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Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

  • ATX Mid Tower Case
  • Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower
  • 3 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 5/5/2015 5:18:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBeautiful

Pros: this case has everything you need it has a nice window with great motherboard mounting brackets it has good clearance with large video cards also great airflow.

Cons: window was scratched

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  • Carl M.
  • 3/14/2015 3:13:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mid-Size Case

Pros: Enjoy the color fans, front ports (USB 3.0 & Headphone), side window panel, easy assembly with quick connectors and motherboard mounting system. Using SSD that fits snugly and did not suffer from scratches when installing. REALLY QUIET! Plenty of room for all my stuff (to include full up dual slot ATI card). Runs supper cool as well with the (3) standard fans (x2 LED in front + x1 non-LED in rear) coupled with the CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i. The Corsair Link is a neat tool as it has the Carbide SPEC-03 case as an available template for monitoring your system.

Cons: It is a smaller case than I thought, especially when paired with the CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i. I am currently running it with the H100i and it runs super cool (~80 F core temp w/Intel i5). However, the H100i took up so much of the upper case that I had to bend the heatsinks on my RAM (G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series) to make it all fit. Was afraid I had broken something but, luckily I did not. Also found out that the H100i radiator & fans blocked my motherboard power connections (had to remove H100i, attach power, then re-install the H100i).

Despite the H100i issue, I give this product 5 eggs because Corsair did not recommend the H100i as a compatible product in their spec sheet. I made a calculated guess that it would all work based on several things (and other installers comments). Only real issue is the bending of heatsinks on RAM.

Other Thoughts: Recommend low profile RAM if you are going to pair with the CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i. Of note, Corsair did not qualify the H100i on their website as compatible so I will give them credit for that.

Case management is good and some parts do feel cheap (the plastic for instance). The powder coating is a nice touch but does suffer quickly from contact so, be careful. I did not go with the CORSAIR power supply simply because of cost and promos at the time. Currently running an Antec EDGE 650 because it was as good as the corsair, less expensive, and came with LED lighting (which is nice touch with the case window). Also, be mindful that your power supply sits on the bottom and any radiator/fans you install in the top might limit your access to motherboard power connections.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/15/2015 5:11:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome budget case

Pros: Great price looks good plenty of room for a huge videocard fits my 290x msi lightning plenty of room behind motherboard to tuck in between the bulged out case side

Cons: Can't put 2 fans on top if you use a h80i or similar water cooler also can't use the 120mm bottom fan slot if psu is big

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  • Jose R.
  • 2/13/2015 9:03:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA great price for a spacious case

Pros: A bunch of space for GPUs, a great price, lots of airflow, and a decent amount of fans preinstalled. Originally bought this to replace my CM Storm Scout V1, because while the case was nice, it was ungodly heavy and the racks were messy for a GTX980.

Cons: The choices for fan colors and availability of this case, as well as it's wildly varying price due to demand are singularly the reason I wouldn't recommend it to everyone. It's a fantastic case, really no argument there, for first time builders, there's plenty of space, and not too many tight fits, but the price and availability of this case make it a serious hassle to buy at a good price(I bought mine for $60).

I've heard there are issues with mounting SSDs in this case, but mine appeared to have slots for those too.

Other Thoughts: If you can find this case at a reasonable price and it's available, get it. It is a great deal, comes with some top of the line Corsair 120mm Fans preinstalled and provides plenty of space for future upgrades within the casing.

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  • Shawn C.
  • 2/4/2015 8:31:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCorsair Carbide Series SPEC-03

Pros: THESE ARE THE BEST MID TOWER CASES FOR FLOW PERIOD!!!! THE BEST MAN NO KIDDING AND ALL CORSAIR FANS SO YOU KNOW THE QUALITY THERE MAN THEY ARE GREAT

Cons: ONLY 2 OPT DRIVE PORTS (BUT IS UNDERSTANDABLE BC OF THE DUAL FANS IN FRONT THAT ARE AWESOME!!!!)

Other Thoughts: GREAT FOR CLOSED LOOP WATER SOLUTION DUAL 120 RAD.

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  • Herman H.
  • 1/29/2015 8:15:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice case, very sturdy and quite with plenty of fan mounts. Very nice looking with the orange lit fans and not to bright.

Really nice cable management I thought and easy to run and hide all the hookups. Also great for airflow with all wiring out of the airflow.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Would be nice to have filters in vents.

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  • Leo R.
  • 1/29/2015 12:13:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty nice

Pros: Its a very nice case for a budget build, comes with 3 fans which is always a plus. The quality is ehh. I got mine for around $50 so it was worth.

Cons: None really just if you're planning to put fans at the top of the case and you're using an atx motherboard forget about it, there is simply not enough room. Other then that great case

Other Thoughts: Honestly I wouldn't get this case at the full price, there are other cases with better quality for around the same price.

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  • EVAN W.
  • 1/27/2015 2:18:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery Satisfied

Pros: This case was used in my first build recently and it looks amazing. The case is very light, but strong and stable. The 3 included fans cool great and are surprisingly quiet. Their orange LEDs, together with the spectacular blue-tinted side window, add that finishing touch. This case has wonderful cable management and plenty of space to work with, which made it very enjoyable to build in. Complete with 2 front USB 3.0 ports and thumbscrews, I would recommend this case to anyone working on their first build.

Cons: The only con I have is that there are no internal 2.5" drive bays, despite it stating very clearly that they are included. If you have a 2.5" drive, your only option is to secure it using zip ties. I used an SSD in my build and had to secure it with zip ties, which is the only cause for my rating of only 4 eggs.

Other Thoughts: Included with the case was an insane amount of screws and 2 sizes of black zip ties. The zip ties were immensely valuable because of the lack of Internal 2.5" Drive Bays, however I only used a few of the screws. There is no way to tell which screws are used for which purpose other than trial and error, which resulted in my stripping of several screws.

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  • Christopher O.
  • 1/22/2015 10:47:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good quality case I have had some made from cheap metal before this one isn't bad for the money.

Cons: Had to cut the bottom out of the 5.25 bay so i could a 240 radiator in. Also you need very low profile fans for the top to clear the motherboard.

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  • Eric G.
  • 1/20/2015 9:58:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBaine

Pros: Great case, may be a little light for some. Love the window.
removable drive bays makes good for airflow. decent cable management. usb 3.0 front slots is a plus. looks cool with the led lights. although, i replaced with noctua fans. could be a little taller for better clearance for things such as water cooling and routing the cpu cable. Still pleased with the buy regardless

Cons: nada

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