Joined on 04/11/12
Sturdy, well-built, and complete eye candy
Pros: - Gorgeous tempered glass side panels that have a slight tint to them - 3 included case fans provide great light and airflow - Sturdy steel construction with nice rubber feet and screwpoints to reduce vibration - Large magnetic dust filters - Totaly eye candy once full assembled - 2-year warranty
Cons: - Fingerprints -- it's glass. What can you expect. Do not remove the film from the glass panels until AFTER you've assembled your system otherwise you're gonna have a real fun time cleaning all the smudges off. - There's adequate cable ties and routing points, however, there are no cutouts for routing cabling underneath the motherboard (just above the power supply shroud). It's flush, so you have no choice but to route the cabling to the side grommets. It doesn't make much sense to me that it's designed way when it's pretty standard for cases to do have the opposite. - Cables all have to be organized to a central channel on that back and then you place a cover over it. It works nicely, but can take some time to get it just right. And builds with a lot more stuff to power are DEFINITELY gonna have a hard time cramming it all in there. - 5.25 hard drives need to be mounted upside down which I found strange but is not a major concern since that part of my case sits next to the wall. But it forces you to mount it so that the PCB side of the hard drive is on display. I think it's designed this way to facilitate cable routing. - Hard to transport once fully assembled because the case doesn't really have any handling points. DO NOT pick it up from the glass panels. - For as nice as the case is, it does feel a little bit incomplete. The PSU shroud seems crudely put together in design terms and feels very basic. The 460X gets it right with the two-piece shroud which I find ironic since this is the flagship of the crystal series. - the corsair logos on the front and on the PSU shroud are solid white. I don't care about this at all and I actually think it looks good. But some may be dissatisfied that it's not also RGB and changes with the fans.
Overall Review: I've wanted a new case for quite some time and knew this was the one I absolutely had to have. Moving my system into it was actually quite easy. Cable management didn't take much work to make look good, and the finished product looks great. I'm using a standard ATX board with an aftermarket Thermaltake CPU cooler that's quite large. I believe this case supports coolers up to 170mm. There are no drive cages or other hardware in front of the intake fans, so it can support very large GPU's as well. Overall, the interior the case is very open and allows for good airflow and displaying the components of the system. It really looks absolutely gorgeous when it's all put together. I can't say it enough. If you're the kind that transports your PC a lot this is not the case for you. Glass on all sides means fingerprints and smudges will have to be cleaned, and the panels absolutely should be removed before ever transporting long distances otherwise you run the risk of damaging/breaking them. If you're the kind who never needs to move your PC and you want some eye candy in the room, I'd highly recommend this case. The price is phenomenal.