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Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior and Windowed Side Panel

  • Steel / Plastic
  • USB x 2 , Mic x 1, Audio x 1 Front Ports
  • 1 x 120mm front blue LED fan

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  • Gregory C.
  • 8/26/2015 1:32:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBe Careful

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior and Windowed Side Panel

Pros: Cheap, good quality, very east to use.

Cons: My graphics card didn't fit inside and I have to bend the metal tabs at the bottom of it.

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  • David S.
  • 7/22/2015 2:19:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsWaiting on Rebate.

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior and Windowed Side Panel

Pros: Nice case.

Cons: 4 weeks after submission received, still no $15 rebate.

Manufacturer Response:

Good Morning David,

Our rebates are processed and handled by a third party called status-now.com as it can take 10-12 weeks for processing as soon as they receive it. I do not have any information to assist you. Please contact them at the following number: 1-800-953-3098 regarding your rebate for further resolution.

Please let me know for further questions.

Regards,
Felinni M.
CMUSA Support
1-888-624-5099

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  • JORDAN P.
  • 6/18/2015 7:49:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior and Windowed Side Panel

Pros: This case looks really nice. It has a windowed side panel which was a requirement for me. Build quality is decent. Comes with a front blue LED fan which is great for blue themed builds.

Cons: The first time I got this case it came broken, and I got it replaced no problem. Cable management is pretty bad. The window is really big which would be good, but since the cable management sucks, it shows all the cables.

Other Thoughts: Overall really decent. This was my first build case and I'm really happy with it.

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  • David J.
  • 6/6/2015 6:50:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior and Windowed Side Panel

Pros: It's cheap.

Cons: It's cheap. The dust plates just bend and snap off as opposed to being detachable. It's hard to get them off without bending the entire back of the case which is incredibly flimsy. When it shipped it was already bent so much that I couldn't mount expansion cards to it without bending it to the correct position. The entire case just seems cheaply made. I would avoid unless desperate for a low cost case.

Manufacturer Response:

Good Morning David,

I apologize your Elite 431 is not working correctly for you as this is one of our performance value chassis's that has qualities of a legacy chassis as you can see with the twisted rear PCIe panels. Our current line-up and chassis moving forward all take advantage of a replaceable rear PCIe covers. pelase let me know for further questions and concerns through our CM Fanzone via Live Chat, Support Ticket, or phones at the link below.

Regards,
Felinni M.
CMUSA Support
1-888-624-5099

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  • Derrick D.
  • 5/17/2015 3:09:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnice cheap case

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior and Windowed Side Panel

Pros: I like that you can install 6 fans in this case + whatever fans on your mother board. Its pretty easy to put together.

Cons: I do not like how much room is given behing the motherboard and back plate. There is maybe 1/4 inch to run wires though. I had to bend a piece of metal to allow sata wires to reach hdd/dvd

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  • Logan M.
  • 5/17/2015 2:54:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStrong, easy to use case

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior and Windowed Side Panel

Pros: Black interior
Bottom-mounted PSU
Fan mounts are plentiful
Best design of quick-locking drive mounts I've EVER used
Plenty of cut-outs and routing for wire management - even comes with zip-ties

Cons: Top fan vents are not compatible with Cooler Master's Seidon 120M
Motherboard stand-offs are of mixed quality
Decorative drive bay covers are sacrificial to remove

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is the best case I've used in a lot of ways. Build quality is excellent, it's not too flashy, it's got nice lines.

The fact that it's not compatible with CM's Seidon on the top fan mounts is worthy of mention, but not of star-knocking seeing as it works just as nicely on the back mount.

The worst part, I gotta say, is the sacrificial decorative plates. I'm really lucky I had a drive for each knockout, because I could find no way at all to pop them out without them bending or twisting. But I still saw no real reason to knock a star for this because you generally don't put those back in once you pull them out.

I'd buy it again, no doubt.

Now if only they'd hurry up with my rebates...

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/6/2015 7:54:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsUpdated review

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior and Windowed Side Panel

Pros: One of the best value and best performing, air coolers out there. Comes with all the hardware you need to install and components all line up correctly and attach smoothly. Looks good sitting there.

Cons: Instructions are a bit unclear. Recommend going on youtube and watching an installation or two. Size can be an issue for both case and motherboard memory placement..
*After around 8 months of use, in a show machine that is cleaned and maintained regularly, the 120 mm fan started making a loud rattling noise which apparently happens alot. Replaced with a Noctua NF-F12, but a bit disappointed that a company I usually trust let me down with a know issue from several revisions of this cooler. You lose a lot of value when you should replace the fan at purchase.

Other Thoughts: Great setup but be prepared with a spare/extra 120mm fan and check room on motherboard for memory clearance and inside case for cooler height.

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  • Taylor R.
  • 5/2/2015 6:53:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot the best, not the worst

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior and Windowed Side Panel

Pros: This is a pretty good case for the cost, and it looks pretty sleek. It comes with one intake fan with a blue LED on the front of the case and it features a pretty nice side panel. Overall, the case looks pretty cool, and it should have no problem fitting massive graphics cards, up to 12.4 in long.

Cons: Though this case is at a good price, it fails when you look at its competitors in the price range. The case has absolutely no cable management holes whatsoever, plus trying to pack any cables behind the motherboard is very difficult because there is little clearance between that and the side panel.

This case comes with only one fan, an intake at the front of the case. I would have liked to have seen one intake and one exhaust fan at least. You can only fit one fan in the front of the case, which kind of sucks. The NZXT Source 210, for example, a case that is currently $10 cheaper than this one, supports two fans in the front.

Other Thoughts: This is an old case that was not built with the same purpose as cases now such as the NZXT Source 210. If I could rebuild my PC again, I would get another case, like the 210 or Corsair 200R. You should do the same.

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  • Justin D.
  • 4/29/2015 3:51:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Budget Case

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior and Windowed Side Panel

Pros: Great case, has a lot of places for fans for intake and exhaust. I love the bottom mounted power supply.

Cons: I have ordered 2 of these cases. The first one worked great. The 2nd case was missing one of the grills for the 5.25 inch bays and the headphone port on the front doesnt behave and has constant problems.

Other Thoughts: Great case, hit or miss on QC

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  • Jennifer A.
  • 4/14/2015 10:21:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsA Good Case

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior and Windowed Side Panel

Pros: This is nice case, especially for the price. I am currently using on my rig. It is a CoolerMaster so you know it will good.

Cons: The only complaint that I have is that I cant store my wires and such in the left side panel, causing my computer almost unmangable on the inside.

Other Thoughts: I have a PSU that came off of a server build. So the fact that I have like 50% more wires that a normal PSU doesn't help the clutter. But the fact that I cant clean it up by putting the wires in the left side panel is an even bigger pain.

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