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Athenatech Black SECC Steel A3708BS.450 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

  • SECC Steel
  • Power Supply 2 x 80mm rear fans
  • 1 x 80mm PSU side fan
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Learn more about the Athenatech U.S.A. Inc. A3708BS.450

General

Brand
Athenatech
Model
A3708BS.450

Spec

Type
ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Color
Black
Case Material
SECC Steel
Power Supply
450W
Motherboard Compatibility
ATX / Micro-ATX / Flex ATX
Side Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
2
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
Up to 3 (including 1 each on side left and right panels)
Expansion Slots
7

Front Ports

Front USB Ports
USB 2.0
Front FireWire Ports
Yes
Front Audio Ports
Yes

Cooling System

80mm Fans
2 x 80mm rear fans
1 x 80mm PSU side fan

Dimensions&Weight

Height
5 1/2"
Width
14 5/8"
Depth
17 3/4"

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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  • Anonymous
  • 6/6/2009 7:16:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Case

Pros: A lot of media cases are over 6" high - kinda large. This case is thin so it fits into a media console easily. It has plenty of fans and vents, so the 125 Watt CPU I'm using stays nice and cool. Hard drives mount on the case sides so they also get plenty of cooling.

Cons: It's a little tight inside the front of the case where the optical drives go - I could fit the power and SATA cables in OK but recommend using cables with one right-angle end so everything isn't so cramped.

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  • Joe B.
  • 6/5/2009 6:08:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNot Bad At All

Pros: Fits ATX boards and comes with a 450W PS. Looks decent pretty solid. I didn't cut my hands up stuffing the case with components.

Cons: If the PS works for a year or two not a big deal but the USB and Firewire cables should have come with modular plugs on the MB end. Stock PS and case fans are a little on the loud side.

Other Thoughts: I filled this case with an ATX MB, DVD, 4 80GB PATA HDs, Video, Raid, NIC and TV cards. I'm using and old AMD Barton with 2GB RAM in 4 dimms so this case with all the cables is stuffed. It was running a bit on the warm side in hot weather. I took off the air funnel over the CPU and added another 80 MM fan there to cool things just enough to run within a reasonable temp. I still may pull two of the drives, replace on with a 160 to add yet one more fan in place of the HD. All in all the price was right, Overall quality good. Best I can see it is the best value for an ATX MB.

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  • Timothy J.
  • 5/25/2009 12:18:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Narrow width, plenty of options for fans, fit my ATX motherboard just fine, good price, decent looks.

Cons: No instructions; I was confused about a few things at first and agree that you need a little experience building systems if you want to use this case. It's all manageable in the end though.

Other Thoughts: Read the reviews below. They give a good summary of the issues.

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  • Patrick B.
  • 3/11/2009 4:15:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMore then you Paid for

Pros: It is inexpensive, it get the job done. Seems fairly roomy, I have a ATX MB installed and have plenty of room for cords and cables.

Cons: The nub that pushes the CD-ROM eject button is too wide. I had to use a dremel tool to cut it down so it didn't overlap onto the case frame.

The bottom power supply fan is loud, replacement is easy though.

Other Thoughts: Good info in other reviews. Open front cover to turn on PS! The HDD light comes in the unit now.

Pin outs for the USB and such are singles still. I super glued the pins in the correct order and plugged them into the motherboard. Easy fix and i don't ever have to go through it again if I need to unplug them!

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/8/2009 5:09:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty good, but a bit of a pain

Pros: Fairly sturdy and good styling. Nice ports on the front and easy install rails for optical drives.

Cons: Power switch is by default off and you have to remove the face to turn it on the first time. The power supply fans blow in the wrong direction - should be flowing up, not down. Front port cables do not have standard plugs at the mobo, but individual pins, which is a pain to install.

Other Thoughts: Had to remove rear fans to get i/o panel in place, but that was no big deal (two screws). The rubber feet are pretty much required for proper cooling since the flow is down, but they seem to stick fairly well. Overall I like the case, but putting it together is a bit of a pain.

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  • John N.
  • 1/22/2009 9:12:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Budget Case

Pros: Fit in the opening of the entertainment center.
Not the most expensive case you can get but it does work!!!
And the price is right!!!

Cons: 9 mb standoffs included but only 7 screws.
Metal is a bit thin on the case, so remove your card slot covers before mounting the motherboard.
Front connectors are a pain to hookup, just take your time and be sure you got the mb documation for the pinouts.

Other Thoughts: As others have stated, turn on the ps by removing the front cover.
The fans are noisy so think abour replacing them.
I did, new 80mm below the power supply as well as adding 120's to the sides.
Left the 2 back fans off and there is lots of air coming out the back vents.
Now just hope I get my rebate.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/13/2009 7:57:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggstight budget , tight fit

Pros: Bottom line: this case works and delivers on it's promise, I now have built my first HTPC system. Using stock cooling (not overclocking) I feel that it is adequate. Unit is sitting out in the open.
Velcro wire ties included. Stock P/S works for my system.
Lowest cost HTPC case I could find that met the criteria I was looking for.

Cons: The wires terminate in individual black connectors and their assignment had it's challenges - though I did figure it out in the end.
Not much room. I built my system with 1 HDD and don't anticipate adding a 2nd.
I can't get the front panel CD door eject button to eject the CD tray, so I have to use the 'Eject' command (or press 'Eject' button on the remote control).

Other Thoughts: I debated whether to give this case 3 eggs or 4. I got everything to work and do not regret this purchase. I've built many systems dating back to the early '90s, but this was my 1st HTPC so I have no truly relevant comparison by which to judge this case. So I gave it 4 eggs because when everything was said and done I was satisfied with what I achieved.

no HDD light on front panel - as long as you know that you won't be getting one, so don't expect one, not a big deal for me.

Did not try to connect Firewire as I don't use it.

System:
Athenatech Black SECC Steel A3708BS.450 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Asus P5B-Deluxe
Intel Core 2 Duo E4300
4gb Corsair PC2-6400 DDR2
Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT 512 MB DDR2
Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 3.0Gb/s 320-GB Hard Drive
ENCORE ENLWI-N IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI 2.3 Wireless Adapter
Stock 450W P/S (came with case)
Vista 32 Pro

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  • Edward B.
  • 12/7/2008 6:55:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery good case

Pros: Great price; quiet fans; laid out to get a lot of stuff into a fairly small box.

Cons: Labelling on some of the connectors could better. But with some patience....

Other Thoughts: I have an IDE drive, a SATA drive and Blue-Ray optical drive mounted in this thing. Along with an E8400 Intel CPU, a PCI-Express video card and four PCI tuners. Drives are mounted vertically and I have used on side vent to mount another fan. Everything keeps very coold. Nice design.

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  • Van H.
  • 8/9/2008 7:28:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMeasure twice cut once.

Pros: Good price, power supply seems up to date. Quiet fans.

Cons: If you have never built a htpc, get a different case.

Other Thoughts: I,ve built 5 computers before attempting to build a htpc. Got this case because it would look right with my other gaer in my home theater setup. BUT, this case is way deeper than I thought. So do some measuring before you by this. Also, this case was a bear to work with. Front panel audio, usb and firewire connectors were almost impossible to connect right do to bad labeling. If you have just 1 optical drive, use the bottom slot. Best advice use sata devices in this case, theres not alot of space to work with.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/22/2008 2:43:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA steal.

Pros: For the price, you can't beat this case. It's built solid and doesn't flex or feel flimsy. It comes with a decent PSU that's handling a standard setup with no problems. It can accommodate a full size ATX board with room left over. It takes full size expansion cards, maybe not full length, but full height. It looks decent with an all black finish and silver highlights. Didn't notice any sharp edges inside. Room for 3 HDD's a floppy and an optical.

Cons: The notorious missing HDD LED, also lack of position options for the optical. Since the optical bay has a cover, I had to use foam tape to get the optimal use out of it.

Other Thoughts: The rear fans are very low output, so consider replacing them.

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