This is a great little case for m-ATX boards. Comes with a decent power supply [I'd upgrade PSU though if you are buying this for a small gaming rig]. Easy enough to assemble components into. Watch out for sharp edges on the internals. Luckily enough, I did not cut myself but I sure felt those sharp edges more than once.
This case is not good at cable management [ie: no room behind motherboard tray or any cutouts] but I knew that going into this so not mentioned as a con.
Great value for this case. If you are looking for a basic mAtx case for a basic build then look no further. This is a great price for so much.
Good case, especially for the price. Works well. Lots of room for mATX motherboard and easy to screw components on. Steel feels a little bit light. Comes with one rear case fan. No fan in the front, not sure if one would fit there because there are no exhaust ports.
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Pros Didn't cut myself on the sharp metal edges. Comes with a decent power supply. Light.
Cons Sharp Edges! Be careful installing components into this bad boy. the metal edges are pretty sharp.
Summary This is a great little case for m-ATX boards. Comes with a decent power supply [I'd upgrade PSU though if you are buying this for a small gaming rig]. Easy enough to assemble components into. Watch out for sharp edges on the internals. Luckily enough, I did not cut myself but I sure felt those sharp edges more than once. This case is not good at cable management [ie: no room behind motherboard tray or any cutouts] but I knew that going into this so not mentioned as a con.
Pros Well Made Works Great For mATX and 1 Hdd (Typical Desktop) Price
Cons UGLY! Cheapo Plastic Screams "I Didn't Want To Spend Money!" Hdd & Power LEDs So Dim They're Almost Useless Forget About More Than One Hdd
Summary Heck, for $35 (pricematch) I have no complaints. This let me build a quad core desktop (Athlon 2 x4 640) with 4 gig of G Skill for under $400! Included power supply works fine. Ugly? You bet! You won't fool anyone with your cheapness but it's a box that holds all the bits and it works fine. It's actually finished quite well inside and I had no trouble fitting an Asus mATX M4A88TD-M/USB3 inside with a WD 1.5 Tb green. Don't think you'll put 2 hdd's in here though.
Pros Inexpensive. Coomes with Power Supply. Looks decent. Fits components well.
Cons Steel is light and feels like it could bend.
Summary Good case, especially for the price. Works well. Lots of room for mATX motherboard and easy to screw components on. Steel feels a little bit light. Comes with one rear case fan. No fan in the front, not sure if one would fit there because there are no exhaust ports.
Cons punch-out PCI card slots which can't be replaced
Summary For the $ spent on this, this case is a great bargain. The PSU is very quiet, and sized appropriately for a mATX board which you're not going to be dropping 300W cards into anyways. The only complaint is the PCI slots which, to save money on manufacture, are punch-outs instead of screwed on.
Summary I was really surprised at this case. For < 50$ I got a PSU and a basic case. For everyday use this PSU is more then sufficient (I'm running an e7200, one DVD and one HDD, the essentials). For a budget build there is no point in some massive power supply (So long as it doesn't kill the components). The case comes with a rear fan that pumps plenty of air and a little cone to help your HSF out (if your into that). Honestly the pictures don't do it justice. I thought it was going to be down right ugly... but I think it looks really good now. Plenty of ventilation and air flow. Just all around great for a mATX case. Just the perfect budget case.
The only weakness I put was flimsy and I say that only because the hdd and optical drive bays have some pretty slim metal on them. Which really isn't a big deal IMO. I want to stress that the case itself does not feel flimsy it is actually quite sturdy.
Cons You get what you pay for, but no problems yet.
Summary For a budget build around a MicroATX motherboard, this case is a great value. Looks nice, works like a charm. Feels like sufficiently good quality for a sub $50 case with PSU. I wouldn't wanna power anything substantial with that PSU, but it gets the job done.
The only complaint I have is the weird waffle iron shaped power button, but it gets the job done!
Cons Metal's a bit thin, CPU air duct off center of CPU
Summary Good value. All cables long enough, some maybe too long. Nice looking case with reset button, 400W PS, exhaust fan, 2X 4pin USB connectors, split power LED connector. pretty quiet. Only concern is thickness of metal, sides and tabs bend easily.
Pros perfect case for cheap builds or just general office use.
Cons side panels are not very easy to insert and require some leverage of both bottom and top at the same time.
Summary the mobo tray is raised about an inch from the back panel and for an matx has an incredible amount of space for cable management. as mentioned the panels are hard to insert. the psu requires adapter for more then one sata drive. both panels are required to be removed to install drives.
Pros size quiet power supply quiet case fan quiet case
Cons no reset button no drive bay covers (to cover say beige cd drives) attracts fingerprints power button is square
Summary I bought this case for one of my clients. It was the perfect size and the power supply + included case fan are very quiet. It's barely even noticeable, even up very close. The case is very quiet and I can barely even hear the computer running. And that is with the stock AMD cooler I am currently using.
This is a great budget case and I plan on using these cases again in my future builds.
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