( 3.8 Average / 12 Ratings )
The case was also one I went back and forth on. There are a good amount of microATX case options in the low price range but chose this one for a couple reasons. First it came with 2 fans preinstalled (120mm intake and 80mm exaust) which made this case a great deal. Also the front panel has cutouts for air to be pulled in (check photos) unlike the others which were closed off (where is it pulling air from?). This case is made from solid material and didn't feel cheap to me at all with no sharp edges or flimsy material. I was able to figure out some nice tricks to hide cables actually and did the best I could with cable management and preventing them from blocking airflow. There was also a big surprise when I got the case, there was a 2.5" drive mount at the bottom of the case!!! It doesn't say anything about it on the product description page so I was pleasantly surprised I didn't have to buy a converter for the 3.5" bay. What a great case for such a low price. Only con was the ugly cables from the front headers, but there's not window so you don't have to look at them anyway!
I got this case for $22 at Newegg. No one should expect quality at this price, but the case is a great value. It was exactly what I needed for my build.
Came without any damage, 2 chassis fans included, not flimsy, big power button, nice size, minimalistic. Wasn't advertised, but it came with a 2.5" mounting point at the bottom of the case, so that's a plus. There are some major cons, though. One is that there is absolutely no cable management, so you have to stuff the cables in the 5.25" drive bay. Another is that the front panel cables also run through the 5.25" drive bay, which together means that it will be difficult to fit in a disk drive. Since I don't have this, this is not an issue for my me. For the low cost, I am satisfied with this case.
I got this for $15 including mail in rebate. I couldn't ask for much more in a case--it holds everything in well, and ventilation is good. I got it mostly because it was the smallest MicroATX I could find, plus the good price with two fans included, and a big plus was NO LED FANS! It also didn't have some ridiculously nerdy design that I didn't need or want. The fans are pretty quiet and seem to get good airflow. Running Ubuntu 16.04 with CPU (i3-6100 with stock fan) core temps just above 30C at light to moderate load.
Some others said they had sharp edges--I didn't have any problems with this. It is still sheet metal though, so if you run your finger along an edge with some pressure, you'll still probably get a cut. So don't do that. Some people also complained about the plastic thumbscrews for the side panels. I found them just fine, though I'm sure if you were to go at them like the Hulk, you'd probably find them flimsy. So don't do that either.
Install drives first, then PSU, then motherboard and cables. Some things were a tight squeeze, especially getting the ATX power onto the MB (Gigabyte GS-B150M-DS3H) with the 3.5" drives getting in the way. I was able to tuck the PSU and case cables above the optical drive. The SATA and fan cables got twist tied and nestled along the side of the case.
I take off one star for three little nit-picky things. The front USB ports seem somewhat flimsy--they have a decent amount of give when inserting a USB device into them. Also, I was a little disappointed with the 1/8th inch gap between the motherboard plate and motherboard--I would've liked a little tighter fit. Lastly, the power LED light is blindingly bright. It lights up the whole room! I have flashlights that aren't as bright as this thing! A little tape on the front solves this problem.
+Comes with fans included
+Seems sturdy enough
-Pretty cramped, nowhere to shove wires
-Front panel is really annoying to get off
I chose this case because it was one of the few that I could find without stupid jagged-edged designs or obnoxious LEDs. The fact that it was also the cheapest case was just icing on the cake.
The silver trim is actually darker and more grey than it looks in the photos, and the little strip towards the bottom that looks whitish is actually chrome. The lower piece of silver/grey trim has a corner that does just not want to snap fully into place on mine, but it's not too noticeable so whatever.
My only gripe is that there isn't a whole lot of room for cable management. I would definitely recommend a modular power supply if you get a hard on for pristine cable management.
I had minor difficulties installing the motherboard due to the tight fit. Even after removing the rear fan, the motherboard didn't quite clear the HDD bays when I was trying to put it in place. It was a scary experience as a first time builder, but there was no apparent damage to the motherboard and everything seems to be working fine.
Worst case ever for basically everything but it was cheap and it gets the job done
For a cheap case its alright. Cable management is atrocious, supported fans aren't the best, and the hard drive sits right over the RAM which makes it super annoying when installing or removing RAM but it was free so whatever. Oh and the power and card reader lights are insanely bright.
A basic case on a budget. No Cable Management options and no 2.5” drive bay. Also sharp edges so beware. All things considered, not bad overall, but I could use some touch-ups.