Joined on 01/24/05
Simply the Best Case I have ever used as a DIY build
Pros: This Antec case is awesome to work with in multiple areas...meeting all of my requirements * Large interior making it super easy to install components, * First requirement was one external 5 1/4 bay for my DVD/BD burner, *Second the most critical being the AIO cooler. I used the CORSAIR iCUE H150i ELITE which is a 360mm cooler installed in the inside front of the case below the drive bay for optimum CPU cooling. ANTEC provide the flexibility to install the cooler inside or outside, which was great for me *MB just slipped in super easy, no tight corners or sides that make it hard to Insall * All cables are hidden on the back side of the case, *
Cons: Literally none for me because I took advantage of using (3) Samsung 980 Pro M.2 SSDs on the MB. No legacy 5 1/5 drives were used for this build except for the aforementioned burner Ok well, If I designed the case, I would have created a front side cutout hole so I could get my hand in there to connect cables to the Power Supply. Not a big deal just had to do it from the back side. Of course, that would make the messy cables visible through the glass side, so it was a tradeoff.
Overall Review: I highly recommend this case to any gamer or power user. My build... *Clean install of Windows 11 Pro *Intel Core i9-11900K - Core i9 11th Gen. While rated at 3.5GHz base freq, it typically runs at between 4.7 and 5.1 GHz due to multitasking and video editing performed, otherwise it may be down to 3-7% utilization. This is all on intel boost, I did not tweak the speed at all. *ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming WiFi 6E LGA 1200 (Intel 11th/10th Gen) Has 4 internal M.2 SSD slots *GameMax Power Supply 750W Fully Modular 80+ Gold *CORSAIR iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler. This cooler runs at room temp even with the CPU running at 100% +5.2GHz *(3) Fans at top exhaust heat, what little there is, typically just 5 degrees centigrade over room temp *CORSAIR Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (2 x 16GB) memory *SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2 2280 500GB PCI-Express Gen 4.0 x4, This is only for the OS *Samsung 980 PRO 2TB SSD, (2) configured in RAID-1 used for file storage. Unbelievable speed, only took 2.5sec to copy a 5GB movie from one drive to the other on this MB * No Graphics card, just using the built in Display Port to 3 Dell 24" monitors. *Pioneer Black DVD/BR burner BDR-2212 *CORSAIR ML120 PRO RGB, placed at the back of the case. I wanted a total LED Rainbow effect from all components so I did remove the 5 provided fans, nothing wrong with them, just wanted a different visual effect.
Corsair Voyager GT 128GB - Failed device
Pros: Was great while it lasted (only 6 months)
Cons: Device failed after 6 months. Was getting a bit warm to the touch while connected to a USB 3.0 port on the desktop. Only had about 5GB of music on the drive, but would no longer write, and could not delete anything. Also unable to reformat it. Fortunately I was able to copy my data off the drive.
Overall Review: What is the RMA process?
Great Micro-ATX case, and excellent value!
Pros: This is the coolest looking and best under $50 case I could find. Love the RGB rear fan and lights on the front that can be easily set with a small button on the right side of the front case cover, that allows you to rotate through numerous lighting effects. I was tired of large heavy cases, so this case is light which is exactly what I wanted for an upgraded PLEX media server. Pros: - Light design, under 10lb - removable side panel tempered clear glass that is held closed magnetically. Love that part - RGB Fan and front lighting effects - 8-Fan capability (120mm) Great air flow design - USB 3.0 / 2.0 - Reset button (many other cases have done away with feature) - Magnetic fan filter, super easy to clean Bottom line: Everything worked as advertised, and the best under $50 case you can get if it meets your needs.
Cons: Let me address a few common complaints...as an experienced system builder - Yes, the steel is thin but that is partly why I like it, its light weight! This does not mean it will not stay together. Once all your components are installed it becomes a very solid build - RGB lights use old school Molex connectors but so what, unfortunately this means it does not connect to the MB, it has its own RGB lighting effects controller. CAUTION, there are 3 connectors in series, do not disconnect them because you may get them out of order and cause the RGB to not work. Just connect the Power Supply connector to the correct end per the instructions and you should not have a problem. - No external drive bays - NOT a con at this price point. If you want an external drive bay, then you have to pay more for a larger case. Not what I was looking for here. - Has room for two internal 3.5" drive mounts at the bottom behind the P/S but needed a shoehorn to get them installed. If you do this make sure you pick a P/S with fully module cable design to minimize the cable clutter down, there. - Someone posted no instructions in the box. It does come with instructions, so that person may have gotten a used case when it was lost.
Overall Review: I would highly recommend this case for anyone building a budget PC with a Micro-ATX board, with integrated M.2 SSD on the motherboard. If you do that than your build will be super clean. My build... - Case DIYPC ARGB-Q8-BK Black - MB: GIGABYTE B660M GAMING X AX DDR4 (rev. 1.1), has two onboard M.2 SSD connectors, + RAID capability - CPU: Intel Core i5-12600 - Core i5 12th Gen Alder Lake 6-Core 3.3 GHz LGA 1700 65W Intel UHD Graphics 770 Desktop Processor - BX8071512600. I may have used a more expensive CPU than was necessary, but I do like the fact its only 65w and does not require additional cooling, just used stock Intel fan - Graphics: Not using any additional graphics card just the built in Intel UHD 770 - P/S: EVGA SuperNOVA 650 GA, 80 Plus Gold 650W, Fully Modular - RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) - Added Case fans: 120mm PWM 4-Pin High Airflow Quiet Edition Rainbow LED, three for $17, connects to the MB for lighting control - OS drive: SAMSUNG 980 M.2 2280 500GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 - Storage drives (2): Seagate IronWolf 10TB NAS Internal Hard Drive HDD CMR 3.5 Inch SATA 6Gb/s 7200RPM. I created a RAID-1 mirror set for data redundancy that gives me nearly 10TB of PLEX Movie storage - System operate mostly headless, connected to my Network., but can attach a monitor if needed Love they way it came out.
Great case for the money, but has a minor size fault.
Pros: Once the new computer build was successfully completed, I am very satisfied with my purchase.
Cons: Size does matter (too small), requiring above average system build experience for a Water Cooling installation with the Z170 ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO MB specifically. Other MBs may be easier to install. This case is absolutely the smallest case to be considered for a full size 12" square MB installation, and is 1/4" too short in height and 1/4" too short in length for easy installation. And yes 1/4" can make or break a successful install. I would recommend a minimum 19” high case for Water cooler installations. This case is only 18.5" high, requiring a shoehorned job This case had zero (0) height clearance between the top edge of the MB and the bottom of the CORSAIR (H100iGTX) cooler used. This tight clearance prevented proper connector installation of the EATX12V power connector, so basically the connecter is in but the not properly latched in part due to the ASUS MAXIMUS VIII HERO MB plastic shroud at the top near the EATX12V connector. This is where an extra 1/4" clearance would have made all the difference for an easy install.
Overall Review: Fans are very quiet, the LED red lights look great as well. Fans have dual connectors, a 3-Pin plus the large Molex connector. Cable lengths was sufficient for each fan to connect to the MB Fan connectors. From a design perspective I would have also liked for the plastic window to have come with holes in it to improve ventilation. Last point, I always use reverse air flow on the Water Cooler fans to bring in cooler outside air across the water cooler radiator. This increases heat transfer rate due to greater delta-T. Yes, I know this is not what the manual shows and is also against natural circulation (NC) but the fans can easily overcome any NC effect. System currently OC’ed stable at 4.8GHz. Using the ASUS Suite 3, fan controller in Performance mode, all fans are running at about 621 RPM maintaining CPU temp of 28c. Room temp is 75F (It’s below freezing outside today) System Build specs: Z170 ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO MB, Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake, Samsung 950 Pro M.2 512GB (Primary OS drive), Corsair Hydro Cooler H100i GTX, GSkill RipJaws V DDR4 3200 Memory 16GB, Microsoft Windows 10 Pro x64 OEM, WD Black 3TB second drive, EVGA GeForce GTX 960 OC Gaming card, Corsair CSM-650M Power Supply.
Great Product! Easy to setup and use...after Windows 10 is activated.
Pros: Device / speed worked as advertised. If your computer is Microsoft Activated, then the TP-LINK should be recognized by Windows 10/8 without the use of the included drivers.
Cons: Not a con for the TP-LINK TL-WN822N Wireless N300 High Gain USB Adapter, but the problems are with Windows 10 This was a clean install of Windows 10 Pro x64 OEM version, where windows will not permit updates or new hardware until it is Activated! Of course activation requires internet access, so until Activation is accomplished it will NOT recognize the device. (Do not bother installing drivers as this will not help). Had to first connect my computer via wired connection to complete activation. Once Activated, then connecting the TP-LINK to a USB port was instantly recognized by Windows 10, without installing the provided drivers on the mini-CD. Disconnected the wired Ethernet connection, rebooted and the wireless worked perfectly at rated speed.
Overall Review: I would highly recommend this product if you need a good USB connected Wi-Fi adapter for your computer. This is actually way cheaper than purchasing a Motherboard with Wi-Fi included which usually comes at a $100 premium price.