Overall I found the Antec GX505 Window SC to be an adequate budget gaming case. There are some issues with the design that I personally did not like. The inclusion of the 3.5″ floppy drive bay is a waste of space. Antec should of used this space for another 2.5″ SSD bay instead.
I found the use of twist ties and pop out PCI slots to be a bit on the cheap side. I’ve reviewed other cases in this price range that did not skimp out on the zip ties or the PCI brackets.
Also, this case is strictly for those that are using air cooling. It is a budget case, so that is fine. If you really wanted to set up a case for water cooling there are numerous other options that will allow you to do that properly, and the GX505 Window SC is not one of those options.
On the plus side of things, the amount of drive options and inclusion of 3 pre-installed 120mm fans should suffice for most gaming set ups. I personally only use 2 HDD drives and 1 optical drive for my gaming PC.
The Antec GX505 Window SC is also very light. It weighs in at 10.8 pounds. This may not matter to some, but for others after building a PC, the weight can add up, and thankfully this case is not going to add that much more to the total.
Antec GX505 Conclusion
The performance of the Antec GX505 Window SC should be fine for anyone needing an inexpensive budget gaming case. I personally think there are other cases that do better in this price range, but it will get the job done.
The GX505 Window SC aesthetic redesigned panels look pretty cool. I think it’s a big improvement over the GX500. Granted aesthetics do little for a cases function, but when all other things are equal, the looks of a case can be the clincher.
The construction of the Antec GX505 Window SC is good. Considering how light the case is, it doesn’t feel flimsy at all.
The functionality of the Antec GX505 Window SC is a bit of a mixed bag. The inclusion of a 3.5″ floppy drive mount, and the HDD rail system doesn’t allow the use of 2.5″ SSD’s. The mounting for the two possible SSD locations are not tool-less either, which isn’t terrible, but Antec went through the trouble to design the rest of the case to be tool-less then dropped the ball with the SSD drive mounting systems.
Then you have the nagging issue of the front fan filter. Every time you want to clean it you are going to have to remove the front panel to get at the filter. Also, if you use the front panel LED, you are going to have to possibly unplug it, or be very careful not to yank the wire and break it.
Available online for $69.99 (Amazon), the Antec GX505 Window SC is a competitive value in the budget segment of cases they are marketing it against. Retail price is likely to be lower, but I can’t say for sure.
Antec did cheap out a bit with the twist ties and knock-out PCI expansion slots, which makes me feel the value of the case should be slightly less. Granted, twist ties are probably not a huge deal to others, but I really did not like the cheap knock-out PCI expansion slots.
I have used a few different Antec cases for personal PC’s, and this one is hard for me to recommend. The GX505 Window SC does everything it’s suppose to do, but that’s it. It’s a normal case with some cool looking aesthetic panels.
If you just need a basic case that happens to look cool, and do not mind the faults of this case, then I’d say check it out. Otherwise, I would pass on this one, and look at other cases in this price range that do things just a bit better than the Antec GX505 Window SC.
+Built-in fan controller
+Light weight case
+Dust covers for front audio and USB ports
-Front dust filter is annoying to get to
-Wasted space for a 3.5″ floppy drive
-2.5″ drive installation is not tool-less