Summary: The Cooler Master Elite 371 is a solid budget case, just as I had suspected at
. It has a classy style and would be a case I would select when building the next computer for a relative or friend on a budget.
The only real issue I had with the case is that the entire unit had an older generation feel to it. Everything except the drive clips was using the same tech we have seen in cases for years.
Conclusion: Performance for a case is all about being able to run cool and quiet. I found that one fan provided adequate cooling for the relatively low powered parts I used. Nonetheless I would not feel comfortable putting higher end parts in the Elite 371 without first augmenting the cooling ability of the Elite 371. Although the only fan included is quiet, the light nature of the case means that much of the noise that my hard drives made was reverberated to the outside.
Pros: Easy to build with, Nice entry-level price, Sturdy tool-less locking mechanisms, Well made full steel construction
Cons: Break away covers for expansion slots and 5.25" bays, Very little suppression of noise, Cable Managment is nonexistent