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|Item Dimensions||45.8 x 46.5 x 20.5 cm||22.86 x 46.99 x 51.31 cm||21.08 x 42.93 x 49.53 cm||46.8 x 20.5 x 43.9 cm||20.3 x 43.9 x 50.5 cm||19 x 49.15 x 42.6 cm|
|Item Weight||7.2 kg||6.94 kg||6.03 kg||8.6 kg||4.9 kg||5.2 kg|
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Impressively spacious and unbeatably reliable, the Antec Three Hundred is an unbeatable enclosure. Despite its eminently portable frame, the Three Hundred has enough room for an NVIDIA 8800 series graphics card, as well as six hard drives and a standardATX motherboard. A cable management compartment keeps your system organized and the airflow unobstructed. A 120mm rear fan and 140mm top fan ensure that the case runs cool even when playing the most demanding games, while the sleek black finish gives it an extra stylish edge
Impressively spacious and unbeatably reliable, the Antec Three Hundred is an unbeatable enclosure. Despite its eminently portable frame, the Three Hundred has enough room for an NVIDIA 8800 series graphics card, as well as six hard drives and a standardATX motherboard. A cable management compartment keeps your system organized and the airflow unobstructed. A 120mm rear fan and 140mm top fan ensure that the case runs cool even when playing the most demanding games, while the sleek black finish gives it an extra stylish edgeSee all Product description
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The case arrived at my home in France earlier than expected and it was well packaged. On opening the boxes (Amazon's outer box and the very strong Antec box), I was immediately impressed by the clean design of the Antec 300 Midi case and the more I look at it, the happier I am. My PC is for use in my home office and I didn't want any extreme design features that seem to be favoured by many in the gaming fraternity - for me it needed to be a clean design that didn't look out of place in my office. This has to be one of the nicest desktop cases I've seen. On opening the case, the inside carries on the clean functional design. I particularly like the offset hard drive bays that creates a hidden space for tucking excess wires.
I've built a reasonably high spec PC for creating and rendering 3D graphics and animations using an Asus P8Z68-V Pro Gen3 Motherboard, Intel Sandybridge i7-2600K Unlocked Core i7 Quad-Core Processor, Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B 16GB (4x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Blu Memory Four Module Kit, a PNY nVidia Quadro 600 1GB Graphics Card, a Cooler Master RR-H612-13FK-R1 Hyper 612S CPU Cooler, a Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB drive for the OS and programs, a Crucial 64GB SSD for use as cache memory using Intel Smart Response Technology, two Western Digital 1TB WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1 TB 7200 RPM Internal Hard Disk Drives configured as RAID 0 for data, and an OCZ 600W power supply.
I'd added memory and expansion cards to other PCs but this was my first build from scratch. Everything went in very easily, though there were a few compromises due to the design of the case and motherboard. Firstly the power supply is at the bottom of the case, which means it has to be inserted upside down so the fan is not obstructed. The Antec instructions cover this point and the power supply went in no problem. However, the SATA power connectors are designed on the assumption the power supply will be at the top of the case so this requires some careful routing of the power leads - not a problem and the advantages of the bottom-mounted PSU outweigh the issues. Secondly, the Cooler Master CPU cooler is a monster. It went in easily with room to spare, but I had to change the fan to suck rather than blow as otherwise the fan would have been obstructed by the first 2 DIMM slots. Lastly, because I'd changed the Cooler Master fan to suck it ended up within about 5cm of the rear 120mm extractor fan. As the Cooler Master fan lined up nicely with the rear fan grill I moved the rear case fan to suck air into the front of the case to keep the hard drives cool, leaving the top-mounted 140mm Antec fan and the Cooler Master CPU fan to blow warm air out of the case.
The build went very smoothly, largely due to the well engineered case and other components I used. The Antec instructions are clear and the installed wiring for the front panel switches and USB ports all mated perfectly with the Asus MB.
Yesterday I started the PC for the first time. I'm a bit deaf but my wife likened the noise to the background hum in a cruise ship. She doesn't find it intrusive and, if she did, believe me she would say ;-) I'm waiting for some fan filters and when fitted they may reduce the sound a little. The CPU temperature during installation of Windows 7 never went above 20C, though no doubt it will get hotter when working hard. I have all the fans set to low speed.
I'm absolutely thrilled with my new PC. The build was much easier than I expected and to buy a ready made PC with the same spec would have cost a lot more. Everything was purchased from Amazon or its various suppliers. The Antec case is extremely well built and I've not encountered any of the rattles mentioned by at least one other reviewer. This may be because I took a lot of care ensuring nothing could vibrate and cause noise by using lots of cable ties. For those who go for looks, inside the case with the Asus MB, Cooler Master CPU cooler and Corsair RAM it looks fantastic. Outside the case is unobtrusive and fits in nicely with my home office environment.
This build went so well I'm considering building another to the identical specification - put another way, I'd buy another Antec case without hesitation - it's very impressive engineering and clever design. Love it!
A fantastic little addition is a pre-cut hole in the mobo mounting sheet perfectly placed behind the CPU slot. This means an after market CPU cooler can be simply and easily bolted on from the back without the tedious task of removing the motherboard.
The two built in case fans each have a L/M/H setting available on a toggle switch. These switches are a bit odd, they are too short and the case wont allow them to poke out so you have to open the case to adjust them. Problem is, the wires are still long enough to make for an annoying 'thing' floating around inside you cant do much but cable-tie to the fan housing. This would be better served by either allowing the adjuster to be mounted outside or just ignore the wire and bolt it to the fan and be done with it.
I have given this only four stars because...
The cable from the front panel USB slots to the motherboard is just too short, meaning I won't get perfect cable management. This isn't too much of an issue and frankly might be more a problem with my motherboard (MSI B85 G43) than the case.
Due to the two front cooling fan slots this does not have a front 2.5 slot for SD card readers etc. Personally, I can't see anyone using all three ODD slots. Swapping one of the 3.5 ODD slots for a 2.5 would make this a 5star case.
There is no top cooling vents. This is only an issue if you have a water cooler and want to vent the radiator straight out or want to go all in for the silent natural air flow approach.
I know most of the review seems like a negative, but they are all small gripes, some just personal taste, that can be easily got around/avoided/for some may be a complete non issue. At the end of the day, this is a well built case with features like the back of the CPU available and cable management that make this a brilliant case. Well worth the buy in my opinion.
I have built about 3 machines with this particular case and it has all of the usual Antec hallmarks: easy to move around and build in, sturdy and solid, rounded edges on all steel (no more blood on your motherboard!) etc.
I have just one small gripe with this one, and I suppose I shouldn't really complain really given the amazing price, but the way the hard drive is mounted in this unit you can hear the hard drive working in a quiet room. I have it in my bedroom as my entertainment system. I was able to cure that though with some rubber feet for the drive.
This would work as a gaming case, but might run a little hot. I would recommend one of the bigger Antec's, especially the Sonata 4, if you have a really bleeding edge gaming rig.
But, as I said earlier, you can't go wrong with Antec - that's why I have used them almost exclusively for the last 10 years. As a by-the-way, it took me 20 minutes to assemble the PC I talked about above in this case - it's that easy to work with :)
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