Rated 4 out of
Good Value Budget Case
Bought to fit a displaced motherboard that was being replaced, and house several PATA IDE HDDs retired over the years. As it was on offer. its a bargain. This case is not built like a VW Golf but is adequate and has locations for more cooling fans than an offshore wind farm, with the fitted front fan having the blue led treatment. Be aware that the case does NOT have a speaker/sounder installed so if your motherboard does not have a beeper on board you will not hear the start-up (fault finding) beeps. As noted by Gavin and Rogue the PSU is probably optimistically rated at 500W, however it is running my hardware OK but I do not have any power hungry Graphics cards installed. It looks pretty good, does its job and is a respectable budget case.
Date published: 2014-05-03
Rated 2 out of
Disappointing quality compared to similarly priced products
This case is poor quality compared to e.g. the CiT Shade Micro ATX PC Case. Main issues with this casing are:
The fan in the power supply is noisy
Difficult to fix expansion cards such as a graphics card.
Large unfiltered openings for various fans which will cause issue in the future.
Avoid this case because of the fan noise even if building a mid spec PC
Date published: 2014-03-17
Rated 3 out of
Does the job as a case
Bought to recase old PC components after a major upgrade, not my first choice but I was in a hurry. Case is usable, but no removable drive carrier / motherboard tray, edges are rather raw, and PSU has very little support other than it's mounting screws. Speaking of the PSU, I wouldn't trust it to run at it's stated power output - I've seen units rated at 350W with bigger heatsinks / better airflow!
Date published: 2014-02-12
Rated 4 out of
CiT1017 case review
Bought this case to give an old mini-itx pc a new lease of life, better cooling potential and more room for a larger gfx card.
Case itself is ok, quite asthetically pleasing in a matte black paint job, the front panel for the usb and audio panels are black not coloured as illustrated. When powered in the hdd light is a bright red and around the on/off switch is a bright blue to match the front mounted fan.
The metal side (access) panels can be tricky to line up after removal and the metal is a tad thin but still ok, be aware of some rather sharp edges inside! Comes with a bag of various screws and plastic pegs for mounting the motherboard.
Comes with a you-get-what-you-pay-for basic 500w psu, it does the job and has a few sata and molex connectors, and a standard 24pin atx motherboard connector.
The hdd bay is really difficult to mount a hdd in though as the holes for the mounting screws are slightly too offset for most drives, the larger cd drive etc bays are ok though.
Has a 120mm blue led fan (included) mounted in the front with a molex pass-through connector albeit on a very short cable. The side panel is meshed and has holes for two fans (not included) of either 80mm, 92mm or 120mm and a rear fan (not included) mount for either a 80mm or 92mm fan allowing decent airflow through the case.
All in all a well priced case for your money, with potentially decent airflow, looks decent and has a basic 500w psu for under Ј40
All in all its a good case for beginner pc enthusiasts looking to undertake a new build or transfer their pc to a new home.
Date published: 2014-02-26