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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%)
  • $99.99 after $20.00 rebate card
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Pros:

Fantastic, clean aesthetic with a gorgeous side panel window. This is a mid range case with high end looks... you really can make a clean, beautiful build in this case.

3 high quality included fans with good airflow and minimal noise.

Dust filtering on all intakes.

Easy to build in:
-HDD cage is easily moved around, and tool-free design works well
-SSD mounts around the back of the motherboard tray are great
-Plenty of cable grommets for routing cables
-The top routing hole for the 8-pin CPU power connector is well placed and large, and it's angled nicely so that you can get a connector through even if you have already installed a (30mm/AIO) rad in the roof.

Tons of room for cooling, especially in the top of the case. An H110 mounted easily in the top, and depending on your motherboard you may even have the option of push/pull on a thin rad in the roof.

Support for a 240/280/360 rad in the roof, a 240/280 in the front, a 120/140 in the bottom (technically supports a 240 but good luck with that after installing your PSU...) and 120 in the rear is absolutely fantastic for a case of this size and price.

Price is fantastic for the feature set in this case

Build quality has some issues but overall is fine for a $100 case

Cons:

Just a few small things, none of which really detracted from my experience with the case given the price:

The acrylic on the side window feels cheap. Mine arrived with small scratches and marks, though they're only noticeable up close.

The SSD mounts around the back are a little bit of a pain with thin SSDs. Older 9mm SSDs will click right in, but if you have 7mm or thinner SSDs, you will have to screw them into the mounts to keep them secure.

The case desperately needs an additional 10mm or so of cable routing room around the back and a few more cable tie points. If you load this case with hardware, you can expect to have a wrestling match with the rear side panel to try and get it to close.

The dust filtering mesh, particularly on the front of the case, is a bit more coarse than I like. A finer mesh would have been nice to filter more dust.

Speaking of the front mesh, the "press to release" clips are annoying. It's too easy to accidentally remove the front panel, especially while building in the case or moving it around. DON'T put this case down near young unsupervised children as they could easily (and accidentally) remove the front cover and get a finger in the fans.

There is more or less no included documentation with the case, and only minimal accessories. As such, this case is probably not a great option for first time builders.

Other Thoughts:

This case is, overall, a great value. It offers high end aesthetics and features at a very cheap price, with only a few sacrifices on features and build quality.

This case was absolutely perfect for me. I was downsizing from a CM Storm Trooper because I wanted to move my gaming rig from a bedroom to our living room. I needed a case with full tower features but a more refined aesthetic and a maximum of 530mm in depth (the Trooper is about 560mm). This case was the perfect option for me!!

Personally, I would gladly have paid an additional $50-75 to get higher quality materials in the case, but it's not a big deal... I knew what I was getting.

The build I have in this:
ASRock z68 extreme7 gen 3
i7-2600k w/Corsair H110
16GB DDR3
GTX 780 SLI
Sound Blaster Z
AX1200
2x 256 GB SSD, 1x 4TB HDD, 1x 500GB HDD
5.25" 6 channel fan controller
Additional Noctua NF-P14 bottom intake fan
White NZXT 2m LED strip

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