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Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Black ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great addition to Corsair's Obsidian series cases 07/24/2014

This review is from: Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Black ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case

Pros: Very efficient use of space. It's mid-tower-sized, but feels much larger when working in it. Build quality is par for the Obsidian series cases, which is great. I love the aesthetics of the case design. The two 5.25" bays are just the right number (I'm using one with a fan controller). Fits a decent number of fans for good air flow and the dust filters keep my build cleaner than any others I've made.

Cons: Most of the cons I have were already noted in previous reviews. The removable front panel is a little too easy to accidentally pop off, so just be careful. I would have liked just a little more room behind the motherboard for cables. Mounting for 140mm fans at the top means the fans would not be centered. Power and reset buttons are a little flimsy/plastic-y feeling every time you click them, plus the white LED doesn't match my white case fans.

Other Thoughts: I was able to mount a 120 rad in push/pull at the rear of the case, plus three 120 fans on top, two 140s at the front and one 120 at the bottom. All fans have white LEDs, toned down by my NZXT fan controller, and the all-black components and cables make everything look fantastic. This was a huge upgrade to my home build (previously a 300R).

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Cooler Master N400 - Mid Tower Computer Case with 240mm Radiator Support and Mesh Front Panel
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 1. Airflow seems fine, lots of places for mounting fans. I was able to mount a 120mm radiator to one of the top fan mounts in a pull config and also mount another 120 fan at the top next to it. If it was mounted at the rear, the radiator would block one of the top 120 mounts. A 240 at the top wouldn't clear the RAM modules, but your motherboard design may vary.

2. Build quality is great. Love how the front panel comes off clean without pulling wires out with it. All black parts and cables make it look very nice. Comes with a nice selection of hardware and JUST enough standoffs for an ATX motherboard (yes, you have to install standoffs in this case).

Cons: 1. I really want to echo what ROBERT W. already noted. The motherboard tray sits in a depression in the back panel of the case. This means an ATX motherboard with side-facing SATA ports will be extremely hard or impossible to access. If I had a right angled SATA connector that faced the right way, it wouldn't be such a big deal. However, none of the SATA cables I have want to work well with the case and motherboard.

2. Poor cable management. There is almost no room behind the motherboard tray, and there is only one opening next to the PSU. If you utilize this opening for your power cables, you HAVE to run them through the side 240 "radiator mount". So, if you actually do put a 240 rad here, you cannot route any thicker cables through it. I installed two 120 fans here for additional air intake and I could squeeze my 8 pin cable through the small space between the fan mount, but it's far from ideal. This case was not designed for cable management. There's really no way to see this based on the photos provided here. (Hey Newegg, I know it's a newer case, but a video review would be great so we can all get a look at the backside!)

Other Thoughts: In hindsight, I should have researched my case choice a little better. The N600 is another mid tower with seemingly more room for cables and everything else, and still at a decent price. I may end up returning this case and trying out the "larger version" of this case. If you have a decent amount of hardware to install (2+ drives, anything in the expansion bays, longer graphics card, etc.), move up. I'll admit it's a nice looking case, but the design limitations I mentioned above make me regret this purchase.

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Bgears Fan Filter 80mm Fan filter with easy removable cover and washable foam filter
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Very good value, difficult at first 07/08/2014

This review is from: Bgears Fan Filter 80mm Fan filter with easy removable cover and washable foam filter

Pros: Filters air without reducing air flow much, also dampens sound from fans. Looks very nice when installed. Once mounted, the grill cover pops on and off pretty easily, which will make cleaning the filter an easier task.

Cons: No instruction sheet or anything else to aid in installation. No screws. Filter foam is very thin with large pores, so it won't catch everything. The hardest part about these was separating the inside grill from the cover. I had to jam a screwdriver into on of the screw holes on the back to pry out a corner and then remove it. The "clips" on the side are impossible to pull off when it isn't mounted already.

Other Thoughts: Would like to see the parts packaged separately to save me from the aggravation of prying them apart so I could install. But two filters for $3 is a steal, so only one egg removed.

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Tyler W.'s Profile

Display Name: Tyler W.

Date Joined: 01/09/12

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 08/23/12
  • Last Review: 07/24/14
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