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CHENMING 118-AL-BLK-0-300PSU Black/ Silver Aluminum MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 300W Power Supply

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  • Aluminum MicroATX Desktop
  • USB / Audio / IEEE 1394 Front Ports
  • 300W Power Supply
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 2 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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  • Roderick A.
  • 12/27/2006 7:29:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Little Case

Pros: Roomy little case - can fit a full size ATX power supply. Light weight & looks pretty good. The sensors, power button and led screen work well for me.

Cons: Terrible power supply. I replaced it right away because it was DOA (was planning on replacing it anyway, but that's how cheap it was)

Other Thoughts: Overall, a good value if you're looking for something this size.

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  • Mr. T.
  • 6/4/2006 3:55:34 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot so good as it looks.

Pros: Looks very good, exterior of the case may be even called attractive, black colot matches black color of optical and floppy drive bezels perfectly. Very light in weight.

Cons: Much bigger in size than it should be for this configuration.
Made from low grade very soft and thin aluminum sheet. No effort is required to accidently bend something or strip the thread. Paint is not durable at all. Does not have feel of quality case. Power supply is overated, the real output is something like 50-60% of the claimed one....

Other Thoughts: If they have used good old steel for this case, it would be really good product....

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/2/2005 6:53:01 PM
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat design, some quality issues

Comments: I love the design. I've been building and upgrading computers for 20 years, and this is my all-time favorite case. The construction isn't the best, and mine had problems with the power supply and temperature display, but it's worth the trouble for the size and layout. The placement of components and design of the cooling is simply more intelligent than anything else. The temperature display is worth the price alone.

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  • Matthew A.
  • 7/6/2005 3:31:54 PM
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Comments: I also wanted a smaller foot print pc and the ability to have 2 cdrom type drives. I love it,cpu stays cool and I think it looks great

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  • Mr. T.
  • 7/2/2005 8:32:47 AM
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsInteresting case design

Comments: Case is very good looking, and allows lots of stuff to be put into it. Should be a very decent
basis for HTPC. The best part is
that it takes standard microATX motherboard, 4 full height cards
and enough drives to built HTPC without any serious limitations.
At the same time, it's small enough to fit with other HT components quite naturally.

The fact that chasis is built from alluminum is a mixed bag.
Because it's noticably bigger that customary SFF PC, it feels
less sturdy, and certain care needs to be taken not to strp threads while assemblin components.I would rather prefer to have the same case chasis made from steel, but it does work as is, and is very light...
It comes with PSU which has 5 separate protection devices built into it. Although it is rated as 300 Watts PSU, it only has combined 145 watts of combined +3.3V and +5.0V output.
This may cause problems, particularly considering definite overkill with use of 5 protection circuits built into this PSU. I was forced to replace stock PSU with regular Sparkle 300 watts unit, full ATX
format (also from NewEgg). Full ATX format PSU will fit w/o any problems if shorter CD/DVD drives (170 mm) is used, for exapmle made by Lite-On (NewEgg got those, very nice drives, btw..).

Highly recommend this case, but with different PSU.

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  • Bryan S.
  • 7/1/2005 10:22:20 PM
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIdeal for Athlon 64 + GeForce 6800GT to-go

Comments: Assembled a new Foxconn nForce4 standard MicroATX, Athlon 64 3200+/3500+ system, GeForce 6800GT 256MB and 1GB SDRAM.

I originally purchased a cheap 12"x12"x5.5" MicroATX case and a costly ($xx) 450W MicroATX P.S.
That system was not only cramped, but majorily under-ventilated.
40mm fans just don't cut it, and a 92mm radial eventually helped some.

This combination is just right.

- Expansion/Cooling

The expansion is most excellent -- 2 x 5.25" in front, 1 x 3.5" underneath with 2 x 3.5" internally that is cooled enough by the 120mm outtake fan.
Never broke 30 degrees C with 2 high capacity SATA 7200rpm drives.
The depth is even good enough so you can fit a removable drive bay in it (at least with the stock PS).
The 120x120x25mm fan is not too loud, but it pushes enough air to be audible more than some might like.
A 120x120x38mm fan as a slower RPM might be better and slightly quieter, but it's a perfect balance.
And I _love_ the fact that outtake is near the CPU, and the video card is "vertical" instead of trapping heat underneath.

- Power: Only 300W, but split +12V (nice, good default)

I purposely went with the Athlon 64 3200+/3500+ "Winchester" for its lower power usage (sub-40W),
but the GeForce 6800GT PCIe x16 still sucks 100W or so.
The 24-pin ATX 2.0 + 4-pin P4 handled the motherboard.
I then used the ends of the (2)
Molex +5/+12V for an input into the GeForce 6800GT (which draws two sets).
It might only be 300W, but at least the +12V is split 10A and 15A -- and it seems to be ultra-reliable.
More reliable than most 400-500W P.S. out there that aren't well designed and cheap.

And in the worst case, this case _does_ take a _standard_ ATX (not MicroATX, _full_ ATX) power supply -- _unlike_ most other SFF cases, so that's always an option worth the slightly "larger" size.
So if you want that Athlon FX or x2 that can suck up 80-100W, you'll want to probably upgrade.

- Weight: Sub-10lbs., still sturdy

The smaller MicroATX I originally purchased was actually steel and slightly heavier.
No windows, which is what I prefer for extra sturdiness, although there's not too much to the top.
Despite other reviews I've seen, it _does_ have some "superstructure" to it -- a rounded steel beam to each side (left side is under part of the mid-shelf).
I was able to put a heafty weight on the top of the unit and it didn't bend.
Not as good as a well-designed, thick steel case, but _better_ than some cheap steel cases I've used.
Handle is plastic, hard plastic, but I sure wish it was aluminum so it could take more "yank."

Overall, I'm _never_ looking to another MicroATX case.
And I'm typically building MicroATX for _all_ desktops nowdays.
Worth the price overall.

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  • 6/27/2005 1:16:30 PM
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice Little Case

Comments: I wanted a small PC, and I got it!

I was going to get an IDEQ model computer case, but decided that I wanted to expandability. This case fit the bill. Small and astonishingly light, and very pleasing to look at.

Decided that not having windows in this case is a good idea, considering the amount of wires that come off of the PSU.

PSU - some places have mentioned that this psu, although rated lower, is more stable and accurate than the others that are like this case. So far, I have had no qualms with the PSU, and seems to hold the load I put on it fine.

I haven't figured out the proper place/way to attach the CPU temp monitor, but their is a temp gauge in the BIOS of my MOBO, so not too big of a deal. This looks cool though (although it says HH right now!)

This case is a tight fit. This was my very first full build, although I know a ton about hardware (haven't had the $$$ to build yet.) This case wasn't the easiest to work with, but ONLY BECAUSE OF THE SPACE CONSTRAINTS. Note, this case is very userfriendly for the size. It has an incredibly handy slide-out tray for your motherboard (be sure to have a mini-ATX mobo, btw). The wires inside end up going everywhere, but I just haven't taken the time or money to tighten that up yet.

The case stays very cool, btw, especially with the Venice core AMD64 proc. The 120mm is somewhat loud, but moves a TON of air - WHOA.

One major problem - the Power LED didn't have the correct femal plug on it for my Motherboad. From the case, it is a wire-empty-wire 3 hole plug, while the MoBo needs a wire-wire 2 hole plug. Not that huge of a deal really, but still disappointing, none-the-less.


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