Fractal Designs Core 1000 case

Recently built a small and cheap PC for the kids because at 6 years old they’re getting homework to be done on the internet (a real teacher cop-out innit, but that’s a different ball game) and I decided on the Fractal Designs Core 1000. Here’s a quick review for you all…(yes all 3 of you!)

Core 1000
Core 1000

The core 1000 is a small M-ATX case. and features a mesh removeable front panel with a 120mm fan already fitted. Thumbscrews are quite prominent and whilst feeling a bit cheap the finish is better than a lot of cheaper cases out there. You get a decent amount of screws and accessories too, including special screws for the sound absorbing grommets for the hard drives. Overall building was pretty easy, and the case has room for all the basics covered. No sharp edges also means it’s not going to get messed up with bloody fingerprints either…

Accessories
Accessories

Once all built up and the PC configured, the case looks good and it’s quiet too! I’m pretty pleased, and it’s also on offer in Maplins HERE. Working on the PC is pretty easy, airflow from the quiet 120mm fan is decent if not spectacular, and all in all for £25 without a PSU I’m impressed. It will take large graphics cards if necessary, and with modern M-ATX motherboards taking pretty high powered cpu’s you could easily build a pretty decent system in there.

Case interior
Case interior
Accessories
Accessories
Internal view
Internal view

So overall how does this case rate? I’m going to give it a nice 8.5 out of 10. At normal prices I guess it would be an 8, but on offer it’s pretty decent. What could they improve, well perhaps it could be sturdier, and watercooling a system would be pretty difficult due to it’s size, but I’m sure for 90% of people it would be fine…

 

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