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APEX Black Steel DS-539 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

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A great combination of function and affordability, the APEX DS-539 offers all the essentials you need from a media center/HTPC case at an unbeatable price. You can use it as either a tower (includes wo stands for tower placement), or as a desktop. It is thermally optimized and comes with two front USB 2.0 ports, two front USB 3.0 ports, and two front HD audio ports. One 5.25” external drive bay, one 3.5” external drive bay, two 3.5”/2.5” hidden drive bays, and four low-profile expansion bays allow you to expand ther system anyway you want. The tool-free design enables easy installation.

  • newegg Excellent cooling performance The design of the APEX DS-539 is thermally optimized for improved cooling and longer service life.
  • newegg Superior Expandability with Four Drive Bays Featuring one 5.25" external drive bay, one 3.5" external drive bay, two 3.5” /2.5”internal drive bays, and four low-profile expansion bays, the APEX TM-302-3 provides great expandability.
  • newegg Tool-Less Design The tool-less design allows easy and quick installation.
  • newegg Convenient Front I/O Panel The APEX DS-539 features a convenient front I/O panel for easy access to two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and two HD audio ports.

Learn more about the APEX (SUPERCASE/ALLIED) DS-539

General

Brand
APEX
Model
DS-539

Spec

Type
Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Color
Black
Case Material
Steel
Power Supply
Flex 275W
Motherboard Compatibility
Micro ATX/Flex ATX
Side Window
Yes

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
1
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
2
Expansion Slots
4 Low-Profile Expansion

Front Ports

Front USB Ports
2 x USB 2.0 + 2 x USB 3.0
Front FireWire Ports
2 x HD Audio Port
Front Audio Ports
Yes

Cooling System

80mm Fans
1

Features

Removable Filter
No
Features
Tool-less device installation

Thermally optimized

Excellent EMI shielding

Can be used as a tower (includes 2 stand for tower placement) or desktop

2x USB3.0, 2x USB3.0 and 2x HD Audio

Dimensions&Weight

Height
13.25"
Width
3.9"
Depth
17"
Weight
11 lbs.

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the APEX (SUPERCASE/ALLIED) DS-539

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  • Jonathan A.
  • 10/22/2014 12:33:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsToo bad about the power supply

Pros: The price-to-appearance ratio was right for me, didn't have the most reviews but the available ones were good.

Cons: Power supply has failed now after only 5 months, smell of blown capacitor is not great when you're in the middle of a movie.

Other Thoughts: Replacement power supplies with reasonable reviews start at about 50-70 bucks, I guess that shows how good the power supply quality could really be.

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  • David D.
  • 10/13/2014 10:04:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: Awesome case for the price. Decent power supply, great looks, easy installation of components.

Cons: None, except that all slim-line cases have some surprises. The fact that this didn't have any I couldn't easily bypass earned it zero CONS.

Other Thoughts: It's a great case for the price. I built two of these cases, both for systems that are designed for 24/7 use. First thing I did was pop open the power supply-- It's an average build, there's evidence of cost cutting, but nothing major.

Everything went together pretty much perfectly. I usually have trouble with 3.5" card readers in 3.5" slots (that are designed for floppies, and having to drill new holes), but I don't recall having that issue in this particular case.

Fit and finish were excellent on both cases, and easily matched the appearance one would expect out of a $600-700 computer (what I sold these for once built).

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  • JOSEPH S.
  • 10/10/2014 3:23:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Little Case

Pros: Decent layout and size, set-up was fairly easy. Pretty good for such an inexpensive case.
Keeps pretty cool

Cons: 1. Some of the metal edges are a little sharp
2. One USB 2.0 slot in front not working (could be MB but doubt it). After full assembly, not worth RMA since still have 5 USB 2.) and 4 USB 3.0 working.
3. MB Backplane does not fit snugly
4. See note below

Other Thoughts: If you buy this case, definitely also buy an SATA 3 cable with a right angle connector. The drive cage is very close to the edge of case, so a straight connector will not allow the cover to close.
I replaced the stock 80MM fan with a quieter Cooler Master fan from Newegg. Today have been running the PC for 6 hours loading software and updating Win 7 and it has stayed pretty cool (running stock Intel fan on a Core i5 3570K-not OC'd)

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/6/2014 8:08:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsNice case

Pros: Small-ish size.
USB ports, 2 & 3.

Cons: Noisy fan.
They didn't supply enough screws for the MB!

Other Thoughts: We will purchase more of these cases, replacing the fan and supplying our own screws for the MB installation.

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  • Fred A.
  • 5/29/2014 12:48:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy to assemble

Pros: 1-Light weight
2-compact size
3-Easy to read manual (especially for the front panel connector).

Cons: 1-Sharp edges
2-Sharp edges that tore in half my SATA2 cable (luckily I have a million of those lying around).

Other Thoughts: For the price it gets the job done.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/8/2013 9:47:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat slim case

Pros: Very good slim case with lots of tool-less features.
Good size for tight space.
Decent look in the living room of office.
Easy to work with.

Cons: No recommend for extreme gaming.

Other Thoughts: I get it as a combo, and very happy with the whole components includes.
Good case if you look for a decent price slim micro ATX case.

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  • Sam N.
  • 10/21/2013 10:09:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSata Power Connectors short

Pros: Very nice small case overall

Cons: Two problems using with Asus F2A85-M/CSM Motherboard. First connecting SATA cables to MOBO is difficult as 6 of the SATA connectors are on a 90 degree angle and are right up against the drive bays. Second the built in PSU only has two SATA power connectors which are on the same harness. With the placement of the HDD and Optical drive in the case, the connectors were too close together on the harness and It would not reach both the HDD and Optical drive. Had to use a Molex to SATA adapter. Bought this combo in a bundle here on New Egg so keep that in mind

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