Summary: -The mobo mounting holes in this case don't quite match my Biostar TA880GU3+. The two mounting holes on the far right are about 1-2cm past the edge of the motherboard. I don't know if that's HEC's fault or Biostar's... -rear 80mm case fan can be replaced with a 92mm fan.
Pros: -Nice and compact. If you're looking for a small mATX tower, this is an attractive choice. -Fits my standard ATX PSU (OCZ ModXStreamPro) -Felt pretty sturdy to me despite other reviews -No plexiglass windows...a plus for me b/c I don't care what the insides look like and I don't want blue LEDs sh...
Cons: -PCI slot covers are not replaceable. To open up a slot, you have to break out a tab. if you remove that card later, you'll need your own slot cover. -There's only one threaded hole for PCI cards, the screw goes through the middle slot (second from the bottom.) All your other cards are held on by...
Budget case for a family member, but know the pros and cons
Douglas T., Newegg
15 September 2011
Summary: I bought this case at a bargain price for a system for my wife. It looks great, and much of it is well thought-out. However, the card slot mechanism should just be replaced with just individual screws (the single pressure plate plate does not hold cards down well).
Pros: Outside design is sleek, and good looking Novel, but well thought-out primary HDD mounting Fits all the peripherals needed for a quality basic build Has a front eSATA port, impressive for the price Well priced when I bought it
Cons: No front intake fan option Expansion card mounting option needs improvement Will only fit short-length graphics cards Rear intake fan size limited to 80mm No reset switch (worth more at this price point than the eSATA)
Pros: Cheap ATX Mini tower - will accept full-size ATX power supplies Sleek black design USB and audio ports in a logical place Included ventilation hole for the CPU No mounting screws needed - just pop the motherboard on the holes, screw it in, and go.
Cons: The screws with this thing are very limited. Make sure to bring your own Awkward expansion card mounting procedure involving a separate piece of metal Front door feels very cheap. I always felt like I was going to break the thing when I opened it Extremely cramped space- perhaps a common thing fo...
Summary: - Take note that there are two HDD/FDD mounting bays and another "tray" for a vertically-mounted hard drive which is MEANT to be removable, even thought the screw that attaches it is not a thumb-screw.
Pros: - Price - Ease of installation - Appearance (that gloss finish looks surprisingly good) - Solid build (everything is metal, no plastic mounting trays or yay!)
Cons: - No documentation whatsoever - it would be nice to have a few dimensions - No Reset button!? - Very limited number of screws, which come taped in a flimsy plastic bag which made the UPS guy wonder what was broken. If you're installing more than a HD and a single optical drive, bring your own set...
Summary: build PC with Antec Earthwatts EA-430 powersupply and Asus M4A78LT-M micro-ATX AMD mobo. No problem mounting either. Case expansion slots lined up well with mobo sockets. Prefer cases without powersupply, so have choice of PS instead of getting stuck with a cheap one.
Pros: nicely built PC case, especially for the price
Pros: I bought this in a combo package with another item that was going to be purchased anyway; this case was sort of an impulse buy at an effective cost of $15 with free shipping. It turns out to be absolutely excellent and is worth a lot more than the amount paid. Definitely not as perfect in quality...