For those looking to build a new gaming rig in anticipation of playing upcoming games announced at this year’s E3, you should have already found that the hardest part is not finding a kick ass card, but a kick ass case. Cases are probably the most looked at but least understood of all because quite a few people go to looks without focusing much on function. A bad ass looking case will only get you so far if it can’t work with the bad ass parts it carries.
When it comes to cases, Corsair is probably my favorite brand to look at both because of price point but also because they do some really interesting things with their cases. Anyone that knows me knows I’ve been eying the Obsidian series cases for a while, specifically the Obsidian 650D which sells for around $180 . For that price it’s a really awesome case that I would love to get my hands on, and my parts in (that sounded really bad).
But for those looking for both price and function in their case, the Carbide series offers a pretty reasonable median in between the two. While all of the cases in Corsair’s Carbide series have something to offer, the case I’m focusing on in this articles will be the Carbide 500R, which retails at around $140.
On first glance the Carbide 500R doesn’t give you that “gamer rig” look. It doesn’t resemble a monster truck or something that looks like it belongs in Area 51, but it does offer a sleek design and function.
Debuting at last year’s Computex, the Carbide 500R comes in two different colors; a black (shown above) and white version.
It may be a year old, but it’s certainly still relevant. This mid-tower case is designed to maximize air flow, allowing for greater cooling of your computer’s internal parts. With that spanking new graphics card and that overclocked CPU, you’re going to need all the help you can get.
This case has a 200mm fan mounted on the side panel, a fan controller and allows for the hard drive cages on the front of the case to be removed. Removing the hard drive cages gives better airflow but also provides space for larger graphics cards. It also has room for most 240mm radiators, one like Corsair’s Hydro Series H100 liquid cooling system (shown below) in here as well.
In addition to airflow and maximum cooling, the 500R also shares some features that all Carbide series cases have. It has Four 5.25” drive bays and six 3.5” hard drive bays with 2.5” compatibility, so you’ll be able to fit your laptop hard drives in here as well.
One thing though, make sure you get your own PSU because a power supply is not included in the standard case.
For a glance over at the specs, check out the table below:
Dimension : 20.5” x 8.1” x 20”MB Support: ATX, mATXExpansion Slots: 8Form Factor: Mid-towerMaterial: Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent piecesDrive Bays: (x4) 5.25″, (x6) 3.5″/2.5″ Drive CaddiesCooling: (x6) 120mm/140mm fan mounts, (x4) 120mm fan mounts, Includes: (x1) 200mm side panel fan, (x2) front-mounted 120mm fans, and (x1) rear 120mm fanFront I/O: (x2) USB 3.0, (x1) IEEE1394, (x1) Headphone, (x1) MIC, Power, Reset, Lighting toggle switchPower Supply: ATX (not included)