Joined on 07/18/05
Pros: - Very nice aesthetic, good selection of LED colour options - Easy to build in, not as cramped as expected - Fan hub included with magnets for mounting - Solid construction (mostly, with a few cut corners but nothing too egregious) - Really good airflow in stock configuration - Magnetic dust filter on top, removable dust filter for PSU compartment
Cons: - Not a lot of cable management space behind the motherboard tray - Flimsy punch-out style PCI slot covers with restrictive ventilation - No rubber grommets on the cable holes
Overall Review: I build computers often for friends and family, and one of my friends expressed interest in learning to build PCs, so I bought this case for his first PC build because it was on sale at the time and seemed a decent value with the glowy fans included. It seemed simple and straightforward enough that I could teach my friend to build his own computer in it easily enough without worrying about too many frills and fancy complications. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that it was one of the better cases I have ever worked with. Usually when a case includes four fans, I expect them to be mediocre at best, but the four that came with this case are decently good quality and push a fair bit of air without too much noise. (I do not have the equipment for fancy decibel tests, but as a purely subjective observation). The PSU compartment was fairly standard and thankfully the hard drive cage is easy to remove so that some space can be freed up for cable management, which is my only real complaint. The space behind the motherboard tray is very cramped. Luckily it did not end up being too much of an issue since this build was fairly basic, but I can see it being an issue in more complex builds. The only other complaint I have, which is very minor and not at all a deal-breaker, is that the PCI slot covers are the cheap, flimsy punch-out style, which is obviously a cost-saving measure that keeps the price down, but feels cheap and detracts from the overall quality of the case. Overall, this is a fantastic case for the price, even without the sale, and one that I would highly recommend.