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Cougar Challenger

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Posted November 24, 2012 by ChrisC in Cases & PSU

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Price at time of Review: $85
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great build quality, good price for the feature set, reasonable size, good airflow
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

The styling could be a bit too aggressive for some tastes, LEDs are a bit over the top
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If you are looking for a case that will stand out in both styling and build quality, then you may want to add this case to your short list.
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Specks and Package

• Transparent acrylic side window

• Three 5.25″ drive bays

• One 3.25″ drive bay

• Seven 2.5″ and 3.5″ compatible drive bays

• Seven PCI expansion slots

• Supports up to 7 fans and includes a 120mm fan at the back and a 200mm fan at the front

• Supports ATX and micro ATX motherboards

• Mid tower

• Made of high quality plastic (excellent finish) and steel

• ATX power supply (not included)

• Top IO panel:
– 2 x USB 3.0
– HD audio (3.5mm mic and headphone jack)
– power and reset switch

 

The Cougar Challenger comes in a corrugated cardboard box that although isn’t the most attractive box, it does the trick and keeps the case nice and safe. Inside the box there is hard Styrofoam to protect the case from drops and bumps while on its journey.

On the front of the box there is a large graphic of the case and the “Challenger” model branding. On the back there is some more in depth pictures of the case and tons of info about the case itself.

The sides of the box covered in black and presents some company branding, a diagram of the case that gives you an idea of what the case looks like, the model name, and some basic information about the case itself.

Inside the box you will find a small corrugated box of accessories. In the box there will be some dedicated 2.5″ tool-less drive holders, water-cooling grommets and some screw and standoffs.

Now take a look at the case itself.

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One Comment


  1.  
    Andrew Brisco

    I have this case for my build, and everything worked excellently, except i have a few cons to point out from my experience:

    -Cable management is a bit tough
    -The bottom magnetic filter was bent slightly, so it was unable to attach all the way (a little disappointing, but ok).
    -I wished there was more color options. I opted for black, because orange and white just didn’t look attractive to me. After i bought the case, i ended up modifying it by covering the side panels and front panel (the colored “aggressive” sections) with blue carbon fiber vinyl. I also added blue fans and leds. Cant you tell i like blue?

    All in all its a great case, has great potential, and fits all my parts. Heres my build

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
    CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5″ Solid State Disk
    Video Card: MSI Twin Frozr GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card
    Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter
    Case: Cougar Challenger-B (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
    Case Fans: Apevia blue (3-Pack) 120mm Fans + 1 200mm same model
    Power Supply: Cooler Master V700 700W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (64-bit)





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