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COOLER MASTER Elite 371 (RC-371-KKN1) Black Steel / ABS plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The case has a ton of fan options and has mounts for 120 and 140mm fans all over it. The case also has two mounts (bottom and rear) for 80 and 92mm fans as well, so if you're upgrading from a different case you can save some $ by re using some fans.

It looks great. This case has a brother, Elite 430 Black, and while most CM cases look great, they are more gamer oriented. This case is really understated and classy in it's looks and looks better in person than the pictures state. - Also one thing to keep in mind the power switch lights up bright blue and looks really nice.

There is a lot of versatility, you can mount your PSU fan facing down or facing up. There is a ton of space for video cards. I am running 2X Nvidia 8800GTS 512MB in SLI and there is a ton of breathing room. side fan blows right between the two cards making sure they're not starved of air. front mesh is nice and tight and classy looking.

It's not too big, only a few inches taller than a micro atx case.

Cons: As with anything in this price range it's not going to be perfect.

The two top fans: if you have a large aftermarket cooler..you're most likely not going to be able to use these fan mounts. There isn't a lot of clearance for them, but it might work with the Cooler Master 212+ as that's what CM state works with this case, just something to keep in mind.

Fans: the case only comes with 1 fan and with it's full MSRP of $50 that's kind of a lot considering good fans will run you ~$10 a piece. For the money you would spend on good fans you could have just gotten a Cooler Master HAF 922 instead, but that's really if you're using it for gaming use. For just general every day use just add a front 140mm

No replaceable back covers- these are a pain, as another reviewer mentioned place your motherboard in there and figure out which ones you'll need to remove first. Also with the front covers I had to screw mine down to get them not to vibrate while playing a blueray in the blueray driv

Other Thoughts: Overall the Elite 371 and it's brother, the Elite 430 black, are very nice cases. There is a lot to consider when looking for a case like this because it's really designed for general purpose computing to a entry level gaming computer/workstation. If you're looking at this case and thinking of putting SLI 560Ti/6870 and a huge radiator CPU cooler and stuff... I don't think you should be looking at *any* ~$50 case but rather something more high end.

If you're looking for something basic with a lot of good airflow options that isn't really "gamer" or flashy looking then this is a really nice case for that, but keep in mind you are getting what you pay for, if you want way better cable management and more of a gamer look, then step up to the Cooler Master HAF 912.

All in all it's a nice case.

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Display Name: Kyle E.

Date Joined: 12/19/10

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  • First Review: 03/02/12
  • Last Review: 03/02/12
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