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Xigmatek CCM-35ABX-U01 (Recon) Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • Steel / Plastic
  • USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 / Audio Front Ports
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 4 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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Xigmatek Recon Computer Case

The Xigmatek Recon is a gaming chassis created with the design concept of pure gaming. From the exterior design to the carefully thought out interior, Recon will change the evolution of gaming forever.

To break boundaries, Recon is equipped with the most up-to-date technology, such as USB 3.0, USB 2.0, two external 5.25-inch drive bays, four internal 3.5-inch bays, and two 2.5-inch bays – not to mention the option to mount any top-of-the-line gaming graphic cards and up to 155mm tall CPU coolers. With great features at an unbeatable price point, Recon is definitely a great choice for any gaming enthusiast.

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  • Tough and bulky gaming design
  • Plastic front bezel with airflow grills
  • Orange strips with LED's on top and bottom
  • Easy to use clip-on style ODD cover (quick release)
  • Supports 330mm top-of-the-line full-length gaming graphics cards.
  • Supports 2 x 5.25 in., 4 x 3.5 in. and 2 x 2.5 in. bays
  • 1 x USB 3.0 port and 1 x USB 2.0 compatibility
  • HD Audio connectors
  • 155mm clearance for CPU cooler
  • Pre-installed 120mm Xigmatek silent exhaust fan with FCB (fluid circulative bearing)
  • Engineered with sturdy, light material


Xigmatek Computer Case
  1. Pre-installed 120mm Xigmatek silent exhaust fan withFCB (fluid circulative bearing)
  2. Massive cut-out for easy installation of CPU coolers allowing installation of 155mm CPU coolers
  3. Cable clips for cable management
  4. Intake holes for bottom mounted PSU
  5. Additional Cable management cut-out
  6. Side panel is designed to make Recon look more tough. But more importantly it gives you an additional 5mm to work with behind the motherboard
  7. 3 x External 3.5" Tool-less drive bays
  8. Cable management cut-outs allows maximization of airflow and cleanliness
  9. Innovative hard drive space wont interfere with graphic cards (4 x internal 3.5", bays, 2 x 2.5") with heat dispensing holes to keep your hard drives cool.

Xigmatek Computer Case

This diagram demonstrates Recons airflow, the side panel is equipped with fan mount holes (140mm or 120mm x 1), giving you the option to install additional fans which can maximize airflow to your components especially the VGA card.


Function Standard Form Factor ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Dimensions (L x H x W) Chassis body with panel and foot stands: 15.6 x 15.2 x 7.0 in. (396 x 387 x 180mm)
Material Chassis SECC with Black Coating
Panel Plastic
Hardware I/O and ports USB 3.0 (or USB 2.0) and USB 2.0, HD Audio in/out jacks
External 5.25" bay 2
Internal 3.5" bays 4
Internal 2.5" bay 2
Add-On Card Slots 7 Slots
Fan Allocation Front Fan 120mm Fan (optional)
Rear Fan Preinstalled 120mm silent Xigmatek Orange-bladed fan
Water Cooling Supports 1/2", 3/8", 1" Water tubes
VGA Length 330mm
CPU Cooler Height 155mm

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Ronald S.
  • 9/24/2015 11:59:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsCheap Case, Good looking.

Pros: USB 3.0 Port, many slots for expansion, fans, style is fine.
Nice for entry level builders.
The overall its good for the price, i make my first build with Pentium G3258, Gigabyte GA-H81M-H, EVGA GeForce GT730, Crucial Ballistix Sport *Gb, 500 Gb HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.12, Psu Antec VP-450.
And all fit great. Im happy with it,

Cons: The Quality is not better, but can you expect for this price, Its hard to plug the connector in the headphone port, only 1 Fan included, And 1 of the screws for the motherboard dont fit correctly.

Other Thoughts: Had this for like a month, already added a red led fan in front and looks awesome,

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  • Todd D.
  • 8/17/2015 6:54:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsNot suitable for hardcore gaming

Pros: Looks cool
Somewhat low to the ground
Relatively quiet

Cons: Overheats often
Has a flaw where if you just touch the top of the case, the whole computer will reset
Limited space

Other Thoughts: I'm a hardcore gamer. I have many games installed on my HD and still have lots of space for more things. This is an average case non the less, but if you're going for a gaming PC this isn't the right case. This is designed for casual people. It overheats on many occasions when just running a couple of programs. I even have the side off to keep more airflow and it still overheats at 40*C.

Overall rating 5/10

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  • Josh W.
  • 6/25/2015 2:07:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible Case

Pros: Looks pretty.

Cons: Hard to fit any hardware into the case
Cheap metal
Thin plastic front cover can be easily broken
Terrible design
Took about 4 hours more to build a PC than any other case that I've worked with because cable management was so awful. Will never let a client pick this out again.

Other Thoughts: If you're building your first computer do not buy this case, go with Raidmax or Rosewill for the same price, they're much more functional than this case.

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  • Ximeng Z.
  • 6/25/2015 8:24:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBudget choice with compact case need with liquid cooler

Pros: 1. relative small size compare to the other mid tower
2. easy to install and upgrade with.
3. led light on the front panel looks nice

Cons: 1. I original used I7 4970k with a mid size fan cpu cool, but the the case fan at the back get very load constantly and the CPU tempt can reach high as 95 degree under load. I have the change the fan cpu cooler with a Corsair Hydro Series H60 to keep the cpu tempt down to with in 60-70 while gaming and change case fan to work as a front intake
2. doesn't include hard drive brackets as they have to all scroll in to the case

Other Thoughts: As the Budget case under 40. May be a i3 or i5 would be reasonable for the case fan to handle. But if set up like my set up with i7 and 980ti for gaming pc, best to include in the liquid cooler as the noise of the case fan under 100% load is unbearable to me.

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  • Michael J.
  • 6/12/2015 8:40:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFront panel barely functional

Pros: cheap

Cons: front ports barely work, headphone jack buzzes, bad standoffs

Other Thoughts: Don't buy this.

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  • Kyler A.
  • 5/29/2015 8:42:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDO NOT BUY

Pros: Looks decent

Cons: HUGE pain to install parts
Audio jack AND headphone jack will NOT plug in all the way
Somewhat cramped for a mid-tower

Other Thoughts: Overall, this case is not even worth $10. Pass on it. I helped my friend's dad, who has been building computers for 25 years, build my computer with this case. He said he has NEVER seen a case more poorly designed then this one. It was FAR too awkward in multiple ways and places to install parts, such as the graphics card, in place as there were pieces in the way. There is only one fan, and not too many places to place others, and if you did it would still be somewhat awkward to fit it in.
After spending much longer putting the computer together, I went to plug in my headphones (which I've used for months on my older computer), only to discover that the headphone jack will NOT work! You can not plug the jack in all the way, and even if you jam it in as much as it'll go, the computer still will not recognize it's plugged in. Now I have to go out and buy USB speakers, as I have none (who does?!). Not to mention the microphone jack is the same way, luckily for me my microphone is already USB.
DEFINITELY not buying another Xigmatek case ever again. I've had a terrible experience with this case, and I don't want anyone to go through the same troubles. This case is not worth it, find a different one, even if it's more expensive. You'll thank me later.

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  • Andrew A.
  • 5/26/2015 6:31:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome case for a low price!

Pros: Lightweight, tool-less design, great air-flow for cooling, aggressive gaming appeal, front and bottom filters, front panel USB and audio

Cons: It's weight - or lack thereof...? Light leakage on frontal area.

Other Thoughts: Yeah - I know I put weight down as a pro and a con - but if you're looking for a light case to drag around (even after stuffing it with your gear) - this is the case for you. For myself, since it lives on a desk, I've found that it can be easily moved when you don't want it to move (but that can be a plus as well - it makes it easy and quick to work on).

Seriously - if you want a great gaming case on a budget, this is one great all-around performer. It has just enough room to hide cables behind the side, to allow for better airflow and looks.

I was able to easily fit a NVidia 9800 GX2 - so when they say it can support large graphics cards, they ain't lyin'!

You can put up to 3 120mm fans in it (front, back, side) - the side fan can go even larger if wanted or needed. The front fan area is easily visible (behind a thin filter - which works really well) - I installed an animated LED fan which looks great.

I had an issue with light leakage around the front panel (I lit up the inside of my case like crazy) - but I was able to black it out with some properly attached pieces of electrical tape on the inside edges - but it could be more "light tight".

Note that the front "orange" strips are lit with white LEDs - they aren't clear strips lit with orange LEDs (what I was hoping for) - so keep that in mind for modding; if you want another color, you'll have to create new strips to fit.

Assembly and disassembly turned out to be easy and quick; I do suggest, however, to get some proper black metal thumbscrews, as the included ones are plastic knobs on metal - they felt a bit cheap.

Also, look for some black metal replacement slot covers, as the slots are designed to be "popped out" - and silver ones just ruin the design, IMHO. My goal was an all-black color scheme, with a blue lighting inside; at a future point, I will likely fix the orange strips up front - but a blue/orange color scheme is not the worst thing.

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  • Justin T.
  • 5/19/2015 1:40:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIts alright

Pros: For the price its a nice finish(on mine)

Cons: Small case
hard for cable management

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for an alright case for a cheap build it works.
Some people have had hit\miss results. In my case I got a hit.

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  • Andrew M.
  • 4/24/2015 5:26:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot the best. Not the worst. Just works.

Pros: This case is what i think of when I imagine a budget friendly case. It does its job. Insanely quiet for the money. Case isn't as aesthetically offensive as its similarly priced competitors. If you leave the case cover off in a dark room, the light

Cons: The manual is garbage. The screw placement is SO NOT INTUITIVE. I had to salvage screws from older pc's that I own. Also, metal is easily bent if screws are overtightened. The tool-less "features" are a joke. Drive placement schema is...deceptive, for lack of a better word. Building in this case caused me the kind of frustration that made me throw in the towel more than once. The case had considerable "oil canning" in the metal, which is either due to excess metal or loose fasteners.

Other Thoughts: It did its job. I wasn't looking for miracles.

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  • Brett R.
  • 4/4/2015 7:02:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for Budget builds!

Pros: -Comes with a quiet and cool 120mm fan
-Nice gradient-like orange leds in the front
-Usb 3 and 2 work swell
-Has a gaming case look that is hard to find at this price

Cons: -Non I have been able to experience/find

Other Thoughts: I have not added any fans to the included 1 120mm and it is cooled nicely. I have an athlon 860k and an r9 270 in this case running at nice temps. Overall a great case for the price :D

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