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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


Fractal Design
Core 1000


MicroATX Mid Tower
Case Material
With Power Supply
Power Supply Mounted
Motherboard Compatibility
Mini iTX and Micro ATX
With Side Panel Window


External 5.25" Drive Bays
External 3.5" Drive Bays
Expansion Slots

Front Ports

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

Cooling System

80mm Fans
120mm Fans
Side Air duct


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


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

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  • ErraticFollower
  • 8/17/2014 7:53:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Looks fantastic, rugged, great use of thumbscrews. HDD/SSD storage is in a good position for airflow, you'll just need to make sure you buy 18" sata cables if you want to connect more than 2 sata devices.

Cons: Not much space for cable managing behind the motherboard panel, so excess cables should be stuffed into an empty 5.25" bay. I used a non-modular power supply (cx430 from corsair), so good cable management is completely possible in this case, you'll just need a lot of cable ties, some experimenting, and a bit of creativity. The force required to take off the door for the first time will make you feel like you're doing something wrong or that you'll break the case but it's not going to do anything bad to the case. However the tabs on the doors that hold it onto the case can break off if bent so you should be careful with those. It's steel so it shouldn't break easily but still be careful.

Other Thoughts: The case is just barely too thin for a coolermaster hyper 212 Evo cpu cooler, so be mindful what size cpu cooler you want. If you want this case for gaming, purchasing a 92mm fan to exhaust the hot air is pretty much a necessity, but once you do that the airflow in the case is great. There is a foam mesh in front of the 120mm intake fan that i'm not sure is meant to be used as a dust filter or for sound dampening, but it works for both cases. The case does not come with any cable ties so you'll have to make sure you purchase some if you want your cables to look nice. The headphone passthrough on the front of the case doesn't work well, it might be the case or it could be the motherboard, but thats easily fixed by plugging headphones in the back of the case.

It may be that I put more cons than pros but the cons really are not that big of a deal, they all have a simple workaround. This case deserves 4 stars from me because what you get is a great looking, well functioning, rugged case for really cheap. The only reason why i deducted an egg was because there isn't much space behind the back panel for cable management, but that's no big deal.

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  • Ano Nymous
  • 8/16/2014 9:11:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for mid range gaming PC.

Pros: Keeps everything cool
Small Case and takes up little room
Great ventilation
Perfect for a small room and great to take to school.
Quality far surpasses price
Simple look

Cons: Its small and everything is a very tight fit
Cramped hard drive bay
wire management could be better with a tad more room
Not very stylish

Other Thoughts: When installing a high end graphics card make sure you put that first if you are going to use two hard drives. Other wise you would have to take out the hard drive to squeeze the graphics card inside.

Everything else is fine, it doesn't take up tons of space and is well ventilated for a small case. there is room for all your main components.

If you're looking to fit 2 graphics cards look for a bigger case. Although this case would work, you would cause everything to cramp even more. One graphics card takes up far too much space.

All in all its an excellent case for a general purpose PC.
Has two media drive bays. Also keeps everything cooled well for a gaming PC. You can take it to college and won't have to carry around a huge full tower.

I would recommend this to anyone building their first mid range rig.

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  • Josh
  • 8/13/2014 8:28:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMeh

Pros: Cheap, especially after the rebate.
Looks good.
Front cooler is fairly quiet.
Doesn't use the tool-free mounting system (are screws really that difficult?).

Cons: The motherboard area could be expanded by half an inch on the top and side by the drive trays. It was pretty difficult to sandwich in the motherboard and I/O shield.
The sideways SSD/HDD mounting system is terrible for cable management. I purchased a semi-modular PSU, but had to use a second set of SATA power connectors because of the orientation of the mounts.

Other Thoughts: For $20 AR, it's hard to beat. Without a good rebate, I'd look elsewhere.

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  • guy
  • 8/12/2014 11:10:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsnicely painted piece of junk

Pros: Cheap?

Cons: --optical drive cage makes installing the motherboard nearly impossible

--sharp wire edges on the optical drive bay covers

--no instructions at all

--never did find the adapter to mount a hard drive in one of the optical bays

--overall, not worth the money. I should have spend a few more bucks and bought a case with some room to work, and better QC.

Other Thoughts: I won't take a chance on Fractal Design again.

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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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  • N/A
  • 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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  • N/A
  • 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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