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I just ordered this chassis and I have to say I am extremely satisfied. I know this particular case has been around for a while and it's somewhat of a simple case but the quality of the case is excellent. I'm not a huge fan of uneccessary LED fans, PSUs, etc. so this case is perfect for me. For $60.00 this case was a steal. From what I've heard and read, COOLER MASTER products seem to be of great quality. If the quality of its lower priced items is excellent, I'd have to assume that everything above is even better. I would absolutely by another chassis from COOLER MASTER. I'm a fan of their fans as well. Does anyone else have this case? What are you thoughts on it?
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ive had my centurion 5 (with side panel window) for over 3 years now. i dremeled a 12cm fan hole in the top for a watercooling loop.

in the 3 years, ive only noticed a few downsides. the hdd bays would be better if they faced the sidepanel. also, theres no cpu cutout on the motherboard tray.

it is a midtower case, so i really cant complain about this, but i dont think a larger graphics card would fit without going into the hdd bays.

also, the tool-less design could use some work. the clips that hold the graphics card in place are pretty flimsy and dont really work. its not a big deal to secure it with a screw though.

on the plus side, its been a very sturdy case since the chassis is SECC. its simple but elegant looking. the front panel buttons are not flimsy and nothing about this case is tacky.

they seem to have updated/corrected a lot of the things i listed as downsides with the Centurion 5 II case.

id have to agree that cooler master's cases are excellent quality and i would buy another cooler master case in the future.
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Originally Posted by travesty View Post
ive had my centurion 5 (with side panel window) for over 3 years now. i dremeled a 12cm fan hole in the top for a watercooling loop.

in the 3 years, ive only noticed a few downsides. the hdd bays would be better if they faced the sidepanel. also, theres no cpu cutout on the motherboard tray.

it is a midtower case, so i really cant complain about this, but i dont think a larger graphics card would fit without going into the hdd bays.

also, the tool-less design could use some work. the clips that hold the graphics card in place are pretty flimsy and dont really work. its not a big deal to secure it with a screw though.

on the plus side, its been a very study case since the chassis is SECC. its simple but elegant looking. the front panel buttons are not flimsy and nothing about this case is tacky.

they seem to have updated/corrected a lot of the things i listed as downsides with the Centurion 5 II case.

id have to agree that cooler master's cases are excellent quality and i would buy another cooler master case in the future.
What GPU are you using? I am going to be purchasing an XFX Radeon 6790 in a week and I'm curious to know if that GPU will fit without an complications. I could just calculate the measurements but I am at work right now and I'll probably get a reply before I even get home.
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Even though I had read that the clasps on the back of the tower were flimsy, I still managed to break one. It's not that big of a deal though. I know how they work now and the top opening isn't occupied by anything.

The case lacks proper wire management but I've said before I am not a fan of LED accessories and such so I've no desire to be able to see inside of my computer.

It's funny that you mentioned the Centurion II because I was considering it but I'm not a fan of bottom mounted PSUs as hot air rises and the fan on my current PSU (fan facing downward) pulls the rising heat and and expels it out of the back of the tower. If the Centurion II had a top mounted PSU I would have purchased it.
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im using a 4870 right now but im gonna be upgrading soon (not sure to what though). that reminds me, i'll have to make sure whatever i get will fit.

i like bottom mounted PSUs because the cable management is easier i think. the centurion II also has the front panel connections at the top of the case. i like that a lot because i have my computer on the floor.

i also broke one of the plastic clasps. but its really not a big deal since screws work better anyway. the clasps work okay for anything other than the video card.
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