FANTASTIC case. It's sitting next to me right now. It's got a lot of room and great construction (heavy as heck). I purchased the case directly from Thermaltake's web store - they had refurbished stocks for $80 when other sites (such as TigerDirect) sold them for $120 new. The plastic top/front worried me before purchase; I thought it would be cheap plastic. It's not - I've dropped it on concrete a few times and the plastic has held up without a chip. Also, the "mesh" portion of the plastic top and front are metal, so it's VERY solid and sturdy (no way to flex the top/front).
There are dust guards on the side, front and bottom fan intakes. They do a great job, and are easy to wash and dry. I was surprised that the metal mesh place holders for the drive bays also have internal dust guards! So the only portions of the computer that are not protected from dust are the entire top, back exhaust, and the PCI-e slots. However, I use the back exhaust to push air out, and I use the top two 200mm fan slots as exhausts too. So I intake from the front, bottom and side. I like to keep my study open during the summer, which lets a lot of pollen and dust in. However, the dust guards do a fantastic job catching a lot of the dust. I had almost no dust buildup inside the tower over the course of three months
The "glow" on the front of the case is not linked to your HDD or CPU output, so it just seems to glow randomly.
The inside of the case is also painted, and it's thick enough that you cannot scratch it by running metal-on-metal.
I purchased 200mm LED case fans to add color, but the two included Thermaltake 200mm fans are DEAD SILENT, and I sort of regret getting the 19decibel Cooler Master MegaFlow case fans. If you do not add any extra fans or replace the fans, this case give you a silent build; I had the Thermaltake included 200mm fans running at unregulated RPM connected directly to the power, and it was still silent. Coupled with my purchase of the Thermaltake Water2.0 liquid cooling that comes with two silent fans, and the Gigabyte GTX 670OC that has three fans that'll run quiet if you're not gaming, this will still give you a silent build for a ridiculous gaming PC.
The only "con" would be that the bottom feet have sharp edges on the side. The actual bottoms of the feet are a bit grippy, but looks like plastic. That won't scratch any surface. But the sides of the feet have some sort of ridge-like design, so if you tilt the case about 20 degrees, those sharp ridges will dig in to the surface you have it on. And since the plastic that they use on these cases are tough, there's a good chance that the plastic will hurt the surface you have it on. I scratched the table I was using to make my build
Highly recommended if you like/don't mind the look.
It's enough to hold everything:
Mountain Lion Mac OS X
Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 3570k (Unlocked)
Gigabyte GTX 670 Factory Over-Clocked GPU
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
OCZ Vertex 4 120GB SATA III SSD
OCZ Agility 4 256GB SATA III SSD
Hitachi 2TB 7200RPM HDD
Seagate 3TB 7200RPM HDD x2
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner
Thermaltake Water2.0 Performer LCLC
TP-Link TL-WDN4800 PCI-e Wireless-N
OCZ Technology ZS Series 750Watt PSU
Cooler Master 140mm Blue LED Case Fan
Cooler Master MegaFlow 200mm Blue LED Case Fan x2
Cooler Master MegaFlow 200mm Red LED Case Fan
Thermaltake 200mm Black Case Fan
Thermaltake Overseer Full Tower Chassis
Pic attached (early build). Hope my experience/opinions help you guys!
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Last edited by okinawanmatt; 11-24-2012 at 11:50 PM..
Reason: grammar, picture attachment, comments about fans
Totally agree with Okinawanmatt's comments. If I had not gotten the Cougar Evolution, I would have jumped on this on immediately. This comes with 2x 200mm fans and 2x 120mm while the Cougar case only comes with 2x120mm. The 200mm worth at least $10 a pop. This thermaltake looks lik a solid case with a well thought out layout as well.
thanks to Okinawanmatt's comments I have finally decided to get this case.
Refurb model is OOS at TT's website here[thermaltakeusa.com], and a new one is also on $20 rebate now. I hope they will not seize production anytime soon, so that I can get recertified model.
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