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Fractal Design Define R5 FD-CA-DEF-R5-BK Black Computer Case
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Front panel can open left or right.
The dust panels are easy to remove and have good quality.
The case seems sturdy and the finish looks very slick.
Most of the features that can be removed or re-positioned are easy to work with and make sense logically.
Airflow is great.
A drive bay can be put in the middle of the bottom of the case, next to the PSU, leaving room for a 240mm radiator for a water cooler on the front side of the case. This means the top of the case can have the top noise panels on.
The blue power LED is not too bright and still looks nice.
Color scheme.
Many tie down locations for cable management.
SSD mounts behind the MB tray.
HDD/SSD trays are metal and click into the bay perfectly.
Very quiet when all sound panels are used.
The MB tray has a standoff already installed in the middle for easier installation.
The case is not huge. I like this size of case for ATX builds. It has the appropriate amount of space for cable management and larger GPUs, and yet still is small enough to be on a desk or not take up too much room.

Cons: Non-modular PSUs may have some issue with placing the drive bay in the middle of the case. If you try to screw the case in with some of the air holes on the bottom to make up some extra room, the bottom filter may not close all the way. Use screws with a thinner head for this to work.
Cable management with SATA cables is difficult when putting the drive bay in the middle. I know this is my fault for choosing this setup, but it works well. Just requires patience.
Not really a con, but I wish I could remove just one of the optical bays instead of both at once. Not sure if that would be possible in the future anyway.
The SSD mounts behind the motherboard tray require SATA cables that are flat on both ends (at least I couldn't get right-angle ones to work).

Other Thoughts: Overall, I am very satisfied with the case. It has very high build quality and looks very nice. I like the more simple-looking cases. I bought this for a more quiet build and it is doing well.

30pcs Desktop Pc Computer Mainboard Motherboard Case Internal Speaker Connector Plug
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Thirty.

Cons: One hasn't worked so far. There's 29 others, though.

Other Thoughts: I only needed one, but I saw this and thought I'd take a gamble. I think they mostly work. I don't know. I kept six for myself, gave three to my friend at work (who had them in his jacket pocket for a month which in that time caused the glue that held the wiring to the speaker to be ripped off), gave one to my sister for her new pc, and the remaining twenty went to her boyfriend who said he might use the beeps in some of his music. I don't know what I'm doing with my life.

Intel Core i3-4150 Haswell Dual-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 54W BX80646I34150 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It's pretty powerful for an i3. It's powerful for a cpu, man. I bought this for a budget lan system to play multiplayer games like TF2, L4D2, and DayZ. It can easily handle all those.
Low TDP.
I'm actually impressed.

Cons: Newer i3s are available now. But this is still very good.
Even so, anything more than this or the 4160 and you might as well get an i5 until the newer i3s drop in price.

Other Thoughts: I'm slightly jealous of the newer i3 models that have become available since I got this. The 4160, for example. But, for a portable lan system, this cpu provides a great cpu for the price.
I didn't use the stock cooler.


Matthew S.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew S.

Date Joined: 08/10/12

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 08/09/14
  • Last Review: 05/28/15
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 3 out of 5 eggs
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