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It is surprising how a simple cosmetic change can sometimes mean a world of difference. How many times have you woken up in bed with somebody who you were 99% sure did not look that bad last night at the club? Maybe the beer didn’t help your cause, but for that person, the right amount of makeup definitely helped. Even inanimate objects are the same way. A Ferrari doesn’t run slower when it isn’t sporting the iconic red paint but when it does, red somehow gives it a lot more character and personality. Color change in itself isn’t the only basis for attraction, of course, the foundation must be technically sound and the cosmetic change should only serve to enhance the appeal.



For system builders, color options when buying a computer chassis are often limited to black. Although this is a lot better than when computer cases came in beige or other lighter flesh colored tones, it is still unfortunately restrictive. What usually happens is that hobbyists take it upon themselves to apply paint, although unfortunately, it sounds a lot easier said than done. The original paint has to be sanded off first and, to apply an even coat, a paint spray kit and an appropriate well-ventilated environment is necessary. Thankfully, once in a while, case manufacturers, like Cooler Master, offer alternative color combinations for some of their more popular cases, like the CM 690 II Advanced or the Centurion 5 II.



The Centurion 5 II “Red” is a limited edition case from Cooler Master. The Cooler Master Centurion 5 II Red edition has a steel body and a fully black painted exterior outfitted with an acrylic side window so you can see the striking red painted interior. A case for gamers, the Cooler Master Centurion 5 II Red edition can be fitted with up to 4 fans, 2 of which already come pre-installed: a 140mm red LED intake fan at the front and a 120mm red LED exhaust fan at the rear. Improving upon the original Cooler Master Centurion 5 design, the Centurion 5 II has better airflow options, 2.5” and 1.8” drive mounting support and a removable I/O module. Unfortunately, being a limited edition case, the Cooler Master Centurion 5 II Red edition case is only available in select retailers from Asia and Australia.