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APEX Black Steel DM-532-U3 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
  • Steel
  • Power Supply 1
  • 2x USB3.0 (with USB3.0 to USB2.0 adapter cable)
  • -2x HD audio

5 out of 5 eggs Solid case for the money 08/02/2013

This review is from: APEX Black Steel DM-532-U3 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros:

I haven't had any issues with the PSU and the fan is quiet. Some other users got DOAs but thats just going to happen with any sort of consumer grade electronics at this price point. It has a 3.5" drive spot and I have an SSD in the 3.5" drive bay. The metal and plastic don't feel thin.

Cons:

The case is bigger then it looks. I initially wasn't happy with the size, and sometimes I get the urge to waste more money on a mini-ITX setup, but there really is no need. This case won't fit above your AV Receiver (maybe under it), but it has a nice home under the TV by the game systems.

The CPU fan is a little bit loud. I bought a quiet one (17dba) and I the fan sounds louder then it should. I think its because the metal is thin(er) so the fan noise resonates, but I'm comparing it to an Antec Solo which isn't really a fair comparison (that's a really nice case BTW). Its quiet enough for most people, just not an audio snob. But your going to pay for that so its a non-issue.

The USB 3.0 Header doesn't work with my motherboard unfortunately. The mobo manufacturer put the header right where any cramped case with a hard plastic USB 3.0 header wont work. Can't really ding an egg for that due to it being a motherboard issue and not the case. Just something to be aware of when selecting the mobo. Pick the one that has the USB connector towards the back or the case and not the front or plan on using USB 2.0.

Other Thoughts:

Overall I'm happy. Less than $500 got me a nice AMD A10 system with a 1TB HDD and 32GB SSD Cache. I wouldn't call it a home theater PC case though. Its really just a slim desktop case that can pass for one.

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