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ROSEWILL ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case, Gaming Case with Blue LED for Desktop / PC and 3 Case Fans Pre-Installed, Front I/O Access Ports (CHALLENGER)

Product Description

Overview
The Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX mid tower gaming case is an excellent all-around case for entry-level gamers. On the exterior, the CHALLENGER seamlessly incorporates a midnight-black mesh grill on the front bezel to bring out the aggressive appearance. Not only does the mesh grill improve ventilation, but also allows the front LED fan (pre-installed) to perfectly shine through during game play. Inside the chassis, the tray supports most popular Micro ATX and ATX motherboards. We understand that airflow is important for all gamers. The CHALLENGER comes with 3 pre-installed case fans (140mm x top, 120mm x rear, and 120mm LED x front) to maximize airflow all-around. In addition, the case houses an easy access front I/O panel with 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, and audio in/out ports. For gamers who regularly update and customize the system, the CHALLENGER features three 5.25″” external drive bays, and seven 3.5″” drive bays (two external and five internal) for expansion flexibility.

Model Name
Rosewill CHALLENGER

Motherboard Compatibility
ATX, Micro-ATX

Front Ports
1 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
Audio In/Out

Cooling System
1 x Front 120mm (pre-installed)
1 x Top 140mm (pre-installed)
1 x Rear 120 mm (pre-installed)

Price: $29.99

  • 【Chassis Concept】Rosewill CHALLENGER is designed for gamers, featuring ATX mid tower design with midnight-black metal mesh grill beautifully covering the front panel.
  • All-Around Airflow: With 1x top 140mm, 1x front blue LED 120mm and 1x rear 120mm computer fans per-installed, the gaming case (CHALLENGER) aims to create the best airflow for any gaming system. ROSEWILL CHALLENGER can not only give the excellent ventilation but also the easy access I/O ports at the front.
  • Spacious Internal: The ATX case pre-installs 1x top 140mm, 1x front blue LED 120mm and 1x rear 120mm and support another 2x 120mm fans (optional). Easy to customize interior components with screw-less design for 5.25″ external drive bays and 3.5″ HDD.
  • Hassle-free Installation: The ATX mid tower case offers tool-less installation of the 2.5″ drives and 3.5″ drives for a hassle-free build. Plus, the case has a bottom-mounted dust filter that protects the power supply from the threat of dust.
  • Great Expandability: With up to five internal 3.5″ drive bays and two external 3.5″ drive bays, the Rosewill CHALLENGER gives DIY builders ultimate flexibility in personalizing their PC. It’s also furnished with three 5.25″ external drive bays. Additionally, up to seven expansion slots let you better take advantage of your motherboard’s expandability.

New York is usually pretty crowded, but you can almost always find a place to be alone if you want to …
This was taken at the northwest corner of Park Avenue and 75th Street…

In case you’re wondering, I have no idea what caused that dark, oval shadow-like thingy near the top of the picture. It looks like a balloon on a string, and I can assure you that I was not holding a balloon when I snapped the photo. But maybe someone else was … e.g., someone standing behind me.

It’s also worth noting that the photo was taken in the middle of the day, and during the winter season, the NYC sun is low in the sky, and pretty much in the southern part of horizon, shining very brightly in a northerly direction.

It was also bitter cold on this day in mid-December, though you would never know it by looking at the worker in the photo. But the bright sunlight helped, and there was no wind …

A technical note: I’ve recently attended a weekend photography course that showed us how to use various photo-editing apps on the iPad. I’ve used it on this image, with the "SnapSeed" app that used to be available as a standalone app on Mac desktop/laptop computers until Google bought the company (grrr).

In any case, I used the "HDRscape" functionality, and set the brightness to -25, saturation to +25, filter strength to +25, and smoothing to +25. The combination looked better than the other variations I tried, so that’s what I’ve uploaded here … though I’ve still got the original image on my desktop Mac. (Another small technical note: Snapseed is available on the Mac via the Chrome web browser, but not on Safari; and from my relatively brief review of the browser-based Snapseed, the "HDSscape" functionality simple does not exist. Sigh…)

One of my projects this week is to visit BestBuy, to see if I can find a combination of cables and adaptors that will allow my iPad to be connected directly to a 27-inch Cinema display that I currently use as a 2nd display with my iMac. Why BestBuy? Because the local Apple Store here on the Upper West Side of NYC told me that they had no such combination of cables and adaptors themselves. Feh. I’ll bet Steve Jobs is rolling over in his grave right now … anyway, if I succeed, that might make it a little easier to start doing this iPad editing with a big screen. (Of course, an alternative would be to persuade Google to re-release the SnapSeed app on the Mac desktop; but I suspect that’s a lost cause.)

None of this is likely to make any difference to the folks who merely want to look at a picture and make a snap decision about whether they like it or not. But if you thought that I spent my time simply wandering up and down the street, pointing my camera at people, and uploading the resulting image without any additional effort … well, it’s a little more complicated than that.

Note: I chose this as my "photo of the day" for Jan 13, 2014.

Note: this photo was published in a Mar 13, 2014 blog titled ”海市蜃樓 海市蜃楼 Mirage” / 寧 Serenity."

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This set of photos is based on a very simple concept: walk every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To avoid missing anything, walk both sides of the street.

That’s all there is to it …

Of course, if you wanted to be more ambitious, you could also walk the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that’s more than I’m willing to commit to at this point, and I’ll leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, more adventurous photographers.

Oh, actually, there’s one more small detail: leave the photos alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I actually focus on the first of these "every-block" photos, I will have taken more than 8,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus another several thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the various spots in NYC where I traditionally take photos. So I don’t expect to be emotionally attached to any of the "every-block" photos, and hope that I’ll be able to make an objective selection of the ones worth looking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve used to select the small subset of every-block photos that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. First, I’ll upload any photo that I think is "great," and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-friends will be, "I have no idea when or where that photo was taken, but it’s really a terrific picture!"

A second criterion has to do with place, and the third involves time. I’m hoping that I’ll take some photos that clearly say, "This is New York!" to anyone who looks at it. Obviously, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion; but I’m hoping that I’ll find other, more unexpected examples. I hope that I’ll be able to take some shots that will make a "local" viewer say, "Well, even if that’s not recognizable to someone from another part of the country, or another part of the world, I know that that’s New York!" And there might be some photos where a "non-local" viewer might say, "I had no idea that there was anyplace in New York City that was so interesting/beautiful/ugly/spectacular."

As for the sense of time: I remember wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing various shops, stores, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually looking at the photos about five years later, and being stunned by how much had changed. Little by little, store by store, day by day, things change … and when you’ve been around as long as I have, it’s even more amazing to go back and look at the photos you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask yourself, "Was it really like that back then? Seriously, did people really wear bell-bottom jeans?"

So, with the expectation that I’ll be looking at these every-block photos five or ten years from now (and maybe you will be, too), I’m going to be doing my best to capture scenes that convey the sense that they were taken in the year 2013 … or at least sometime in the decade of the 2010’s (I have no idea what we’re calling this decade yet). Or maybe they’ll just say to us, "This is what it was like a dozen years after 9-11".

Movie posters are a trivial example of such a time-specific image; I’ve already taken a bunch, and I don’t know if I’ll ultimately decide that they’re worth uploading. Women’s fashion/styles are another obvious example of a time-specific phenomenon; and even though I’m definitely not a fashion expert, I suspected that I’ll be able to look at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, "Did we really wear shirts like that? Did women really wear those weird skirts that are short in the front, and long in the back? Did everyone in New York have a tattoo?"

Another example: I’m fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that everyone has one, which certainly wasn’t true a decade ago; and it seems that everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious attention riveted on this little box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that might be going on (among other things, that makes it very easy for me to photograph them without their even noticing, particularly if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a phone conversation). But I can’t help wondering whether this kind of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … especially if our cellphones have become so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, one last thing: I’ve created a customized Google Map to show the precise details of each day’s photo-walk. I’ll be updating it each day, and the most recent part of my every-block journey will be marked in red, to differentiate it from all of the older segments of the journey, which will be shown in blue. You can see the map, and peek at it each day to see where I’ve been, by clicking on this link

URL link to Ed’s every-block progress through Manhattan

If you have any suggestions about places that I should definitely visit to get some good photos, or if you’d like me to photograph you in your little corner of New York City, please let me know. You can send me a Flickr-mail message, or you can email me directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

Stay tuned as the photo-walk continues, block by block …
By Ed Yourdon on 2013-12-13 12:44:49
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What customers say about ROSEWILL ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case, Gaming Case with Blue LED for Desktop / PC and 3 Case Fans Pre-Installed, Front I/O Access Ports (CHALLENGER)?

  1. 17 of 17 people found the following review helpful

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A good case but flawed., October 1, 2017

    By Lito

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    This review is from: Rosewill B2 Spirit ATX Full Tower Gaming Computer Case B2 Spirit (Personal Computers)

    It’s a great case and it is HUGE, but it has some design flaws. It’s a large case and says it can fit 13 HDDs and that is true but only only conditionally so. Let me explain.

    First there are 10 drive internal drive bays towards the front of the case, but you cannot fit 10 full sized 3.5″ HDDs in there, you can only fit 9 normal 3.5″ HDD and one thin drive or SSD. The 6th slot from the top is too small to fit a standard 3.5″ HDD. So if you are putting in an SSD or 2.5″ HDD that’s the slot you should use. If you were planning on 10 normal sized 3.5″ HDDs it just isn’t possible as you only have room for 9.

    Second if you are like most you like to hide you cable to the back side of the case behind where the motherboard mounts. Well if you plan on using the three 3.5″ drive bays mounted at the bottom of the case, you can only really fit 2 as it becomes impossible to have cables there because there isn’t enough clearance for the middle slot. Even the top and bottom slot are very tight for space, you’ll need right angled cables for both power and data to fit it or you can’t lock in the drives. The obvious workaround though is to have the cables exposed towards the windowed side of the case even if it is aesthetically displeasing to some.

    The case is gigantic and it does have room to fit large radiators on the top. I have a 360 mounted to the top. There are screw holes for 3x120mm 3x140mm or 2x200mm fans on top. And interestingly enough the top “chimney” definitely lines up to my 360 radiator.

    Which brings me to the first slight flaw. The chimney. It works better than I thought it would and it lets out the hot air, but it could be better. When open, the L/R sides have about .25″ clearance. That is enough to let out the hot air though but it could be taller to release more. The problem is the front and back are at best .125″ so not much hot air can escape that way. Where the majority of the hot air escapes to though is the large rear opening where you put your hand to pull off the top of the case. So while it can dissipate the heat well it could probably be better. And the closed position would actually force most of the hot air out the rear hand hold, but it will let the heat build up all along the top of the case so there really isn’t a point to actually close the top except when you want to not use the PC for a while and closing it will prevent dust build up.

    The second is the door on the front. It is really tight when it is closed. There is VERY little air that can come in if the door is closed. I couldn’t even find a way to completely remove the door easily. There is something you can do though to improve (barely) some air intake and that is to remove a portion of the door. There is a screwed in piece of plastic on the door that can be removed by 6 screws. This makes the door a bit lighter but in return if the door is closed, some air can be pulled in from the groove where you can grip to open the door and from the hinges. It’s not enough but it’s better than the nearly sealed way it is normally. I wouldn’t recommend you close the door at all when your PC is in use, it just doesn’t allow for any decent amount of air intake. It’s the biggest flaw of the case IMHO. They should have put some air intake holes on the door.

    There are no casters or ways to grip the case when it is closed. I can only move it when I put some carpet sliders on the bottom of the case. Otherwise the only real way to move it is to take the doors off then carry it that way because there is no where to grip it.

    The manufacturer replied to a review on another site to open the front door to gain air intake but I disagree it should be able to take in air from the front even if the door is closed. If it cannot then it’s a design flaw. I think I will fix it myself by cutting some slits into the door panel with a dremel.

    Overall I still like the case because it’s reasonably priced case that fulfills all my needs (4USB3 front + 360 radiator support + 10 or more internal HDD). If the airflow issues were fixed this case would easily be one of the best. Mesh top with removable filter and a mesh front door with removable filter would fix the airflow issues. Then the drive bay issues could be fixed by simply moving the 4 bottom drive bays down a 1/8″ and there is room to do that too, and the 3 slot drive bay cage could be fix by simply drilling the screw holes a similar 1/8″.

    UPDATE: The door was easier to remove than it looked. It just took a flat head screw driver. I wedged it in at the hinge (which is just a small plastic nub), then pulled the screw driver handle slowly upward while pulling on the door away from front cover. And it pops out. Now no restriction on the air flow from the front and no tripping hazard from an open door.

    The bad news for me is I discovered that the case top plastic is…

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  2. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This case was just what I was looking for!, December 2, 2017

    By D_Ackley (Michigan)

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    This review is from: ROSEWILL ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case, Gaming Case with Blue LED for Desktop / PC and 3 Case Fans Pre-Installed, Front I/O Access Ports (CHALLENGER) (Personal Computers)

    I’m very happy with this Challenger case. I needed a 7.5″ wide case for the cubbyhole in my desk. It fits perfectly with enough space on one side to hide the USB cables. I have a huge Le Grand Macho heatsink on my Z370 Gaming 7 motherboard with i7-8700k CPU, and it all fit perfectly in this case, with enough room so the heatsink is not touching the left side panel. That was the main reason why I had to buy a new case, because my old case was only 7″ wide (I couldn’t put the left panel on after upgrading the motherboard, CPU, and heatsink), and I needed it to be 7.5″ wide (for the heatsink) and no more than 7.75″ wide to fit in the desk cubbyhole.

    The only problems I had were my own fault:

    At first, I put my two WD320 SATA hard drives in backwards, since I’m used to putting them in with the connectors facing up or to the side. With this case, the 3.5″ hard drives need to be inserted upside down, so the connectors are on the right side of the case when it’s standing up (or on the bottom when you have the case on its side). Otherwise, the cables (when plugged into the hard drives that are installed the wrong way) will stick out too far and won’t allow you to put the left side panel on.

    The computer did not start when I was done putting everything into the case, and that’s because I had incorrectly inserted the Power SW cable into the Power LED pins. I guess I didn’t look at the text on the connector good enough. My old case had six connectors compared to three connectors in this case (HDD, RS, and PWR SW). There was some flash of light on the motherboard by the heatsink and CPU when I plugged in the power cable, and I thought I had shorted something on the motherboard. After messing around checking all the connections and moving the video card to a different slot, I finally found the wrong-connection problem and moved the cable from the Power LED pins to the Power SW pins, and the computer started right up.

    The third problem was that the top fan wasn’t working. Then I discovered that the cable from the power supply to the motherboard (the smaller cable that’s plugged in at the top left corner near the CPU) was touching the fan, keeping it from moving. So I moved the cable out of the way, and the fan started spinning.

    My two wireless mice and two wireless keyboards weren’t working very good, so I ran the Logitech Unifying software and then moved the dongle to a few different USB connectors, until they all finally started working right.

    Everything works fine now. Knowing me, I will try to figure out how to turn off the lights on the motherboard while the computer is on, since this computer is in my bedroom, I leave it on all the time, and there is a lot of red and blue lights showing through the front of the case.

  3. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great mid-tower case, great tech support, great components — very, very pleased, April 1, 2017

    By Ted Tomasz (Southern California)

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    This review is from: ROSEWILL ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case, Gaming Case with Blue LED for Desktop / PC and 3 Case Fans Pre-Installed, Front I/O Access Ports (CHALLENGER) (Personal Computers)

    Actually, 4.90 stars.
    Not a gamer, but wanted to build a high-end desktop within a mid-tower case. After some searching, found this one and I liked the reviews. {And let me tell all, the Rosewill tech support guys are superb. No, I didn’t have a problem, just needed to ask a question about the two-wire power connectors from the front panel.]
    = = =
    The screwless mounting facilities are really great. Of course, if you install an SSD you need to use some screws to keep it in place in the supplied mounting bracket (holds two). One challenge is that moving the pegs in the mounting sticks to accommodate the holes in the HDDs, sometimes causes the pegs to drop out as one is installing the HDD’s, etc. So, I used a tiny dab of paste to hold the pegs in place.
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    Plenty of places to install stand-offs, but my mobo only used some and not all the available standoff positions
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    There’s ample room for all the components and for the cabling.
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    Velcro tie wraps are provided to use to dress the cables.
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    A great number of cables are provided, but I did not need all of the cables. All of the cables have mesh coverings – really nice.
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    The use of the G.Skill memory sticks with a high profile meant I needed to shift the cooler fan “up a 3/8 inches” to clear the memory sticks. Nope changing the orientation of the CPU cooler would not have helped alleviate the issue. Yes, I added a second fan to the Cryorig cooler for a push-pull installation.
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    One recommendation for ALL case manufacturers. It would be nice to have strain relief brackets on the back of the case (akin to drawer pulls). I like to make sure the cables do not dislodge and I also want to make sure the cables are not skewed so as to damage the female ports and perhaps cause issues. So I threaded some nylon tie warps through a few of the vent holes on the back and used them to help keep cables organized and reduce strain.
    = = =
    This case was a good choice for me and for others.
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    Below are the components, both new and “moved” from my older desktop.
    CRYORIG M9i Mini Tower Cooler; INTEL BX80677I57600K; ASUS Prime 270K – 889349114872; EVGA 06G-P4-6262-KR; G.SKILL F4-3000C15D-32GTZ TridentZ Series 32GB (2 x 16GB); SuperNOVA 650 P2 220-P2-0650-X1; MDNVME80-BPX-0512; SSD (installs directly into mobo), Samsung 840 PRO 256 gb (from older desktop); WD WD40E31X; Existing Modem; Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE-KIT 24x; Sabrent 74-in-1 ; Visio 2016 PRO; MS Home Use Program; WIN 10 PRO Retail – move permitted to new PC [it went very smoothly.]

  4. Thanks! I built it myself (just kidding, of course).

  5. Love the stone.

  6. Thanks!

  7. Nicely seen!





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