newless case from ebay

By dustin_ds3000
Jul 27, 2007
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  1. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    you can try the manufactuer website or priceline.com (or similar)... other than that cases are pretty generic -not much to review.
  2. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    it doesn't have a manufactuer listed
  3. KingCody

    KingCody TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,568   +7

    if you already bought it, then why do you need to see a review? it's just a case :rolleyes:

    but anyways, I have that exact case, so I'll write a quick "review" of it for ya...

    overall, I've been happy with it but I never expected much out of a computer case either. it's a cheap/generic case and the quality (or lack there of) shows. it's made of very thin steel (which bends very easily and is difficult to straighten out again), the panels don't fit very well. the plastic is very brittle and breaks easily (the box that my case came in was in perfect condition, but two plastic panels had cracked). it's certainly no Antec 900

    the bottom line is: you get what you pay for. it's nothing special but it does the job fine (and it looks cool too)

    oh and BTW, ditch the garbage power supply that comes with it. a cheap case poses no danger to your system, but a cheap PSU can destroy everything ;)
  4. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    yeah i wasnt going to use that psu, but thankz for your info, the only reason the case was for the window and the temp lcd in the front
  5. KingCody

    KingCody TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,568   +7

    yeah, it is a cool looking case IMO.

    I love that LCD temp display on the front. it's actually very accurate, at least on mine it is. (I verified it's accuracy with an infared thermometer).

    enjoy your new case :wave:
  6. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    ok the case came in, i got a problem now, the temp probe it reading 26c on cpu but my bios says 80c, when i was using my old case the bios says 40c, what should i do
  7. KingCody

    KingCody TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,568   +7

    well, you actually have two problems...

    1. your CPU is running too hot. while moving the mobo into the new case you must have dislodged the heatsink. you'll have to clean the heatsink and CPU, and re-apply new thermal compound.

    2. your second problem is the location of the CPU temp probe (thermocouple) for the front panel display. normally you can expect a difference of a few degrees between the BIOS reading and your panel display reading, but a 54°C difference means that the probe is not close enough to the CPU. push the probe under the heatsink until it touches the CPU core. the core on an AthlonXP is thicker than the temp probe, so that gives you enough space to push the probe all the way to the core.

    since you'll have to remove the heatsink anyways, it would be easiest to hot-glue the probe in place before you re-mount the heatsink, that way you know it's placed close enough to get a good reading, and by hot-gluing it in pace you know it will stay there.

    good luck :)
  8. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    well i fixed it but i broke the cpu probe, is there any way to replace it. i guess i need to me more careful, i might just use hdd probe on the cpu
  9. KingCody

    KingCody TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,568   +7

    don't feel bad, I broke all my original probes too. the tape that comes on it is not strong enough to hold itself together (another reason todoubt the overall quality of the case ;)). they seem to break just by looking at them wrong :lol:

    yes, you can replace them with another thermocouple. I had a bunch of extra thermocouples lying around from an old DigitalDoc5 temp display. if you don't have any extra thermocouples, I'm not sure if/where you can buy them.

    for now, just do what tyou already suggested and use your HDD sensor instead.

    :wave:
  10. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    well thanz for your help KingCody, i will get some probes from the computer store here in town, the case was well worth the little money i spent on it. i will post pics of case soon
     
  11. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    i got new probes today, i just put them in, probe is reading 40c on cpu but bios reads 45c, its not a big deal
  12. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    PSUs that come with cases generally of extremely inferior quality and when they do blow can take out your system and/or components. It is best to ditch 'em or better yet, get a case without it and save some money.
  13. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    i just use the psu that came with the case as a test psu or as a back up for a day or two
  14. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    i have posted pics of my pc, just go to my profile and check them out. tell me what you think
  15. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    KingCody i need your advice

    if u dont remember me go back to this post and read it
    http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic82934.html

    i want to mod the case i got off of ebay, i want to cut out the 120mm fan grills in the front and back for more air flow, do u think this will work
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  18. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    does anyone else have anything to say about this
  19. Stejosh

    Stejosh Newcomer, in training

    that case looks really good i wish i could get it in the uk :( for as cheap as that :(
  20. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,409   +281

    Yes. Its poor form to call out someone in the title. I think someone mentioned this to you last time, just send a PM next time, or post in the other thread, no need to do this twice.

    I've merged the threads.
  21. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    ok i didn't know i shouldn't do that, and this is the first time a have asked for a pacific person but thanks for the advice
  22. KingCody

    KingCody TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,568   +7

    yes, I suppose it would allow for a little more air-flow, but i doubt it would make a big difference (temp-wise that is). cutting them out would however make the fans alot quieter.

    also, we may have different cases afterall. the only 120mm fan mounting that my case came with is on the back panel. there were 80mm fan mounts on the top and side windows. the drilled holes they used as a "fan grills" make even a low-speed fans very loud. for the side mount, I cut out the opening and used a metal "wire grill" instead. for the top I threw out the cheap thin plastic window and replaced it with 1/4" clear acrylic and cut out a 120mm hole (and again, used a "wire grill").

    hope this helps, oh and BTW...

    I live on the east coast of the US, so I'm more of an "Atlantic person" :haha: :haha:


    :wave:
  23. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    well u knew what i was talking about when i said "pacific", well i will remove the fan grills when i can find something to cut then out with
  24. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    ok i cut out the fan grills and i gained 100% more air flow and my core temp when down 3C, not bad for almost two hours of work
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