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Pros: -Looks great
-Lots of internal hard drive bays
-Good cable management features
-Tons of fan mounts for ventilation
-Included fan is nice and quiet
-Bottom PSU mount
-Probably some other stuff that I'm forgetting because there's so much good about this case. :-)
Cons: -Not tool-less (see Other thoughts for more about this)
-Only one fan included. But who uses stock fans anyway?
-No window. But I have a dremel, so... ;-)
Other Thoughts: It's been at least five years since I last bought a case, and I was shocked by how much better this case is than my much, much more expensive full tower that was my last purchase. It's not tool-less, but it's superior in pretty much every other way. There are fan mounts on essentially every flat surface, and even the PCI slot blanks are mesh to allow extra airflow. For the moment I'm going to stick with the single fan because I'm not too concerned about heat buildup with the system in this case, and I like how quiet it is right now.
The one real gripe I had while doing the build was that the paint makes some of the screw holes sticky. For the most part, not a problem because it's not a tool-less case, so having to use a screwdriver to remove the thumb screws the first time (after that they were loose enough to do by hand) was not a big deal, but it was a hassle not being able to install the motherboard standoffs by hand. I put screws in them so I could use a screwdriver there too, but then I had to pull out a wrench to take the screws back out so I could install the motherboard.
That said, this is by far the cleanest cabling job I've ever been able to do, thanks in large part to the generous cable management features on the case. It has ample space behind the motherboard tray and cutouts in all the right places.
Random note: It wasn't obvious to me from the pictures, but the front panel is asymmetric. I like the way it looks, but I briefly thought something was wrong when I first opened the case.
Overall, the sticky screw holes were the _only_ complaint I had with this case, and everything else about it was an absolute joy. I still smile every time I look at this thing, which I think tells you all you need to know about it. :-)
Pros: Inexpensive 80+ Gold rated PSU
Cons: Not modular, but for the price I'm not complaining
Other Thoughts: This series is highly rated in reviews by people who know more about power supplies than I do. Seems to be good and stable in my system as well, so the only possible complaint would be that it's not modular. But I'd rather have the 80+ Gold (this system runs 24/7) than modular, and at this price I don't think you can get both. It even came with thumb screws for mounting in the case (I'm pretty sure they came with this and not the case...). I also like the textured finish, not that I'll see it once I put the side panel on. :-)READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Looks nice and runs at the rated speed
Cons: Tall heat spreaders might interfere with some large coolers
Other Thoughts: Works fine at the rated settings with my ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3. Even with the tall heat spreaders it still clears my old Thermalright Ultra 90 (which is good because there's a slight overlap on this motherboard), but I'm really skeptical that it would clear my 120. I haven't tried it though, so I can't say for sure.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Ben N.
Date Joined: 12/30/03
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