|Cooler Master Elite 371 RC-371-KKN1|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Sunday, 08 May 2011|
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Cooler Master Elite 371 Case Review
Manufacturer: Cooler Master
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Cooler Master.
Not too long ago all custom computer builds where done using beige boxes. Unlike their mass-built cousins, these cases had very few externally defining features. In the last five years, this has changed with many cases having very useful features or being very showy. Sadly, this has come at price, and with each year the costs of computer enclosures have risen. Cooler Master has addressed these rising costs with the Elite series of cases and with its newest addition the Elite 371. Priced for only $49.99, Benchmark Reviews determines if the Elite 371 has everything that is needed in cases or if too many corners have been cut for the sake of cost.Many people like me have built a multitude of computer systems for different purposes. Depending on a user's budget or the intended purposes, users do not always need an innovative case. For many people a basic case that will hold all of their components and stay out of the way is all they need. Cooler Master has designed the Elite 371 just for this. With the ability to hold even the largest of video cards, and comfortably provide future expandability at a reasonable price the Elite 371 fulfills many builders' needs without breaking the bank.
When reviewing a case you have four major things you need to look at. First, you need to look at build quality because no one wants to spend hours putting hardware in a case only to find defects or to have parts that will fail months later. Secondly, you need to look at cooling because as the heat output of components goes up, so do cooling needs. Third, you need to look at the acoustics of your new case because as anyone who has worked on or near servers knows adequate cooling can come at an acoustic cost unless a company put expenses into preventing this. Lastly, you need to look at the ease of build, which depending on your system may or may not play a big role in your choice of case. If you like, I spend lots of time inside of your case modifying parts then you want a system that you can easily move around in while making modifications. On the other hand if you want to setup your system and leave it then this becomes less of an importance and therefore can be moved lower on the requirements for your case.
Computer Case Features
Elite 371 Specifications