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Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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  • Steel MicroATX Mid Tower
  • 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 and Audio I/O Front Ports
  • Side Air duct
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
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With a unique combination of design, cooling performance and value, the Fractal Design Core is a perfect choice for you. The Core 1000 USB 3.0 brings forth many features usually only seen in more expensive and larger cases. It supports long graphics cards up to 350mm in length as a result of the innovative, vertical HDD mounting bracket. The front panel is easily removable and pre-fitted with fan filters to ensure a dust free interior. The sleek black interior is contrasted with white expansion slots while all HDD while all HDD mountings are fitted with anti-vibration silicone grommets for optimal silence. Transfer large files fast with the blazing fast USB 3.0 ports.

  • newegg Excellent Cooling Performance One 120mm preinstalled fan in front, one 92mm optional fan in rear, one 120mm optional fan in side panel ensure excellent ventilation and system cooling for all your needs. Plus, the simple yet elegant mesh front panel allows for increased airflow through the case.
  • newegg Make the most of your inner space The Core 1000 features innovative HDD positioning with mounts the HDD or SSDs vertically on the mounting bracket. As a result, it supports long graphics card up to 350mm in length with one HDD mounted. Up to 148mm high CPU cooler and full size ATX PSU are supported. This case supports various combinations of drive sets ups: 3 x 2.5" SSD, 2 x 3.5" HDD or 1 x 2.5" SSD + 1 x 3.5" HDD. It also comes with two ODD slots and four expansion slots. You can also use the included convertor to convert one ODD slot to one FDD slot.

Learn more about the Fractal Design FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL

Model

Brand
Fractal Design
Series
Core 1000
Model
FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL

Spec

Type
MicroATX Mid Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
Steel
With Power Supply
No
Power Supply Mounted
Top
Motherboard Compatibility
Mini iTX and Micro ATX
With Side Panel Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
2
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Expansion Slots
4

Front Ports

Front Ports
1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 and Audio I/O

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
1
Side Air duct
Yes

Features

Features
Simple yet elegant mesh front panel allowing for increased airflow through the case

Optimized for performance in a compact, micro-ATX form factor with multiple cooling options

NEW: 1 x USB 3.0 with internal connector, 1 x USB 2.0

One Silent Series R2 fan included: 1 x 120mm in front

A total of 3 fan slots (1 x 120mm in front, 1 x 92mm in rear, 1 x 120mm in side panel)

Innovative HDD positioning with mounts the HDD or SSDs vertically on the mounting bracket with anti-vibration silicone grommets

Supports long graphics cards up to 350mm in length

Supports various combinations of drive sets ups: 3 x 2.5" SSD, 2 x 3.5" HDD or 1 x 2.5" SSD + 1 x 3.5" HDD

Dust filter for front fan position

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • 3DFruitBat
  • 7/19/2014 11:15:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty Cool

Pros: - Great, straightforward cooling
- clean front bezel

Cons: - low build quality
- creative cable managment

Other Thoughts: If your parts aren't the kind of fancy PC components used by crazy people with "professional" "careers" and "solution needs," then this enclosure will suit you just fine. One of each piece of kit will fit in nicely and stay comfortable. This isn't a data center, and it doesn't expect you to treat it like one. The design language discourages the use of more than one hard drive and one SSD, and it really isn't fun to load up a case this small when you can keep it minimal. This is especially prudent when you realize that the extra space allows you to back in whatever truck of a video card you need.

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  • 6/25/2014 8:56:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Case

Pros: Just right for my motherboard. Would buy again.

Cons: Only con was the drive bays was slightly in the way when installing the motherboard was a tight fit.

Other Thoughts: $34.99 and $10 rebate(4/13/2014)

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  • Frogger
  • 6/18/2014 10:35:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest budget buy

Pros: Better in design than build quality, but still better than the vast majority of offerings in this price range. I happen to like the hard drive mounting solution, even though there's not room for many drives. Front fan is filtered.

Cons: The case is quite small, making cable management a chore. Fan filter seems like it will be difficult to clean. PSU is on the top instead of the bottom. Limited fan options. Limited room for components.

Other Thoughts: Get it when it's on sale. Plan out your install process as much as you can. The hard drive mounting panel is removable, so take that out before installing the mobo. Put it back only after most of your connections are made.

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  • Gutsman
  • 5/29/2014 8:17:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat mATX case

Pros: Perfect for any microATX build
Metal shell
Simple and stylish
Removable HDD mount for long graphics cards
USB 3.0: I strongly suggest you have a motherboard that has USB 3.0 pins or a PCI-e USB 3.0 expansion, because the second usb port will be useless otherwise.

Cons: No cable management: I had to put all of my excess cables in the external SATA drive space. At least the power supply it top mounted.
Plastic face plate: The build quality is good; however after I took it off while building, because the front panel and fan wires were caught between the panel and the case, the face plate doesn't seem to fit correctly. There is a gap between the front panel and the face plate.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I am very impressed with this case for my first build. Also, it is worth mentioning that the HDD mounts in a very unique way. There is no cage for it; instead, it hangs on the HDD mount and the rubber loops are where the screws fit.

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  • 5/9/2014 3:47:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNice case, weird issue.

Pros: Sleek, minimalistic. Power buttons on the side keep the front looking sharp. Quality Materials

Cons: None other than the issue described below...

Other Thoughts: I'm not sure if this issue is limited to the case I got, or if it is a design flaw in all the cases. This also seems a bit weird and random, but I double and triple verified, as well as having some of my techie friends check it out as well.

After initially setting up the new PC all was working well, the next day the last component (an sd card reader) came in. After installed the card reader the PC would not boot on. I carefully checked every component, adding and removing them one at a time, eventually I came to a very odd solution.

The mounting bracket that the hard drive mounts to, was causing a short when it was attached. I don't know why, and the issue didn't occur until after I installed the sd card reader into the second 5.25" bay, but as of right now the PC will not boot, and will show no signs of power if the hard drive bracket is in the case. If i simply unscrew the bracket and hold it so that it isn't making contact with the case, everything works fine.

In 20 years I've never seen an issue like this. I'm going to try to insulate the bracket as a temporary fix, but ultimately I think I'll be using a different case.

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  • 6you7me
  • 5/5/2014 4:29:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent for the money!

Pros: It's small and fits nicely beside my desk, which is good!

The case fan that comes with it is cool and quiet

Allows for 2-gpu configs with the 4 Expansion slots
Thumbscrews are easy to use

The steel body is beautiful and feels nice to hold when picking up the case

Cons: The HDD mounts in a way I've never seen before

Instruction manual doesn't tell you anything at all about how to build in the case. Heck, it doesnt even show a picture of it except on the front cover

Absolutely NO back room for cable management. If you're not getting a modular power supply, then you're gonna have a hard time with managing your cords. I recommend putting them through the optical bays

Removing the necessary things to install an optical drive was more of a challenge than it should have been

USB 3.0 header seems to not work, but that could be just a case for me and be anecdotal

Other Thoughts: I got this case for $35. Honestly, I feel like I should have only needed to pay $30. However, if you can get it for $35 or less, it's not a bad mATX case. My first build was in this case, so more experienced builders may have an easier time in this case than I did.

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  • 4/30/2014 9:49:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: - Small in overall size, with decent room on interior
- Good airflow (positive pressure design)
- 120mm replaceable fan in front of case
- Filter for 120mm front fan
- Thumb screws for almost everything
- Didn't notice any sharp edges
- Attractive design
- Great case for the price

Cons: - One of my side panels doesn't quite seat against the side of the case all the way
- Poor cable management

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  • gregor
  • 4/26/2014 8:59:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs  super easy

Pros: Built a great office computer with this. Very nice layout and spacious design. The sideways mounted hdd rack makes a lot of space for extra cables.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Installed a sea sonic 300w PSU, BioStar mobo, asus DVD drive, 1tb sea gate hdd, and 128gb SSD into it with no problems. I am using the stock heat sync that came with my Intel Dual core.

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  • Blue
  • 4/25/2014 11:11:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCheap and sexy

Pros: No sharp edges (Except for 5.25 covers on the front)
Fits nicely micro ATX boards.
Can install SSD's
Comes with screws for SSD's
Comes with more screws than you need.
Thumb screws.
Lightweight but not very flimsy.
Has mounts for 2 other fans if wanted or required.
Has dust filter on the front.
LED's can easily be concealed as they are on the right hand side on the case.
Motherboard connectors are intelligently designed to avoid logistical conflicts.
Comes with a detached beeper speaker that I now keep in my toolkit.

Cons: None that I could identify during the build.

Other Thoughts: The vertical mounting of HDD's is new to me but allows for better airflow, I like it though if you're going to use more than 2 or 3 HDD's you want want to consider a different case.

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  • N/A
  • 4/21/2014 9:12:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome case for price

Pros: Great case for only $36.00! Can't get this quality usually at this price. Doesn't have flimsy sides like you would expect, It's Fractual Design and yes they add their white back plates> Looks great for my clients and for any Professional environment and has USB 3 and 2 in front panel. I threw an ASUS B85 1150 board for this build and worked out great! Again, PRICE, PRICE, PRICE :)

Cons: Okay, Feractual I know the price was good, but the screws for the chasis to ecure mobo was horrible in quality! Not the same as you use in $70+ cases. Not a con folks, just use better ones, not the ones that come with. You can, but their horrible!

Other Thoughts: I was able to place a SSD & HDD in this. Since I placed a Samsung EVO which doesn't come with bracket I worried I might need one. Nope! You can make it work without one right from the box so don't worry :) If your on a budget build this is your best choice in the $30-$40 range. You won't be sorry. I went with 2 and look great in a office!

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