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Antec DF-35 Black Steel Computer Case

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  • Steel
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Audio (AC" and HDA compatible) In and Out Front Ports
  • 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 2 x internal 3.5" Fleet-Swap SATA drive bays (position changeable) Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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Antec combines size, quality, features and low price to deliver the ultimate gaming case. The DF-35 computer case from Antec is a great choice for high end users or game enthusiasts. It comes equipped with two front Fleet-Release variable-speed 120mm LED door fans with white LED, accompanied with washable filter to reduce dust within the system. The doors can be opened to allow rapid access to the drives and two Fleet-Swap modular SATA interfaces, in a blacked-out interior with cable routing, providing maximum convenience. One rear white 120mm TwoCool fans with white LED and one top 140mm TwoCool fan ensures effective system cooling and heat dissipation.

The tray supports Mini-ITX / microATX / Standard ATX board for maximum flexibility. The 5.25" bays will hold optical drives, burners, and up to six 3.5" drives can be installed in the case, along with two more SATA bays - one external hot-swappable bay on the front panel for convenience, and another floor-mounted inside for internal SSDs. The PSU, in a departure, is at the bottom of the case, for better case stability and thermal environment for the CPU.

The side window of the case, in addition to letting you show things off, provides additional ventilation by way of the vented screen. This is a sturdy steel case, with enough cooling technology to keep things frosty in the hottest action. Take one home today and build yourself the most powerful rig around!

  • newegg Superior Expandability Boasting 3 x external 5.25" drive bays, 1 x top external 2.5" hot swap SATA drive bay, 2 x internal 3.5" Fleet-Swap SATA drive bays (position changeable), 1 x internal bottom-mounted 2.5" SSD bay and up to 6 internal 3.5 drive bays, the Antec DF-35 provides great expandability.
  • newegg Fleet-Release Design The Antec DF-35 features three front Fleet-Release access doors packing tool-free washable fan filters to allow rapid access to a massive array of drive bays.
  • newegg Top-Loaded 2.5" Bay with Fleet-Swap Interface The Antec DF-35 comes equipped with a Top-loaded 2.5" hot swap SATA (SSD-compatible) drive bay with Fleet-Swap SATA drive interfaces to offer blazing fast throughput with superb convenience.
  • newegg Efficient Ventilation The Antec DF-35 features 1 x rear white 120mm TwoCool fans with white LED, 2 x front variable-speed 120mm LED fans with white LED and 1 x top 140mm TwoCool fan for efficient ventilation and effective system cooling.
  • newegg Transparent Side Panel Window The Antec DF-35’s transparent side panel window provides a direct view of the inner system.
  • newegg Convenient Front I/O Panel The convenient front I/O panel enables easy access to two USB 2.0 ports and two audio ports.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • John P.
  • 8/13/2015 10:21:23 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsfavorite

Pros: many fans, looks great, build quality, hot swap bay

Cons: 1 fan control knob broken from shipping

Other Thoughts: got 2 of these and love them. used for 5 builds and still holding up great. top fan starting to make a little noise but had this for 3 years so that's to be expected

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  • Eddie L.
  • 4/11/2013 2:08:54 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty Good case

Pros: Comes with 4 fans and has a spot for another directly in front of my GTX 680 fans also have washable screen filter on the fans the sit in front of the hard drives. Very easy to install hdds or ssd's at later dates.

Cons: The headphone and mic jack cable for the front is very short and barely reaches to its designated spot on my motherboard. SLI configuration is impossible without leaving this unplugged, replacing this or re-wiring it to make it longer. This is something I really do not want to do.

Other Thoughts: I attempted SLI with to gtx 560's and its not even close at least 3 inches to short.

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3 out of 5 eggsSeems pretty small

Pros: Looks good aesthetically. Seems to have good air flow throughout.

Cons: It seems pretty small. Everything inside is a fairly tight fit. I wanted to get a heatsink to replace my stock one, but I don't think I can fit one. Part of this is my own fault, getting a micro mobo, but I still don't think a lot of heatsinks would fit this case.

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  • Jason M.
  • 3/7/2013 3:48:09 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFans Break easy

Pros: Great Case, Several fans.

Cons: However the fan on top started to whine after 2 months and a blade broke off. The fan on top had to be unplugged due to the broken blade causing the fan to be unbalanced even more.

Other Thoughts: Would buy another Antec makes great products. Now just have to call them to see what the warranty process is for getting a replacement fan.

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  • Drew H.
  • 11/29/2012 9:34:42 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCase is fine, don't expect Antec to cooperate

Pros: It's a case. It's sturdy, and has fans. Like the top dock, as well as optional bottom docks behind the fans

Cons: While it does feel sturdy, it's made of cheap plastic. I would NEVER pay the full $100 for it, but I was glad to pay what I though would be $60 with a $30 rebate.

Upon receiving the case, I promptly cut out the UPC code off of the box, and put it in an envelop with the other documentation Antec asked for. I post-marked it, and sent it in the mail. Two weeks later, I receive an email saying that my rebate request was denied, because the UPC was not included. There's a hole in the cardboard box where the UPC code was, and I put it in the envelop. I only have one box. This is my first experience with Antec, and I have to say we're off on the wrong foot.

Other Thoughts: Overall the case isn't worth more than $40 or so. In my opinion, white LED fans look flat out ugly on a black case. Yes, I though the classy black and white look would look cool. It doesn't. Hopefully the red LED fans I've ordered will look better.

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  • Yan D.
  • 11/16/2012 10:38:42 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPlease Fix your Pictures to show BIG IMPROVEMENT!

Pros: besides all the good things you can learn from other reviews. there is a very big improvement that not even mentioned and no pictures. The whole product line is introduced in 2010. No cable management at that time. Now the new disign has severals holes in the motherboard panel, and the depth between motherboard panel to the back panel are bigger now (20mm) making it really easy to management the cables!

The inside motherboard use the same 0.6mm metal as the outer panels. Some cheap case will use thnner metal inside.

Cons: the case itself is not thin. 0.6mm is almost industrial standard for this price range. but since the side panel has a big plastic windows, the metal is not as solid as the back panel.

Other Thoughts: Not very heavy. and there is no air intake for PSU.
if you installed PSU first, Please be careful when you install other parts. Don't let small screws fall into PSU!

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  • ERIC K.
  • 10/23/2012 7:36:12 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate!

Pros: I had an issue with the lights. I read online that someone mentioned about the molex plugs could be the issue. So, I re-examined it, and found out that one of the plugs had a missing stem, so I took it out, re-plugged it into a molex into the psu, and viola', it worked! Looks awesome! Lots of room to move around, and seeing the white lights, instead of the normal blue, red, etc, is nice for a change! Lots of opportunities for advancement, upgrades, and adding SSD's. More than enough room for my videocards, granted, mine aren't over a foot long! LOL!! Really nice case, I got a great deal, glad I purchased it. For the $49 after rebate, I am more than satisfied!

Cons: Can't put any more fans in it. :( Granted, it does have 2 in the front, one on top, and one in the back for a total of 4. It's good, but it would be nice to add more. Oh, almost forgot, you can add another one on the clear window.

Other Thoughts: All in all, it's a very good case. So, if newegg has it for sale for $49 after rebate, or even $59 w/o rebate, it's a great case. And really cool to see all of your components working. In my case, I need to work on cabling! LOL!

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  • ERIC K.
  • 10/23/2012 4:43:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAntec Case

Pros: Looks awesome! Got a decent price on it.

Cons: Fans/lights are dead. Tried every kind of situation, and none of them work. I'm not about to return it, would cost me more than the case it self, but would like to see Antec send me another one, or some solution.

Other Thoughts: Kinda weird, because I have another Antec case, no problems. Let's see how Antec helps me out

Manufacturer Response:

Hey Help,

Sorry that you got bad fans and we're more than happy to help you out. Please contact us at and we'll send you some replacement fans. Thank you.

Antec Customer Support

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  • Constantin P.
  • 10/18/2012 10:34:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Case

Pros: Very happy with this case so far. While it's basic it has 4 surprisingly quiet adjustable fans, that I can run on slow the whole time. Low noise, nice design.

Cons: I wish the front Mic worked, but that is because I bought a MoBo that does not support extra audio hookups, regardless, I am surprised the hookups for the front panel are still primitive and unchanged from 1995. Have some trouble plugging in the USB in front as well due to the bulkiness of the plastic.

Other Thoughts: would buy this case again, specially for the 50$ deal I got it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/9/2012 6:49:40 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Value (With Rebate/Sale)

Pros: So many good things to say about this case..

-An absolute steal at $45 (After $30 Mail In & $25 Off)
-Excellent building materials. The Steel is strong, You'll find the sides aren't bendy like typical low-cost cases
-Good quality Mobo Standoff's/Screws, some cheaper brands often pack stripped standoff's, which makes me cry
-2.5' SSD/Laptop HDD Hot Swap. I didn't know it when purchasing, but there is a Hot Swap on the top of the case for said drives. Just 'Pop it in. There are two connectors that come inside the case from here, one Sata(2?) and a Molex Power.
-3.5' HDD Hotswap. Again didn't realize this when purchasing. The Two Fans on the front can be unlocked and pivoted giving you access to the HDD Bays, From there you can simply Pop a Hard Drive in, one of my favorite features.
-Fans. 4 Fans. 3 Of which Glow White. When I first turned this baby on I realized that my life was complete. Oh, and the 2 Front Fans have individual speed controls located on the outside of the case, and the two back Fans also have controls located on the outside of the case (Above the Mobo Ports, very low key)
-Everything about this case

Cons: What I was able to get cost-wise for this case makes it an absolute steal, but even then I was comfortable paying the cost without the MIR.

Wish List:
-I wish there was more than 2 Hot-Swap bays (By the way, the bracket which does the Hot-Swap can be moved up or down, 2 Screws secure it..Super easy)
-I also Wish that the Sata Cables would "Latch" onto the Hot-Swap Mobo-side connector, but this is me nitpicking.
-I purchased this case for my Girlfriend, Which I soon regretted because it looks 5 Times cooler than my Full Tower made by a competitor brand. which I payed x3 this for.

Other Thoughts: This is an amazing case. I highly recommend it. Your friends will envy you, and once that girl from across the street see's this Slick White LED machine from across the way, You might just leave the Friendzone.

Quick Shoutout to Antec and their fantastic Product, as well as Newegg for being the most awesomest Inter-Webs Computer-Parts-People-Guys.

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