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Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Case, better price. 01/22/2015

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel / Plastic compact ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: This is the best case you can buy for $60. Everything is neatly organized, the screws, wire ties and grommets are in little baggies inside a cardboard box all marked. Little things like this impress me for this "budget" case. It has rubber grommets for mounting fans to the metal body of the case. The power supply is bottom mount. The front panel is USB 3.0. The power button is a good design and the light is not too bright.
The overall airflow is decent for a case this size, the only way it could be better was if the inlet fan (front) had more ventilation from the outside of the case, but this design flaw is quite common on cases that do not use a mesh front, and honestly I don't care for many mesh front cases because you always see the dust ring where the dust collects.
The case has a simplistic and very neutral look to it. I like this as most cases that look like a space ship seem ridiculous to me. The inside is painted black and the finish is great. It does fit an H100 or H100i on top just watch where you motherboard ram slots sit as this can affect whether everything clears or not. For me... they do not clear so I was forced to mount the fans externally, no big deal just got grill guards but still something to keep in mind.
The cable management is pretty good, enough grommets for most miniATX builds (like 2 outlet, 1 inlet from Pwr Supply)
The fans are fair, not great but they do the job.
The tool-less drive bays are good, plastic for the ssd bays, but still good none the less.
Overall a very well thought out package, exactly what I would expect at $80 but got it for $60.

Cons: Not a con of the case, but I wish motherboards would list somewhere some kind of spec to reflect where exactly the ram slots sit in relation to the top of the motherboard, so one could judge whether or not the ram will interfere with the top of the case's watercooling rig or not. I understand this may seem like kind of a niche thing for ppl who use AIO watercoolers top mount, but still it just would be nice to not have to "eyeball" it and end up getting it wrong.
On the same note of case manufacturers could tell us where the motherboard mounts in relation to the top of the case, that spec would be useful as well.

Other Thoughts: -Corsair Carbide Series 200R
-Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-750
-Intel Core i5-4690K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 3.5GHz
-ASRock Z97M OC Formula
-MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G
-Samsung 840 Pro 265 Gig
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Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-750 750W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail,ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92,SLI Ready, Crossfire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply - Retail
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Modular, and modular where it counts, only non modular cables are the 24 pin mobo and the (2) 8 pin cpu connections. My other "modular" power supply had all components hard wired in the unit with extra modular ports, kinda defeated the purpose of being modular at that point. The cables are thin, so they fit in behind my case where they can be managed easily, but not cheaply thin. The fan is relatively quiet, the overall quality of the unit is pretty good.

Cons: Like others have said the mobo/cpu cables are a bit short,the CPU cable did JUST fit though. Other than that I got nothin but luv.

Other Thoughts: It powers my system.

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Fractal Design Core 3000 FD-CA-CORE-3000-USB3-BL Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very well thought out design, almost every part on this case is high quality, it's heavy and it has a 'solid' feel to it.

Cons: Not a con of the case but the shipper must have dropped it off the truck repeatedly, the foam was damaged, one of the side panels seems slightly warped, and the tool-less drive cage things were all over the place inside the case. This thing got seriously jarred around, but luckily no actual damage to the case, the panel was easily fixed.

Other Thoughts: This is going to be a great case for my build:

-AMD A-10 5600k Trinity
-Asrock FM2A85X Extreme6
-Kingston HyperX 8GB
-WD VelociRaptor WD6000BLHX 600GB
- Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-750

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Derek B.'s Profile

Display Name: Derek B.

Date Joined: 05/03/09

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 12/27/09
  • Last Review: 01/22/15
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