When it comes to building a sweet new gaming rig, there are very few companies I trust with my money and the security of my documents. Thermaltake, Asus, and Gigabyte held prime spots on my current build, but a recent down time made me reconsider the parts in my build and while all the companies I mentioned got switched out for a new model, or a sister company, only one remained the same. Whether it’s Corsair gaming memory, or Corsair hydro liquid cooling systems, Corsair is quickly becoming my name brand when it comes to new builds.
I recently decided it was time to get a new case and have had my eye on the corsair Obsidian 800D for a while. This full tower ATX bad boy is eye candy to both hardware enthusiasts and gamers alike, but it comes with a heavy price; namely the dent it can make on your bank account.
So, when I wanted a cheaper, yet still comparable option I decided to settle with the obsidian 650D. Settling,however, is probably a poor descriptor of what I actually did, as the little brother to the 800D still packs a mighty punch. While I have yet to acquire a 650D, namely due to waiting on the funds to come around, an ex-coworker of mine – who also got laid off yet managed to have a nest egg – recently purchased one for this build and I got the chance to play with it.
The Obsidian Series 650D is mid-tower case manufactured with very sturdy and durable steel parts. Coated in a textured black paint,the look and feel of this case is absolutely stunning. This case feels very structured, like Corsair definitely put the time in to this case’s design. Each piece of this case feels like quality and with a retail tag of $199, it better.
It has two large 200mm fans, one mounted internally to the top of the case and one in the front of the case near the drive bays. It also has a rear 120mm fan that you can hook up as is, or attach any one of the Hydro Series liquid cooling systems to. You can also mount two additional fans externally at the top of the case for extra cooling.
All of the fans you can control with a three-mode – high, medium and slow- fan controller located near the hot swap bay in the front of the chassis.
But to reveal my favorite features about this case, we’ll have dive inside.
First, the sides of the case come off easily using a latch system. So, no more screws and awkward sliding mechanisms of the olden days. If you can open the window in your room, you can open this case. If you can’t, I apologize for bringing up bad memories.
Once inside, there are multiple grommets located in prime positions to help with air flow and cable management. Not only do I like that this case offers cable management, but I like that the grommets used on this case are a higher quality than the ones I’ve seen on other cases. The rubber – I think it’s rubber – used retains its original position even after a few cables have been stuck in there for a bit. I’m sure I can make a sexual innuendo here, but I’ll refrain as this case is classy. Real classy.
This case also has six SSD-ready hard drive trays that are easy to remove and tool free. You can even remove the bay cages to gain access to the 200mm fan in the front or allow for a larger graphics cards or power supplies inside your case.
Speaking of power supplies, this case has a bottom mounted power supply that features its own dust filter and is slightly elevated from the bottom of the case helping to keep that fan from getting blocked, even if the case is on carpet – which it shouldn’t be; tsk tsk.
This case doesn’t come with a power supply so you will need your own.
The front panel does have two USB 3.0 ports on it but they don’t connect to any USB headers. So instead, you’ll have to route them through the back of your case and plug them into the USB 3.0 slots on the I/O panel on your motherboard. You can always get adapters for this, so I would recommend that instead as this case looks too awesome to have something stupid like USB cables hanging out the back-end of it.
This case is really awesome and I wish I had it right now but alas the best things in life are worth waiting for. Check out some images of the case below. This case currently retails for $199.99, but you can find it online anywhere from $140 to $179.