Good space, awesome aesthetics, slightly limited cooling options.
2 weeks ago
Summary: Okay, so I really do like this case. It has a lot of great features for the price and I do not regret my buying decision whatsoever. There isn't a whole lot to be said so I'll keep it short. Pros: Plenty of space for a full ATX board and full size graphics cards. Lots of air cooling potential. Comes with spots for 8 total fans, which is plenty for nearly any build you'll be doing with a $60 case. It comes with 2 fans out of the box as well, which is a bonus.
Summary: I like this case a lot. I used it for a friends build. I like it better than my Antec Three Hundred Two and Cooler Master CM690(1st gen). It's the smallest case I've used so far but I'm really starting to appreciate smaller cases. They get the job done. Cables from the power supply don't have to stretch as far. The case comes with two fans, one in the back and one in the front.
Summary: This case looks amazing for a simple, clean case without all the LED color this-and-that which the youngsters go in for these days. This case also has a wonderful amount of ventilation for adding additional fans if you need. This case also has good threads on every screw hole I've used thus far, which makes me happy.
Summary: This is a good basic case. However there are a couple problems. The drive bays are plastic, which provides less heat dissipation. On the top, there is a very nice grill and mount points for a 280mm radiator for cooling. However this is useless as far as I can tell, as the top edge of the mainboard will be quite close to the top of the case (2cm clearance), and any common 280mm radiator will not fit there for that reason.
Summary: Kudos to FedEx for delivering the box without any dents or damage.
Pros: 1. Case is sturdy with 3 rivets at each corner, no flexing with side panels off. 2. Cutouts are provided under the motherboard tray for tying down cables. I like doing a neat layout of the cables. 3. Black interior - my Gigabyte mobo has a near-black finish with grey heatsinks, and will have grey finished RAM heatsinks, very elegant look when I open the case. 4. Fasteners provided are good - I like that even the screws are finished black.
Cons: 1. You have to install optical drives with the front panel on and cannot remove the front panel until you remove the drives. Tabs on the panel cutouts are wider than the front bezel. If you install a fan filter you need to remove the front panel for cleaning. 2. I have concerns about dust coming in from the top as I don't plan to install additional fans. I expect to cover the top grille, plenty of ventilation left on the side and rear. 3. I wish a dust filter had been...
Summary: Picking up a couple fans will help you get much better air flow with far less noise, although the standard case fans do work well enough.
Pros: This case was everything I wanted it to be - inexpensive, easy to work with for a first time PC builder, and decent air flow. If flashy lights are not important to you, I found this case quite sturdy and easy to work with. The packaging the case came in was also excellent.
Cons: Fans aren't the best, but from what I understand - that is pretty standard for any case.
Summary: I didn't knock of any eggs as a different motherboard would have allowed the fans to barely fit. It is a lower quality case, ie cheap. so I don't expect everything to work flawlessly and couldn't knock an egg off. at least not a whole egg. Other than that, this case has been flawless for over two years now. I've replaced the motherboard four times, and just kept the fans on top.
Pros: Inexpensive Lots of fan options
Cons: Only one. I had a Corsair H100 cooler that was suppose to fit the case. Unfortunately there wasn't enough clearance for the fans to mount inside the case. The radiator was up against the motherboard and the heatsinks prevented mounting of the fans inside. I was luckily able to mount the fans on top of my case after drilling a large enough hole to thread the fan wires down into the case.
Pros: Very big! I purchased this case for my first DIY build. At first I wasn't sure if a mid tower would be big enough but this thing has tons of room. Much larger than my old HP desktop. Cable management is extremely easy. There is plenty of room behind the motherboard for extra cables. Even with my non modular PSU the case ended up looking very clean inside when everything was installed. 2 USB 3.0 ports in front along with headphone / microphone ports Everything is tool ...
Cons: Not sure if this is my fault since it was my first build or a design flaw but it is impossible to install optical drives in the slots after installing the motherboard. There were all kinds of pins sticking out of the mobo and CPU heatsink in the way preventing me to install the drive. Not that big of a deal though since CD's are becoming obsolete.