Cooler Master CM690 Case
Mid tower case with a good amount of room inside it compared to a lot of the other mid tower cases on the market. There are five external 5 1/4 " drive bays that are all mesh covered for ventillation (there is an ventilated drive cover and mount for mounting a floppy drive in one of them but its inside the case pressed into one of the 5 1/4 drive bays). The covers have to be removed by removing the front of the case first and are a bit of the tight side so be caseful to bend the removal tabs just snough to remove them. If you bend them too far they will not return back to their normal position. A good amount of force is required to remove the front of this case but dont be aftaid .. you wont break the front. It's pretty sturdy. The internal HDD mounts are a nice touch and are mounted 90 degrees from that you may be used to. Tyey are a bit on the flimsy side so be careful and follow the directions on the included pamphlet to see how to mount them. One thing to note... because the rear power and data connections of the hdd (sata is mostly used nowadays ) are so close to the right side panel you definitely should get the data cable that has a 90 degree bend. Those makes the clearance not an issue at all. The only real odd part of the case / part that i do not really like are the power and reset switches. They are mounted almost at a 45 degree angle at the junction of the right side and front of the case. A bit inconvenient and they DO require a fair amount of force to get them to work. The three fans included do a good job although they are not silent. I have an Abit IP35 Pro with an Intel E6850 cpu and a cooler master 550 watt power supply and the internal temps run between 26 and 32 degrees celcius( idle to loaded fairly full )....not bad at all. There are also providions made for adding 5 additional fans. One additional fan in the left side panel, one under the bottom mounted power supply, two at the top rear and one on the right side panel to provide air from under the motherboard. ( nice touch ...but the botton and right side fans have to be exceptionally thin or its a no go. All in all i give this case between a 4 and 5.
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