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Poll Results: Which One(s) Do you Own?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 14% of voters (91)
    200R
  • 22% of voters (135)
    300R
  • 18% of voters (112)
    400R
  • 46% of voters (283)
    500R
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post #1961 of 4610
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the fans are very weak and the filters are pretty terrible. it's basically like a small piece was cut out of a screen door and used as a filter. it works to some extent, but the case still fills up with dust quickly. the hard drive area is pretty bad. the side panel also has no filter, so you should look into getting one. as far as removing the top cage, been there, done that and honestly, putting a fan on the top HDD cage is better than simply removing it and hoping those stock fans do better that way. trust me, myself and many others have been there. the top makes more noise than thermal impact and better fans/filters on front make for better airflow and a cleaner case. either way, welcome to the club thumb.gif

You're making me regret buying this case, I didn't know I'd have to put so much extra money into it. I'm looking at another $40 if I want 2 front filters and a side filter. You'd think Corsair would've included that kind of thing in a $140 case. I was originally looking into the Silverstone Raven RV03 or Corsair 650D but figured that the 500R was a solid case and a bit cheaper ($115 on Amazon)...I guess I should've just spent the extra $ up front.
Edited by moarxx - 7/9/12 at 5:03pm
post #1962 of 4610
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the fans are very weak and the filters are pretty terrible. it's basically like a small piece was cut out of a screen door and used as a filter. it works to some extent, but the case still fills up with dust quickly. the hard drive area is pretty bad. the side panel also has no filter, so you should look into getting one. as far as removing the top cage, been there, done that and honestly, putting a fan on the top HDD cage is better than simply removing it and hoping those stock fans do better that way. trust me, myself and many others have been there. the top makes more noise than thermal impact and better fans/filters on front make for better airflow and a cleaner case. either way, welcome to the club thumb.gif

You're making me regret buying this case, I didn't know I'd have to put so much extra money into it. I'm looking at another $40 if I want 2 front filters and a side filter. You'd think Corsair would've included that kind of thing in a $140 case. I was originally looking into the Silverstone Raven RV03 or Corsair 650D but figured that the 500R was a solid case and a bit cheaper ($115 on Amazon)...I guess I should've just spent the extra $ up front.

the case is okay at stock, but since you already bought fans, I was just suggesting the most effective place to use them. the airflow is fine at stock and it's very quiet for a case that comes with 4 fans out of box. didn't meant to bum you out, but it's kinda true they could have done a little better. if your place is clean it won't be such a big deal, but a side filter is a must. I would return it to amazon (if you are within their return period) and get the 550D instead as the filters are better, easy to remove and clean and it has noise reduction (for those who like a silent pc). otherwise it's the same as the 500R. the 500R isn't bad, it just has a few minor bumps and for $140, hell yea they could have done better, or at least be updating and addressing these issues by now. 400/500R owners go ignored while they pump out a bunch of new cases on the same frame with proper filters, side windows and such.
Edited by PureBlackFire - 7/9/12 at 5:21pm
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post #1963 of 4610
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didn't meant to bum you out, but it's kinda true they could have done a little better. if your place is clean it won't be such a big deal, but a side filter is a must. I would return it to amazon (if you are within their return period) and get the 550D instead as the filters are better, easy to remove and clean and it has noise reduction (for those who like a silent pc). otherwise it's the same as the 500R. the 500R isn't bad, it just has a few minor bumps and for $140, hell yea they could have done better, or at lest be updating and addressing these issues by now. 400/500R owners go ignored while they pump out a bunch of new cases on the same frame with proper filters, side windows and such.

The side filter alone is $22+$8 for shipping unless there's an alternative to the ones they sell on FrozenCPU. I could still return this to Amazon but I'd rather not as that'd delay my build by at least another week and I'd probably have to pay for shipping (my Amazon prime expired yesterday). I'm pretty sure I'm just going to keep this and deal with the dust for now, I guess I can always add the fan filters at a later time.

I'm still not entirely sure of what to do with the fans, you seem to be recommending something that most people in this thread haven't done (I'm seeing a lot of top exhaust fans and removed HDD cages, but not a single fan mounted on an HDD cage).
Edited by moarxx - 7/9/12 at 5:26pm
post #1964 of 4610
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didn't meant to bum you out, but it's kinda true they could have done a little better. if your place is clean it won't be such a big deal, but a side filter is a must. I would return it to amazon (if you are within their return period) and get the 550D instead as the filters are better, easy to remove and clean and it has noise reduction (for those who like a silent pc). otherwise it's the same as the 500R. the 500R isn't bad, it just has a few minor bumps and for $140, hell yea they could have done better, or at lest be updating and addressing these issues by now. 400/500R owners go ignored while they pump out a bunch of new cases on the same frame with proper filters, side windows and such.

The side filter alone is $22+$8 for shipping unless there's an alternative to the ones they sell on FrozenCPU. I could still return this to Amazon but I'd rather not as that'd delay my build by at least another week and I'd probably have to pay for shipping (my Amazon prime expired yesterday). I'm pretty sure I'm just going to keep this and deal with the dust for now, I guess I can always add the fan filters at a later time.

I'm still not entirely sure of what to do with the fans, you seem to be recommending something that most people in this thread haven't done (I'm seeing a lot of top exhaust fans).

yea it's not a doom and gloom scenario man. I just changed my fans and got new filters 2 weeks ago. I guess most do top exhaust because they have radiators (like on an H100 type cooler) or just because there's room for it, but as I said before, that represents about the least benefit in fan placement. it makes more noise than it improves cooling. it's fine if you want to do that though, I'm not trying to boss you around or anything. the case is far from being bad or the worst out there and the minor issues can be dealt with. I can promise you that you wouldn't have done better for $115 anyway so you still come out on top.
Edited by PureBlackFire - 7/9/12 at 5:31pm
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post #1965 of 4610
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yea it's not a doom and gloom scenario man. I just changed my fans and got new filters 2 weeks ago. I guess most do top exhaust because they have radiators (like on an H100 type cooler) or just because there's room for it, but as I said before, that represents about the least benefit in fan placement. it makes more noise than it improves cooling. it's fine if you want to do that though, I'm not trying to boss you around or anything. the case is far from being bad or the worst out there and the minor issues can be dealt with. I can promise you that you wouldn't have done better for $115 anyway so you still come out on top.

Do you think it'd help much if I just replaced the 2 front fans and removed the top HDD cage? If the top exhaust is as useless as you're claiming I imagine this wouldn't be too bad of a setup (the extra fans have higher CFM and are quieter than the stock ones). If not, I'm really not too sure of what I should do.
post #1966 of 4610
put 1 of your new fans in the bottom blowing into your vid card. if all you have in the 5.25 bays is a dvd drive, zip tie the other there blowing straight into the cpu cooler.
take out the upper hdd bay. itll let the crap stock fan to blow more air. no reason to leave it in and add a fan to assist the stock fan. its restricted with the hdd bay in. any thinking will realize this.

use foam air conditioner filter cut to fit for fan filters. its cheap and effective. i cut a piece to cover my front panel from below the single dvd drive all the way to the bottom of front panel. its attached to the panel by just making a hole with a pencil/pen/screw/finger at the pins for attaching the front panel to the case. works like a charm. make sure you pull the crap plastic mesh corsair calls a filter from the front panel first.
i pulled the metal screen from the side panel and traced out the dimension on a piece of cardboard to fit in the screen/mesh area. cut it and marked and punched the holes for my fans. screwed the fans to the cardboard then used the fans for a template to cut the holes for the fans. dropped the foam filter in the mesh, placed the cardboard in the mesh next and then put the mesh back in the side panel. screwed in my fans and poof. filtered side panel, area not being used by fans blocked off, and you cant see the cardboard.

yeah. corsair couldve put a bit more thought into these cases before they released them. clouldve been the ultimate $125 case.
Edited by pc-illiterate - 7/9/12 at 5:57pm
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yea it's not a doom and gloom scenario man. I just changed my fans and got new filters 2 weeks ago. I guess most do top exhaust because they have radiators (like on an H100 type cooler) or just because there's room for it, but as I said before, that represents about the least benefit in fan placement. it makes more noise than it improves cooling. it's fine if you want to do that though, I'm not trying to boss you around or anything. the case is far from being bad or the worst out there and the minor issues can be dealt with. I can promise you that you wouldn't have done better for $115 anyway so you still come out on top.

Do you think it'd help much if I just replaced the 2 front fans and removed the top HDD cage? If the top exhaust is as useless as you're claiming I imagine this wouldn't be too bad of a setup (the extra fans have higher CFM and are quieter than the stock ones). If not, I'm really not too sure of what I should do.

I have the same fans you bought and they would definitely be better than the stock ones in front.

@pc-illiterate: that's a good idea about zip tying a fan in the 5.25" bay. I have one optical drive, but I never use it so it might be coming out.
Edited by PureBlackFire - 7/9/12 at 6:10pm
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and remember, if you plan to use them in the front and still use the 'fan speed controller' (lol what a joke. second complaint on the case) you have to pull the rpm sensor wire from the fans plug. that pin on the 'fan controller' is the led power wire.
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and remember, if you plan to use them in the front and still use the 'fan speed controller' (lol what a joke. second complaint on the case) you have to pull the rpm sensor wire from the fans plug. that pin on the 'fan controller' is the led power wire.

I read on a few forums that you can't control third party fans with it. guess you found a way how. my led on/off function never worked. I didn't mind before, but I want to turn the white lights off these days lol. any fix for that?
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1 of the end pins is the led wire. pull 1 from the connector and see if it stops it from spinning or stops the led lol. my case is a ***** to pull out and pull the side off or id tell ya which end it is.
but yeah, you pull the led wire and trim the 3 pin connector down on the fan so it fits in the fan controller power plug. fans get low med high speed settings.
that led wire on the bs fan connector is the 3rd and final complaint i have about the case.

someone has pics on another forum. might go look for them and post em. gimme a few and i'll see what i find
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