Summary: I had to "modify" the hard drive shelf under the DVD player. This really wasn't the case design fault. My MB came with 2 SATA cables, 1 end 90-1 end straight, and the SATA connections on the board were facing each other. If I had at least one with straight at both ends I would have been fine. My MB configuration has the memory directly under/at the back of the 3.5" HDD shelf (that I had to use) and my memory heatsink was a bit too tall for the HDD SATA plugs.
Pros: Enough room for BR/DVD drive, full size SATA drive and front panel 3.5" accessory. It can be used vertical or horizontal. Power supply has plenty of plugs. (1) 20+4, (1) 4 pin processor, (1) floppy, (2) 4 pin peripheral and (2) SATA. I was pleasantly surprised at the 2 SATA plugs, the other reviews referenced only ONE. It has two places for 3.5" HDD's. Next to the MB or under the DVD drive. I did not install anything in the 3.5" front panel so I used that slot for the...
Cons: Front panel is glossy black, it shows every finger print if you care about that kind of thing.
Pros: This thing is small and I can see where it could be a little tight for some builds. I had no problems fitting a Biostar A68N-5000 in it. There were no problems with heat sink clearance because my board has a very short passive heat sink for the APU.
Summary: Front bezel has place to insert LED to provide a lighted side stripe (not mentioned in any description). Case too small for case fan but there are plenty of holes for ventilation. Power supply wires could be a little shorter. Caution: if you use CPU heatsink with fan, you have only 50 mm height clearance. (I am installing an ASRock Q2900-ITX motherboard which uses passive cooling.
Pros: Compact, yet just enough room to maneuver. Very easy to assemble if you remove the power supply first. Just about as small as you can get for an m-ITX case.
Cons: No reset button. Upper bay for optical drive only, cannot remove panel to use for other inserts. Front USB ports 2.0 only. Ports hidden behind closed door which you have to leave open if you want to use USB bluetooth/RF adapter. Front bezel in glossy piano black which shows fingerprints. Power button hard to push (spring too stiff).
Summary: This case is small but I had no problem fitting my AM1 Athlon 5350 inside with the stock heatsink. There wasn't a lot of clearance left between the PSU and the top of the heatsink but it did easily fit. The Athlon 5350 has no problems keeping cool, even at full load for days. I'd buy this case again.
Pros: + Looks nice, small and lightweight + Doesn't feel cheap + PSU works
Cons: - Cramped.. but this is a mini-itx case so what do you expect
Summary: I don't see how anyone can reasonably expect more from a $40 case and power supply combination.
Pros: Made well enough, plenty of length on the wires for all items, fan in the power supply is really, really quiet. For a cheap case, this just works. If the power supply lasts I'll be totally satisfied on this.
Cons: Power supply is questionable, but I'm probably using all of 20 watts total so if it dies at least it won't be due to the load I put on it.
Summary: As other reviews have mentioned, even though I see some dead space, the PSU sits above the motherboard with maybe an inch to spare. So make sure everything you plan to put on the motherboard will fit.
Pros: Small and compact mITX case, comes with PSU, full 5.25" and 3.5" bays. PSU has an intake fan that is above the motherboard, keeping it nice and cool. Allows for full height PCI card. Perfect for HTPC.
Cons: No native bay for a 2.5" drive, however using an adapter or Velcro solves that problem. There is plenty of room to put multiple HDDs in there, but I would have tossed these and made it a bit more compact.
Summary: MEASURE MEASURE MEASURE! This case is very very compact, you will need an extremely low profile CPU cooling system and low-profile RAM
Pros: It's a small, nice looking case. It's not a super high quality or sturdy case, but it's at least of average build. Was easy to take apart and assemble. I had no issue mounting a motherboard in it. HOWEVER!: ** MAKE SURE YOU MEASURE YOUR PARTS BEFORE YOU BUY THIS ** I got a Zalman low profile CPU fan and it at least 1/4" too tall. You will need to get a cooling system that is VERY VERY low because there is very little clearance below the CPU. Same with RAM.
Cons: None that are the fault of the case. I gave it 4-eggs because the build quality and all are about a 4-egg. It's an average case. DEFINITELY measure before you buy because this thing is VERY compact.
Summary: This's very much a make-it-or-break-it case. Some cases are neither good nor bad for any builds; others are extremely specialized. This's definitely the latter. I bought this for use with a media center, and it's done an alright job since. I dislike how tight it is to work in, but once it's set up, I don't need to go back in, really. My biggest worry has been airflow.
Pros: Case is very compact, easy to transport. Power supply has been reliable, five years after purchase. For the right build, it's perfect.
Cons: Air flow can be abysmal. Upgrade options are limited.
Summary: I bought this case to build a small PC for a table-mounted monitor (For table top gaming / digital poker / score counting for board games.) I used an AMD A4 APU. It fit perfectly. I don't recall any difficulty in fitting it beneath the power supply. I mounted a large 120mm fan in the side tray that blows across all internals and out the far side. Have considered adding a fan on the far side for exhaust. Boot up temps around 33 C, stays cool through use.
Pros: Small, locks tightly, very well thought out for it's intended role.
Cons: Weak power supply. Worried about upgrading to discreet graphics.
Summary: To get the chassis fan to fit in the side slot, I needed to fit the HDD in the 3.5" bay. This is possible if you do 2 things: - Makesure the CPU clamp is away from the HDD (toward the back of the case). This gives you more room to work in. - Before you install the HDD, snake the SATA data and power connectors from the Mobo to the slot.
Pros: Small, compact case, as advertised. Fits well in my home entertainment system.
Cons: The PS fan exhaust blows into the top of the case where there are no vents! In my system, the CPU temp heated up greater than 70 deg C - no bueno. I bought an exernal 120mm fan and placed it where the vertical HDD is expected to go. Its a tight fit for the fan, but it gives a great amount of circulation - now CPU temps are in the 40's!