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The cooler master case is an excellent choice for those making custom built PC's like myself. I recently decided to make a custom build, I had a very high spec setup and with a high spec setup as most will know comes a CPU and other components that are going to get very hot. To aid me i needed a case where cooling was easy and going to work effectively, which lead me to my choice of the cooler master.
First of all you can see just by looking at it that it's a large case, that itself allows for good air flow which helps minimize dust build up and gives access to the components that can get cooler air. The other thing this means is at allows lots of space for expansion which is always good. I initially started with just a one two terrabite hard drive however I've had this for several months now and so cataloged all my data and now that is becoming full, however this is not a worry as i know that i can easily stick another and many more hard drives into this case as it has ten bays available, this also means that if you just have a CD or DVD drive in know, in the future when the prices decrease you could easily put a Blu-ray drive into your PC. Another benefit that comes from this huge amount of space is that it is easy to work on, if you need to clean it or expand other things such as sticking in more RAM - Random Access Memory it means you have the space to do this without having to annoyingly work stuff or take it out to do it like you do with some of these especially small new PC's.
The case also provides all the necessary ports that you will need for your peripherals and data transferring that you may need, It also has specifically designated Keyboard and mouse ports which a lot of computers nowadays don't provide where instead are USB ports, this means that more USB ports are free'd allowing other things to be plugged in without having to get a multiplier.
In summary i think that this is a very good case especially for a custom build as it provides space and access that you may want so things can be accessed quickly, it is also fairly priced for what you get.
I decided to upgrade my computer after my previous one died. Ive built several computers in the past but this was to be the first built almost entirely from scratch without old components.
I came to the decision to buy this case after reading numerous positive reviews and recommendations from friends. On top of that its pretty dam sexy! Im very happy to have bought it.
The finish on the case all looks to be of a good quality with no tacky plastic bits. The logo especially is very nice. It has a mesh style front and top which hides 3 120mm fans. It has 5 large drive bays which are well hidden unless you need to use them for something like a DVD drive. The left side of the case has fan mounts for more 120mm fans. On the right is a small fan vent, i believe it is about 80mm and is situated behind the CPU. You cant actualyl mount a fan here but i get the impression it helps keep that area cooler.
Installing the components into the case was excessively easy, everything is quick release and the abundance of room inside makes it easy to work in. Good if you have large hands. It is however a bit disconcerting when you want to install the top and front fans as you literally have to pull the panels off with brute force. You do get the knack after a few goes though!
Inside its fairly well insulated, despite the open mesh design it has foam padding on the back which definately absorbs a bit of the noise from fans and harddrives. I wouldnt say this is the quietest case around but its definately very good value for the amazing cooling performance you can achieve with £20 of fans.
I do have some complaints with the case, the power buttons are probably the only shoddy part present. You can turn the computer on or off without even pushing them in fully. Saying that they are placed out of the way so you shouldnt press one when you are opening a DVD tray or anything. The other problem i have is, despite looking excellent, the paint finish on the metal panels is very very thing and poor. I dont think its even been lacquered. I tried rubbing it down with some 2500 grit wet and dry (Yes, 2500!) and quite quickly the paint was wearing through to the bare metal. My plan was to sand it flat, polish it and wax it to a mirror finish. Unfortunately i had to abandon that plan quite quickly.
Overall an excellent case with mad amounts of cooling performance.
The CM 690 is a case made by Cooler Master, a leading brand in computer cases, cooling and power supplies. At first look you see that this case looks plain. I think the case has an understated sleek and clean design. It even has the Cooler Master badge on the front.
When I looked inside, I just thought. The design of this is perfect, it was very well though out. It accommodates for everything. This includes the large amount of cooling fans to keep it cool, to the screws neatly placed inside if you need to use them. The removable hard drive trays, the rubber feet to stop vibration, the tidy cable management - all very nifty. It also works with some water cooling systems and is very good. Despite being hardly as popular as it's rival the Antec Nine Hundred, I think that it offers more value for money, as it is cheaper and provides excellent amount of features.
It includes some screw less design and the new style power supply space at the bottom. There is enough room for even some of the bigger motherboards to fit in. The PCI plates are also screwless and it is easy to keep the cables tidy. It also keeps the components cool and reduces noise.
It features 5x exposed 5.25" drive bays and 5x internal 3.5" drive bays. You can use a 3.5" adapter for the 5.25" bay if you need an exposed external 3.5" bay. The case accomodates for 1 front 120mm fan, a rear exhaust 120mm fan, 2 140mm top fans, a bottom 120mm fan and two side 120mm fans. It comes supplied with the front fan and the rear fan. The front fan has a blue LED (while the rear one doesn't) and you can see it through the case, which gives a nice effect. They are basically silent at 1200rpm, so it shouldn't bother you whilst you're using your PC. These keep your components cool, and lower temperatures can mean they perform better and last longer.
I think it looks great, has very nice cooling, and isn't too expensive.