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hec Black 0.7mm Thickness SECC Steel 7KJ9 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case w/270W Power Supply

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  • 0.7mm Thickness SECC Steel
  • Front FireWire Ports

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 90 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 90 days
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Do Not Buy 3/31/2011 6:51:31 PM

Pros: It's pretty, and small...which is part of what I was looking for. And NEWEGG had a great deal as always.

Cons: This list is long, so bear with me. unfortunately it sat in the box till past the NEWEGG return period, so I was stuck dealing with manufacturer warranty...First off, the power supply was bad and the company would require that I pay to ship the entire case back so they could check it. I had everything installed already, so I grabbed a new PSU ($50). Second, the motherboard stand-offs are far too wide for their intended purpose. I actually had to hammer and chisel them down and epoxy standard ones in place because I had metal of the case contacting solder joints and shorting out the board. After finally getting everything bundled in and actually working, I realized how terribly bad the cooling of this case is. It is BAD, I ended up installing one fan on the side vent and one out the back, which is not easy given the small size of the case.

Overall Review: Please realize that I am no newby to builds, and this case was purchased for an existing system that I simply wanted to transplant into a sleek looking, shiny new case. Not so sleek as i found out. I would avoid this product and this company if you're looking for well thought out products and helpful support.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
4/ 5
Nice but plan an extra $50 replace the psu 9/21/2010 3:52:59 PM

Pros: Looks right for an HTPC, good form factor/size

Cons: Power supply, fan noise, marginal quality (to be expected for the price), 1" or so deeper than the specs indicate

Overall Review: I looked at every htpc case and this came closest to what I wanted: looks like AV gear, enough room for disks and cooling, non proprietary, didn't cost $200+. I thought long and hard about an Antec Microfusion but the proprietary psu was a deal breaker.

Quality is cheap as the price indicates, it works once it's together, cable routing was fine for me, blue ray drive required 90 degree sata connectors. It's light gauge steel with sharp edges, not smooth rolled steel edge, drive mounts are flimsy but sufficient, plastic flip down doors are cheap feeling but have worked so far.

I knew this HEC's psu had issues but I bought it anyway. Bought mine from mmwave due to availabilty, first psu blew after a week, got a replacement case, new case psu lasted 6 months. So now I've just ordered a new Sea Sonic TFX PSU and a 80mm case fan (hopefully quieter). So this case really has cost me ~$110 to $120 with the new psu, fan, and shipping to return the first

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Very nice with a few hiccups 7/22/2010 7:05:44 PM

Pros: I was looking for a low profile case to replace the 'cube' I was previously using for my HTPC. It's got a great look, and just enough room for everything you need in an HTPC. The door covering the USB ports is thick enough that you can't see in, but thin enough that I put the receiver for my Lenovo Wireless Keyboard N5901 inside and even with the cover closed, the N5901 works perfectly. Going to try putting my IR receiver from the remote in next.

Cons: Virtually no documentation. Not that it needs much being a case, but I removed the power supply to get the hard drive in and then realized when I went to put the optical drive in that you could remove the front. Additionally, the power connector from most motherboards will end up under the optical drive, making it a long stretch of the cord and an awkward angle to get it in.

Biggest complaint is that the power supply only comes with a single SATA power connector. Thankfully I had a spare adapter, but no excuse for only having one SATA power connector on a case built in the past 2 years.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Nice Media Center case 6/15/2010 5:43:03 PM

Pros: This case looks nice and is pretty good quality for the price. Some have said that it is difficult to get your parts in this case. I really did not have a sinble issue. Gigabyte AM3 Board, Athlon II x3, 4GB Ram, Two 2Tb hard drives, bluray player, Dual tuner Tv card, and a ati 5570. I did not have a problem with space, cable management or heat. I did have to remove the front bezel to install the hard drives, and optical drive, but that was simple enough.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Some have said that the psu is loud. It is not that quited but it is tolerable. I did decrease the volume of it by making sure there was enough air flow in the case. If it gets hot, it gets louder. I am running quite a system off of the psu and all seems well.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Nice case! 5/26/2010 4:07:59 PM

Pros: Looks sharp, nice front case I/O

Cons: PSU is noisy. I'm still using it because I don't mind but others may.

Overall Review: It's cramped, so plan your build before you start slapping things in here -- I was a bit hasty and ended up having to remove and reinstall all kinds of things to finally get all my components in there.

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Ownership: less than 1 day
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Wrong Dimensions 4/7/2010 12:37:17 PM

Pros: Nice looking. Good build quality.

Cons: The size listed is incorrect. It is deeper by a couple inches. This was a deal-breaker as I bought it to fit in the media cabinet...

The ps and fan are fairly noisy. Probably too noisy unless this is a bit removed from your viewing area.

Overall Review: Why are all the HTPC cases deep instead of wide? My cable box is wide, my receiver the same, etc. If these cases were the same dimensions but with the wide side forward, they would be a better fit for the living room.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Keep the PSU as just a backup 3/26/2010 7:28:13 AM

Pros: Case has a decent design, and room enough for all my HTPC components, easy to get into with the provided thumb screws, it also has a fire-wire port that is operational even though the images show that it is blocked (I had to pop the small plastic piece out of the front panel). Once I made the upgrades outlined in the other sections I finally had the system I was looking for, without breaking the bank.

Cons: PSU was way too loud for my taste, I was trying to build a silent HTPC, and had to upgrade the PSU to accomplish that. Also the 80mm case fan also added a little extra sound, so I replaced it with a silent enermax fan. Another issue I had with the PSU is that the main ATX power cable was a little short, if you had an mother board that had the connector in the wrong spot, I could imagine not having enough cable to reach, and if it did reach, there wouldn't be much slack left to manage the cable properly.

Overall Review: I picked up a Seasonic TFX 300W 80+ Bronze PSU from e--bay for around $45, and replace the PSU that came with this case, and my system is less than half as loud as it was with the original PSU. One of the things I was most happy about was that once I got the upgraded PSU, I found that it had much longer cables, that allowed me to run them under both the 3.5" bays and the 5.25" bay, and basically tuck away all my extra cabling, and I now have a very clean install, no cables blocking air flow and not rats nests visible when the case is opened for servicing.
I'm not sure if this is a pro or a con but the reset button is pretty much useless under normal conditions.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Vendor has horrible customer service 3/17/2010 8:20:29 AM

Pros: It is a very nice case. Compact and attractive. I really like the case a lot.

Cons: POWER SUPPLY - DOA

Bad customer service (not NewEgg...the vendor - CompucaseUSA)

Overall Review: I tried to contact the vendor for 3 days to exchange the power supply. I sent two emails and made countless phone calls. Apparently, there is only one employee there who can approve RMAs, so if he is out to lunch (which apparently happens quite often) you can not do anything because no one else can help you.

I can either RMA the whole case with NewEgg (which I dont want to do because I have no where else to put all the component that I purchased) or just purchase a new power supply.

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Manufacturer Response:
We are sorry about the inconvenience. You could always ask operator to tranfer to sales department to get it reviewed. or email sales@compucaseusa.com
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