antec case has very thick steel, a no-nonsense front panel, slightly smaller dimensions, and a better layout (though there is less room between the power supply and the DVD drive; my old-school...
Pros: - Small outside dimensions (the whole point of mATX IMO) - Supports full-size ATX power supply - Lightweight - Plenty of airflow - Tool-less drive mounting (except for HD) - Inexpensive
Cons: - Lightweight (as in feather-light) - No E-SATA or Firewire connectors on front (but plugged holes for them) - A couple of threaded holes were a bit dodgy - Paint seems thin, but hasn't scratched yet - A bit expensive for what you get
Summary: I believe you can still fit the cooler master 4-in-3 module in the case to add more HDDs, which I plan on doing later on, to make the most of the space in the front of the case.
Pros: nice airflow, pleasantly low key looks, nice size for placing on your desk.
Cons: drive cage not removable. Have to install drives intended for the external drive bays before putting in the MoBo, and even then, connecting power and data cables are tight, even with a modular power supply and SATA cables.