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COOLER MASTER Elite 371 (RC-371-KKN1) Black Steel / ABS plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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  • Steel / ABS plastic ATX Mid Tower
  • USB 2.0 x 2, Audio Front Ports
  • 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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The new Elite 371 builds upon Cooler Master expertise and delivers high-end features in the affordable market space. Cooler Master believes that just because something is affordable, it doesn’t have to lack features or be a “budget” product.

The Elite 371 features a classic black Cooler Master design with clean, yet attractive lines. It has been built to last and uses high quality materials. It’s also been designed to keep the components inside the case cool and not only does it have space for plenty of additional cooling fans, but it can also be fitted with large CPU coolers, such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus.

  • newegg Supports plenty of additional fans The Cooler Master Elite 371 features side ventilation holes, one 120mm rear fan and supports two top 120mm, one front 120/140mm, two side 120/140mm fan and one bottom 80/90/120mm fan for building logical airflow to keep every component inside the case cool.
  • newegg Air Filters included Air filters on bottom and top keep dust out to ensure cooling performance will not degrade due to dust accumulation on crucial components.
  • newegg Tool-Free design Tool-Free mechanical design makes assembly and maintenance quick and easy.
  • newegg Easy access front I/O panel The convenient front I/O panel offers easy access to two USB 2.0 and Audio & Mic ports.
  • newegg Supports long graphics cards The Elite 371 features spacious interior that supports graphics cards up to 315mm / 12.4-inch long including Radeon HD 5970 and CPU cooler up to 163mm / 6.41-inch high.

Learn more about the Cooler Master Elite 371 (RC-371-KKN1)

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the Cooler Master Elite 371 (RC-371-KKN1)

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat bang for your buck

Pros: -Great Price

-Professional look

-Fits my 7970 Dual-X perfectly

-Great cooling with lots of fan mounting options

Cons: -Needs USB 3.0 but there is another elite 371 with usb 3.0

-Could use better cable management

Otherwise great case

Other Thoughts: You may be able to get something better or cheaper than the price it is right now. So I encourage you to look first, otherwise I recommend this case.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/26/2012 2:20:55 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsTrue to the Name

Pros: If you want a cool-running system in a case with a modest footprint, the Elite 371 won't disappoint. A minimum of SIX spots for fans, most 120mm but also at least two x140mm.

Aesthetically pleasing and ergonomically well thought out. It is light and easy to move around, but unlike a previous poster's complaint, I didn't noticed any vibration or noise due to its light weight.

I am very satisfied with this case. I've bought two. It's perfect for a Micro-ATX form factor build.

Cons: Not really a "Con," but the front panel takes a bit of jimmying to get off. There are no convenient release tabs such as those on the HAF 912 & 922, meaning you have to exert a bit of force to pull the front end off...and when you're building your own box, you're always aware of being careful and gentle, so requiring you to authoritatively pull to get the front end off is a bit worrisome. Otherwise, zero bad points.

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  • Michelle M.
  • 5/16/2012 12:50:37 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice Case

Pros: Not a bad case at all. Not the best out there but for $50 I don't many complaints.

Cons: One of the few complaints I do have is the case framework offers openings for two 3.5" but the front cover only allows for one which in today's age I guess you only need one since the floppy drive is obsolete.

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  • Kim C.
  • 4/3/2012 8:52:53 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsnot working!!!!

Pros: its light and includes zip ties and other goodies

Cons: its not working! i have tried every thing the power button is not working. I have tried switching it around and every thing that i could do to my ability. I have tested it with a gauge meter and i said it was working but when i try to turn i on i wont turn on. And my motherboard works fine, the light on it turns but the fans wont start up, same with everything elts.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We are sorry to hear that you are having trouble with our case. Can you please recheck the power wire is attached correctly onto the motherboard power slot. If so, the i/o panel might be defected. You can request parts on our website, provided below. If you have any other questions, please contact us on live chat as we will gladly assist you.

CMUSA Customer Support

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  • Kyle E.
  • 3/2/2012 6:54:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsElite 371

Pros: The case has a ton of fan options and has mounts for 120 and 140mm fans all over it. The case also has two mounts (bottom and rear) for 80 and 92mm fans as well, so if you're upgrading from a different case you can save some $ by re using some fans.

It looks great. This case has a brother, Elite 430 Black, and while most CM cases look great, they are more gamer oriented. This case is really understated and classy in it's looks and looks better in person than the pictures state. - Also one thing to keep in mind the power switch lights up bright blue and looks really nice.

There is a lot of versatility, you can mount your PSU fan facing down or facing up. There is a ton of space for video cards. I am running 2X Nvidia 8800GTS 512MB in SLI and there is a ton of breathing room. side fan blows right between the two cards making sure they're not starved of air. front mesh is nice and tight and classy looking.

It's not too big, only a few inches taller than a micro atx case.

Cons: As with anything in this price range it's not going to be perfect.

The two top fans: if you have a large aftermarket're most likely not going to be able to use these fan mounts. There isn't a lot of clearance for them, but it might work with the Cooler Master 212+ as that's what CM state works with this case, just something to keep in mind.

Fans: the case only comes with 1 fan and with it's full MSRP of $50 that's kind of a lot considering good fans will run you ~$10 a piece. For the money you would spend on good fans you could have just gotten a Cooler Master HAF 922 instead, but that's really if you're using it for gaming use. For just general every day use just add a front 140mm

No replaceable back covers- these are a pain, as another reviewer mentioned place your motherboard in there and figure out which ones you'll need to remove first. Also with the front covers I had to screw mine down to get them not to vibrate while playing a blueray in the blueray driv

Other Thoughts: Overall the Elite 371 and it's brother, the Elite 430 black, are very nice cases. There is a lot to consider when looking for a case like this because it's really designed for general purpose computing to a entry level gaming computer/workstation. If you're looking at this case and thinking of putting SLI 560Ti/6870 and a huge radiator CPU cooler and stuff... I don't think you should be looking at *any* ~$50 case but rather something more high end.

If you're looking for something basic with a lot of good airflow options that isn't really "gamer" or flashy looking then this is a really nice case for that, but keep in mind you are getting what you pay for, if you want way better cable management and more of a gamer look, then step up to the Cooler Master HAF 912.

All in all it's a nice case.

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3 out of 5 eggsCould be better

Pros: The case is nice looking and very roomy yet small enough to fit in most computer desks. Plenty of drive slots for a raid configuration. Has mounts for 5 more fans in good locations. Though there are no built in ties, there is room on the right side to route cables out of the way.

Cons: The case is very flimsy resulting in a quite a bit of noise which would not be so noticeable in a computer desk. My main complaint is the lack of replaceable slot covers and the back of the case is extremely weak making it easy to bend the bars between slots when removing the pry out covers. Only comes with 1 fan but 2 are best if you put a computer in a desk so you can draw air from the front. Unnecessary AC-97 audio connector dangles off of the HD connector.

Other Thoughts: To safely remove the pry out slot covers you need to remove them before installing the motherboard because they are designed to bend inwards; plan on removing all that could be used with your board and putting your own covers on them. The front panel connectors are a little short and might be an issue on some full size motherboards but I had length to spare on a micro ATX. With a bottom mount power supply, you might have a problem with the length of cables on cheaper power supplies but I had about 8” to spare with the modular model I bought. Overall, not bad for a budget build but would not call this case “Elite” and it is not as good as prior models in this line.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Bad_Chucky,

We are sorry to hear that you are having some trouble with our case. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact us live chat. Link below.

CMUSA Customer Support

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  • Joshua D.
  • 1/7/2012 8:18:57 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsI like it!

Pros: I wanted a cheap case that had USB and audio ports on the top. Lots of fan options, so far I doubt I need to add any more. Simple plain black, I don't care for all the flashy lights and clear side panels. The included fan is quiet. Other than one blue light, its hard to tell its on.

Cons: None for me. The air filters are more of a gimmick than a practicality. The might keep out large clumps. I dunno.

Other Thoughts: I don't know why someone couldn't run the FP connectors down the side of DVD drives instead of trying to go over them, there is plenty of room. I have had the flashy lights and different colors and clear side panels and all that, I don't care for any of that anymore. Its just a case you only look at when you turn the CPU on, otherwise its down on the ground under a desk. I mounted my PSU with the fan vent facing up blowing air into the case from the bottom up. It has never really gotten hot anyways, so blowing air from the bottom past the dual fans on my GPU and around to the CPU and out the top and back makes more since to me since hot air rises. One thing to be aware of is dropping screws into the PSU when building and will keep and eye out for dust settling. Time will tell.

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  • Glen W.
  • 10/18/2011 8:22:34 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsChanges are not always an improvement

Pros: Very open case. Heat really shouldn't be a problem, well constructed.

Cons: PSU on the bottom and motherboard on top is the exact opposite of nearly every design out there. I built three systems this week with ASRock, Antec and Coolermaster. Every one required an extension for the 24pin and 4pin power connectors.

Not too happy with the changes. As Coolermaster cases don't directly affect the stability of my computers, I may just have to find another brand I like.

Other Thoughts: I'm going to use extensions on these and see how it works out and see if I can find a similar Antec PSU with longer leads.

This case should have a big logo that says most motherboards and power supplies *will not work without an extension cord*.

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  • Yaron H.
  • 8/31/2011 1:04:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice Case

Pros: 1. Very Light - I hate a heavy computer.
2. 120 mm rear fan = very quiet
3. Bottom PSU - the PSU fan helps cooling the video card
4. Upper fan openings - helps cooling the CPU, since warm air rises
5. No tools drive latches - no more messing with screws to secure the drives
6. Both case sides can be opened - allows easy acces to the components
7. Deep enough for the Geforce GTX 550TI and the hard drive to reside in the same level.

Cons: None so far

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4 out of 5 eggsDecent Case, some flaws

Pros: For a CM style case this has enough room to fit a farely large video card like the ATI Radeon 5900 + series. It light weight and the FP cables are long giving enough slack for just about any MO/BO application. Easy HDD and 5.25 bay installation.

Cons: Fan setups. The bottom fan layout is just poor. If you are running a 1000 watt or better PSU you are not going to be able to utilize the fan positioning what so ever. Those with standard PSU setups, cables could get in the way of circulation. The top fan mounts can be a problem for those with certain mainboard setups as installing the fans before the board can block the 4 pin power connector as it did on mine. The HDD locks also seem a little cheap, like they could break if not inserted right.

Other Thoughts: Could only dock one egg for fan issues. HDD lock issue too little to care about as u can still use screws if you pleased. This case is adequate for gaming as my setup is for gaming. Enough fan placements to keep cool even with dual Nvidia GTX 465's inside, case doesnt get above 90 degree's Fahrenheit. Good case for a decent price if you are on a budget.

System Specs:
- MSI NF750 G55 Mainboard
- AMD Phenom 2 X4 955 BE 3.2 GHz O.C @ 4.0 GHz
- 2x Nvidia GTX 465 Super Clocked Edition 1268 MB GDDR5
- 12 GB Corsair DD3 1600 MHz O.C RAM
- 1 TB HDD by Seagate
- Blu-Ray Writer Drive
- Thermaltake Water Cooling System

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