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post #11 of 35
everything is easy to remove. panels come off like any other ones i know i love this case! i even made a club for it on ocn! why would the ease of removing panels be a factor in buying a case or not? shouldnt it be like airflow, etc ?? on top of that... it seems you already have a 690... so why still ask? o_O
 
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post #12 of 35
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Originally Posted by iandroo888 View Post
it seems you already have a 690... so why still ask? o_O
Look at the title of my sig rig.
post #13 of 35
How would you know they rock your socks off if you werent ever able to open em?
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post #14 of 35
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I can't hold my peace on this question anymore: why are you guys questioning me about the fact that I am using how difficult it is to open the case to help me make my final decision on a case, come April? Since I got a month to play around with choices, I'm going to go with the best one. And if I can find one that is just as good as the 690, but is easier to open, then guess what I'm going to do! You got that right. I'm going to buy it, and I'll have fun opening it without getting frustrated.

I know that you're thinking that if it's this big of a deal to me, then I should just save up for a better case. No. I want the price tag to be as low as possible, and again, if I can find something just as good as the 690 with an easier-to-open side panel, then I'm going for it.

So, if it's hard to open, then say so. And try to describe it. It's not as big of a deal to me as it appears.
post #15 of 35
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
To open it, you must be able to bench 200lbs, solve 8 Sudoki puzzles in under an hour, type 200WPM, and must be able to juggle.... knives.
Lol. I'm gonna sig that.

Also, how much of a PITA can it be to open a case if you have any muscles at all.
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post #16 of 35
its pretty easy to open. I never had any problems opening it. maybe some people are having a hard time opening it coz there is a metal thing sticking out the back but if you unscrew the screw then its ok.
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post #17 of 35
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its pretty easy to open. I never had any problems opening it. maybe some people are having a hard time opening it coz there is a metal thing sticking out the back but if you unscrew the screw then its ok.
lol
post #18 of 35
In answer to the thread question, in my opinion, no. I work in IT, and I've had many more difficult to open cases than this one.
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post #19 of 35
This case is not particularly hard to open. The thumbscrews are definitely easier than regular screws, the lip for your fingers at the back gives you plenty of leverage to pull the door off, and the mounting clips themselves aren't of the highest quality, but are certainly not of the lowest quality either.

Removing the front panel will pucker your arse up though - it seriously feels like you're about to break it right before it gives. The top panel is also a bit tricky, since you have to sort of lift both sides of clips off to remove the top panel, then "walk" the top off. And it might just be because my cooler is so big (horizontally), that it is nearly impossible to reach the rear clip to release the top of the case with a top fan installed. If I didn't have the Thermalright SI-128 SE this probably wouldn't be as much of a problem, but even so with a fan installed you're going to be pretty close to your motherboard while you're poking around in there.

And if you're shopping in April, I'd probably pick up the Cooler Master Centurion 590 if it's out by then instead of the RC690. I'm starting to get the feel that the "RC" stands for "release candidate", and we're all sort of test dummies for this case. Personally, there are a few (very cheap) changes that I'd make to this case to make it more appealing, like raised and thinned hex mesh over the fans to prevent fan blades from impacting the side of the case (it happened to me), as well as keep airflow noise down. A raised cover over the top fans would have been very nice as well, something like the P182 has. Those two things alone would be enough to turn this case from good to great. And if they made it in aluminum...ah, I'm getting ahead of myself.

Overall, I really do like this case. The cooling power is exceptional, especially if you're using a downdraft style cooler like I am, since you can mount a fan right over your CPU fan, and even have one exhaust out the other side (which I have yet to try). Overall, there's definitely a reason this case is cheap though - Cooler Master cut every corner they could to get a full-featured case like this as cheap as it is. No case speaker, rather cheap and flimsy fan filters (my bottom filter isn't even properly fitted - when it's screwed in, the fan holes in the filter don't line up with the case), the fan mesh problems I stated before, the slightly cheap feel of the mesh and chrome bits, the rather shoddy case buttons, etc. all add up to make this case feel like a $30 case with exceptional cooling power, cable routing, and general features. If I were to compare it to a car, I'd compare it to the Toyota MR2 MK II. Sure, it's a midship-engine, rear-wheel drive car that feels very snappish and fast, but it's definitely no Ferrari. Of course, it's not priced like a Ferrari either, which is why it's very easy to forgive.
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post #20 of 35
Side panel?

That's easy.

Front panel?

That's another story.
    
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