Enthusiast Mini-ITX Case "NCASE M1" Blows Past Funding Goal, Limited Pre-Orders Available

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QuadraQ

Already bought mine. Excited to use this for a future Steam box that's not much bigger than the game consoles.

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Shalbatana

I think this case is beautiful. I'd love to see it in a mid and/or full tower case with noise reduction.

the price is for the manufacturing of a limited run piece. Nothing like this exists out there in that form factor. If you design and manufacture 10,000 units, then the price goes down, but they know they're never going to sell that many. It's basic economics people.

If you can't justify the price in your head, then this case wasn't meant for you. For those of you who needed something like this, the price is well worth it. It's not meant for general consumers, that's all there is to it.

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dgrmouse

Shalbatana said, "If you can't justify the price in your head, then this case wasn't meant for you."

This is perhaps the most ridiculous thing I've read so far this week. Your attempt to validate a product by excluding anyone who would attempt to measure it makes you a corporate shill - and you're probably not even getting paid for it!

Although I'm not very handy at all, I have quite a lot of friends and family that are; when they see something they like, they measure it up and get to work. I can imagine that they'd look at this and see some aluminum, some basic wiring, and a couple of doo-dads they can pick up cheaply at the downtown Radio Shack. There's no incredible engineering to reverse engineer, no incredible and exclusive composite material to scavenge, and the craftsmanship is many degrees less involved than what these guys were doing in high school auto shop fifty years ago. This is the fundamental problem I have with pretty much every PC case I see advertised these days - will someone please show me why a case needs to cost more than $40? Seriously, what is it about a $250 computer case that makes it worth 5 times more than, say, a $50 Antec 300?

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miguksaram

For those who are posting negative responses based on price, and just to clarify that opinion is perfectly fine, I would suggest you head over to the forums where this case started off to learn more.

NCASE stands to make little profit as they are an Indie company which outsourced the production of the case to a well known producer of high quality all aluminum cases that also happen to cost a decent amount of money.

The bottom line is if you simply look at the case as you would any other case on the market without knowing it's background it might appear to be too steep. However that wouldn't be a fair comparison by any stretch of the imagination.

Disagree? Please link or name drop another case of equal or at least similar construction material and build configurations in the same dimensions. I'd be happy to see it.

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PCWolf

I do like how the case looks, I think it would look right at home on an entertainment center near a 50+ inch HDTV, or in a Dorm. But I see one issue with this case. While it seems it can hold a pretty long 2-Slot graphics card, I see a problem getting a beefy PSU to power it. & Short Cable PSU's arent easy to come by, let alone getting Sites like NewEgg to list PSU dimensions in the Specs List. I would buy it if it came with a 550watt Quality PSU in it.

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dgrmouse

I'm in agreement with the many others voicing their confusion at the retail price of this case. Especially on a crowd-funded device, show us where the money goes. If it's for R&D, then this is a gigantic flop - I don't see anything ground-breaking. On the contrary, I look at the thing and can't come up with a single scenario where I'd want my front-panel connectors at the bottom of the case. I guess their main reason for broken pricing is that the target market calls themselves "enthusiasts."

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Rift2

I like my Enforcer I couldn't see having anything smaller and expect it not to lock up due to cooling.

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diedrichg

It's gorgeous and I love all the configuration photos! I don't recall any of the big manufacturers actually proposing photos of the possible configurations on their various models. The price is rediculous but I LOVE the case!

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Xenite

Why in gods name would anyone pay $250 for that case? I'm sorry but that is a complete waste of cash. Seen better form factor cases for MUCH cheaper.

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sallystudios

Custom, small run production fabrication ain't cheap. But this case is only $205, which is not unreasonable for a higher end case.

And if you can post a link to a similarly sized itx case that supports full water cooling, please do

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Renegade Knight

Post some links. I like it for it's size. I don't like the location of the slot loading optical drive.

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andrewc513

At half the price, a Cooler Master Elite 130 can offer comparable functionality. It's an awesome case, and I can see this case being popular among a niche crowd, but that's about all.

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TheMissingPiece

$250? A little steep, but it's understandable. As an "indie" manufacturer, you don't get the same discounts as the big boys do.

That said, this is absolutely wonderful case. This is easily THE mini-ITX enthusiast case. I really want to do a SFF build one day.

Still, I think I'm still attached to ATX. I like the ability to add a second graphics card, or even other expansion cards (Sound cards FTW!) in the future. The ATX formfactor also allows me more room to work with, especially if I'm really fiddly with my cables.

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AFDozerman

This might be nice for a gaming computer build and have all of my files stored on a larger remote server with multiple HDDs.

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Vesuvius

99% of all computer enthusiast only need a mini Itx case. One powerful graphics card, one ssd keeping it simple. I have narrowed it down to my favorites. The Silverstone FT03- mini with one 140mm fan and no tools needed sides all come off. The S3 from Case Labs which is perfect but too big. What is perfect for me is one that can be traveled with in carry on. The s3 fails there too big. This N case though is perfect because it is narrow. It will actually fit in Pelicans brilliant 1500 carry on case. Not only does this then become the ultimate lan case but for those who need to transport it in a plane this is easily done. Well done and this will be on my shopping list. In fact if I need it overseas it is the only choice for now. Please dont bring up Prodigy, this is more like an matx case matter of fact they made it into one. Cheap plastic makes it wobble, it looks so cheap next to the cases I mentioned and does not travel well since you would have to lug it in your hands while also juggling other luggage. Try Carrying 30lbs in your hands for long periods nope you need wheeled luggage.

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Renegade Knight

My last gaming PC taught me I don't need half the junk I built into it. Sound can be X-Fi on the Motherboard. TV Tuner..I've had it in my last 3 systems. Haven't used it in the past 10 years. Graphics...My upgrade can be handled by one mega Single card. Most of my 3.5" drives sit empty. I can use 2 max these days. One to back up the other.

So this case (or one close to it) would work well enough without being a monster tower.

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vrmlbasic

I guess I'm the 1% then. If only I were in the 1% financially lol.

I'm interested in a small case to make PCs out of my old components (though I'd prefer a small case that holds a "real" motherboard) but with its hefty pricetag this small case is clearly not marketed to that desire of mine.

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Chewieshmoo

Totally agree with you.
OK maybe I am not "Hard Core" but I do like a nice looking modern PC that works well. My desktop is over due for a refresh but the things I simply do not do is OVERCLOCK/WATER COOL/MORE THEN ONE VIDEOCARD. Again, this might seem odd for the typical viewer here at MaximumPC but I DO like quality components, speed, efficiency I simply have no need or desire to over clock or cool beyond fan cooling. I love my first build form a few years ago including ASUS mobo, NZXT LEXA BLACKLINE case BUT man I have come to learn, I do not need a "Bling" case, I don't do Lan parties and nobody who would visit would "get" a blinged out computer lol. One thing that has been a major hassle for me personally, because I love to tinker and tweak and try different hardware etc, I need constant and easy access to the back and ports of my desktop, this has been a hassle with my current large case A case like this or even another SFF case would have been ideal for me making access easy, simple to even pickup, turn around etc. I had a ball with PC building my first outing but I definitely am going smaller next time around.