Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Core 1000
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Nice case, weird issue.
blake h., Newegg
9 May 2014
Summary: I'm not sure if this issue is limited to the case I got, or if it is a design flaw in all the cases. This also seems a bit weird and random, but I double and triple verified, as well as having some of my techie friends check it out as well. After initially setting up the new PC all was working well, the next day the last component (an sd card reader) came in. After installed the card reader the PC would not boot on.
Pros: Sleek, minimalistic. Power buttons on the side keep the front looking sharp. Quality Materials
Cons: None other than the issue described below...
Summary: I had a 2TB conventional desktop hard drive. I had to resort to using zip-ties to mount it in this case. I would have used the tray for installing a card reader, as this PC didn't get one. However, the holes wouldn't line up right. Besides, I like the front fan to blow cooling air by the hard drive. I added another (Xion) 120mm and (Gelid) 92mm fan, which maxed out the cooling capability of this case.
Pros: It looks clean and offers decent cooling capacity. A GTX 760 card went in without hassle for me. It's cheap, but it has what you'll need for a basic micro ATX PC, except...
Cons: ...you can only use notebook-style SSD or hard drives. If you want to use this then you aren't going to want a cost-effective, high-capacity 3.5" desktop drive.
Summary: This is my 2nd review after owning for 2 weeks. I have a standard size Asus M3A78-EM and it was very hard to install it. The top right corner would not fit. After finally fit the MB, it was hard to install the screw at the top right corner. Also, when I was putting on the system together, I accidently put on some force on the METAL drive cage. The cage bent right away before I got my hand off. The METAL is very thin and soft. And it is a very long piece of sheet metal.
Pros: Cool looking black case. Cheap price.
Cons: Case materials are fragile and soft. Very little room to install motherboard.
Summary: The large drive cage is badly designed. It bends easily. The sheet metal is very soft and damages easily. Also, it is very hard to install a standard micro ATX motherboard. I had to bend the MB to get it in.... I'd avoid this case and find something better.
Summary: Having built 1000's of PC's professionally for 15 years you soon learn a decent case from a badly designed and poorly executed one. This is the latter. Look and Build quality itself are ok, not too tinny or bendy and looks modern. Unfortunately this is the end of good points. Where to start. As norm you have to remove the front casing to detach the 5.25" bezel for a cd drive. At this point the 120mm fan pulls itself through which is annoying, should be mounted inside.
Summary: Overall the case looks kind of cheap, but that's expected for a cheap case. The main issue / problem, is that just after 1 month the power button is already getting stuck. I mean, I have used the computer maybe 4 times a week, which means I have used that button around 20 times, and it is not going smooth anymore. After pressing it, I have to correct its position with my finger, otherwise its stuck mid way.
Summary: I really hoped for more in this case, when it arrived, the front top grill where the CD drive would go, was popped out and stuck in a very awkward position. Then my motherboard would not go in, even though it was Micro-ATX, the CD drive bay blocked it from going in. Then when i left my side panel flat out in the case box, IT WOULD NOT FIT ON. The case fan included is very very noisy. I wished for more.