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Cooler Master Elite 311 - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and Blue Trim

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  • Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower
  • USB 2.0 / Audio Front Ports
  • 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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Elite 311 (RC-311) , successor of Elite 310, with improved PSU placement for better cooling, it accommodates micro-ATX and ATX motherboards, built with a modern black design body and multi-color frame on the front panel. This chassis maintain Elite's pedigree of compact-sized and quality build that would look great in any space. To express more character to the product, Elite 311 will also have the multi-color selections demanding for the customers in the future release.

  • newegg Multi-color front panel The Elite 311 features multi-color front panel for individual preferences.
  • newegg Front vent The front vent provides superior ventilation to maintain constant cooling.
  • newegg Scalable cooling Preinstalled with one 120mm rear fan, the Elite 311 supports optional 1 x 80/90mm rear fan, 1 x 120/140 front fan and 1 x 120mm side fan for upgraded cooling.
  • newegg Long VGA card support The Elite 311 supports Long VGA cards including ATi's HD 5970. (HDD Cage will need to be removed when installing VGA in the 4th slot and below)
  • newegg Improved PSU placement The bottom-mounted PSU design provides an improved air circulation for the most effective PSU ventilation.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Low end 5/1/2015 9:34:36 AM

Pros: Looks nice
Has side window
Room can be made inside for big GPU's
Easy to modify

Cons: Only one intake and exhaust. The inside gets very hot very quickly so if you are running good hardware you will have heat problems and if you are running low end hardware why do you need the side window?

Case didn't make sense to me I kept having heat issues until I finally replaced it with a case that has spots for 10 total fans 120mm

Your hardware will suffocate in this if you have anything like an FX-8350 or Radeon 7870 also harddrives will get warm.

It's a cheap case and you should only buy it if you're building a cheap rig overall.

There's way better cases for the same price so keep searching bro!

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Manufacturer Response:
Good Morning Strahil,

Although our Elite 311 was designed as a value performance chassis with it's side panel window to show of your components and ability to accommodate larger graphics card and mount a rear 120mm AIO Liquid Cooler, it may not be the chassis for everyone depending on the hardware choice. For those who seek ultimate performance with cooling capabilities I suggest our HAF 912.

Feel free to contact us directly through our CM Fanzone via Live Chat, Support Ticket, Phone for part fitment, chassis capabilities, and constructive feedback at the link below.

Felinni M.
CMUSA Support
Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Good Case 12/6/2014 3:30:19 PM

Pros: Looks great, well build, low price. I bought this to build a music server PC and its a great looking little case that was easy to install my components in.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Can't go wrong with Cooler Master.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
9/27/2014 7:47:58 PM

Pros: GOOD looking case. Came in with fans on it.

Cons: Not a lot of space in it.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Awesome Case! 7/27/2014 11:11:30 AM

Pros: I purchased this case on 2/17/2012 and it's still working well, provides GREAT cooling solutions and it's Cooler Master, a great brand that I've NEVER had issues with. I definitely recommend it. Great price, great case!

Cons: NONE.

Overall Review: Buy this case. I've purchased over 5 of these cases for budget builds for several clients.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Awesome Starter Case 1/2/2014 5:36:07 PM

Pros: Great cable management, good air flow throughout the case. Look's clean when you have good cable management skillz ;p

Cons: not that many cable management slots to feed wires through.

Overall Review: Great first starter case for building your first PC build.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Verry Nice 12/16/2013 4:07:06 PM

Pros: This case is vary well put together, and is well laid out. I was impressed out of the box, it has a nice matte finish that wont scratch up easily. It has a reasonable amount of cable management options, and even case with zip ties.

Something that was not clear in the description is that it does have a spot to mount a ssd drive. its on the bottom of the case right behind were the PSU goes.

Cons: I like this case aalot, these aren't really cons but things to be aware of, and most of these are nit picky...

Limited space behind back panel for cable management
Poor placement of ssd mount ( its placed so that there is no place to plug in the sata and power without running them right out in the open)
No included intake fan
The instruction guide is mostly in chinese and is hard to understand (not a problem except for determining which screws to use for what)

Overall Review: Over all I would buy this case again ( though I would probably go for the upgraded version that has usb 3.0 on the top of the case) its priced very reasonably for what it is.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Cooler Master Elite 311 12/14/2013 2:35:59 PM

Pros: -Great looking case
-average stalk cooling
-side panel window, also looks great!

Cons: -inside should be black (personal preference
-very little cable management
-deosn't fit foot long graphics cards

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
A case 11/14/2013 5:21:49 AM

Pros: 1. was what the person i was building it for wanted
2. nice side panel window
3. removable hard drive cages
4. floor mountable ssd

Cons: 1. not black on the inside =/ not a real issue but I painted it and looks so much better
2. could use more cable management room
3. somewhat limited in cpu cooler height

Overall Review: over all good little case. the client just didnt take in to account for all the factors of what was going in it. but he is thrilled with his computer and i got paid so all in all a good day

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