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COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKA3-GP Black Computer Case

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Pros: nice side panel, very sturdy carrying handle,bright LED fans but not too bright, room for 2 140mm fans on side panel, nice black finish inside and out

Cons: Possible front I/O static shock problem, side panel fans make lots of noise due to the way cuts were made for intake slots, right panel hard to close

So I chose this case for a friend's build because she liked red and she liked the side panel option. Overall, this is a nice case for the money. It is a mid ATX tower. I dropped in a Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 mobo, AMD FX 6100 Zambezi, PNY GTS 450, and a CM Silent Pro 700W PSU inside the case. I had plenty of room for all the parts with little cramping issues. The back plate for the CPU cooler goes far enough down so that if an after market cooler is installed the mobo does not need to be removed. I'm not sure it would fit a Noctura NH-D14 but a CM Hyper 212 Evo should fit nicely in it.

The handle on top of the case made it super easy for moving the case or re-positioning it. The fans are nice and bright with a button on the front I/O if you wish to turn them off. The case is black inside and out which was nice for the eyes. Side panel is nice and clear, bottom mounted PSU. enough room for 5 5.25 drives, 5 HDD's and I believe 1-2 SSD mounting brackets. Intake and exhaust fans run consistently ~ 1100-1200 RPMS depending on the BIOS set up.

Now the bad. I have read reviews but not experienced this myself, however, it is worth mentioning. There have been reports of static discharge from people when attempting to access the front I/O ports. I have not experienced this myself, but I did warn my friend that she should ground herself before touching the case just as a precaution. Side panel has slits cut in it for intake fans on the side but this causes some funky vibrations and makes the fan sounds like it is going to vibrate off even at around ~ 700 RPMS. Not a huge issue as my friend didn't even notice it but for enthusiasts it may be bothersome.

Overall, this case is great for the money, roomy but not as room as a HAF 932/X. Easy cable management, nice tie down points for zip ties to organize cables, and overall an ascetically appealing case if you like the military design. I would definitely use this case again for another build and I would recommend this case to friends/family.
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKA3-GP Black Computer Case
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With Power Supply: Yes Power Supply Mounted: Bottom With Side Panel Window: Yes External 5.25" Drive Bays: 5 (without the use of exposed 3.5 inch Drive Bay) External 3.5" Drive Bays: 1 (converted from one 5.25 inch Drive Bay) Internal 3.5" Drive Bays: 5 Internal 2.5" Drive Bays: 1 (converted from one 3.5 inch Drive Bay) Front Ports: USB / Audio / e-SATA

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