Joined on 07/17/05
I would recommend this case at this price
Pros: Contemporary appearance. Sturdy side panels and overall construction. Rolled steel edges and no sharp points. Special consideration for SSDs (3 dedicated mounting locations). Satisfying button actuation on power and reset buttons. Fully painted interior. 80mm rear exhaust fan included. Muted manufacturer logo. Substantial clearance provided by case feet (15mm / .6in). Ideal as-is for mini-ITX builds with SSDs.
Cons: (minor) Top mounted PSU. No option for included PSU Top mounted USB/audio ports (Substantial) Low quality screws; I found all the screws included felt like they were made of a lower quality material. The thumbscrews have a plastic component that may very well last but felt cheap. Though all the included screws are black to match the case. Break-away expansion slot plates; Like me, some prefer these plates/covers to be more modular. So that they can be reinstalled if the configuration changes in the future. 3.5in HDD; If you are installing a mini-ITX board or not installing any 3.5in drives this does not impact you. Upon installing a micro-ATX mother board (Intel DQ45CB) I found that the standard height RAM modules would not allow for a 3.5in HDD to be installed in either HDD bay. If the front break-out plate was removed, I was able to fit the drive comfortably with the front panel still on, but now have no way to secure the drive as the screw holes do not align. A possible improvement may be to replace the fixed screw holes with channels as we see in optical drive bays. A more drastic solution would be to increase the case length overall (would resolve 2 cons in one). Optical Drive; This obviously does not apply to those not looking to install a CD/DVD/Blue-Ray optical drive. Though the mounting position does look nice from the outside when done, there is hardly room to accommodate a standard optical drive with a standard PSU. With a 140mm /5.5in in length PSU + cables, regardless whether modular or fixed, there is barely and in some cases no way to properly position a standard 170mm /6.7in optical drive. In the best case scenario it is very cramped, but in some cases likely impossible. A possible improvement may be to increase the size of the cable passthrough located between the PSU and optical drive. A more drastic solution would be to increase the case length (would resolve 2 cons in one) or reconfigure the case to accommodate the PSU at the bottom.
Overall Review: I will be keeping this case and reconfiguring my storage options. Lowering a micro-ATX motherboard into the case for installation was a challenge, but could have been made easier if I had removed the rear fan. I would like to see a slightly larger version of this case, especially with an option that includes a PSU for convenience. All in all I find this to be a very attractive case, with good options, and at a good price. I’m computer enthusiast with many years of professional system building experience. I would recommend this case even without the recommended improvements at 28 dollars shipped, especially for those not using optical drives or 3.5in HDDs.
Great value when on sale
Pros: Great little compact case for those who like to build or rebuild budget or used PCs. Clean and simple design. sufficient airflow for light workstations. No RGB! (thank you) I hate that trend more than I can put into words. Black cables for all front panel connections (just looks clean) Room for multiple 2.5" drives and even one 3.5" PSU included (400W, no rating) Includes one 120mm fan. Buttons have a satisfying actuation. Lightweight
Cons: There are some cons, but honestly I can live with all of these (hence the 5 eggs) PSU cables are not sleeved. ("catchup and mustard" cables for days) But they are almost completely hidden behind the mobo. PSU is only 400W and isn't even Bronze rated. "Front panel" ports are on top of the case. (instead of front or side where less dust would fall in) Feet are plastic. (slides on hard surfaces)
Overall Review: Overall I recommend this to all my fellow enthusiasts in the market for a budget light duty computer.
has issues at high resolutions
Pros: Good length and solid build
Cons: Had trouble with 1080p, but works fine on lower resolutions. -1 egg.
Overall Review: bought it with the intent to use it with my new gaming rig, but it didn't perform well. Replaced it with a higher priced alternative that has been working really well. Rig: ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Intel Core i5-4690K ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 ASUS Radeon R9 290 R9290-DC2OC-4GD5 G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB-7 240GB CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W Cooler Master HAF XM
Excelent Gaming Case
Pros: Big and roomy. Dedicated SSD mount. Plenty of HDD space + 2 hot-swappable bays Versatile cooling options Solid construction Good air cooling out of the box No complaints here
Overall Review: Purchased for a new rig: ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Intel Core i5-4690K ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 ASUS Radeon R9 290 R9290-DC2OC-4GD5 G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB-7 240GB CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W Cooler Master HAF XM