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Perfect for mATX Builds 12/25/2013
This review is from: Corsair Obsidian Series 350D CC-9011028-WW Black Aluminum / Steel MicroATX Case
Layout and space are perfect for a well loaded micro ATX system. Well placed open space for larger graphics cards. I considered a sound dampened case but decided to sacrifice mfg. sound batting for a better layout. I did my own sound proofing for cheap with foam rubber sheets from local Hobby Lobby. Turned out great, system is silent and pretty to look at inside and out.
As mentioned by others, the removing of a plate to add a ROM drive, kind of ruins the otherwise nice clean looks of the face of this case. I would love to see a revision of this case that uses a drop down ROM cover, that hides the drive when closed.
A bigger issue for me was the top vents. Todays components make a lot less heat, quiet is more of a premium then cooling. I have 4 120mm fans cooling my system not counting the big fan in the PSU. Anyone that decides they need to mount 2 more 140mm fans in the top really needs to rethink fan farming. If not eliminated in a future revision they should include a sound proofed cover like other Corsair models.
I paired this case with an AsRock Z87M Extreme 4 micro ATX and 4770K CPU cooled by a XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 and replaced the case fans and cooler fans with 4 BitFenix fans 2ea. [N82E16835345067 & N82E16835345001] I went with ADATA Pro 900's SSDs and got a deal on an MSi HD7870. RAM was an easy choice 16GB GSkill Sniper N82E16820231518 all power with a Corsair AX760 PSU.
I have to put my ear next to the system to hear it and that's with the doors off. I found 1/8th in. black foam sheets at Hobby Lobby made by Silly Winks that cut and fit easily inside the case and doors and look better than the factory sound proofing. I also custom cut a piece to fill the space on the top of the case.
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