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APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case

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  • Steel Micro ATX Tower
  • 2 x USB2.0 Port ; 2 x Audio Port Front Ports
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 4 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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Build the ultimate LAN party rig with the TX-381-C by APEX. This mATX tower case can accommodate Micro ATX and Flex ATX motherboards. Install optical drives in the dual 5.25-inch drive bays and card readers or fan controls in the two exposed 3.5-inch bays. You’ll have plenty of storage space for all of your games with four internal HDD bays. Best of all, your entire system stays portable with compact dimensions and a convenient top panel handle.

The TX-381-C is constructed out of steel for extra durability during travel. The side panel features vents for expansion cards and an air channel directly above the CPU allows heat to escape easily. The 90mm exhaust fan in the rear helps minimize system slowdown and you can add an optional 120mm fan on the front panel for even greater air flow.

You’ll also enjoy the padlock loop built into the case so you can step away from your computer with peace of mind at your next LAN party. Build your gaming system with the TX-381-C and dominate the competition today!

  • newegg Excellent Expandability with 8 Drive Bays Featuring two 5.25" external drive bays, and six 3.5" drive bays (two external and four internal), the APEX TX-381-C provides excellent expandability.
  • newegg Efficient Ventilation The APEX TX-381-C features one 90mm rear fan, side air duct and video card vent for efficient ventilation and effective system cooling.
  • newegg Sturdy Handle This sturdy handle is strength and durability so you can carry your PC to tournaments and just about anywhere else you want to go.
  • newegg Convenient Top I/O Panel The convenient top I/O panel enables easy access to two USB 2.0 ports and two audio ports.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Bad Ground

Pros: Handle / Price /Space

Cons: no matter what I do, This case has a grounding issue. BSOD - solution, must have one side panel off

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
My favorite go-to case

Pros: -Carrying Handle
-Plenty of expansion room
-USB and Audio ports on the top

Cons: -Flemsy sides
-No 2.5" SSD mounts (requires an adapter)
-Iffy airflow from front fan (if you install one) because of sheet metal in the way
-No USB 3.0

Other Thoughts: I have used this case for a few builds now and love it. It is just big enough to not really have to worry with the dimensions of the video cards or PSU. Some aftermarket heatsinks work fine, but you will have to be careful with clearance issues for them. The 4 external bays allow you to install SD card readers, USB 3.0 add-ons, DVD/Blueray drives, etc with ease. It can hold multiple hard drives on the inside, but sadly does NOT naturally hold a 2.5" SSD. You will need an adapter tray (which some come with) for this to work.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Functional. Ish.

Pros: It's nice, it's cheap, its solid enough to carry around. Construction is good
Despite being very small on the inside, was able to fit a 770 in there (BARELY).

Cons: Ok, I get that it's a small case for travel or small spaces....but boy oh boy....very little space inside. have fun running cables around your graphics card and other stuff. another inch would have done wonders.
Topside audio outputs dont work on most mobos (bad provided connections)

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Broken Handle

Pros: Plenty of room for my basic build...all wires and cables were long enough for my build.

Cons: Shipping box undamaged...steel thickness is less to be desired. Pulled out of box by handle and front of plastic handle plate popped up. Opened up and found two tabs and front screw retainer broken. Took top plastic handle assembly apart by removing the three screws that hold it to the top. Used a hot glue gun to reattach the broken tabs and front screw retainer back onto the assembly. All is good now and much cheaper than returning for another that might be in worse shape. Seems like quality control is a huge issue...

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Decent Case!

Pros: Tons of drive bays, LEDs are mounted the right direction, I/O Panel stays put when plugging/unplugging things, handle stays on, shiny parts had protective plastic for shipping

Cons: The metal is somewhat thin, the case is a cheap-feeling plastic, the I/O panel shield didn't want to open the first time, but seems fine now. All minor stuff you'd expect at this price point, no points deducted.

Other Thoughts: Very good for the price. Of note is that mine didn't have the CPU cooler duct. The side panel was a bit different too. It is now a fairly large rectangle of holes in the same general area, extending down a fair bit. You could probably mount a few fans. Not quite 80mm wide, maybe 70? Get dat positive air pressure.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Solid Case

Pros: Bought this case as a "im bored and want to build something while waiting for Zen" for various parts lying around and the it turned in to a solid LAN party computer. Love the handle.

Cons: Was sent a different case? My side panel doesnt have the air vent and is designed differently. Otherwise its the same. This wont knock the score though to me.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
5/ 5
Everything I needed

Pros: Held together for years and worked perfectly in every way a casual user would expect.

Cons: Only micro ATX, so it can't house too powerful of a computer... although it's incredibly affordable and efficient.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Still working out after 5 years

Pros: Size is good, MicroATX, has a handle. Cheap! I've actually cut on this several times, though being careful, and I still get lots of function out of this, and will likely keep using it for several more years.

Cons: Heavy, unfortunately, but that is not a deal breaker as I do not take it anywhere. All steal construction with decidedly cheap plastic. This is not the kind of plastic you leave in the sunlight (though I do not do this myself, but that is, anecdotally, one of the reasons it has lasted so long for me).

Other Thoughts: I have modded this for use with a Seasonic, fan-less PS. Had to put holes in the top where the fan-less PS is mounted for vents. This actually worked out well with the cheap feeling handle top as it covers the holes, and still has its own vents.

I've also done some jury-rigging of the main side panel to block the un-aligned CPU fan duct completely, mounted a 7 port USB 3.0 hub on it that panel, and have also moved to all Noctua quiet fans. Combined with the NO overlocking, stock IvyBridge CPU cooler, and a Geforce 750 Ti from PNY with a pulse width mod cooler fan from PNY this setup is quite quiet, and easy to move around. Though cheap, I would recommend this case to anyone building today, 5 years later.

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