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Thermaltake Tai-Chi VB5000SNA Black/ Silver All aluminum extrusion built chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case

  • All aluminum extrusion built chassis ATX Full Tower
  • Dual USB 2.0, IEEE 1394 Firewire, Audio & Speaker ports Front Ports
  • 10 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 3 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • RALPH L.
  • 1/7/2007 12:16:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: Everything about this case is great. Sure, it costs more than other cases, but well worth the price, IMO. I own two of these cases and I am very happy with both.

Cons: They *ARE* quite heavy, so this is not a good case if you plan to move it around. Be aware that Thermaltake uses poor quality pumps that will have to be replaced about once a year. I use water cooling to keep my hard drives cool, not for overclocking. I had a pump failure after about 9 months.

Other Thoughts: Spend a few extra dollars and buy a Swiftech pump. You won't regret it. New Egg rocks!

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  • Darrin T.
  • 12/2/2006 5:23:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGaming Armor

Pros: You can use this case as an armored car! Solid as a rock. I like the hydraulic door, makes it easy to get in and out without having to remove the whole thing. Plenty of room I have 2 8800 GTX in mine with room to spare! Also, on wheels.

Cons: Very heavy! No fans on the hydraulic door.

Other Thoughts: I got 2 120mm fans to fit on the door which moves plenty of air through it now. All in all it is an excellent case! Worth every penny.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/15/2006 10:14:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeast of Burden

Pros: Rock solid case. Lots of room. Great air flow. Looks fantastic. Front doors are solid aluminum also. Not flimsy plastic like some other manufactures. Hydrolic hinge on side door; keeps door open while working on it. Easy to work on.

Cons: Very heavy. The four screws to open the side doors are cumbersome when I want to show off the inside of the case. ;) Not all the screw holes lined up with my power supply; only got two in.

Other Thoughts: Even though I listed a few of cons, this is the best case I've worked with. This is my 6th custom build. The power supply thing wasn't a big issue; two screws held it fine. This case is big enough to hold my huge cpu heat-sink/fan assembly. There is about a one-finger clearance between it and the side door. I don't think it would fit in the last full-tower case I ordered. Great case! You will NOT be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/14/2006 3:11:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsCant say anything bad about it

Pros: This Case has lots of room. Airflow is great keeps my temps really low even in the hot state of Hawaii!! For anyone Looking for a great case this is it.

Cons: Heavy!!!

Other Thoughts: There used to be a water cooled version of this available. Where can i find the water cooling system?

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  • Joshua B.
  • 10/12/2006 10:30:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsThe Beast

Pros: This thing looks wonderful, there's lots of space, and it keeps everyting very cool. Between the flanges on the side and the giant grill in the bottom of the case this is a cool case, there's room for 2 more 120mm fans on the side as well.

Cons: It's heavy, over 45lb. loaded.

Other Thoughts: This thing is a giant aluminum heatsink.

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  • Paul M.
  • 9/16/2006 8:55:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice

Pros: Plenty of room for everything.
Looks sooo way cool.
120mm fans.
Rock solid.
Nicely made.
Too heavy to be stolen.

Cons: You can't buy another aluminum plate fan grille if you buy an iCage for more drives, and the plastic tooless add-on clip bar for the expansion cards doesn't play well with actual cards in the slots.

Other Thoughts: Conroe E6700
Nitrogon NT06 3-heatpipe cooler 120mm fan
ASUS P5n32-SLI-SE-Deluxe
2x XMS Corsair DDR2 PC6400 C4 (matched pair)
OS on a WD Raptor 150
Promise 8350 PCIEx4 hardware RAID 5 controller with 4x500Gb WD SATAII's
XFX 7950 pushing a 24” widescreen @ native 1920x1200
PC Power & Cooling 850w PSU
SoundBlaster Z2
Thermaltake Tai-Chi case
yeah, it's a video editor...

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  • joshua b.
  • 8/28/2006 5:08:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: this is a large case and has plenty of room to mount a watercooling system, the thick alumninum also helps pull the heat out, if you know how to use a drill you can also make serious modifications to accomadate whatever you want to do, or in my case i had a friend help! this case has lots of room for airflow or for watercooling

Cons: the layout can be intimidating for beginning modders, so if this is your first time you might want to make sure you have someone to help out, the doors are kinda annoying but can easily be removed. this case is rather heavy about 35 pounds with nothing in it so if you are on the move keep that in mind

Other Thoughts: my roomate and i actually mounted a complete watercooling kit with an external radiator that consists of 2 120mm fans side by side inside the case! it required a little drilling for screw holes and removing the harddrive tray but now it keeps my conroe 6700 at 30-33 celsius under full load!

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  • Mike C.
  • 5/23/2006 8:55:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLove the Case

Pros: Rock solid, roomy. It's the first case I've had in a long time that doesn't feel flimsy. No stupid plexi windows.

Cons: Pricey. It really ought to be $100 cheaper. The add-in card clips aren't the best: some cards don't fit well. Frankly, I don't like clips at all, and for the price, these should be designed/egineered better. Don't like the top-mounted USB/fire wire connectors (would have preferred front-mounted) and it would have been nice to be able to remove the big plastic connector and wires for these and plug the hole. The cover plate for the M/B ports didn't fit my mobo, so I had to use the flimsy plate that came with the mobo. Aesthetically unpleasing if functional. HDD mounts could be better thought out. You have to remove the whole bracket to add or remove a drive. Modular would be better.

Other Thoughts: This is a case that feels like it will be around a long time and not just discarded in the next round kit upgrades. It's a beast, even without the water-cooling kit, but the handles make it easy enough to move around, even to carry upstairs. Hope the casters hold up. Not sure about the doors in the front. I'm afraid they may restrict airflow if I start OC'ing the system, but there are lots of openings in the case for air, so it's probably OK. Despite the cons, it's probably my favorite case ever.

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  • John M.
  • 4/29/2006 11:51:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsNice Case

Pros: Plenty of space inside, solid construction, good quality workmanship. Unique design, thoughtful assembly features. Drive bays are accessable on both sides by removing four thumbscrews. Heavy-duty, labeled motherboard mounting plate, Plenty of length on well-marked motherboard connectors and external port cables. Design allows for low-restriction intake and exhaust airflow.

Cons: Retaining bolts screw directly into bare aluminum of chassis, Card retention clip plate had to be removed to install video card.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a very nice case with only a few minor issues. I did not have the issue with the door tape that one review I had read had described, mine came with easy-to-remove paper tape. The case is well engineered overall but I had to remove the card retaining clip rack before I could install my Radeon x1900XTX video card. I believe they anticipated this because the case came with standard thumbscrew card retainers too. There is a not-so-obvious floppy-drive adapter built into the control panel. Overall, very pleased with this case and I heartly recommend it.

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  • Joseph J.
  • 3/24/2006 11:58:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Full tower

Pros: Great tower it has plenty of room and very easy to arrange cables to maximize airflow. This tower is solid and I did not have one problem with it during my build. It is huge so make sure that you need the room. The airflow is good enough for me at this point so I do not need to get a liquid cooling system but if I ever do there is plenty of room to upgrade to one in this case.

Cons: Should be a little cheaper even though it is a great case. It should be a little cheaper even though it is a great case. The price is the only reason I only gave it 4 stars instead of 5 stars.

Other Thoughts: Before you fork out the cash for this though make sure you need the space because it is a monster and might be an over kill for most people.

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