USB 3.0 isn't the only piece sporting the black and blue color scheme, either. Just about any part of the cooling system in the raptor is colored cool blue: PCI mesh slot covers, front in-take LED fan, and the rear exhaust fan blades. The tool-less drive bay clips are also blue, with a black contrast matching the painted interior.

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MSI markets the Raptor with an advanced airflow design, which in reality is far from the norm we see with most mid-towers today. As mentioned, the case comes with two pre-installed fans, front and rear 120mm's. Optional upgrades are two 120mm on the side panel, as well as a horizontal 120mm option in front of the hard drive bay. With an up to five fan cooling system and water cooling ready, it does certainly support more than the average budget case. The included fans are also extremely silent, so as long as you invest well you can easily keep the noise to a minimum.

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That cooling system compliments the Raptor's capabilities, and thankful so. The case can hold full sized discrete video cards, with a 310mm breathing room between the back panel and the hard drive bay. The power supply bay is slightly raised with four pads on all corners, as well as a mesh base so the unit can be installed fan-side down.

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You may find yourself pushing the heatsink dimensions. With a limitation of 160mm in height, models such as the Scythe Mugen 3 and the Noctua NH-D14 right (158mm) may be a tight fit.

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Posted: 27 Jan 2012 08:20 by garfi3ld #22365
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how did you guys get a cutout of me?
Posted: 27 Jan 2012 07:54 by Wingless92 #22364
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Lersar wrote:
Done, but you can't make them in the shape of mudflap girls. This will have to go in the same room as my soon-to-be wife. ;)

How about

Posted: 27 Jan 2012 07:18 by garfi3ld #22360
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BTW take a good look at the space between the motherboard tray and the side panel. There just isn't any space for wiring, holes wouldn't be useful. Size wise its just to small to fit in wire management of that style. Its noticeably smaller than the "normal" mid tower for most people.
Posted: 27 Jan 2012 07:15 by Lersar #22357
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Done, but you can't make them in the shape of mudflap girls. This will have to go in the same room as my soon-to-be wife. ;)
Posted: 27 Jan 2012 03:40 by Wingless92 #22350
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Sure, make it your wedding gift?
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 22:49 by Lersar #22339
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doesn't cost extra to cut holes in the motherboard tray.
I've got a few mods going right now that need some holes cut, want to come over and do it for free for me?
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 22:32 by Wingless92 #22338
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How about, no wire management. While it is a cheap case, it doesn't cost extra to cut holes in the motherboard tray. It would have been nice to see this included.

Loving the installed card readers along with the USB3 header. Not sure about the blue but it does stick with the MSI theme.

No fan filters either but again, cheap price, not gonna get many options. Atleast you can buy filters if you ever wanted to go down that road later. Then again, my case didn't come with filters and that was way more than this, lol.

Seems like a stout entry level case. Good to see MSI doing something different.
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 19:59 by garfi3ld #22336
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A case from MSI? Take a look!

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