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Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • Steel MicroATX Mid Tower
  • 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 and Audio I/O Front Ports
  • Side Air duct
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays

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  • Dennis N.
  • 4/25/2016 10:55:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat budget case.

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Understated look, three fan slots with filtered front mesh, silicone grommets, lost of screws.

Cons: None at this price.

Other Thoughts: A great budget case, for the price I like everything about this case. Traditional & non-flashy look with a filtered front panel and one included 120mm fan. Fan is really quiet if set to auto with supported motherboard. Hard drive mounts with silicone-grommets for vibration-free mounting. Also has one USB 3.0 on side panel. Personally I like all the LED indicators on the front but with this case it's a welcome change since the bright blue LED's not in your field of view. Overall a great case for the price.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/11/2016 1:09:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood Little Case with some Exceptions

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - Clean looking and minimalistic
- Entire front has built in dust filter
- Top mounted PSU (this allows you to sit this computer on the floor because no bottom intake fan)

Cons: - Only 1 case fan
- Vertical mounted drives
- No cable management, none (I had to improvise)
- Useless manual
- Power Switch light is REALLY bright

Other Thoughts: Bought this as part of a DIY bundle. The case overall is good, you might not be able to tell that from the pros/cons section but it is just hard to come up with interesting pros. It seems to be solidly built and has a decent amount of space in it. One of the strangest things about this case is the drive mounting. There is a removable plate (and I do suggest removing this while assembling the rest of the case) that looks like it can hold 2 drives. If you've got an SSD, go right ahead and mount it there. If you have a HDD, you might want to look at the other option I found. You could mount it to the vertical plate (there are anti-vibration gromets for both positions) but this would depend on whether you think mounting HDDs vertically effects their life. To be on the safe side, I instead mounted my HDD in the 5.25 drive bay below the DVD drive. There is a bracket included whose intended function I'm not 100% sure of. However, there are mounting holes to which you can attach a HDD. Word of caution though, they don't give you enough screws to mount the HDD without grommets, so what I did was use the grommet screws with the grommets on them to attach to the bracket (even though there is no hole for them like the vertical plate). This all might be a good thing for you if you are (like stated in the product overview) putting a graphics card in this case. The drive mounting would likely allow for a larger card than you would normally be able to fit in a mATX case.

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  • Gary K.
  • 3/16/2016 7:55:15 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat customer service!

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - Very light case.

Cons: - Front panel USB 3.0 was not working on arrival. I emailed Fractal Designs and within in a week they shipped out a new working cable.

Other Thoughts: - I would definitely reorder. Case only really supports two 3.5" hard drives and one 2.5" SSD.

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  • Patrick K.
  • 3/14/2016 6:14:56 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood case for a budget build

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Overall this is a good case, it is decently built, the inside is painted, uses 120mm fans in front and and one on the side. This is a good case to use when you build a computer for someone who does not want a "gaming" computer. It blends in well when you use it in an office environment.

Cons: The steel used in the case is a little thinner than I would like, I wish the case came with a USB 2.0 to 3.0 adapter so older motherboards can use both front USB ports. Be careful when using larger Micro-ATX motherboards as one time I had to cut and bend part of the 5-1/4 drive bay so I could install a larger Matx motherboard (one with 8 mounting holes instead of 6).

Other Thoughts: This is one of my first choices for a computer build, I have built in this case 3 times and have been happy with it. I would not recommend spending much more than $30, because it is a cheap case.

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  • John M.
  • 1/31/2016 2:21:30 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice case when on sale

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Cheap when on sale for 29.99. Easy to work with. Looks great. Nice options for extra fans.

Cons: They normally want 40 or so bucks for this case when it only comes with one fan.
The power light is like a laser beam.

Other Thoughts: I'd recommend this for a good budget buy. In addition to the 120mm fan installed , I added a 120 on the side and an 80 in the rear.
This case is only worth 30 dollars.

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  • Jason H.
  • 1/31/2016 5:26:53 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice case, for the price

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - Roomy. Could easily fit a 980 TI in there.
- Solid construction
- Good options
- Comes with loads of screws and mobo mounts, just in case.
- No glaring LEDs, doesn't look like an alien landed near your desk.

Cons: - Power, USB, "front panel" ports all on bottom right of case. This is pretty terrible placement.The only way I can see these being usable is if you have the tower on your desk.
- ZERO options for cable management within the case. This was a shocker for me, as a 9-year old Dell case had loop holes to secure wiring in it. Nothing here. By nothing, I mean NOTHING to secure the PSU cables to, except the drive cage.
- Does not support a 2.5 inch SSD enclosure natively. - although the documentation has a typed line that says it does. I futzed around with it for a good hour and couldn't figure out how, unless the SSD is supposed to be mounted vertically, taking up both 5" drive bays. Strange. I had an old enclosure and mounted it that way.
- Instruction manual contains literally NO useful information or diagrams. Normally not a con, because hey, it's a computer case. I've built probably 20 + in my day, so not an issue. For a first timer's case, this is bad.

Other Thoughts: If you're going for a simple build, this case is pretty well made. With the placement of the "front" panel ports, I couldn't recommend it to anyone who was going to do any sort of serious computing, it just doesn't work. Even if you wanted that kind of setup, there are better options out there for a few bucks more.

For a simple office computer for mom (she's managed to plug a USB device into the Ethernet port), it works fine.

Honestly, I've worked with a few Fractal cases in the past, and came to expect a bit more from even their cheapest designs, so I didn't delve too deeply when I saw it on sale. This case is fine, good build quality, and will work for the purpose, but it was a disappointing experience compared to the other cases I've worked with from them in the 70-100 range.

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  • Kent S.
  • 12/31/2015 11:22:46 PM

5 out of 5 eggsGood quality and design ofr the price

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Design allows big video cards
Attractive and sturdy
Good air flow
Has with plenty of fasteners needed for mounting mobo and internal parts
Unique hard drive mount makes it very easy to mount drives and has vibration grommets

Cons: Upper cage is long and goes farther back than needed. This is the only tight area to work with when you are installing mobo and hooking up other parts. This is common for alot of matx cases. The manufacturers could make those cages shorter in depth. That extra inch beyond the rear drive mounting hole is unnecessary.

Other Thoughts: This is the second one I bought from Newegg and love this model.
The people who complain about the hard drive mounting system because they can't mount a whole stack of drives should get a bigger case. This is the first matx case that I can quickly change out a hard drive without having to remove a large video card or remove the front panel first. In my opinion, it's also better than the ones with lower drive mounts that mount perpendicular to the upper cage where you sometimes have issues with having enough clearance for cable connections up against the side cover panels.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/27/2015 7:16:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: its a good case, GG 10 REK them M8

Cons: missing a screw, whateves though

Other Thoughts: yea prob would tell people to get this case

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  • Wayne H.
  • 12/21/2015 12:37:19 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFractal quality on a budget

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Fractal Design quality at a great price. Small. Clever drive mounts. Well-ventilated. Smart overall design.

Cons: Top PSU mount (nitpicking).

Other Thoughts: Highly recommended for basic builds, would be perfect for an office PC. Even a budget gamer, such as an APU build.

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  • Jared O.
  • 11/25/2015 9:57:23 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: to people knocking this case for hard drive mounts........?

its a mATX , do you know what form factor you are buying? No you can't stack drives in here like a NAS.

vertical mounts? ..mount your drive upside down and backwards it doesn't care or cause a short life.

The drive mounts even have rubber to reduce vibration.

Cons: none

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