Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Core 1000
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Nice affordable case with good build quality
Travis C., Newegg
2 weeks ago
Summary: I have built quite a few machines for family and friends over the last 15 years, and this case really impressed me with its value and sturdiness. This particular build was a 3.4 GHz i3, 8MB RAM, ASUS board, and 430W Antec Earthwatts PSU.
Pros: -Easy to install hardware -Great airflow -Simple to clean -Strong and stiff yet fairly lightweight -Attractive and clean finish
Cons: -Right hand side placement of front ports for audio and USB is a little bit odd and akward (as I am used to putting the tower on the right side of desks). -Would be happier with a included quieter 120mm rear fan -Not as quiet as a 100$ Corsair.
Summary: I bought this case because it was the only case I could find that I liked the look of. I wish that I could have paid xyz dollars more and had the same case design, but better build quality. Just adding some cable management tiedowns and a normal drive tray would make this a five star/egg case. Mine was missing the 3.5" converter when it arrived but Fractal sent me a replacement with no hassle, so no eggs deducted for that.
Pros: - Cheap - Lightweight and compact - Nice-looking paint - No sharp edges
Cons: - Paint scratches very easily - Won't fit a "standard" 120mm tower CPU cooler - Fit and finish not perfect (the side panels don't sit quite tight to the case, and the front panel doesn't either) - Front panel very hard to remove - Hard drive mount is unusual, and not in a good way - Buttons and USB ports are on the side of the case - No cable management
Summary: For starters, a modular PSU is always recommended for Micro ATX builds when the budget allows so don't complain if you intentionally buy standard PSU with lots of long cables because that is on you, not the case manufacturer. Cable management will require you to think before hand and make use of plenty of zip ties. I would have definitely preferred to see removable fan filter for the front 120mm fan.
Pros: *About as small as a MATX mini tower gets *USB 3.0 *Included 120mm fan is reasonably quiet *Potential for good enough airflow for a reasonable mid-range gaming system *Thumb screws for expansion cards as well as side panels *Side mounted front panel connectors make for a very clean face *Full mesh front *All screws are painted black *One of the best cases in this size and sub $50 price range
Cons: *Top mounted power supply *No 3.5" bay or 5.25" to 3.5" adapter for fan controllers *No removable filter for front 120mm fan means removing the entire front to properly clean the filter *Left side panel does not fit flush. It's only a slightly improper fit but it's almost entirely around the panel. *Slight wobble in case though this will vary person to person due to warping from shipping and handling
Summary: This case is SMART. I can't justify docking it an egg for any of it's cons, because in this price range, you are not getting better material quality and looks. One thing I would like to clarify, the front DOES NOT have a dust filter. I was unsure about this as in the photos it looks like it does. What it has, is a foam of sorts.
Pros: Good quality metal Light 2.5" Drive options Small! I mean Small! This is quite possibly the smallest footprint you can have with microatx, full size expansion card slots, 5.25" disk drive, and ATX power supply.
Cons: Super bright LED Space can get a bit tight, make sure to go over dimensions of your board and cpu coolers. Was able to squeeze a Cooler Master Hyper T4 in this case, however it does rub against the panel slightly. It does not cause any issues with putting on the panel, or cause it to bulge, but it will wear the paint off the inside of the panel. Location of power button, USB, and Audio ports are a bit impractical.
Summary: I fabricated a second "tray" using an old computer's side panel behind the supplied one to increase HDD mounts. This brought the total space to 4 vertical and two 5.25" horizontal. With creativity non-modular PSU cables CAN fit behind everything leaving a tunnel for the front fan to blow air into the case. -Zip ties are your friend and patience is your fuel.
Pros: Great case for it's size. Works well as an HTPC or NAS build with a bit of creativity. (see other thoughts) If you plan to water cool obviously it would be an extremely tight fit; but it's doubtful anyone would choose this form factor for a higher-end setup.
Cons: The vertical mount system works well but it would be great to have another vertical panel in the back to add two more HDDs.
Summary: The HDD/SSD mounts took me about an hour of trying different things before having to google it. It works great, I'm just an idiot that couldn't figure out how it worked.
Pros: Very minimal and compact design without compromising the ability to use full-size components apart from the microATX motherboard. Unique HDD/SSD mounts allow full-length video cards.
Cons: The very same minimal and compact design requires that builders using this case have a decent amount of skill to successfully put it together. It's definitely a tight fit, and I wouldn't dream of using this case on a PC that I plan to remove or upgrade anything in for a long time. For me, this build will eventually graduate into a personal server, so small form-factor was the deciding feature. Still, a double-edged blade. Make sure you know what you're getting into.
Summary: This is probably the best value case you can get right now in the sub-50 dollar price range. Whether you're new or experienced in the PC building world, this case is a decent option for almost any type of machine (except for a full ATX build obviously.) If you can get this on sale, it's a total steal.
Pros: This is a compact, sleek-looking case. It has just what you need and nothing more. Even while having no special cable management system, the side-mounted hard drive plate gives more room for cables than my Antec 300.
Cons: This case DID NOT come with instructions! Even though it's rather simple to put together and disassemble, I would have enjoyed the assistance of some instructions when I tried to get the front panel off. It feels like it's going to break, but you just have to pull straight out and it will pop off. Most people wouldn't take off an egg for this, but since I don't use an optical drive, one of the front removable panels arrived slightly crooked. Also, the dust filter insi...