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Item#: N82E16811352032
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
  • $49.99
  • $35.99
  • Save: $14.00 (28%)
  • $7.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)

4 out of 5 eggs Not bad for an entry level case 11/30/2013

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

Pros:

Typical Fractal design, fairly straightforward with decent build construction for a case this inexpensive.
* USB 3.0 header
* 120mm front fan
* Rounded edges so you don't cut your hands to shreds
* Big enough for a large GPU... but I don't know why that was a design goal... If I was putting a Titan in, I wouldn't be picking this case.
* SSD adapter tray in bottom ODD space.
* Standoff pilot holes lined up perfectly.

Cons:

* Thin steel... but I expected that at this level. A Define Mini it is not.
* Funky side-mount HDD tray, it works but it isn't pretty.
* There is no cable management potential in this case. I used sticky ziptie anchors to corral the cables. There is NO room behind the mobo header for wires.
* No provision to mount another 120mm front fan above the other even though there is room (like in the Define Mini.)
* No potential to ever get positive case pressure... this thing has vent holes cut everywhere.

Other Thoughts:

For an entry-level mATX case, I could have done a lot worse at this price point. It will serve it's purpose well, I believe, and doesn't look like something out of 1980. Even considering the thin steel, it's a fairly robust build.

If you can spring for it, get a modular PSU, or just plan on having wires hanging everywhere. I used ziptie sticky anchors to get unused cables up and out of the way, but it still looks like a rats nest.

Not a big fan of high-mounted PSUs, in this light of a case it makes them top heavy.

I really wish they would have went with some sort of standard mount HDD cage, the vertical mount is just odd, and I don't like having the SATA plugs/control board on the HDD right there in the open.

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