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SilverStone PS08B Black High-strength plastic and meshed front panel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Not as bad as people say this one is. 04/13/2013

This review is from: SilverStone PS08B Black High-strength plastic and meshed front panel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Very compact and lightweight; ideal for a very small media server. It fits extremely easily under my desk.

I got this case to fit all of my leftover PC components using an old Sapphire Radeon 4870 and an Athlon II 235e processor with a Biostar DDR2 motherboard. And it works to play SWTOR and Battlefield 3 very well.

Cons: Cable management is very hard in this case. Also long graphics card such as my Radeon 4870 will probably hit the back end of the 3.5" hard drive. However most people would not use more than 2 hard drives in this very compact build. Also this case is very low end Silverstone so don't expect Temjin style.

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APEVIA X-QPACK-BL/420 Black/Blue Aluminum MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 420W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Awesome, very portable LAN gaming rig 04/10/2013

This review is from: APEVIA X-QPACK-BL/420 Black/Blue Aluminum MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 420W Power Supply

Pros: Probably the most portable micro-ATX case ever. Fits perfectly on top of my rather small computer desk at home. I was considering building a mini-ITX gaming rig in a Bitfenix Prodigy but that ended up being much heavier and too big for my liking (wonderful design however). So I went with this case.

I had moved everything from my huge Antec 900 case and am grateful to have slimmed down my rig. Now can I fit this gaming rig into the trunk of my wife's Fiat 500 which could hardly fit my peripherals and Dell 24" monitor.

LAN gaming party ready now. Very excited to try it out again in this format...

Cons: Rather cramped, cannot install long graphics card where the power connectors (PCI 6/8-pin) are on top due to blockage by the 5.25" drive mounting panel. Plastic handle seems to be very fragile and not good for holding up rig by itself. Default Apevia power supply a piece of junk to be replaced with a much higher quality power supply. Default blue fan (120mm) very noisy and should be replaced at some point. Cooling may be difficult and tight fit for any water cooled system (probably 120mm radiator I suspect)?

Other Thoughts: My rig is as follows:

-APEVIA X-QPACK-BL/420 Black/Blue Aluminum MicroATX Desktop Computer
Case 420W Power Supply
-GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
-AMD Phenom II X4 B93 - HDXB93WFK4DGI (business version of AMD Phenom
II X4 830 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
HDX830WFK4DGM - OEM)
-Thermaltake TR2 TR-600 600W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
-CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3
12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
-Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW080G310 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid
State Drive (SSD) - OEM
-ARCTIC Alpine 64 GT Rev. 2 CPU Cooler - AMD, Supports Multiple
Sockets, 80mm PWM Fan at 22dBA

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RAIDMAX AEOLUS ATX-818WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Wonderful design but cheaply made; good for budget gaming rigs 04/03/2013

This review is from: RAIDMAX AEOLUS ATX-818WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: I decided to convert to this case after my Fractal Design Define Mini turned out to be too big to fit into the Fiat 500 trunk during going to a LAN party. An advantage of this case is that this is slightly narrower than my Antec 900 case which means that this can fit into tighter spaces.

Building into this case was super easy. In fact it took me less than 10 minutes to transfer from the Fractal Design case into this Raidmax case. (I put my specs in the notes below for this build). Cable management was very easy and I was able to route most of the cables behind the motherboard without any trouble.

With my micro-ATX board and Crossfire setup, I had zero trouble being able to fit everything in.

Very beautiful design however! I really dig the fact that the front blue fan just makes this case glow. I plan to add a Fractal Design case fan to the back in a few weeks.

I recommend this case as being one of Raidmax's better efforts.

Cons: Unfortunately during the build I accidentally tried to put the wrong side panel (windowed) onto the motherboard back plate side and bent out one of the hooks for the panel so I had to bend it back. Very cheap steel apparently and the plastic coating broke off. Also I broke one of the rivets that held the window to the steel portion of the panel.

Thus this beauty is marred by cheap steel but I wasn't expecting too much at this price point. Thus no eggs off.

Also because this is narrower than most typical mid-tower cases, I think that extremely huge CPU cooler may have difficulty fitting? I wouldn't know since I used a stock Intel fan which is very low profile.

I don't know anything whether water cooling would be easy in this case but I suspect that radiators can be mounted on the top dual fan slots?

Also only 3 hard drive spaces makes this not the ideal choice for servers. However just use a 4 TB hard drive arrays and that should suffice.

Other Thoughts: -RAIDMAX AEOLUS ATX-818WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
-ASRock H77M Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
-Thermaltake TR2 TR-600 600W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
(PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
-XFX CORE Edition FX-777A-ZNF4 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit
GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
-XFX FX775AZNJ4 Radeon HD 7750 1GB DDR5 CI-Express 3.0 x16 Video Card
-Intel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 69W
Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX8063
-Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW180A310 2.5" 180GB SATA III MLC
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

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Date Joined: 08/10/11

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