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Pros: This is the perfect size for whatever hardware you'll be installing for your rig, the room for all, cables, hard drives, SSD and anything, including a 280mm rad.
I took the ugly grey fans and installed the one with the red ring and definitely a great look, unnecessary but nevertheless, great look.
Cable routing is very easy and painless, if you have a system that would use a lot of cables, like me which I have 6 drives (4xHDD + 1xSSD + 1 optical), the cable routing may be a bit tricky and will have to push in the right side panel door a bit hard, I got way too many cables going on in my case but it all fits perfectly.
Air flow is great, two 140mm fans intake and 1x 120mm exhaust fan plus the two 140mm fans on the rad which are in push in position, make my system run cool, to say that my GTX 960 fan has never been on since July when I built this system.
Overall Review: When installing anything in this case, make sure to remove the front panel, as it's gonna get in the way when you grab the case and have to move it around, because you'd be pressing down on the latch, making the front panel come off, so put it away and you'll not run into any issues.
Pros: Fantastic, clean aesthetic with a gorgeous side panel window. This is a mid range case with high end looks... you really can make a clean, beautiful build in this case.
3 high quality included fans with good airflow and minimal noise.
Dust filtering on all intakes.
Easy to build in:
-HDD cage is easily moved around, and tool-free design works well
-SSD mounts around the back of the motherboard tray are great
-Plenty of cable grommets for routing cables
-The top routing hole for the 8-pin CPU power connector is well placed and large, and it's angled nicely so that you can get a connector through even if you have already installed a (30mm/AIO) rad in the roof.
Tons of room for cooling, especially in the top of the case. An H110 mounted easily in the top, and depending on your motherboard you may even have the option of push/pull on a thin rad in the roof.
Support for a 240/280/360 rad in the roof, a 240/280 in the front, a 120/140 in the bottom (technically supports a 240 but good luck with that after installing your PSU...) and 120 in the rear is absolutely fantastic for a case of this size and price.
Price is fantastic for the feature set in this case
Build quality has some issues but overall is fine for a $100 case
Cons: Just a few small things, none of which really detracted from my experience with the case given the price:
The acrylic on the side window feels cheap. Mine arrived with small scratches and marks, though they're only noticeable up close.
The SSD mounts around the back are a little bit of a pain with thin SSDs. Older 9mm SSDs will click right in, but if you have 7mm or thinner SSDs, you will have to screw them into the mounts to keep them secure.
The case desperately needs an additional 10mm or so of cable routing room around the back and a few more cable tie points. If you load this case with hardware, you can expect to have a wrestling match with the rear side panel to try and get it to close.
The dust filtering mesh, particularly on the front of the case, is a bit more coarse than I like. A finer mesh would have been nice to filter more dust.
Speaking of the front mesh, the "press to release" clips are annoying. It's too easy to accidentally remove the front panel, especially while building in the case or moving it around. DON'T put this case down near young unsupervised children as they could easily (and accidentally) remove the front cover and get a finger in the fans.
There is more or less no included documentation with the case, and only minimal accessories. As such, this case is probably not a great option for first time builders.
Overall Review: This case is, overall, a great value. It offers high end aesthetics and features at a very cheap price, with only a few sacrifices on features and build quality.
This case was absolutely perfect for me. I was downsizing from a CM Storm Trooper because I wanted to move my gaming rig from a bedroom to our living room. I needed a case with full tower features but a more refined aesthetic and a maximum of 530mm in depth (the Trooper is about 560mm). This case was the perfect option for me!!
Personally, I would gladly have paid an additional $50-75 to get higher quality materials in the case, but it's not a big deal... I knew what I was getting.
The build I have in this:
ASRock z68 extreme7 gen 3
i7-2600k w/Corsair H110
GTX 780 SLI
Sound Blaster Z
2x 256 GB SSD, 1x 4TB HDD, 1x 500GB HDD
5.25" 6 channel fan controller
Additional Noctua NF-P14 bottom intake fan
White NZXT 2m LED strip
Pros: I selected this case because i needed something that was well constructed, had great air flow, filtered intakes, and wasn't too large. This case was perfect.
Fits up to Eatx boards
Supports coolers up to 165m
Video cards as long as 430mm ( 16.9inches)
Includes 2 Intakes fans (140mm) and 1 Exhaust fans 120mm
Easy to remove front filter for the primary intake fans so you can clean it.
Magnetic filter for the top and bottom fans
Included Drive cage can handle 3 drives/SSds, but you also have 2 tooless SSD drive slots on the backside of the motherboard plate
great cable management and all the motherboard standoffs were pre-installed
Great bottom clearance for air intake to the PSU
Drive cage can be bottom or top mounted
Cons: 5.25 drives look out of place because the covers are wider than the slot, it looks a little odd
AIO radiators will fit, but it is tight
Overall Review: There are lots of cases in this price point that are really good, but I had some specific requirements. I needed it to be under 20 inches tall, have two 5.25 bays, have all ports and buttons be on the front of the case, not the top or sides. I also required it to be fully filtered with filters I could easily take out and clean.
Pros: Rear mounted SSD housings (on the right side) are unbelievably useful and keep cable management minimized. The stock fan placement seems perfect for my needs. Fans keep my build cool. Bottom mounted HDDs cage is nice but I removed it because I'm only using SSDs. Cable management is a breeze, keeps a nice and clean look for the side window.
Cons: Some optical drives don't line up with the front panel flushly. The front fan panel feels cheap, fits cheaply, does not block dust and generally feels annoying when taking off but especially when putting back on. I knew of the cons of this case and they did not effect my decision to buy it. The cons do not affect my decision to recommend it either... They are very minor cons.
Overall Review: My build is basic:
Corsair Obsidian 450D
Asrock Z97 Anniversary MB
Intel g3258 Anniversary CPU
EVGA 750 ti SC GPU
8gb Crucial 1600 DDR3 RAM
X2 SSDs + basic CD/DVD
Easy setup for the 450D, plugged everything in and it all worked the first shot. Installed Windows 10 no problem. I have plenty of room to upgrade later when I can save the cash for more powerful gear. This case will handle all my upgrades in the future. As good and even better than the Antec 900 case many of my friends use.
Pros: Large space for cable management.
Magnetic dust covers. Clean lines.
Quiet fans installed by defualt.
Plenty of tie down points for Cable Management
Space for a LARGE number of water cooling options.
Removable HDD tray
Plenty of space under the feet for PSU air
Cons: Only one HDD tray installed
the 5.25 bay is not easy to remove
no way to route cables to bottom on my mobo.
case is LARGE
Overall Review: This is a fantastic case. I spend a LOT of time looking for a case. It's has no options for USB 2.0 so if you don't have USB 3 that is something to think about.
Pros: - I found the brushed aluminum to be really nice. Sure it is a utilitarian design, but I think in a classy way.
- It is very versatile in terms of fan configurations. I was able to easily move the 140mm front fans to the top as exhaust. The Corsair H105 radiator and fans fit easily in the front.
- SSD bays and carriage are easily removable.
- Number of fans it can accommodate
Cons: Nothing really so far. The only minor thing is that I would have preferred the top filter to be interchangeable to also fit on the front since I have the front configured for intake.
Overall Review: If I had reason to build another rig with an ATX mobo, I would choose this case again.
Pros: shipped undamaged and all the parts were included !!
Cons: be careful not to strip out screw heads by using the wrong size philip head screwdriver, also helpful to use one of the fan mounting screws to pre screw mounting holes prior to attaching to the case to make it easier to install fans
Overall Review: I also mounted the corsair h110i water cooler in the front of the case with the radiator mounted inside the front, attached to the fan bracket and the SP-140 fans over mountings just same as the pre-installed AF-140's were at.. then moved the AF's to the top of the case for additional air intakes... gives my motherboard more clearance and less crowding and simplifies cleaning / maintance
Pros: Great looking. Great price for how it looks. Sturdy case. Tight fitting sides. Comes with 3 fans(or mine did).
Normally I think toolless drive mounts are garbage, but the 5.25" toolless holders work great. The best I can recall using.
The 2.5" toolless bays work great too, even with skinny drives.
Replacement parts are very well priced. The air filters are great. Top and bottom especially since they are magnetic which makes them very durable. Top one is probably more for appearance than filtering, tho, as they expect you to use the top as an exhaust.
Easy to work on.
Cons: The 3.5" bay cage is pretty flimsy and the 3.5" plastic drawers are a bit awkward to get the drive in. You need to be careful and patient. The plastic is pretty flexible, but it has to be because you need to bend it quite a bit to get the drive seated in it.
The 5.25" bays become recessed when you occupy them, but that is something that really can't be helped with the design and the fact that modern cases are so wide.
The front cover snaps are very easy to damage, something you have to be very careful with, especially when building. They attempt to tape the door on from the factory, but any good drop pops it loose anyway which exposes the latches to damage. I returned one case due to different damage, and when my replacement case came in the snaps were, well, unsnapped, of course, but seemed to work. I didn't realize one of the snaps was broke until after I had my PC assembled, tho. It would fit tight, but a slight tug on one side could pull it out of place. Rather than send it back I just bought a new fascia for it. It arrived bubbled wrapped, bubble foam capped, and boxed with two "Fragile" labels. Box was scraped up, but the replacement part arrived undamaged and holds the cover in very solidly.
The metal front cover also started to peel away from the plastic frame. I had to super glue it back together.
Overall Review: It comes with some screws, which is nice, but it would be nice if they would include some black PSU screws.
Also, Newegg is pretty basic with their packaging, luckily it's fine 99% of the time. It comes single boxed in it's OEM container. The first one had a big hole in the bottom and a hard scuff on one side. Well, amazingly, the huge hole was where the PSU goes so nothing was damaged there. However, where the scuff was there was a huge dent in the case, so I sent that one back.
The next one looked undamaged when I got it, but I later found a broken tang on one of the front filter mounts. I just replaced that part myself.
Overall, though, it's not easy to complain too much considering the price. Pretty good looking case for the price.