With everything absorbed, and really my second look at this same case in just a few days, I have to say I like the white. Even though I liked the exterior styling of the Tempest 210 more, the white version of this very affordable chassis has won me over so far with these two cases. The lack trim on the all white chassis is a real clean look when done correctly and that look is hard to beat. In the world of white cases, options are limited; in fact, as I look there are only eight mid tower choices in white at Newegg.com. There are a few from NZXT, a couple from Raidmax, and of course Corsair. Setting up the pricing arranged from lowest to highest, the NZXT offering comes in $20 less than the Raidmax, and eighty dollars cheaper than the lesser priced Corsair offering. As price goes up you do get a few more options and features, but that wasn't NZXT's approach with this chassis.
The NZXT Source 210 Elite is an excellent choice for new builders. It offers all of the basic functionality you will need to get by with day to day tasks, hold a lot of equipment and do it all in a very attractive mid tower chassis. Of course, the more expansive cases mentioned above, there are more fans in some, and even LED lighting to finish off that gaming chassis look. For a guy on a budget, a case like this offers a great starting point to have a white case on the really cheap. With plenty of spots to add additional cooling and room for multi card setups, this case is much better than the Apevia X-Dreamer I started in, and I paid near $100 for that back in the day.
As with the Tempest, the Source offers the same tight locking optical drive clips and plenty of tool-less clips for up to eight drives, or clips for both sides of four drives; they are great ways to keep you from wasting time with tiny screws. The expansion slots suffer with the same small screws the Tempest had. I get that money has to be saved somewhere, but without a magnetic screwdriver, I again found myself fumbling with them to get them installed with the cards in place. On the plus side, the all white finish with touches of black inspired me to do a superb wire management job, and I almost want a window on both sides of this chassis so I can admire the interior and the wiring. To be honest, this chassis is a window short of being the perfect economically friendly chassis. I am really pleased with how my build turned out and overall my time with the Source 210 Elite has been satisfying to say the least.
That is why I said I am sold on this chassis design. Not only can you find this chassis at many places, even in the middle of the price swing, Newegg.com is asking $59.99. To move from a choice like the Tempest 210 we just saw, to the Source 210 Elite we are currently discussing, I think the $5 price difference is well worth it to choose this over the Tempest. With essentially the same internals and structure, the choice comes down to mesh or a large flat plastic panel and a slightly different door panel; only the aesthetics change. In this instance the Source 210 Elite in white has taken me by surprise and delivers a chassis on the cheap that will be my budget recommendation along with my advice to buying one for the experienced buyers looking for that customizable case, and with great basic features that won't make you have to make the choice between a 4GB kit of RAM and an 8GB kit of RAM. With such a price gap to any of the white mid tower competition, it leaves you plenty of room to spend your budget on more of the power delivery, or basic components as I mentioned.