Reviews and Problems with Fractal Design Core 1000
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Fractal Design Core 1000
Tyler W., Newegg
18 March 2015
Summary: Has room to fit longer GPUs but you sacrifice HDD space to fit them. Has a really unconventional way of mounting the HDDs sideways on a pillar up against the case wall to fit those big cards in. I don't think you could fit 2 there if you have a large card.
Pros: Great Little case for my old gaming guild to go into for my Girlfriend. Easy to use and put together with tooless screws all over. Got it on a discount to for $30. Runs pretty quiet too!
Cons: Fingerprint magnet on the top and feels a bit flimsy at points but thats to be expected from this price point.
Pros: Everything. It fits all of my high end hardware, yet is nice and compact. It looks simplistic and beautiful. Materials are quality and it is easy to build and modify; plenty of room.. For the price, it is hard to go wrong. Did the dual 120mm fan intake mod and stuck a fan on the side. Silent, yet...
Summary: - Bought this on sale for $26 with free shipping. Feels like a steal. - The best looking, filtered, and no non-sense Micro-atx case in my opinion.
Pros: - Filtered, excellent airflow through chassis. - Pleasing quality. Nothing loose or feels like any corners were cut to keep price low. - Professional appearance and design. - No problem fitting MSI R9 270 Gaming edition GPU card and keeping it cool. - Included 120mm front fan was quiet and pushes...
Cons: - Blue power LED is very bright and sort of distracting. - Prone to some fingerprints
Summary: I have built quite a few machines for family and friends over the last 15 years, and this case really impressed me with its value and sturdiness. This particular build was a 3.4 GHz i3, 8MB RAM, ASUS board, and 430W Antec Earthwatts PSU.
Pros: -Easy to install hardware -Great airflow -Simple to clean -Strong and stiff yet fairly lightweight -Attractive and clean finish
Cons: -Right hand side placement of front ports for audio and USB is a little bit odd and akward (as I am used to putting the tower on the right side of desks). -Would be happier with a included quieter 120mm rear fan -Not as quiet as a 100$ Corsair.
Summary: 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.
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 i...
Summary: Get it when it's on sale. Plan out your install process as much as you can. The hard drive mounting panel is removable, so take that out before installing the mobo. Put it back only after most of your connections are made.
Pros: Better in design than build quality, but still better than the vast majority of offerings in this price range. I happen to like the hard drive mounting solution, even though there's not room for many drives. Front fan is filtered.
Cons: The case is quite small, making cable management a chore. Fan filter seems like it will be difficult to clean. PSU is on the top instead of the bottom. Limited fan options. Limited room for components.
Summary: Overall, I am very impressed with this case for my first build. Also, it is worth mentioning that the HDD mounts in a very unique way. There is no cage for it; instead, it hangs on the HDD mount and the rubber loops are where the screws fit.
Pros: Perfect for any microATX build Metal shell Simple and stylish Removable HDD mount for long graphics cards USB 3.0: I strongly suggest you have a motherboard that has USB 3.0 pins or a PCI-e USB 3.0 expansion, because the second usb port will be useless otherwise.
Cons: No cable management: I had to put all of my excess cables in the external SATA drive space. At least the power supply it top mounted. Plastic face plate: The build quality is good; however after I took it off while building, because the front panel and fan wires were caught between the panel and ...
Pros: - Small in overall size, with decent room on interior - Good airflow (positive pressure design) - 120mm replaceable fan in front of case - Filter for 120mm front fan - Thumb screws for almost everything - Didn't notice any sharp edges - Attractive design - Great case for the price
Cons: - One of my side panels doesn't quite seat against the side of the case all the way - Poor cable management