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GIGABYTE gz-ph1a3 Black SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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2 out of 5 eggs Not what I expected 06/09/2011

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Pros: This case has a nice layout both inside and out. Particulary, it has easy to access USB ports on the front and plenty of bays for multiple hard drives. It has a very pleasing aesthetic, and I do like the LEDs on the front panel. It is a very light weight case, but that comes at a cost.

Cons: This case is very flimsy. The steel is very thin and will bend with very little extra force. The face plate is a pain to remove to add extra case fans or to even to add 5.25" accessories. You must be methodical in putting your components in this case as the inner space is cramped. I had to pull the power supply to get the motherboard in, then had to tightly bend the power cables to ensure the DVD burner would seat all the way in. Be careful not to overtighten any screws on the case, or you will easily strip the threads out of the hole.

Other Thoughts: I know this case is very reasonably priced, but I have come to expect better quality from Gigabyte products. I have been a religious purchaser of their motherboards for years and have had great success with their performance and endurance. I was quite let down when I saw the quality of this product, and even more disappointed when I went to work on constructing the machine with the little pains I had to endure. If you are looking for an inexpensive case for a micro ATX layout, then this case will work in a pinch. If you are looking to build a system with a standard ATX board and a beefy power supply with extra cooling fans and multiple peripherals in it, there are other inexpensive options that are better constructed and will better suit your needs.

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