Joined on 09/22/09
If you can afford it, buy it
Pros: -The door and door fan are just amazing. Why has nobody thought of that before? -Despite the plastic appearance, the handle is folded steel, attached directly to the steel frame by four screws. -All three intakes (including PSU intake) are filtered. -USB 3.0 are now using the motherboard header, instead of the extension cables, as other user's have requested. -Cable management is a breeze. -Black interior -All of the header cables are black, so they look good inside of the case. -One MOLEX connection powers all three of the large case fans, which reduces cable clutter. -One SATA power connection powers all five HDDs, reducing cable clutter. -Standard motherboard standoffs are already in place
Cons: -PRICE (but you knew that already) -HDD mounting screws are a hassle. Standard HDDs use a different screw than SSDs do when mounting them to the HDD tray. The HDD screws are especially annoying because of the rubber piece. -The back wall is a pain to put on. -The top and front red stripes do not light up like in the original Level 10, and modding them to light up will not be easy, especially the front one. -The 5.25" bay toolless system isn't very strong. I have one of the plastic 5.25" drawers, and pulling on the drawer pulled the whole thing out. Coolermaster's HAF-series 5.25" toolless system was able to hold it in while still opening the drawer -In my particular case, it is impossible to remove the key from the HDD lock while it is in the unlock position. Not too much of a problem, because I don't plan on leaving the HDD bays unlocked. -In my particular case, the top fan is loud for about 2 minutes until it sounds normal, every time the computer is turned on.
Overall Review: I had the case empty for two days (to explore and experiment with) before I moved all of the computer internals into it 3 days ago. As mentioned previously, the handle is a sturdy steel. The plastic casing on the handle is a pain to get off and I almost broke the red plastic piece in the process. I switched from a Coolermaster HAF 932 to this, and I am happy with the change.