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Nicholas S.

Nicholas S.

Joined on 11/13/04

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Good case for the price

Rosewill FBM-X1 Black Steel / Plastic Mini Tower Case with Side Panel Window
Rosewill FBM-X1 Black Steel / Plastic Mini Tower Case with Side Panel Window

Pros: Smaller size is more convenient than a mid-tower (it's about the same width, but not as deep or tall as a mid-tower). All the front panel stuff worked as advertised. Clear side panel is neat if you want to set up a light show inside. I thinks it's clear plastic. Overall nice looking. Everything fit including an optical drive, HDD, VGA (but my card is a pretty small version). Came with the stand off screws already in place and fit perfectly with my Micro ATX board. Lots of other misc screws. The two included fans work and are very quiet. With everything installed, sound levels range from none to very quiet.

Cons: This was my first trip in a mini tower. My previous builds were Mid-towers. Installation was generally a pain with everything much tighter. There was barely any room between the PSU (top mount) and the optical drive. My PSU was not modular which made cable management terrible. I strongly recommend modular or semi-modular PSU. I ended up shoving most of the extra cables above the optical drive. I often installed something only realize later that that I couldn't fit something else in without removing previously said installed item. Air flow is poor as others have mentioned. There's a slim slit at the bottom of the front panel (only seen from a bottom view) that would allow some air from the front. The front fan probably isn't doing too much. Front panel USB 3.0 is nice but 3.1 would have been better given my mobo had the option (FYI, the 3.0 hookup worked on the 3.1 connectors on my mobo)

Overall Review: For installation, I'd recommend getting as much on the mobo before you install it such as the CPU with fan, the RAM, and M.2 . Then install the mobo in the case, then PSU (I think the instructions said PSU first, I did that then had to remove the PSU because the mobo wouldn't fit past), then any HDD or SSD, then connect all the front panel cables and fan cables, then the VGA, then optical drive if you have one. For the air flow issue, you could modify the case. I've thought about drilling some holes in the lower front panel to allow more air intake. Or, I could drill some holes in the side panel and install a fan there (although this might make the clear panel less attractive). Another possibility is to put the case on feet and drill holes and install fan(s) on the bottom. So far my temperatures are reasonable, but I haven't really done much OC'ing. I got the case on sale for $18, so I am very pleased. If it were around $30 I'd probably go for something with better ventilation.

So far so good

ASRock B450M PRO4 AM4 AMD Promontory B450 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock B450M PRO4 AM4 AMD Promontory B450 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Paired perfectly with: -Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (and it did work at 3200 after easily changing the XMP setting, default was 2400). I don't think this RAM was specifically listed in the QVL. Use A2, B2 slots. -Ryzen 2600x with stock cooler (I did not need to update the BIOS, worked right out of box) -GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 Mini ITX OC 3GB GV-N1060IXOC-3GD Video Card -Samsung 970 500gb M.2 (only the 250gb version was listed on the QVL, but the 500gb worked fine) -Rosewill FBM-X1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mini Tower Case with Side Panel Window (fortunately USB 3.0 from the case was backward compatible with 3.1 on the MOBO. -Win10 Pro -I also hooked up an old Sata2 WD 500gb HDD for bulk storage and optical Sata2 drive, both cannibalized from older build. Obviously speeds will be limited over Sata2, but backward compatibility is nice. -UEFI was easy to use -No stability issues running on stock settings. I've only tried a little OC'ing.

Cons: Initially, it would only recognize one RAM stick even though both had there LEDs lighting up. But found out the B2 slot RAM just needed to be pushed in harder. So you may need to really push hard to get the RAM in. They are in when the side clips pops (almost) into position.

Overall Review: My last build 9.5yrs ago was using an Asrock board and was still working well up to when it was decommissioned. So I had a preference for this brand with its longevity.

Pretty and fast

Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model TF1D416G3200HC16CDC01
Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model TF1D416G3200HC16CDC01

Pros: -Worked at 3200 as advertised after changing the XMP settings. -LED lights are pretty -Overall setup has been stable so far. -Purchased at a great sale price of $120

Cons: none so far

Overall Review: I haven't yet run any mem test but plan to so that I can truly say it's running perfectly. I also haven't tried messing with LED light settings, but don't really care about that. Update: I've put it through the Windows memory testing and Mem86 testing and the RAM performed flawlessly.