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

  • 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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The Core 3000 USB 3.0 has plenty of cooling options with space to install up to 7 fans of various sizes. The front panel is easily removable and pre-fitted with fan filters to ensure a dust free interior. The sleek black interior is matched and contrasted with white expansion slots and six HDD trays. Each tray is fitted with anti-vibration silicon grommets and supports both 3.5" and 2.5" HDD/SSDs. The upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable, which supports graphic card up to 420mm in length.

  • newegg Simple front panel with USB 3.0 front I/O Simple yet elegant front panel with mesh and filter enables maximize airflow. Easy-access front I/O includes two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and two audio ports.
  • newegg Exceptional Cooling Performance Featuring a total of 7 fan slots, the Core 3000 USB 3.0 comes with three Silent Series R2 fans: one 140mm in front, one 120mm in rear and one 140mm in top.
  • newegg Bottom-Placed PSU The bottom mounted PSU design enables better case stability and independent PSU cooling.
  • newegg Stylish and flexible HDD trays 6 HDD trays can support 3.5" and 2.5" HDD/SSDs. The anti-vibration silicon grommets reduce noise and vibration for stable, silent system running. The upper HDD cage is rotatable and removable easy installation.

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.

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


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  • MSSam
  • 4/26/2015 9:53:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing look and durability for the $

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Very versatile case. Nice and roomy. Nice sturdy chassis and not cheap / thin aluminum like most inexpensive cases. The front bottom half has an easy removable filter witch is a nice addon. This is going to be great for any M ATX or ITX build.

Cons: Honestly... None.

Other Thoughts: I've built several types of systems in this case and I love it. Of course I love my higher end cases but I really cannot think of one con about this inexpensive case.

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  • willey2cool
  • 3/18/2015 1:42:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFractal Design Core 1000

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Great Little case for my old gaming guild to go into for my Girlfriend. Easy to use and put together with tooless screws all over. Got it on a discount to for $30. Runs pretty quiet too!

Cons: Fingerprint magnet on the top and feels a bit flimsy at points but thats to be expected from this price point.

Other Thoughts: Has room to fit longer GPUs but you sacrifice HDD space to fit them. Has a really unconventional way of mounting the HDDs sideways on a pillar up against the case wall to fit those big cards in. I don't think you could fit 2 there if you have a large card.

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  • N/A
  • 3/5/2015 1:38:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPretty nice looking budget case. Take it only if you love it, because it has been a pain.

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Very affordable. Looks great. Front USBs and jacks are convenient. Most of the screws are thumb screws.

Comes with a front-mounted 120mm fan. Fan runs silent at low speeds, but a fan controller can make it hum if you need it to. Entire front panel has a dust filter.

Cons: Cable management? Nope. It was my mistake to get a non-modular power supply. Highly recommend you pick up a modular one for this case. I just stuff all the wires between the PSU and the front bay and stick them behind the odd side-mounted hard drive space. That probably messes up the front panel airflow, but hey, I do what I have to do.

Some of the internal screws are a pain to install due to being thumb screws. Bulky screws+tight quarters=not so good. So not entirely a pro.

One of the side panels is an incredible pain to take on/off. I think one of those tabs was bent in a chevron shape, so I'm not fixing that...had to hammer it down, which still makes the side panel a bit of a pain.

Motherboard was a NIGHTMARE to install. Very little room to move microatx sized boards, and I couldn't put it in properly when I put the rear panel in first. Had to hold the panel on the MOBO and somehow shove it in there together. No idea how I was finally able to do it.

Speaker was not included, so I have no satisfying beep on start up.

Won't be able to fit regular-sized fans on the side of the case if you use a tall CPU cooler. I'd recommend getting a fan smaller than 2cm wide. For reference, I use a Cooler Master Hyper TX3. Was JUST unable to mount my Fractal R2 fan on there.

Other Thoughts: I'd suggest taking the 5.25" bay dust filters and fixing them up to cover the side and rear fan openings.

It looks like you might be able to rig it up so that you can mount a second 120mm fan in the front panel.

I sure did list a lot of cons. And it really pulled my pork at times. So objectively I'd have to give it two to three-ish eggs. But I love it. It looks great and I wouldn't settle for another case even if somebody gave me a better one for free. Probably because it's too much of a hassle to remove the motherboard from it, heyo!

But you'll probably be happier if you just got something bigger in the first place.

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  • MasterW
  • 3/2/2015 8:49:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimply incredible

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Everything. It fits all of my high end hardware, yet is nice and compact. It looks simplistic and beautiful. Materials are quality and it is easy to build and modify; plenty of room.. For the price, it is hard to go wrong.

Did the dual 120mm fan intake mod and stuck a fan on the side. Silent, yet has fantastic airflow.

Cons: None whatsoever.

Other Thoughts: Liked it so much I bought 2.

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  • N/A
  • 2/24/2015 6:10:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAverage

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Sturdy, came in good condition despite less desirable stiff foam packaging. Not that heavy, but still sturdy feeling.

It's a plain box to put components in for a super low price, that's about it.

Cons: This was used in a build for a new office PC. Drive mounts aren't that great, and could have been a lot better if there had just been an HDD cage to begin with, instead of the fancy little side mounting thing.

If you have large hands like me, prepare to get them bruised up building in this thing. Then again, it's a small case so you would expect that.

There isn't much to say, it's small, it's plain, it's nothing special. Complete and utter lack of cable management,. SUPER bright power LED.

Not a 120mm rear exhaust, which I supposed I should have seen. so I can't deduct for that.

Other Thoughts: I'm not trying to be down on this case, the styling is good, the build quality seems great, and it fulfills its purpose.

I didn't give it 3 eggs because of any problems, but rather because it didn't wow me. Although I will say that the drive mounting solution is lacking, I suppose it is the way it is for airflow, even though they could have just put a filter on the side panel fan spot, and put in a normal cage system, would have been loads of room for drives then.

Overall, it is what I expected, a low priced, minimalistic box to put PC components in. Nothing more, nothing less. Only disappointment was the drive bays, and the rear fan, which are my fault anyways for not reading.

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  • 228rod
  • 2/24/2015 12:13:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsonly if

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: the core series 1000 is a nice budget case that's pretty solid

Cons: as for the case it self it's ok for my itx build

Other Thoughts: i fault newegg for the parts that where missing on this case, the user's manual subject a vertical Harddrive tray which mounts Hdd's on anti vibration silicone grommets PAGE 3 OF THE USER'S MANUAL, if
newwegg would have said this is as is it would have been ok but that's not
what was advertised, after all these years newegg is falling short in dependability,shipping what you ordered and not leaving orders behind and yet charging you..shame, shame, shame !

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  • 228rod
  • 2/15/2015 4:19:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsALMOST

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: nice small itx and mini itx case, firm and steady the design is that it's small enough to put anywhere and not be an eye sore

Cons: i took one egg because it didn't have a rear fan in the case, but the spec's from the pamphlet says it should have one but since it was on
sell and i had ordered some fans prior i'm not that upset.

Other Thoughts: the rear fan is one of the most important fans in the case and should be thier i didn't buy from an open box

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  • Klash
  • 2/3/2015 7:23:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsok case

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: -High quality components
-Whisper quiet fan
-And grade A tech support

Cons: -The case didn't come with a few part. Namely the hard drive adapter.
-The far right side standoff screws holes are way too close to the optical drive bay
-Unlike the original this version of the case doesn't include a system speaker

Other Thoughts: This was originally going to get a much lower score because of the missing parts, but the customer support was really good and I got my replacements in less than a week. Still really bummed about the speaker though....

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  • n/a
  • 2/2/2015 1:24:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Good Case. Included Fan and Filter. Liked the rubber HDD mounts. Case was part of a DIY combo.

Cons: Missing case speaker and 5.25" to 3.5" converter shield as pictured.

Other Thoughts: Have opened a support ticket with Fractal design. Will wait and see.

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  • N/A
  • 1/19/2015 5:18:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsNot the best for a first build

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 FD-CA-CORE-1000-USB3-BL Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: >The case is cheap. Nothing like saving money.
>It is very sturdy and I did not feel cheated on quality due to the proce

Cons: >This is what sparked me to write this review. The blue LED is bright, incredibly bright. I put translucent tape over it to tone it down. I can see it in the middle of the day from the top of the stairs in my house.
>The screws for the PSU did not line up. Only used three of the four screws.
>Cable management was a bit tough. I know it's a small case but there was little to no storage room. Ended up cramming power cables in between the PSU and optical drive (I know, old school)
>The case only came with one fan. I know this was stated in the description but I was a little disappointed. Ordering a few more fans today.

Other Thoughts: >Not the best case for a first time builder, but also not terrible. 7/10

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