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TOPOWER TP-1687BS-400 Black / Silver SECC 0.8mm MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 400W SFX Power Supply
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Pros: Ideal size for a mATX or smaller board. Nice layout and pretty solidly built (esp. for the cost).

Cons: Only two things I'm not thrilled with:
1) The headphone jack on the front is a little weird. When plugging in a cord, there was a lot of resistance, to the point I was afraid I'd break the plastic around it. Hopefully it'll loosen up a bit or I'll just plug into the jack on the back of the box.
2) One of the fans has a standard 3-pin connector so the mobo/bios can control the speed, but the other just connects to MOLEX, so it's running full-speed all the time. It's not really that loud, but it does limit this case's usefulness for an HTPC.

Other Thoughts: An old ECS Atom330 mATX board slid right into place, along with a DVD-RW drive a a 3.5" HDD. Other reviews mention clearance issues between the back of the optical drive a CPU heatsink/fan, but that's going to vary from one mobo to the next (they don't all put the CPU in the exact same spot). Plus, optical drives these days are pretty compact, so it probably won't be an issue for you.

Silicon Power Touch 835 32GB Waterproof USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model SP032GBUF2835V1T
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4 out of 5 eggs Works OK, casing a bit flimsy 04/19/2013

This review is from: Silicon Power Touch 835 32GB Waterproof USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model SP032GBUF2835V1T

Pros: Good capacity for the cost, reasonably good read/write performance. Works perfectly for the intended purpose (playing music and podcasts through my car stereo).

Cons: Casing is very thin metal. For the cost, I wasn't expecting crush-proof adamantium, but this drive's outer skin is about as rigid as a few layers of heavy aluminum foil. For this reason, I wouldn't use one as a carry-around drive that might bump up against keys or other stuff in your pocket. The provided ball-chain is even less sturdy than the drive casing. If you're looking for a super-durable keychain drive, I'd strongly suggest the Kingston SE9.

Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced - Mini-ITX Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Long Graphics Card Support - Black
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Big enough to fit a standard ATX PSU and a decent CPU cooler on a Zotac 880 AM3 board. Nice layout for hard drives and included mounts for 2.5" disks. Not too big, not too small; juuust right (hence the "Goldilocks" reference).

Cons: The main cover is a little tight to take off and get back on properly. Material is a little thin, but not unusually so for a sub-$100 case (they just don't build cases like they used to). Also, no external 3.5" opening (it'd be nice to have the option of adding an internal card reader).

Other Thoughts: A little bummed that I can't use the front USB3 port, but that's because my board doesn't have the necessary header (no fault of the case). Overall, a good-sized, reasonably-priced case for a compact desktop system.


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Display Name: Chad K.

Date Joined: 04/08/08

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  • First Review: 07/13/09
  • Last Review: 05/03/13
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