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Cooler Master Elite 361 - Mid Tower Computer Case with Rotatable Logo for Vertical or Horizontal Placement

  • SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower
  • 2 x USB 2.0 / Audio Front Ports
  • 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 4 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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A blend of performance, function and style, the COOLER MASTER Elite 361 mid tower case supports MicroATX and ATX motherboards with a compact footprint. It supports up to five HDDs, which fulfills your demand for future expandability. With a rotatable CM logo and four rubber stands, the case can be placed either vertically or horizontally. The Elite 361 also provides superior ventilation with the included top fan (120mm x 1), and by adding fans on the front (80mm x 1), the rear (80mm x 2), and the side panel (80/90/120mm x 1). Additionally, the vents on the front panel can conduct airflows to offer improved cooling performance for HDDs.

  • newegg Excellent Cooling The COOLER MASTER Elite 361 features one 120mm top fan, and vents on the front panel, for efficient ventilation and system cooling. Support for four optional fans ensures easy future upgrades.
  • newegg Spacious Interior The COOLER MASTER Elite 361 provides ample space to accommodate a Micro ATX/ATX motherboard, a 5.25" device, up to 5x 3.5" devices, and seven expansion cards for uncompromising upgradability. It also supports a VGA card with maximum length of 312mm (without HDD cage), and a CPU cooler up to 122mm in height, for easy adoption of high-end components.
  • newegg Flexible Placement The COOLER MASTER Elite 361 can be placed vertically or horizontally; its four rubber stands let you manage your space efficiently. The CM logo can be rotated to different angles to match your case placement.
  • newegg Easy Front I/O Panel Two USB 2.0 ports, one audio port and one mic port on the front panel allow easy connection to your many peripherals.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Devin C.
  • 6/17/2015 10:27:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome for a NAS

Pros: lots of room! I managed to fit 6 standard hard drives and an SSD in this small case by using an adapter in the optical bay. bought this case to build a cheap NAS using spare parts I had lying around and its been chugging along for 2 years, great airflow and fairly quiet.

Cons: the placement of the side can could be an issue for some if you're using a full size graphics card

Other Thoughts: the power supply mounted int he front cuts down on the size of the system but does mean you cant really use any PSU that are slightly longer than the standard.

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  • Kevin W.
  • 2/23/2015 8:03:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood small desktop case

Pros: Great size if you need something compact with full atx. Can fit a large gpu in the case. includes rubber feet to put on the side so you can orient this case upright or sideways.

Cons: Can't fit any tall cpu coolers in this case. Had to revert to stock cpu cooler. Optical drive is literally right on top on the psu so this will reduce cooling of the psu. No options for cable routing, had to sacrifice the 2.5 bay for the main atx power connector wiring to go. Includes 120mm fan but only 80mm fans can fit above the mobo backplate.

Other Thoughts: I strongly suggest a modular power supply because there isn't much extra room for cables. Also it tends to be loud with mechanical hard drive and fitting multiple drives is tight so ssd's are highly recommended.

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  • Matthew B.
  • 1/14/2015 7:48:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice case for the $.

Pros: A full ATX MOBO fits.
It is under 6" tall horizontal.
Cheep.

Cons: The fan placement on the top panel SUCKS. It is directly over the PCI slots on ATX MOBOs. Slim fans will not even fit.

Other Thoughts: You can fit 2 80mm fans in the back and 1 120mm on the left side. The fan placement in the top can not be used if you have a Video Card or other PCI card.

If used as a HTPC case use a QUIET PSU and fans.

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  • Robert E.
  • 11/10/2014 10:24:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsTight Fit

Pros: Good documentation by case standards. Feels solid.

Cons: Tight in there. Cable management a little sketchy. Front face wiring had errant hot glue on wiring that intruded into the drive bay. Had to remove it with Xacto knife.

Other Thoughts: Don't try to attach a fan to side cover unless you've got a slimline video card. Won't happen.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/5/2014 3:13:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat small case

Pros: This is an outstanding case. I sure hope Newegg restocks, as I'd like to build at least a half-dozen more workstations in these.

Cons: Not much to complain about. Would be nice if it included front USB 3 ports.

Other Thoughts: Bring it back, Newegg, these are among the very best cases you've ever offered!

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  • michael b.
  • 6/24/2014 2:45:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCooler Master Elite 361

Pros: The Cooler Master Elite 361 is a great little case with just enough room for and good little gaming system. I was able to fit a full size motherboard and a 500 watt PSU and A 12" ATI 5870 and still had room for two 3.5" HDD

Cons: I really can not think of any except I would really like to have the interior painted black also but saying that it was only 40$

Other Thoughts: This is the smallest case I could for find that I was able to fit my old ATI 5870 and it did a great job at doing that I am really happy with this case, and you should have no problems fitting any of you parts in this case, just good luck finding an aftermarket cpu cooler to fit in this

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/10/2014 9:09:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggspretty good

Pros: Great starter case

Cons: The 120mm fan I bought for the side mount will not fit with my gtx 650 ti. Gonna try an 80mm and hopefully it is narrower but still, don't think I should have to worry about whether or not there is clearance when the mount is in front of the gpu.

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  • Joshua J.
  • 4/14/2014 1:40:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect starting place!

Pros: As thin as you can get while keeping pci slots available. Simple, small case, that supports full ATX board.

Cons: Its not perfect. Needs to be altered if you want serious components. Need to be very conscious of your heatsinks. There are low profile heatsinks out there that can handle SOME overclocking.

Other Thoughts: I was going to build a small case like this from scratch. But its not necessary any more thanks to this little beauty. I don't use any internal optical drives so I added a longer more powerful power supply and chopped up the back so I could swap spots.

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  • Patrick C.
  • 12/27/2013 6:33:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent case, great price, tight squeeze

Pros: -Fits full ATX motherboards, standard-size ATX PSUs, and standard PCIE brackets.
-You can jam a LOT of stuff in here. Makes for a good htpc build.
-Comes with extra rubber feet for an old-school "desktop." Pretty much the only one in this price range I could find.
-PSU is replaceable without taking mobo out.
-Lot of bays.

Cons: -REALLY tight squeeze. Don't plan on putting a 7950 in here.
-PSU mount is a smart design decision, but the cord that runs to it is a pain. Gets in the way of one of the fan mounts. Speaking of...
-I use a Corsair 120mm closed loop. With the case laid flat "desktop style" you have two choices. Mount it on the removable top panel (but then you will not fit PCIe GPUs) or use the side 120mm mount (in which the power cord becomes an obstruction, and the standard standard 120x25mm fan will not fit with the radiator. I solved this with a 120x15mm fan.
-No USB 3.0, but it has a vestigal "punchout" labeled "superspeed." I covered it with a sticker, but that still doesn't change the fact that there's a little rectangular indent where the USB3 port is supposed to be.
-A modular PSU is a must, and it has to be regular size.

Other Thoughts: Docked an egg for the USB3 "rectangle." That's my only major grievance with this (really, a rotating logo but a redundant non-port?!) The rest of that is to be expected for low-profile cases like this.

That said, this case jam-packs an awful lot of features and mounts, doesn't need any non-standard parts for a basic air-cooled build, and overall was very easy to work with for its type. One does not build in a case this small without doing some fancy hand work.

With the water cooling, this thing is quiet as death. However, if you want to do that, the garden-variety 120mm closed loop is not going to be fun. I'd advise doing a custom loop with a dual-80mm rad and a cpu/pump combo waterlock which won't interfere with anything.

Overall a very solid case for the money, even if I need a sticker for the front panel. It's great for a lay-flat desktop or HTPC build, and does a pretty good job of minimizing the annoyances typical of cases this small (including price.)

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  • Kevin K.
  • 12/27/2013 12:45:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsBusiness/Work Build

Pros: I was in the market for a case similar in size to an optiplex 760 sff. This case is about 1.5 times bigger than what I was looking for, but the the additional space has two main advantages for me. First, it accepts a full ATX PSU (I'm using an HX620). The second benefit is that the top 120mm fan is able to support an H60 (2nd generation) radiator and fan (25mm).

Cons: The CoolerMaster badge is relatively large, and is personally a tactful additional. I would preferred a stick instead.

Although it is not so much a con, I wish at least one 2.5"-->3.5" adapter for SSDs was included.

Other Thoughts: As others have mentioned, the space is tight inside the case. I found specifically, that wire management was difficult with my PSU (HX620) as it is only a semi-modular design. The ATX 12v is cumbersome and runs right up against the ODD and the edge of the motherboard.

However, the space below the motherboard (if the hdd cages are on the right) is nice for tucking extra molex or sata cables down. The hole the front panel connectors come through can be used to reroute some wire as well. I ran my 4 pin CPU plug through the back of this circular cutout and back through a rectangular one near the included 120mm fan.

One other thing I was slightly surprised about was the design; specifically, the length of the case as you're facing the front.

My build is as follows:
1090T
H60 (2nd Gen) with a Geild 25mm fan
8GB DDR3 (ADATA Gaming)
Crucial m4 256gb (with 2.5"-->3.5"adapter)
Seagate 2TB
HD6850 Single slot
5.25" DVDRW/Blu Ray combo

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