Prepare for Overwatch | Build it Yourself: Thermaltake Core V71 Full Tower Case


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In my particular taste, I am going with an upgrade to my current Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced full tower case. It’s hard to believe I can find something better than that — I simply love it; but I found something that feels better on paper (spec description), and the photos show that there is plenty of fans and airflow that makes the jump to upgrade the HAF case worth it.

I already ordered this case, and it’s on its way to my door this Monday, Jan 4th.

The Thermaltake Core V71 (E-ATX) Full Tower Gaming Computer Case simply floored me. It was love at first sight. I’m sorry Cool Master HAF. We have been together since 2008, and I do love you. It is not you. It’s me. Err … schedules appointment with psy– nvm.

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When it comes to Gaming Cases — you heard it… “Gaming Cases,” you need massive airflow: plenty of internal fans, and fan connectors for your CPU and whatnot. The idea of a “Gaming Case” is to keep your CPU, and Graphic Card as cool as humanly possible. These two components are the heart of your system. If they overheat too much, your gaming experience is laggy. Framerates drop drastically. Eventually, the overheating will kill your PC.

There are at least three TOP companies that manufacture these cases with Gamers in mind. You would never go wrong buying from them: Thermaltake, Cool Master, and Antec. There is a fourth one that escapes my memory which makes the most expensive ones, but since we are tinkering with low cost and best-bang-for-your-buck parts, then it’s good I forgot.

If your HP or [other company]-assembled computer is slow, your graphic card is getting really hot, then know that that crappy computer case was designed to be an oven, and not to be a gaming system. There is no common-sense airflow design in those. Tells you someone who has seen two HP computers overheat to death, and two RADEON 9800s dead before 2008. So what did enamore me so much that I went with buying the Thermaltake Core V71? Airflow, Airflow, Airflow is the love word.

Also its Low cost ($119 — usually $159) — that’s a bang for your buck there. But it also has other features such as screwless and tool-free drive bays. Man, I love that. Swap hard disks in and out with no hassle, or: “Damn, where is that missing screw gone to.”

On the front, it has three 200mm LED fans and a 140mm fan which pushes airflow from the front to the back of the computer — cooling your hard drives and pushing air toward your CPU fan and graphic card.



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If that’s not enough, then how about options to expand adding more fans on the bottom and the top of the case? Noctua makes some good ones. You also have options and space to add a water cooling system at a later time, if you wish to.


Better yet, the front and bottom fans have dust filters that you can detach and clean.


The Drive Bays are modular. Meaning you can remove the bays from the chassis to and customize your space in the interior.



All of this beats my current Cool Master HAF 932 Advanced Full-Tower Case. My Thermaltake Core V71 (E-ATX) Full Tower Gaming Computer Case arrives in a couple days, and I’ll share bigger and more detailed photos of this awesome case.

If you read the case specifications below, this mammoth is an e-ATX case but it fits three different motherboard types: e-ATX, ATX and Micro-ATX. So chances of going wrong or buying the wrong motherboard or wrong case is eliminated, making this case valuable. Still, I would double-check the dimensions of the motherboard just in [case] (no pun intended).




@dpershonok told me in our staff channel that he has a cheaper alternative with the same airflow options. The Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-02 Mid Tower Gaming Case is in the $59.99 range with FREE shipping.

  • Tons of fan mounts:
    • Front – 2 x 140/120mm (1 x 120mm LED included)
    • Top – 2 x 120mm
    • Rear – 120mm (included)
    • Bottom – 120mm
  • 2 x USB 3.0 front ports with internal connector
  • Large side panel window
  • Cable routing and CPU cooler backplate motherboard cutouts
  • Seven PCIe slots with room for long graphics cards up to 426mm long
  • Install up to three 3.5” and two 2.5” drives simultaneously – tool free
  • Dust filters for front and PSU intake



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