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This review is from: APEX Vortex 3620mini Black Metal / ABS MicroATX Tower Computer Case
Pros: I had an Athlon II x2 245 sitting around and wanted to know how inexpensively I could put it to use. I picked up a Corsair 430W PS for $20 with rebate, a MSI microatx board with built in graphics for $45, 2Gb of RAM (only $13), and this case for $29 (on sale). About $100 of extra investment -- I added a used HD and CDROM and was good to go!
The case is pretty good. Relatively attractive. Not too flimsy, all the right screws. My PSU fits fine. Small, but enough room to work. Front panel jacks fit the bill. Fans are quiet enough (although I replaced the blue LED fan in front). I'm not going to be generating too much heat, but I have no worries there -- plenty of ventilation.
Cons: Front plastic panel is a little cheap and hard to work with. Not a big problem.
Other Thoughts: PSU + case = <$50. Good formula! Better deal than some combo case/PSU setups. Add a microATX board and it's also better than any barebones systems that I looked at.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I was lucky to get this PSU at $20 (with rebate). At this price -- fan is very quiet, 80 plus efficiency, and looks amazing! Currently powering a very basic Athlon II x2 245 system with onboard graphics.
Cons: Only 3 molex connectors, but I've only needed three so far!
Other Thoughts: I have a 750 watt Corsair which I was very impressed with. This appears to have the same build quality, but with less power/connectors.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: I haven't bought a lot of cases, but this one really impressed me for the price. A lot of "little things" were thought of in the design, like cable storage.
I had my system in an older Antec case before this with 4x 80mm fans (2 in, 2 out). My Pentium E6300 idled at about 33 C and never got hotter than 41 C or so.
Moving to the Antec 300, with only the 120mm/140mm tricool fans that are included on medium, I'm now idling at 25 C, and not getting hotter than about 35 C. Very surprised and pleased that there was this much improvement to be made by upgrading the case.
Cons: The only downside to my upgrade is that my old case had a handy latch, instead of the knurled screws that the 300 has holding the side of the case on.
Other Thoughts: I will probably get some Arctic Cooling PWM fans for this case as well. Opening the case to switch the tri-cools is a pain.
I bought this case a few months ago on "Black Friday" special. Supposedly I will be getting a rebate from Antec one of these days....