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Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Gaming Case
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- Case Type: Full Tower Gaming CaseDrive Bays: 13 External 3 x 5.25"; Internal 9 x 3.5" for HDD
- Optional 1x 120mm Side Fan Optional 1x 120mm Middle Fan Water cooling platform for reservoir or pump
- Side Windows: Yes Front I/O Panel: 1x USB 3.0 Port; 2x USB 2.0 Ports; 1x eSATA Port; HD Audio In and Out
- Power Supply: None, Antec CP-800 & CP-1000 Power Supply for option
- 2x 120mm TriCool blue LED Rear Fan 3x 120mm blue LED Front Fan
- Cooling System: 1x 200mm Big Boy 200 blue LED Top Fan
- Top component tray stores your music player, camera and more
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Top Customer Reviews
Honestly, it actually looks pretty cool, too. The blue case fans will light up a dark room, and you can turn off the big fan's light if it's too much. The case doesn't look like some freakish high-tech movie thing, which I actually like. It's still got more styling than 80% of the cases out there right now.
I've worked with many cases, and although this isn't the easiest case to work with, it's high up there. There's decent cable management room, and since the case is made of steel, you can jam cables into the "dark space" without the side panel bulging out. It's actually fairly roomy inside, too.
The only big problem this case has is the hard drive bay and front fan combos; in order to mount a fan in the front, you HAVE to have a hard drive bay behind it. This eats up space that could be used for a radiator, watercooling tank, or cable storage. It's a pretty obvious design flaw, but a minor one, and it didn't affect my opinion of the case overall.
Here's a comparison of my case temperatures. My old personal case was an Antec 300 with four 120mm fans and one 140mm fan. My new case is (obviously) an Antec 1200, with six 120mm fans, and the big boy 200mm fan.
Setup: ASUS P67 Sabertooth Mobo, i7 2600K @ 4.2GHz under a Corsair H60, GTX470 @ 10% OC.
My old case's temperatures usually looked like this....
Fans: All fans set to max speed.
Idle CPU ranged from 38-42C, averaged 41C.Read more ›
AMD FX 8350
CoolerMaster Hyper TX3
ASUS M5A99FX PRO R 2.0 motherboard
Kingston 120 GB SSDNOW 300V Hard Drive
4x 2GB Kingston Hyper-x Blue 1866 memory
WD 600 GB black HDD
LabelFlash DVD drive
LG Supermulti Blu-ray drive
Thermaltake 650watt 80+ Bronze PSU
7x 120mm Antec Tri-cool Blue LED case fans
Sapphire Radeon Vapor-x HD 7770 1 GB OC edition
System runs great and was a lot fun building. The blue LED's are awesome and all match eachother well. I would only recommend getting a modular power supply because this case doesn't have the most room in the back panel for cables.
Downsides are there are not enough fan connectors on my MoBo to plug in all the fans with given cables. (more of a MoBo problem, but just a heads up that there are 6 fans, each requiring a connection. I managed to get 5 installed on my ASUS Sabertooth 990X R2.0). Also, the fans are somewhat noisy if in a silent room, but you put your headphones on or turn the t.v. on and its hard to notice. Maybe put some words on the one page of "instructions" provided. It wasn't rocket science to figure out but I am new to building computers so a little instruction goes a long way.
Of course none of these downsides are deal breakers, just things to be aware of.
If you want a big, spacious, blue case then this is the one.
The filters are a fantastic idea with supposed easy removing capability. However, there needs to be a latch on the OUTSIDE to remove the filters, not opening the case and removing 8 screws to push the container out to clean one filter.
Very very VERY lazy USB 3.0 connection on the front panel. It is basically a plug that connects to the back end USB 3.0 output of the motherboard, so all it does is replacing the back USB 3.0 connection on the back and putting it on the front. It should have connected directly to the motherboard. Lazy way out on this.
At this price point, there should be a digital display as well as a digital way to control the fan speeds (though the manual fan speed control is nice).
To sum up, very nice case, but you can tell where the designers got a little bit lazy and rushed to complete this case.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The case itself is 5 stars, but it only gets 3 stars because the packaging the case came in was pretty poor. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Rendecrow
Ordered this case for my first PC build and I'm more than satisfied with the purchase. Plenty of room on the inside, plenty of ventilation, and easy to open up to add / adjust... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It got to us in broken pieces and looks like it had been used as a soccer ball by an angry giant. Attempting to get a refund but its not going well.Published 2 months ago by Duane K.
case came broken which isnt amazons fault but was saddened that antec has cheapened there products up like that. the top is a cheap plastic that doesnt stay on. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matthew D. Shotts
First, let me just say this was my first build. Prior to this was all buying PCs from the store, bring home the box, hook it up, then start upgrading. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jim S.
Almost 6 years ago I did my second PC build. I handle settled on an Antec 900 case and loved it. Never had any problems with quality / fans (with the exception of one of the rubber... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jonathan
This case is awesome! Plenty of room and room behind the panel for wire organization. Definitely recommendPublished 4 months ago by George Folk