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NZXT Source 210 Elite Black Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim

  • Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower
  • 1 x Standard Audio/Mic, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 Front Ports
  • 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 8 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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NZXT Source 210 Elite ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

NZXT's Source 210 Elite is here to provide the basic chassis to house your rig and a just a little more to meet your needs. Now with USB 3.0 port, tool-less features, and an additional 140mm top fan for cooling, this modest case contains the essentials for great performance. It's the chassis you can afford, and more.

The Source Series is NZXT's chassis line designed to be a starting block for first time builders or a stepping stone for those who want to upgrade their rig later on. Each chassis faithfully serves its purpose as an affordable, memorable part of your system building experience. It may just be a keeper.



  • 5.25" and 3.5" Screwless Design – Allows easy setup or removal of optical and hard drives.
  • USB 3.0 – Provides the most up to date high speed data transfer.
  • 2 x 120/140mm fan (1x140mm included)– Maximizes cooling potential.
  • Bottom Mounted PSU – Positioned for the most effective PSU ventilation.
  • Wire Management Support – 20mm space for a neat and easy build.
  • Aluminum Textured Panel – Accents the chassis for a clean, modern look and feel.
  • Dual 120mm Front Intake – Takes advantage of front facing HDD bays for excellent airflow.
  • Maximum Cooling Potential – Eliminate heat by installing up to seven 120mm fans.




What's in the box


Learn more about the NZXT Source 210 Elite


Source 210 Elite


ATX Mid Tower
Case Material
Steel with painted interior
With Power Supply
Power Supply Mounted
Motherboard Compatibility
Micro ATX / ATX
With Side Panel Window


External 5.25" Drive Bays
External 3.5" Drive Bays
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
Expansion Slots

Front Ports

Front Ports
1 x Standard Audio/Mic, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0

Cooling System

80mm Fans
120mm Fans
1 x 120mm rear fan @ 1200rpm (included)
2 x 120mm front fan (optional)
1 x 120mm buttom fan (optional)
140mm Fans
1 x 140mm top fan (included)
Side Air duct

Physical Spec

19.51" x 7.68" x 17.32" (W x H x D)
14.33 lbs


5.25" and 3.5" Screwless Design - Allows easy setup or removal of optical and hard drives.

USB 3.0 - Provides the most up to date high speed data transfer.

2 x 120/140mm fan (1x140mm included)- Maximizes cooling potential.

Bottom Mounted PSU - Positioned for the most effective PSU ventilation

Wire Management Support - 20mm space for a neat and easy build

Aluminum Textured Panel - Accents the chassis for a clean, modern look and feel

Dual 120mm Front Intake - Takes advantage of front facing HDD bays for excellent airflow

Maximum Cooling Potential - Eliminate heat by installing up to seven 120mm fans

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

Customer Reviews of the NZXT Source 210 Elite

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  • Carolyn M.
  • 2/20/2014 10:58:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNZXT 210 Mid Tower

Pros: *Easy to use from the original build, to adding extra fans, memory, so on...
*After a year of everyday use, I have no issue at all with the build quality.
*Decent air flow set up for the price and style

Cons: *A little bland I guess, but once again for the price you can not complain, and the pictures clearly show the look of the case.
*Expansion bays are plastic, which I would expect but the pop out covers on the front honestly feel like they could easily be broken. Granted I have not broke any myself, but probably the only real negative I could think of on the build quality.

Other Thoughts: For the price, you get a well build case that has plenty of room for most builds. You could easily put 2 GPUs, an after market CPU heat sink, and it has more expansion bays than any normal person could ever need.

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  • Michael S.
  • 2/10/2014 3:37:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood budget case

Pros: Cheap, Good quality, Adequate room for a case in its class, Nice finish, Decent cable management, Solid.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Had absolutely no problems fitting all of the hardware required for a now build in this case. ATX mobo, 4 sticks of ram without coolers, 430w corsair power supply, no video card, CD drive, 1 Hard drive. In the past i purchased a phantom case from NZXT and found the overall quality to be lackluster at best so was pleasantly surprised when this case came to me with functional 3.5" and 5.25" mounting systems, a good paint job, and a seemingly solid build.

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  • Ryan H.
  • 2/9/2014 2:17:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsQuality Case for the Cost

Pros: 1. The Cost
2. Plenty of harddrive bays for future use
3. Overall size to work in
4. (Mostly) Toolless design is easy
5. Well labeled
6. Standoffs come with screw adapter which makes for easy install.

Cons: 1. No 2.5' bay or adapter. The one labeled 2.5 hdd at the bottom is useless
2. Forces a lot of the cables towards the center of the case. You'll need some clever management to get them around back.

Other Thoughts: Far Warning: In order to install the power supply to the motherboard I had to unscrew the 140mm top fan and hold it off to the side. It is a very snug fit and you are going to want as thin and long of a cable as possible (maybe buy an extender or adapter).

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/24/2014 11:01:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI don't know why other companies even bother in this price range.

Pros: + Simple utilitarian appearance.
+ Amazing cooling potential. Extra spaces for a side 120mm, two front 120mm, and an additional 140mm up top, or to use the area up top for a liquid cooling radiator.
+ included fans are quiet and push a lot of air, and are also sleeved and pre-routed behind the motherboard tray out of the box! (Plenty of cooling for an AMD FX-8350 and Radeon 7750 with stock heatsinks.)
+ rolled steel construction inside the case means there are no sharp edges at all to cut yourself on, which was common in budget cases of years past.
+ tool-less design that still allows for the removal of the tool-less mounts to use normal mounting screws in case you have unusual hardware.
+ painted interior looks super stylish when the door is removed.
+ space behind the motherboard tray is actually large enough to route most cables through.
+ front panel connectors are actually on the front, very easy to access and has USB 3.
+ optical drive bay covers are easy to remove, and can be replaced after they have been removed. Simple pinch and pull design.
+ front panel is easy to remove to help installing unusual components.
+ enough room inside for the biggest video cards on the market, though it may make mounting one or two hard drives impossible.

Cons: - No removable dust filters.
- Solid hard drive & optical drive construction - hard drives mount aligned length-way with the case, and is not modular or removable.
- front fans when mounted may get in the way of the hard drives behind them, and mounting them with hard drives in place is difficult.
- no mounting points or adapters for SSDs
- front panels solid build means less air can be pulled in from front mounted fans.

Other Thoughts: I used this case for a build for a friend who wanted a day-to-day use PC. It is styled in a way that makes it good not only for enthusiasts, but also for your average user who just wants something unobtrusive to sit under his desk.

the non-elite version of this case that comes with one less fan would be perfect as well if it could be had for a lower price, but at the time the prices were the same after factoring in the shipping cost, which was free on the Elite model.

If i was building a system for someone who intended to do serious gaming, i would still consider this case, but likely use the Source 220 or the Tempest series, as they have slightly better front ventilation and easily removable filters.

Considering the value that is included in this case, it is an absolute top pick in my book. Its perfect not only for every day users, but also someone who wants to build a nice entry level gaming pc that they can hold onto through several upgrade cycles. there is decent cooling performance without adding anything, and if you are interested in overclocking, adding more fans or water cooling radiators is certainly an option.

it wasn't too long ago that a budget case meant shiny metal interior with sharp edges, flimsy construction, and one fan that would burn up within a few days use. There are only a few cases that even come close to competing in this price range, again i would recommend this product to anyone for any purpose and at any budget other than "money is no option" builds.

I have purchased several other cases from NZXT recently, and on one occasion contacted them because one case fan had its cabling nicked by a side panel, not to the point of being cut, but almost, and they happily sent me two replacement fans the next day - customer service is always a nice thing to know you have to fall back on.

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  • Srikanth D.
  • 1/23/2014 5:37:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsarrived damaged

Pros: would have been a decent one if undamaged. fast free shipping

Cons: arrived damaged. Now do not know if it got damaged while shipping or if the manufacturer himself shipped out damaged . Spent 50 bucks on it and it has got a 2 " crack right on the front panel.

Other Thoughts: if you are willing to gamble and do not mind taking the pain of shipping back and dealing with customer service, go for it. Otherwise If you are like me, it is not worth it except for an 1 egg review

Manufacturer Response:

Dear shrek,

Please contact our Helpdesk at either via the Live Chat or Submit A Ticket feature.
Our customer service team is available from 9:30-5:30-pm PST M-F and can take care of the issue for you by assessing the extent of the damage and issuing out a Source 210 front panel to start.
Please let us know how we can help.

NZXT. Staff

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  • Andrew C.
  • 1/14/2014 11:29:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsBLACK Source 210 Elite - excellent case

Pros: Modern, modest, and sleek design. Power LED light is not too bright. Case does not overstate itself like a lot of cases out there. My last case was an Antec Solo.
Front USB3.
Room Cable routing inside the case.
Plenty of room inside case.
Great airflow options.
Bottom mount PSU
Price is great for a well-balanced case that does not break your budget!
Fits my 770GTX fine.

Cons: no filters on the fan intakes... but you get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: pulling off the front of the case is a bit scary.. plastic clips and it does not come all the way off/open up.
not a con.. but a suggestion for next revision.

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  • Jon K.
  • 1/14/2014 6:00:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNZXT attitude

Pros: For appearance: 5 eggs. The thing I like most about this case is the outward appearance. It's simple, elegant yet functional. It's unencumbered by bling and flash. Included are awesomely quiet fans (although I wish the blades were black). The case is quite open to the ambient air from the eight fan openings. It's not likely to get too warm inside the case. Interior layout is very good, although I would have liked another centimeter or two width behind the motherboard to hide sleeved 24-conductor power cables. End result looks OK and there is easily sufficient air flow. Cabling supplied for the USB 3.0, front panel and fans is solid. Four eggs overall.

Cons: "If you want it bad, you'll get it bad." or "cut shipping costs by reducing weight." The case arrived with a slight bend in the bottom of the power supply mount. This was easily remedied but obviously happened before the unit was painted because the shipping carton was cosmetically perfect and so was the paint. Two screws holding the slot covers were stripped and the sheet metal of the case is soft steel - don't sit on it! The case is light due to the type of the steel and the numerous fan cut-outs. Would have liked heavier SECC or SGCC steel. Case is painted black and so is the hardware, so screws and stand-offs bind in the holes. Slot covers are completely perforated and rather flimsy due to the soft steel. Screws are smaller than usual to save costs and shipping. Thumb screws for sides are so small as to be challenging to the thumbs. Fan filters are not supplied and although small flanges for them are on the bottom, only thin-framed screens will fit. Fit is very good. Paint is nearly flawless, Plastic front bezel is robust, but finish is inconsistent. Hardware (screws, stand-offs) and assembly (stripped screw holes) are flawed and material (soft steel) is disappointing. Minus two eggs for me, others may be more tolerant.

Other Thoughts: Just me: I like conservative cases that I might safely use as a stool, roomy mid-towers around 16-18lbs bare or more or full towers proportionally heavier, galvanized and tempered. Cases like the Antec 300 or 302 (no, I'm not going to spell those numbers out.) This case is rated at 14.4lbs but even with the complete computer installed, this case with contents weighs just under 26lbs with drives, extra fans and a strong video card. Good for the price, but I'll be looking for heavier cases requiring tools (toolless can mean cheap materials) providing at least the possibility of shock-resisting mounts for the hard drives. I like the black but I don't want the bling of plastic windows and colored LED lights. For most buyers this might be a 4 egg case, but for me, my next case will be one I can plan on keeping and reusing contently for a long time. And I'm not goint to give it more eggs just because it's inexpensive. It is what it is. Quality is free. Read W. Edwards Deming.

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  • Aaron S.
  • 1/3/2014 5:03:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: - Good looking
- A lot bigger than the picture, but that's to be expected
- Toolless HDD and Expansion bays helped with installation but, there are screwholes that need to be filled on the other side of the HDD cage, so why bother?
- Looks pretty good
- Spacious for what I had
- Standoff installation was a breeze
- Fit an MSI 7870

Cons: - No rubber grommets :(
- LED Light on the case is really annoying when you're sleeping and downloading stuff
- Inward-facing HDD cage, imo
- Cant survive a house fire without stinking like smoke

Other Thoughts: I didn't have this case for long, but it served me well, what separated us was a fire that started in my garage, poor thing was so smoked out. The smell would NOT alleviate, then again, plastic tends to do that, if you want a case that can survive a fire and not smell; then go metal. Lol.

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  • 12/31/2013 4:00:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than I expected

Pros: Front top USB 2.0 & 3.0 Ports, plus a headphone jack.

Plenty of ventilation, comes with 2 fans and with room for 5 more fans. plus the PCI grills in the back has ventilation.

2x120mm slots in the front, 1x120mm on the bottom (1 for PSU also), 2x140mm on top (one installed), 1x120mm on the rear (installed), and 1x140mm or 120mm on the side of the case

Built with cable management in mind, you will have plenty of room for cable management.

Lots of hard drive bays, off the top of my head i wanna say 8.

There are better quality towers out there that you will pay more for but for the price this is built pretty solid.

Lots of space!!!

Cons: Only 2

The front of the case that removes off to reveal the front fan grills is pretty cheap plastic. Everything else is very solid and I think some might get turned off about this, however once you put your case badges on and the power LEDs light up it looks very nice.

The fans...well they move air pretty well but I just hate fans that come with a fan connector AND a molex connector too. I prefer just the fan connector without the molex, I just like my fan wires to look discrete without a molex sticking out somewhere.

Other Thoughts: I was recommended this case for a budget PC gaming build, figured I would use it for the month then get a better one but I really like conservative look now. If your building with a budget in mind this case is highly recommended by budget builders. Install 5 to 7 quality fans and your case will be very quite and very cool.

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  • Michael K.
  • 10/23/2013 10:04:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot really liking it

Pros: The price is right. It is not garish or overdone. Nice little tool to help put in the standoffs.

Cons: Putting a Micro ATX Mobo in this case. The case calls for 9 standoffs for the Micro ATX board, the board only has 6 holes. 2 of the extra standoffs would not have come into contact with the board, one would have shorted and possibly fried the board. I always check but new builders beware!
Very cheaply made(I know you get what you pay for-should have stayed with Corsair). The front panel doesn't come all the way off. No filters anywhere for the fans. Really disappointed in the quality and the lack of good documentation.

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