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Pros: Runs elder scrolls online tamriel and firefall max and battlefield 3 @ 1920x1080. (Forgiving curve for overheating. see cons)
Cons: Have to remove gpu to remove airguide. This makes cleaning cigarette smoke residue and dust an annual event, though air dusting is monthly.
Other Thoughts: best not to smoke around these air suckers for maximum longevity. I might have been lucky with the unit i received, and regular cleaning helps keep it working.
I've just recently had the fan stop and then the card slowed down after 5 minutes of playing. Cleaning seems to have prolonged and revived it. It seems this card has a forgiving curve for overheating.
This review is from: DIYPC MiniQ7-W USB 3.0 w/Dual White Fans White SECC ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Pros: White case fits non man cave aesthetics.
Fits 8.2" wide atx board (6 screw) very well, 9.6" (9 screw) with compromise.
Has space behind mainboard wall for cables. Very easy with 400w PS, loving determination with 700w PS.
Generous space top of case where one 120mm fan located. I fit long cables ends in space. Other reviewer had h60 water cooler inspace.
Best balance of size, function, appearance (white and blue) for me.
Covered dvd face.
No cover for usb/audio port. Port cover ends up always open with me.
Fits 3-4 120 mm fans. Power supply can be tall enough to block front spot, so some systems can use 3 fans, some 4. I fit 90 mm exhaust above ps.
Has anti-vibration grommets for 3.5" hd mount at bottom case, only this spot has them. The other 3.5" hd spot is typical. Longer screws included so not to over compress grommets.
Light weight. 7.5 lbs! Very happy with weight.
Case is solid once assembled. The panels flexing was distressing on first test. The fan grill can still flex. The rest of the case is pleasingly sturdy. Light weight!
Thick paint. I chipped some drilling new power supply passthrough wire hole and was impressed how thick it is.
Runs well as positive air pressure. Using 3 120mm coolermaster 2000 rpm fans with 90 mm exhaust to direct air past drives. Other system uses 1 coolermaster 2000 rpm fan and the 2 included 120 mm fans ( bought 2 cases) and 90 mm exhaust past drives. The cracks don't collect dust on either system. It seems to just need that top fan on intake and air blows out all the unfanned holes! I just want air passing the hard drive so I placed an exhaust near.
Included fans sufficient as part of positive pressure air cooling system. I won't spend as much on 2 more fans next time. It takes 3 120 mm for this to work.
Cons: No cut out on mainboard wall behind cpu means cleaning cpu heatsink will be like building the system again.
Its a mainboard wall, not a mainboard tray.
Mainboard wall cut outs (2) located just below 5.25" are rounded on one face only. Sharp enough to strip insulation if not watchful.
My mainboard sata ports are at the edge of the board near power supply. The cables bend 90 deg. Mainboard recommends against such installation. Will see how well that keeps working.
Cover for expansion card retaining screws eludes my understanding of purpose. It makes case a little shorter. It sticks out about as far as the usb and hdmi wires that connect nearby. But why cover the screws? Also, the cover is so flat only the included screws for the mainboard allow it to close. Only 9 such screws included. That's only possible for 6 screw mount board. Maybe easier to manufacture?
Wish there was a cut out by bottom right edge of board. There is a small cut out because ps cable routes near and hold down for cable is cut out of wall. Can only use this hole with 8.2" (6 hole) board.
Have to choose power supply carefully for fit. The only instruction just shows general location. No guidance on ps fan type, though the spot seems to align with a 120mm fan hole. There is depression in wall that limits height of power supply.
The ps is connected by a cable that passes through case to socket at rear of case. The ps plug end is 90 deg. The wire needs enough room to not bend severely. My first case I drilled new hole so wire ran straight. My second case I selected power supply by socket position. The narrow long side (not the long long side?) points to the middle of ps. That's the direction of the wire. Easiest part of second system.
Non modular power supply with short cables is good fit. Modular tends to spread connector so it would restrict airflow more in this case than the one large clump of wires on edge of non modular power supply. Short wires means less tucking.
Directions are a one sided sheet of darkish photocopy of component location. If the weak directions are why this amazing case cost so little, I'm ok with them.
Need 3.5" to 2.5" bracket to install sdd. Bracket needs bottom screw holes to use case bottom position. I saw brackets with side hole only. I put my own bottom holes in a bracket and attatched to bottom of hdd, which is in the top 3.5" position. I like how it looks.
Case needs to come with 3.5" to 2.5" bracket with bottom holes. It seems to be such rare mount type that case needs to have one included.
I wish the fan holes had mesh (not foam) dust filters. No dust filters included.
Other Thoughts: This case just needs a few more tweeks to make it amazing for people besides me. Im happy I bought the case, and a second one. Once they make those tweeks, it'll cost more. I'd pay 70 for a refined version of this case. The ps position saves a lot of space. There is cable management space. If they used this design with a micro atx case it would be the smallest micro atx case. This seems to be a poorly promoted innovation in case design.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Kirill K.
Date Joined: 10/30/06
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