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APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case

  • Steel Micro ATX Tower
  • 2 x USB2.0 Port ; 2 x Audio Port Front Ports
  • Side Air duct
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 4 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Build the ultimate LAN party rig with the TX-381-C by APEX. This mATX tower case can accommodate Micro ATX and Flex ATX motherboards. Install optical drives in the dual 5.25-inch drive bays and card readers or fan controls in the two exposed 3.5-inch bays. You’ll have plenty of storage space for all of your games with four internal HDD bays. Best of all, your entire system stays portable with compact dimensions and a convenient top panel handle.

The TX-381-C is constructed out of steel for extra durability during travel. The side panel features vents for expansion cards and an air channel directly above the CPU allows heat to escape easily. The 90mm exhaust fan in the rear helps minimize system slowdown and you can add an optional 120mm fan on the front panel for even greater air flow.

You’ll also enjoy the padlock loop built into the case so you can step away from your computer with peace of mind at your next LAN party. Build your gaming system with the TX-381-C and dominate the competition today!

  • newegg Excellent Expandability with 8 Drive Bays Featuring two 5.25" external drive bays, and six 3.5" drive bays (two external and four internal), the APEX TX-381-C provides excellent expandability.
  • newegg Efficient Ventilation The APEX TX-381-C features one 90mm rear fan, side air duct and video card vent for efficient ventilation and effective system cooling.
  • newegg Sturdy Handle This sturdy handle is strength and durability so you can carry your PC to tournaments and just about anywhere else you want to go.
  • newegg Convenient Top I/O Panel The convenient top I/O panel enables easy access to two USB 2.0 ports and two audio ports.

Learn more about the APEX (SUPERCASE/ALLIED) TX-381-C

Model

Brand
APEX
Model
TX-381-C

Spec

Type
Micro ATX Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
Steel
With Power Supply
No
Power Supply Mounted
Top
Motherboard Compatibility
Micro ATX, Flex ATX
With Side Panel Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
2
External 3.5" Drive Bays
2
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
4
Expansion Slots
4

Front Ports

Front Ports
2 x USB2.0 Port ; 2 x Audio Port

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
90mm Fans
1 x 90mm rear fan
120mm Fans
No
Side Air duct
Yes

Physical Spec

Dimensions
16.00" x 7.20" x 16.00"
Measurement of height is include handle bar

Features

Features
Thermally advantaged
Excellent EMI shielding
Air guide & PCI vent holes
Easy carrying handle
Padlock loop

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Kristian B.
  • 4/5/2014 7:45:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice

Pros: Case is designed for transport ability.
Lightweight, atleast compared to my main rig.
Cheap and sturdy.

Cons: Cluttered (Not worth taking an egg though)

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  • Billy M.
  • 3/27/2014 2:31:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case!

Pros: Good solid case that gets the job done and looks good doing it! I love the handle on top probably form the old days of loading up the computer and going to lan parties. I just built my second computer with this case.

Cons: There are some edges and I had to bend the tabs on the HD bay to get screw holes to line up. Not worth a full egg off!

Other Thoughts: If I build another computer I'll buy another one of these cases.

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  • Michael W.
  • 3/11/2014 5:12:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAn alright little case.

Pros: Small, handle is handy, not overly cramped inside.

Cons: Missing lots of luxuries that I've come to think were standard. This is very much a small version of your first computer case. Everything snaps off or is hard and sharp.

The back panels (that you snap out to add a GPU) are so deep that they'll scratch your mobo if you dare to remove them while the mobo is in.

Honestly...I've never owned a case that could damage hardware by doing things in normal human order. That alone was enough to cost it 2 stars. The outside is great but they really need to rework the internal layout.

We'll see in a day if the damage from the metal cover was enough to break the mobo I put in (waiting on PSU).

Other Thoughts: A little bigger than I was expecting but that's not a problem. I just suck at visualizing this stuff in advance.

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4 out of 5 eggsSolid case

Pros: The handle is great. It's a sturdy and practical case for the price.

Cons: One of the front USBs has a loose connection and does not always function 100%.

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  • Shaunita O.
  • 3/8/2014 9:02:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsYou get what you pay for

Pros: Cheap. Has a handle. Looks okay.

Cons: Flimsy construction. No/limited space for upgrades such as big cards or cooling systems.

Other Thoughts: Pretty much you get what you pay for. Its an "okay" case if you are just looking to build you a general standard system but if you're looking for this as a gaming system or anything that requires a cooling system put in, I'd recommend you choose something else. This case is much too small internally for anything other than the standard cards.

The metal part of the case is very flimsy and bends quite easily. Never got a chance to try out the handle because I RMA'd it only after a few days. The front panel door on top that covers the USB and audio ports feels very cheap and feels like the hinges will just break off and the door will fall off from normal wear and tear over time

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  • Norma K.
  • 2/13/2014 3:23:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Product

Pros: I wish I could rate this 4.5 or 4.75 stars. Finish is not the greatest on this. Looks okay, but nothing spectacular. The handle holds a LOT of weight. It is very sturdy and you don't have to worry about it breaking.

Great amount of bays. I always use the BYTECC U3-225 to give it 2 front USB 3.0 ports and 2 x 2.5" SSD/Laptop hard drive bays all in an external 3.5" bay.

I also use the SilverStone AR02 heatsink and it fits in with a generous amount of space left over. Quite a few heatsinks are too tall for this case.

Cons: Wish it has a nicer finish, but for the money the price can not be beat! Dollar for dollar this is the best value. I don't even mind it doesn't have the USB 3.0 and 2.5" bays since you can buy the BYTECC U3-225 for so cheap. And it looks great with this case.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/11/2014 10:43:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMeh

Pros: It's a decent looking case and the handle was a good thought.

Cons: The top panel/handle portion is held in place by six plastic tabs. Mine was shipped with all but the back two tabs broke off, rendering the handle useless. Cheap case, holds my parts. Wasn't worth the hassle of returning it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/11/2014 5:22:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs Very basic, rather flimsy

Pros: Inexpensive, compact

Cons: Flimsy, no USB 3

Other Thoughts: I needed 3 new office computers. I wanted to keep cost down, and keep the design compact. I picked this case because of the handle. Unfortunately, the tabs that hold the top panel with the handle all keep breaking off. They either shipped broken or broke off as soon as I touched the case - on all 3 cases. Shame, because it would have been a nice little case otherwise. I have no time to send back for a return - I'm sure the new ones would just break anyway. If you have your heart set on carrying it around by the handle, don't get this one.

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  • Fisher W.
  • 2/10/2014 1:08:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Design. Could be better quality.

Pros: -Cheap (Was on sale for <$20)
-Handle (The main selling point)
-Fits Full ATX Power Supplies
-Has a Fan (Which I upgraded)
-Surprisingly good at cooling
-Tons of room for hard drives
-Mostly sturdy (Hasn't broken)
-Light (When being moved)
-Accessories (Screws, etc)
-It just looks nice (Look at it!)

Cons: -No USB 3.0 or eSATA ports (While it is a cheap case, there are similarly priced ones with these features)
-Can't fit full size graphics cards (I was able to fit my 2GB Radeon 7850 with an aftermarket cooler)
-Had to RMA (I actually got TWO defective cases, but I just kept the 2nd one to avoid the hassle)
-Some parts are flimsy (While it is a cheap case, I wish the side panel/power button were better)
-Bad Customer Support (Hard to contact, being told false information, etc)

Other Thoughts: All that I can say is that you get what you pay for. Now don't get me wrong- the design of the case isn't bad. However, the quality is, and there are several things that could easily be improved.

For one, APEX needs to start inspecting the cases before being shipped out.

I ordered one last summer, and the case was simply useless- The tabs that held the handle in place were snapped off, causing the entire top of the case to come off. Keep in mind that the box was in perfect shape, so it didn't happen during transit. After sending it in for RMA, I got a new one- this time, with new problems. The side panel had an ugly dent with paint missing, and the front USB/Audio Ports were defective (they caused the computer to freeze or reboot when plugging something in). I decided NOT to do another RMA because of the hassle, and just keep the case as-is.

Some quality checks would really go a long way...

Other than that, I got false information before I ordered the case when I called APEX. I asked them how long the space between the back of the case and the hard drive slots were (Where you install the graphics card), and I was told that it was 2-3" longer then it really was. So, I ordered this case after being told that it would fit my 2GB Asus Radeon 7850 GPU. Imagine the surprise (and anger) I had when I found out that the case was too short! Fortunately, I found a shorter GPU heatsink which would make my graphics card shorter (and cooler!), which enabled me to install it inside of the case.

APEX:

INSPECT YOUR PRODUCTS!
TEACH YOUR EMPLOYEES!
IMPROVE CUSTOMER SUPPORT!

Other than that, great case!

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  • Ryan S.
  • 2/6/2014 7:17:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood Little Case

Pros: This is a great cheap case for inexpensive computer builds. The handle on top is surprisingly useful, and the same can be said for those unique top mounted USB and audio ports.

Cons: The power button is a little on the flimsy side. A few times it's gotten stuck slightly under the case edge near the button, causing the computer to not turn on mysteriously. If you know this up front, it's easy to fix, but still a little annoying in either case.

Other Thoughts: If you are new to computer builds or are building this for a friend or family member who doesn't need a computing powerhorse, this is perfect.

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