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Item#: N82E16811139042
Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Black ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
  • ATX Mid Tower
  • USB 3.0 x 2
  • Tool-free SSD, Hard Drive, and Optical Drive installation
  • $129.99
  • $119.99
  • Save: $10.00 (8%)
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Pros:

Very well thought out design.
1. Weight/Sturdiness. Decent weight on the metal, not too flimsy, could be heavier, but for the price: meh.
2. Kensington lock option. Always a good option to have, and this goes back to my previous comment, but the metal could be a bit heavier in this location. If someone was determined enough, they could easily remove the lock with a jigsaw or a decent prying tool.
3. Did not have to mount fan first - there is plenty of space behind the motherboard to service it while in place. Huge plus.
4. Fans are quiet, good air flow/pressure.
5. SSD/Laptop HDD bays in the back. This was something I hadn't noticed before purchasing, but there are two behind the case. Thought that was pretty cool.
6. I won't be using it for this build, but definitely room for radiator or custom watercooling loop if you want it.

Cons:

Couple minor details I wish were different:
1. The 5.25" drive bays require that you completely remove their cover if you want to install a DVD drive or the like. I like the ones that fold up and down when the drive opens and closes. I grew attached to the brushed look of the front too fast, I think, and removing the panel for my DVD drive made me sad. :P
2. No fan control. I have been using an NZXT Phantom for the last 2 years and must've taken for granted the top fan control built in.
3. The provided front panel cables (Power SW, Reset SW, LEDs) were a bit short. Thus, I had to cross them in front of the motherboard. No other option was available; they wouldn't reach otherwise.
4. Odd PCI bracket protectors. I'm not sure if I was doing something wrong (I hope not, because I do this for a living), but the ones provided fit in perfectly but are flanged outward at the ends. I installed a cold cathode controller in one of these and the bracket did not fit. I had to slip it in between the case and the motherboard and screw it in tightly so I wouldn't move if touched. Perhaps this is a new design and I've never noticed before. Hopefully my video card (that I'm waiting for) will go in smoothly.

Other Thoughts:

OK options for cable management, could have been better. Had trouble closing the back panel a few times because wire overlap must be kept at a strict minimum with this case.
I'd give 4 1/2 eggs if it could, but I decided to round up instead of down because of my respect for Corsair.
For the price, I almost wish I'd gone with something a bit smaller and simpler like this case before, instead of going with the behemoth NZXT Phantom and paying almost double.

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  • Trey C.
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