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This review is from: NZXT Source 530 CA-SO530-M1 Matte Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Pros: solid build quality. side panels aren't thin metal, they feel very sturdy. all corners rolled, no sharp edges. plenty of options for fans / water cooling. more HDD cages than i'll ever use (not a bad thing) that can be removed with thumb screws (thank you NZXT!) for simple modification. bottom mounted PSU spot has rubber standoffs so PSU doesn't sit directly on bottom. plenty of cable routing holes (no grommets, see cons). one thing that i really liked is the front panel doesn't have the front usb/ power cords directly connected to it, so even after i did all my cable management and installed front fans after, i wasn't fighting cables tied to the front panel. tons of dust filters. all hardware came individually packaged by size! and there were atleast 20 zip ties in the accessories, which i was very happy about, considering most companies ship a case with 2 or 3. back has atleast an inch of space to stuff all your extra cables out of sight. and there are plenty of tie down points to anchor said cables. included fan header on back is a nice touch too, although your fans will be running at full rpm if connected. all front header cords are more than long enough to route behind case for a clean look (usb 3.0 looked to be almost 2 ft long). I/O light on back of case is a GREAT simple addition
Cons: no grommets on the cable management holes. i won't knock off any points because of it, but i figure it would be easy to include them. front dust filter can't be cleaned without removing front panel, but there is one, so again, can't knock it too much. only two fans, but this is stated on specs.
Other Thoughts: this is one of my favorite cases for the price. i love NZXT quality! if every customer i had gave me a good enough budget i'd build in this case every time.
AMD 6 core with hyper 212 evo (push/pull)
asus m5a97 r2.0
evga gtx 960 SSC
8 GB gskill ram
240 GB samsung 850 evo
4 140mm cougar vortex HDB fans (best fans i've found!)
Pros: i have already written a review on this case, but I have noticed a couple of things and decided to write another updated one. First of all, I am still giving this case 5 eggs. The amount of features, such as USB 2 and 3.0, not being too thin metal, and actually being wide enough to be able to mount 92mm heatsinks (i used silverstone AR02 on all 4 of my builds with this case) and the included fans that are enough for every day usage for most people, this thing is a great case. It also comes with plenty of extra screws and hardware, which isn't the case with alot of products in this price range. The instructions aren't extremely detailed, but diagrams and instructions that they include is enough to understand what is supposed to be mounted where.
Cons: In the instructions, which must have been updated since the last time I bought this case (probably about 8 months ago), it tells you the SSD should be mounted at the bottom and the mechanical HDD to be mounted under the DVD trays. this poses a few problems. first of all, if you are using an aftermarket cooler with push/pull, you have no room to get the SATA and power connectors on the mech HDD and still use the push fan. also, the rubber grommets on the bottom of the case are meant for mech HDDs to dampen sound and vibration, so why would Rosewill suggest installing an SSD on rubber mounts when they make almost no vibrations? i tried to do it the way Rosewill suggested, but without ample room to connect power/SATA, I moved mech HDD to bottom mount where I have always installed it in my last 4 builds. All of my other builds in this case didn't include a second drive, so with this newest build I also had an SSD. What I ended up doing was using velcro and mounting it at the bottom of the 3.5'' HDD cage(under DVD drives), which worked and gave me more than enough room to get power/SATA connectors to it without being to close to my push fan.
Other Thoughts: This case has almost NO cable management to speak of, but again, for the price and all the other features you get, I don't feel it's right to knock an egg off even for that. If you do your research first, and know that there won't be any huge graphics cards or other products producing massive amounts of heat, this is a GREAT case for building a great pc. I put APU's in mine, so the only piece of hardware that produces alot of heat is the cpu, and with the right cooler, you won't have any overheating problems. I highly recommend this caseREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: paired with an amd a8-5600k and gskill ares 1600 mhz ram. didn't need to set xmp profile for ram, it recognized correct speed. bios is easy to navigate for the most part. booted up with not a single issue. i've been a big fan of msi mobos for apu builds, they are solid and priced great!
Cons: OC genie doesn't work as intended. tried to use it with my a8-5600k, it told me it wasn't a compatible processor. i'm not taking any eggs off for that tho, because it's not a necessity since i'm building it for someone who won't use a quad core to it's fullest potential anyway. i was a little disappointed in sata port locations, they will be at the bottom of your case, so all satas will have to be long enough to reach your whole case length. the 2 included were long enough for my micro atx case, so again, no eggs off for it
Other Thoughts: for the price, i will definately buy this mobo again. it has all the features i need for entry level builds, and supports great ram speeds if you need it!READ FULL REVIEW