so look what I did today
missing parts yes, bit scratched up yes, but I'm not staring at it and I'm not entering it into beauty pageants
Microcenter claims that parts are covered under warranty. This was a showroom model, idk even how old it is. I think the only way to tell is by the SATA backplate.
Even if it isn't under warranty, the side panel that's missing only costs $30. Little rubber things are pretty cheap too. At least I have something that isn't a ****ty little mid tower with a dead USB on the front
edit: front plate thingies are missing too, one for the hotswap bay and one for the 3.5" bays... I don't think I'll get the 3.5" one, if either