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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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Summary

This case really has two personalities: one reflecting a design philosophy and the other is stylistic.

In terms of design philosophy the case is extremely well executed; a detailed inspection of the fit and finish shows a very high quality standard reminiscent of a German appliance. It is clear a lot of thought went into the physical layout and how the user would interact with the case as even parts not easily visible were designed and finished as if they were meant to be displayed front and center.

The other personality is all about style. The case has a very a aggressive look and the front panel really demands your attention. The trigger guard that covers the power and reset buttons amplifies the aggressive theme, while the cool/creepy LEDs that flash like menacing eyes when the system is in sleep mode is kind of unsettling (in a cool way!).

 

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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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