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COUGAR Spike Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Gaming Case with USB 3.0 and 12CM Cougar Fan

  • Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower
  • USB3.0 x1 & USB2.0 x1, Mic x1, Audio x1 Front Ports
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 2 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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A great blend of performance and function, the COUGAR Spike MicroATX mini tower case offers an ideal choice for gaming enthusiasts and DIY professionals in a space-saving design, at a price that won't make you wince. Sober design with honeycomb meshes and diamond-cut highlight on front panel would impress you at first sight, while all black coating, from inside out, evokes a sense of high quality. Beyond your expectation from a mini tower, the COUGAR Spike effortlessly takes on high-end graphics card up to 330mm in length. Installation is easy and quick with screw-less mechanisms on 5.25" & 3.5" devices. Complete with front-loading USB 3.0 connectivity and superior thermal performance, the COUGAR Spike delivers everything you need to build your power house, and all the confidence and peace to game hard.

  • newegg Excellent Cooling The COUGAR Spike mini tower case comes equipped with 1x 120mm rear fan and a wealth of air vents on front and side panels for effective system cooling.
  • newegg Easy Installation Screw-less design for 5.25” & HDD devices enables easy and quick installation. Reserved space for 2.5" devices on the bottom paves you way to SSD storage technology.
  • newegg High-End Card Support The COUGAR Spike supports high end graphics card up to 330mm long granting you the capability to build your powerful gaming rig.
  • newegg Front USB 3.0 Connectivity 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0 and 2x audio ports on front panel allows easy connection to your webcam, headset, microphone and other peripherals.

Learn more about the COUGAR Spike

Model

Brand
COUGAR
Model
Spike

Spec

Type
MicroATX Mini Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
Steel / Plastic
With Power Supply
No
Power Supply Mounted
Top
Motherboard Compatibility
MicroATX
With Side Panel Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
2
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
2
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays
1 (at bottom cover)
Expansion Slots
4

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB3.0 x1 & USB2.0 x1, Mic x1, Audio x1

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
1 x 120mm Rear Fan
Side Air duct
No

Physical Spec

Dimensions
7.09" x 14.57" x 16.73"

Features

Features
The SPIKE delivers availability and expansion capability in a space-saving design to fully complete the gaming mission

Interior black painting.

Advanced USB3.0 port for maximum data transfer speed.

Support for 4 fans: front 80/90/120mm fan x 1; rear 80/120mm fan x 1 ; side 120mm fans x 2.

Rear COUGAR 120mm fan x 1 is pre-installed.

Support for longer high-end graphics card up to 330mm.

Screw-less mechanisms on 5.25" & HDD devices.

Support installing 2.5" HDD/SSD at bottom cover.

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Cole A.
  • 7/25/2014 10:07:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPleasantly surprised!

Pros: For only being $35 this case is really nice. I was expecting a lot less quality of a product, but I'm quiet pleased with the quality at such a low price.

Cons: Only has 1 fan, but this particular build isn't being overclocked and doesn't have a discrete gpu so It's really not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: Great case if you're looking for a super cheap, but still good quality microATX case.

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  • TJ M.
  • 7/25/2014 8:51:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBetter than I expected

Pros: It's actually pretty sturdy and I didn't find any sharp edges. This is rare for cases this cheap.

Cons: Put your hard drives in before installing the CPU fan/heatsink, as others have mentioned. The drive cage also interferes with the motherboard's 24-pin power connector, making it difficult but not impossible to connect. Not a huge deal IMO because you only connect it once.

Other Thoughts: It's a very decent case, even considering its price. Good for moderate MicroATX builds.

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  • Griffin M.
  • 7/20/2014 6:32:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsA little flimsy

Pros: An excellent value at this price point especially with front panel USB 3.0. The overall construction is good, but I'm taking off one star because the sheet metal is a rather flimsy.

Mine did not come with the plastic no-tool drive-locks for the 5.25 bays. Don't know if this is a change to this model, or they were simply excluded from my package. I found the 3.5" drive-locks to be more secure than I expected from other reviews, but I still opted not to use them.

Cons: It's cramped quarters, but it is uATX.

Other Thoughts: ASUS A78M-A
Arctic Alpine 64 Pus
AMD A10-5800K
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL
Seagate ST1000DM003
Corsair CS450M PSU

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  • Mario N.
  • 6/23/2014 12:52:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent for the price

Pros: Tool-less mounting for HDD's, great ventilation, no sharp edges anywhere, exhaust fan included.

Cons: Only one 2.5 in mounting point, and flat on the bottom of the case. This caused an issue where the power connector on the SSD would be bent up a little because of the flush mounting. So now we must buy an adapter to mount it elsewhere.

Ordered 2 of these cases, and one of them came a little bent. You get what you pay for in thinner materials. Decided to live with it instead of waiting for a replacement.

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  • joy t.
  • 6/23/2014 12:14:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCool Mini Case

Pros: The case is very lightweight, affordable and stylish.
good for mini gaming build.

Cons: no cons.

Other Thoughts: everything went well. perfect.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/14/2014 2:07:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat case

Pros: It has a good amount of room to work with. The tooless works just be a little gentle. The price is awesome. To see just how good it is, try to order one. if it in stock, it won't be for long.

Cons: Wasn't free?

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  • Daniel B.
  • 5/12/2014 11:11:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Value

Pros: Fairly small, yet I was still able to put all the pieces in place without too much difficulty. Pretty solid and the included fans are quiet enough. The air flow is good enough to keep the graphics card cool even during heavy game play.

Cons: The back plate for my mobo didn't fit well, but not sure if that is a reflection on the case or the motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Conservative appearance (no excessive leds), feels as stable as any OEM build.

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  • Chris M.
  • 4/15/2014 11:41:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Budget Case

Pros: As advertised, very solid with everything in proper alignment. (An impotant issue sometimes on budget cases!)

Cons: None. The plastic clamps for the drives some have been complaining about worked fine for me.

Other Thoughts: Can't believe all the suppossed people with max tech rating bagging on this case (on the final rating) over issues you can read on the spec tab! This is a relatively small case, so things will be pretty packed. Have a beer, check out your stuff, and work out a plan on the order you'll put everything in, and you'll be OK. For me, it's running my Linux Beast with 3 HDDs that I'm writing this review on.

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  • Wang Y.
  • 4/13/2014 4:35:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDon't Let NaySayers Get the Best of You

Pros: 1) No sharp contacts in general. I intentionally felt all crevasses and there's none, except for the pieces blocking the DVD/SD Card reader slots. Note that I did NOT add a video card, so I did not undo any of the PCI/PCI-E slot covers.

2) Feels sturdy and good. Seems of quality material. The finish is not as good as the Rosewill Challenger's (I have both the USB 2.0 and 3.0 versions), but much better than the RAIDMAX Saggita.

3) USB 3.0

4) 3.5 inch slot for SD Card reader.

5) The tool-less thingys actually worked for me. I don't know if I trust my computer case in a move or on it's side or whatever, but then I don't do that often, and I take personal care and move of my computer stuff. I'm seriously not sure what other people are complaining about. Take a moment to study it folks. Don't just start flapping the things all over the place.

6) Airflow is good (I installed a 120mm fan in front. I can feel air rushing in).

Cons: 1) As others have noted here, you should install a traditional hard drive prior to installing the CPU HS/Fan if you are planning on using an aftermarket one. Or, you can use the DVD/CD ROM slot, but make sure you have adequate cooling for it because traditional hard drives are warmer than SSDs, and there's no air movement in that area.

2) When I first took out the side panels, I struggled just for a moment to fully take it out. The bottom connector pieces were slightly bent. I had to straighten them out to be able to put the side panels back on/take them off easily. I had to use a fair amount of force to fix the bends, so... I guess that's a good thing that it's sturdy. No problems after that.

3) The power and SSD/HD activity LEDs are obnoxiously bright. I had to use a 12-layer scotch tape square to block them. I guess I will use a permanent black marker or something to mark them later...

4) NOTE: This case is different from all other cases I've worked on in that the motherboard screws will only fit the little tiny threaded screws. Computer screws come with the little tiny thread ones, and the bigger thread ones. The bigger thread ones are generally for the motherboard and for holding down expansion cards such as a video card, and the smaller thread ones are generally for holding HHD/DVD drives. However, this case has that reversed in that you must use the tiny thread screws to screw the motherboard in. Otherwise, you will mess it up like I did. I got it stuck so I had to use a friggen adjustable wrench to hold the one side and use a screwdriver to unscrew the big threaded screw out, while holding the motherboard vertical!

5) Wish this thing was on sale when I bought it. Paid over $40+ for it. I'm cheap, what can I say? At least I'm not one of those idiot$ who spend $100 to $150+ on cases.

6) Only for a Micro ATX motherboard, but I already knew this and intentionally went for a Micro ATX case.

Other Thoughts: I've built over 20 different systems over the years, and started my first work with 386 computers.

Hints and Order of Things Suggestion:

1) If you plan to put a 120mm fan in the front area, do that first. It's easier to do this when there's nothing in the case yet.

2) Install regular HHD (secure from both sides). You can put SSD down on the bottom or with the HHD. I put it with the HHD because I have a Rosewill SSD fan thingy. Since I put my SSD on the bottom slot, my SATA power connectors had a cord sticking upwards to hit the HHD’s bottom area so I had to use a straight 4-pin power to SATA power converter.

3) If you have a SD Card reader in the 3.5” slot, do that now. You will need to remove the metal piece blocking the front. If you add your BD/DVD first, the space may be too tiny to work with.

4) Install BD/DVD/CD drive (secure from one side)

5) Put your I/O backshield in/do your motherboard screws and put motherboard in. See NOTE above in the CONS section.

6) I use Arctic Silver 5 so I studied my aftermarket CPU HS/Fan and did my thang and finalized the CPU and HS/Fan at this time.

7) Put in PSU. Even though I use a modular PSU, I had everything plugged in. I stuck the unused cords on top of the BD drive. I always do that. That's just how I roll. I'm not sure why people complain so much about cable management. That’s up to you folks! I then used twisty's (not the website, but the little thingies, you know) to tie up the wiring.

8) I've worked with enough motherboards (maybe 50+ since I've replaced many computers over the years) so I didn't read the manuals. Again, that’s just how I roll. I studied my motherboard pins and then placed the case HHD/Power/Reset LED connectors etc. in one hand (in the correct position and orientation) and then stuck everything in at once. Worked like a charm. I use this cheap but very powerful Chinese knockoff headlamp to help.

Thoughts:

I have the Rosewill Challenger case and a bunch of others that are in the $50 range. This one, unlike what some naysayers are saying, is actually quiet sturdy. Not sure what they are smoken'.

Setup:

COUGAR Spike Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Case
GIGABYTE GA-H81M-HD3 Motherboard (4K baby)
i3-4330 CPU (again, 4k HTPC)
ARCTIC Alpine 11 Plus CPU Cooler
ADATA Premier Pro SP900 ASP900S3-64GM-C 64GB SATA III SSD (OS and Apps drive)
Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD5000HHTZ 500GB 10K RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s (Videos/Pics drive)
Pioneer Blu-Ray Writer (BDR-209DBK)
OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W Modular High Performance PSU (purchased 4 years ago, but barely used)
Thermaltake Thunderblade 120 mm AF0032 (Blue) (front).
Win 7, 32-bit (not Win 8 junk M$ forces down throats of loyal customers).

I'm using the integrated onboard video so I made a little heat capture makeshift thingy with tough 3M shipping tape: the bottom half of the CPU exhaust go towards the back 120mm exhaust fan. The top half goes straight to my PSU fan.

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  • Andrew H.
  • 4/11/2014 4:04:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid

Pros: Super solid case, great build quality (for $35 you can't really ask much more, its atleast as good as the last case I got (Rosewill Challenger)
No Sharp edges, tooless mounts work well, comes with enough screws to last a lifetime, can't beat it.

Cons: Rear Fan could move more air, but it does fine for what I built this system for.
Doesn't come with lunch/dinner

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