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Michael S.

Michael S.

Joined on 01/05/05

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Great PC case. While it doesn't look like something from a sci-fi movie like many PC cases, it does kinda remind me of a toaster.

DIYPC HTPC-Cube-BK Black USB3.0 Aluminum/Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer case, can support 120mm Radiator, Standard Size ATX PSU
DIYPC HTPC-Cube-BK Black USB3.0 Aluminum/Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer case, can support 120mm Radiator, Standard Size ATX PSU

Pros: It's about the smallest case you can get and still use a full size atx PSU, 3.5" hdd, and a 2-slot width graphics card. The construction is somewhere between good and great. The big fan seems like a good idea and it's pretty quiet. I like the audio jacks and USB ports right where they are. All the components I chose fit together well enough.

Cons: The airflow seems to sub-optimal, but good enough to keep things operating without worry. The documentation included in the case (evidently, I'm the kind of guy that reads that sort of thing), indicates you can fit two 2.5" hdds on the bottom of the case or one 3.5" hdd on the top. Either way they're flat against the inside surface of the case and the noise they produce resonates more than I'd like. The motherboard would almost certainly get in the way of mounting a 3.5" hdd on the bottom (which would be a far better place for the hdds), so instead it goes on the top. If you're using a 2-slot width graphics card, then there is only a thin gap (¼ inch?) between the hdd and the graphics card, but a slightly larger gap (½ inch?) between the graphics card and the PSU. It's a tight fit, but that's the idea, right? I chose the Sapphire Radeon R9 380 2-slot 170mm card. The case advertises support of graphics cards up to 230mm, but that will likely depend on the cables coming out of your PSU. I'm using a Corsair CS650M 650W which measures 5.9" x 3.39" x 5.51". Seriously, I would only recommend using a FULLY modular PSU in this case and I'm really glad my PSU isn't any bigger (not all full size atx PSUs are the same size, BTW).

Overall Review: It's minimalistic, and relatively stylish and cute. There's no reset button, but honestly, if you know how to keep your machine running smoothly, you don't really need one. Overall, a clever design. I would definitely recommend this case for some types of builds. No optical disc drive, but these days you don't really need one, and if it had one it would just make the case larger and more expensive. I got an external USB DVD drive and I'm glad I did.

Nice and quiet

Rosewill Model ROD-EX002 - Slim Aluminum 8X DVD Writer - USB 2.0 - External Optical Drive for PCs - Black
Rosewill Model ROD-EX002 - Slim Aluminum 8X DVD Writer - USB 2.0 - External Optical Drive for PCs - Black

Pros: Don't need a DVD rom drive very often, so this is a good choice. Works great.

Cons: NA

Love it.

CORSAIR Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model CMY16GX3M2A2400C11
CORSAIR Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model CMY16GX3M2A2400C11

Pros: My MOBO easily took it to 2400. Perfectly stable

Cons: NA

Love it.

ASUS VN289H Black 28" HDMI Ultra-Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor ,300 cd/m2 ,ASCR 80000000:1 (3000:1) Built-in Speakers, Tilt Adjustable
ASUS VN289H Black 28" HDMI Ultra-Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor ,300 cd/m2 ,ASCR 80000000:1 (3000:1) Built-in Speakers, Tilt Adjustable

Pros: Great picture, and good price point for the size and resolution. Built in speakers are better than I hoped. Lots of inputs. Big,

Cons: NA

Overall Review: NA