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Corsair Carbide Series 500R Arctic White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

  • Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower
  • Two USB 3.0 connectors
  • One Firewire connector
  • 3.5" headphone and microphone connector Front Ports
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • Klinger
  • 3/22/2015 7:52:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Case

Pros: Lots of space for cables, expansion cards, etc. Also pleases the eyes with the LEDs

Cons: Slightly heavy, which will only affect those who move their towers frequently

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  • Satisfied customer.
  • 3/21/2015 9:02:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLOVE THIS CASE!

Pros: This case is absolutely AMAZING! There is SO much room for cable management. The case is sturdy and the airflow is excellent! I built a gaming PC using this case and it hasn't over-heated AT ALL. Fans are very quiet and not loud at all. The lights are bright, but not overly bright (you can even turn them off if you'd like). Overall, it's a wonderful case and I love it so much!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: loveloveloveee this case!

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  • Joshua T.
  • 3/11/2015 8:35:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice and roomy

Pros: 1) The space. Really, what else can you say? I have a raid 0+1 across 4 HDDS with 2 ssds also included, and no issues with cabling all of it together. Running a >12" GPU as well, and fit nicely in the case, with room for me to run a second (or third) along with it.

2) The color. White is just nice and pretty to look at, although black is nice as nice. White is a good "clean" look.

3) The support of the 3 provided fans through the case's own "fan controller" (if you really want to call it that) means I can run a lot more speed controlled fans and have less running off the PSU. For an OC build with 8 fans total, having all 8 be controllable instead of 5 makes it a lot quieter.

4) The side panels stick out, which means a lot cleaner cabling to me, and makes it easier to remove them. Although the panels have a cheap thumbscrew, I have removed the side panels more than I need to, and they are still holding up.

5) Number of fan types is nice. Each port can (for the most part) either hold a 140 or 120mm fan, which makes it easy to choose how to set up the input/output.

6) Top fans are set up to let you mount a radiator (up to 240mm). That's a nice touch for a water cooler user like me, as it means there is a nice place I could put it. However, not all will fit. My H80i is too big to fit there, without any fans attached, so I cannot use it, but some say it supports the H100i and some say otherwise, so just a thing to watch.

Cons: 1) The LED light for the fans is hard to push, while the reset button below it is simple to push. Have more than once pushed it instead and took the machine through a reboot

2) Stock fans are custom with the headers, so you cannot just pull them out and use them elsewhere.

3) Bottom fan slot is IMO pointless. You would have a decently large PSU with a case this big (or is an overkill case for the build) and so you would run out of space to put a fan there.

4) Firewire. No mobo I have ordered within the last year have had firewire. Firewire is underused, and so you end up with a cable that cannot go anywhere. If you have an older motherboard (my father's and uncle's both have it, but they are old machines), then it is used, but newer ones just drop it.

Other Thoughts: Was recommended by some tech friends I work with, and they were happy with it. Was with the 300R previously, but found issues with it that were making my build just not work with it. Upgrading to the 500R was a good solid choice I did.
Got it on sale with a rebate, and Corsair has not let me down with their rebate stuff yet. Wish rebates were just done though, waste of time really to have to go get money back.

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  • Jay
  • 2/28/2015 2:55:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery Nice Case

Pros: Looks nice.
Lights are eye catching.
All the fans especially the large side fan make the case stay cool.

Cons: Mine came with a small dent and scratch on the side. You have to look for it to see it but it was there.
The fan plugs have little adaptors at the end that prevent you from using it with a fan controller without modifying the cables.

Other Thoughts: Everyone that see's the case likes it which is nice. The fans are pretty quiet. The case is pretty large for a mid-size case and has plenty of room for multiple graphics cards and liquid cooling. The cable hiding is a nice touch but isn't as nice as you'd expect because the more components you have the more wires you will still see.

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  • N/A
  • 2/27/2015 9:36:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case !!!

Pros: I have had this case for over 2 years now and it has been problem free. It's the last case you will ever need. Excellent quality and looks. It is large, but that is why you can do anything you want and never need for more.

Cons: None

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  • Dwight Keenan
  • 2/24/2015 4:11:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: Lots of fans and very quiet.

Cons: Maybe just the instructions, but not enough to lose an egg for.

Other Thoughts: This is a very spacious case and the best one I have ever owned. The extra fans and external controls are great.

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  • RainStryke
  • 2/21/2015 5:09:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHappy but have some frustrations

Pros: -The aesthetics of the case look great if you like the white/black look.
-Bright LED power light
-Nice wide side panels on the case to accommodate side fans to cool the GPU/Motherboard and it also helps when your wires end up being a little on the bulky side on the back when doing wire management.
-Easy to remove top panel to access the mounting points for the top fans.
-Easy to remove hard drive bay's to increase air flow and allow more space for larger video cards.
-USB 3.0 ports on the front with fan speed control and on off switch for the LED's.
-Works with my Corsair H110i GT AIO cooler.
-A lot of hard drive space if you use a lot of hard drives.

Cons: -Cable management is a little annoying. Instead of them adding zip tie points into the case it self, they have sticky pads that are supposed to help. But the sticky pads don't stay on the case and fall off easily, so they are basically useless.
-Nothing to accommodate a SSD, you will need an adapter to make it work with a regular hard drive bay and it does not come with one.
-Small gripe here... No rubber grommets for the top mounted 140mm fans, they are not interchangeable with the 120mm rubber grommets. Also, it does not come with extra screws for the side mounted fan if you decide to opt out of the large fan on the side and go for a pair of 140mm or 120mm fans. Regular screws that come with the case fan are not compatible with the side fan mesh, they go right through the mounting points.
-If you use a 280mm radiator like the Corsair H110i GT has, you have to mount the radiator from the inside of the case, rather than the outside because the mounts do not align correctly with the space you are given from the top side. You will have to set up the fans to push air into the case from the top rather than vent air out.
-Stock case fans are pretty weak.

Other Thoughts: -If you can afford the extra space a full size ATX case takes up and have about $130 for a case, I would look into a Corsair 730T. You get a little more for your money.
-If you like a really quiet case but don't want to forfeit air flow, I'd recommend getting some Cougar case fans. I went with the blue LED ones and they look fantastic on my case. If you don't mind the orange, they work just as well and cost quiet a bit less.

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  • Jason
  • 2/18/2015 10:29:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe Price is Right.

Pros: Well featured
Includes the necessary fans to keep all components cooled at respectable temperatures.
Quiet.
Strong outer construction.
All LED's included with the case such as fans and PWR/HDD work.
Screwless installation for DVD drive.
Plenty of space of cable management.
Tons of configuration room for different sized/numbers of fans.

Cons: There could have been more access ports to the MB components for cable management.
HDD/SSD trays are flimsy - easily bendable/breakable; But serve their function.
Lack of dust collector behind removable mesh; Sure, the mesh could serve a purpose to collect thicker particles - but the smaller ones will make cleaning the h100i radiator a pain.

Other Thoughts: The case is well featured and was almost built around the idea you'd be using the Corsair h100i, like myself. The h100i Radiator fits PERFECTLY at the top of the case between it and the removable mesh, and fits well when the mesh was reinstalled. I'm getting temps on every component at 20C while idling, GPU doesn't get hotter than 60C and most components still hovering around 25C. If you're going to go with this case, get the h100i liquid cooler in the process. It compliments the case and enhances the cooling aspect.

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  • Video editor
  • 2/12/2015 6:27:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNot perfect, but seriously good.

Pros: On switch is on the top, where it belongs. I like the front USB 3.0 jacks. The CPU and GPU ran noticeably cooler but the provision for top mounted liquid cooler came in handy because I ended up buying one. The cable ports and fasteners are really nice, and the back bulge space for cables was a plus.

Cons: Two or three motherboard mounts were threaded for a larger screw and there was no indication what fan speeds related to switch positions (top is high, bottom is low, by the way), I find these "defects" trivial. It's a really good mid tower case.

Other Thoughts: I know nobody reads instructions but that's still no reason not to have any. Seriously! OK so trial and error can determine what is high and what is low on the fan switch, but still...

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  • alex007rus
  • 2/11/2015 6:58:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it!

Pros: Don't worry about if you have enough 3 pin connectors on your motherboard. Basically, all the fans are already plugged in tot he front fan speed control utility and all you do it plug in ONE MOLEX cable for the LED and fans to work. Although one fan (3 pin connector) is to be connected as SYS FAN to the motherboard at 3 pins which I think all motherboards provide.

Basically, no matter how old is your motherboard, it will work! Just need one molex cable and SYSTEM FAN 3 pin connector available on motherboard.

Fans are quiet!

Cons: LED shut off button is hard to press due to its oval shape. No way to turn off LED HDD flashing light (only by unplugging it). No preset cables for the power and LED came so I had to find J19 connector on my motherboard and instructions on how to wire it properly online.

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