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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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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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  • James H.
  • 1/31/2016 2:21:30 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice case when on sale

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

Pros: Cheap when on sale for 29.99. Easy to work with. Looks great. Nice options for extra fans.

Cons: They normally want 40 or so bucks for this case when it only comes with one fan.
The power light is like a laser beam.

Other Thoughts: I'd recommend this for a good budget buy. In addition to the 120mm fan installed , I added a 120 on the side and an 80 in the rear.
This case is only worth 30 dollars.

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  • Jason H.
  • 1/31/2016 5:26:53 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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3 out of 5 eggsNice case, for the price

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

Pros: - Roomy. Could easily fit a 980 TI in there.
- Solid construction
- Good options
- Comes with loads of screws and mobo mounts, just in case.
- No glaring LEDs, doesn't look like an alien landed near your desk.

Cons: - Power, USB, "front panel" ports all on bottom right of case. This is pretty terrible placement.The only way I can see these being usable is if you have the tower on your desk.
- ZERO options for cable management within the case. This was a shocker for me, as a 9-year old Dell case had loop holes to secure wiring in it. Nothing here. By nothing, I mean NOTHING to secure the PSU cables to, except the drive cage.
- Does not support a 2.5 inch SSD enclosure natively. - although the documentation has a typed line that says it does. I futzed around with it for a good hour and couldn't figure out how, unless the SSD is supposed to be mounted vertically, taking up both 5" drive bays. Strange. I had an old enclosure and mounted it that way.
- Instruction manual contains literally NO useful information or diagrams. Normally not a con, because hey, it's a computer case. I've built probably 20 + in my day, so not an issue. For a first timer's case, this is bad.

Other Thoughts: If you're going for a simple build, this case is pretty well made. With the placement of the "front" panel ports, I couldn't recommend it to anyone who was going to do any sort of serious computing, it just doesn't work. Even if you wanted that kind of setup, there are better options out there for a few bucks more.

For a simple office computer for mom (she's managed to plug a USB device into the Ethernet port), it works fine.

Honestly, I've worked with a few Fractal cases in the past, and came to expect a bit more from even their cheapest designs, so I didn't delve too deeply when I saw it on sale. This case is fine, good build quality, and will work for the purpose, but it was a disappointing experience compared to the other cases I've worked with from them in the 70-100 range.

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  • Kent S.
  • 12/31/2015 11:22:46 PM

5 out of 5 eggsGood quality and design ofr the price

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

Pros: Design allows big video cards
Attractive and sturdy
Good air flow
Has with plenty of fasteners needed for mounting mobo and internal parts
Unique hard drive mount makes it very easy to mount drives and has vibration grommets

Cons: Upper cage is long and goes farther back than needed. This is the only tight area to work with when you are installing mobo and hooking up other parts. This is common for alot of matx cases. The manufacturers could make those cages shorter in depth. That extra inch beyond the rear drive mounting hole is unnecessary.

Other Thoughts: This is the second one I bought from Newegg and love this model.
The people who complain about the hard drive mounting system because they can't mount a whole stack of drives should get a bigger case. This is the first matx case that I can quickly change out a hard drive without having to remove a large video card or remove the front panel first. In my opinion, it's also better than the ones with lower drive mounts that mount perpendicular to the upper cage where you sometimes have issues with having enough clearance for cable connections up against the side cover panels.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/27/2015 7:16:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood

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

Pros: its a good case, GG 10 REK them M8

Cons: missing a screw, whateves though

Other Thoughts: yea prob would tell people to get this case

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  • Wayne H.
  • 12/21/2015 12:37:19 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFractal quality on a budget

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

Pros: Fractal Design quality at a great price. Small. Clever drive mounts. Well-ventilated. Smart overall design.

Cons: Top PSU mount (nitpicking).

Other Thoughts: Highly recommended for basic builds, would be perfect for an office PC. Even a budget gamer, such as an APU build.

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  • 11/25/2015 9:57:23 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

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

Pros: to people knocking this case for hard drive mounts........?

its a mATX , do you know what form factor you are buying? No you can't stack drives in here like a NAS.

vertical mounts? ..mount your drive upside down and backwards it doesn't care or cause a short life.

The drive mounts even have rubber to reduce vibration.

Cons: none

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  • N/A
  • 11/25/2015 12:00:24 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
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2 out of 5 eggsGive and Take, Pros and Cons

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

Pros: Air flow, style and overall look, simplicity on the outside and inside, great cable management, and cost. There's a lot of great things about this case, which normally aren't features for low-cost cases. This is a true microATX tower, so it will be smaller than a normal mid-sized tower, and you need a microATX board to fit on the standoffs and install properly. There's lots of places and routes to work cables out of sight, but this isn't really a problem because of how little you'll actually be able to put in here. The inside is finished black, which you normally won't see on budget cases like this. I purchased this on a big sale for use in my living room. It's done the job *ok* but I don't think I would recommend it for this use. There's only one thing I'd recommend this case for, and that's if you absolutely need a microATX tower, and not a smaller form factor microATX box, and are only going to run SSDs ONLY and not spinning hard drives, and are only going to have two or less, and are focused on having monster cooling (for your microATX board and chip...) then this is a great case for the $$$.

Cons: OK the hard drive mounting system is so atrocious that it took off two full eggs for me, as well as took me a lot longer to install than normal. I didn't fully read the specifications, I sort of just looked at the case, saw where you'd have space for 3/4/5 HDDs towards the front, and assumed that was how it would work. NOPE. You mount the hard drives VERTICALLY, one on top of each other, and then secure them to this weird bar chasis thing. You are only able to put two drives in there, either 1 ssd 1 HDD or some combo therein. Ugh. Why have a tower style case if you can't actually put multiple hard drives in there? Why are there two front facing 5.25 slots instead of actual space for hard drives? I'm literally going to replace this case as soon as I buy more hard drives. Speaking of which I had a hdd fail not long after putting it into this case, i can't say for sure if it was due to being vertically mounted but I'm going to guess that it couldn't have helped its life.

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  • 10/28/2015 11:29:15 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTHE SIDE PANEL

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

Pros: Picked up many of these, great case, everything fits, mount spots awesome...etc.

But for the love of gosh is that side panel one mother to get off!!!! I thought it was a fluke with my 1st one, but after 3, its no mistake..that baby is drop kicked on before its boxed up at the factory.

And when you put it back on...its equally hard to get off.. lay it down on the side...sit on the floor and pulllllllllllllllllllllll. If you get wedge a butter knife and get one of the ends to pop up you'll get enough to grab and rip it off.

Cons: Have fun with that side panel!

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  • mikeyjoe80
  • 10/23/2015 12:05:23 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMediocre at Best

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

Pros: Cheap

Cons: I realize that this is a cheap case, but I did not expect so many issues when building with this. First thing I noticed was that everythig felt flimsy and easily bendable. Second, when I tried to open left side panel, it would not come off right away. It took a great deal of effort to remove it. Even bent panel trying to slide it out. Third, there is absolutely no room to build in this thing. I've built systems into mini itx cases that gave me far less issues. One of the biggest issues being that I could not easily slide the micro atx mobo I purchased for this build, into the case, without it being stuck against the hard drive cage. Took some serious effort to finally get it in without damaging mobo. And lastly, there is absolutely no cable management whatsoever. Will not buy again. At least not this case. Fractal Design generally makes good products, but not this one.

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  • N/A
  • 10/22/2015 4:12:14 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat and Compact

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

Pros: Good for now I plan on building a pc and this seems like the best case for the price oh and I'm being serious I got 1 day shipping so thanks new egg :D

Cons: None for now

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