‘Tis the season for discounted prices, and if you’re in the market for a new PC, the next month may be a good one to go out and grab all the components you’ll need to toss a custom rig together. (Unless, um, you need a hard drive.) But if you find you’ve succumbed to a buying frenzy and blew your budget on high-powered components – and left yourself without a chassis – don’t despair, and certainly don’t recycle your mom’s old Compaq tower; Cooler Master’s releasing the CM Elite 431 Plus ATX Mid-Tower Chassis this month, a $60 case that might appeal to the budget-conscious.
When we reviewed the NZXT Phantom case way back in the beginning of the year, one of the few drawbacks we noted was that despite rocking mid-size measurements, NZXT considered it a full-size tower. Now, the company is releasing the NZXT Phantom 410, a smaller version of the Phantom with a “crafted mid tower chassis.” Does that mean it’s really a small form factor case? Not quite.
Anyone who lives in one of the states hit by snow last night (hello Michigan) need not be reminded that winter is here. Be that as it may, Thermaltake has chosen to embrace the cold season rather than be a grump about it with its Commander MS-I Snow Edition computer case. That's really Thermaltake's fancy pants way of saying it gave the Commander MS-I a white themed makeover.
Do you know what goes all the up to eleven hundred? Of course you do, it's right in the title. The new Eleven Hundred case from Antec is the newest addition to the company's Gaming Series line and it sports an all-new design with a revamped lineup of expandability, cooling, and convenience features, Antec says. The Eleven Hundred isn't scared off by monster-sized builds and can accommodate XL-ATX motherboards and four-way GPU configurations.
Having a computer powerful enough to play Battlefield 3 is awesome. But sometimes, power isn’t enough; sometimes, you want to get your frag on and look damn stylish doing it. Enter iBuyPower’s new Chimera 4 line of overclocked gaming desktops; the internals may vary, but they all come housed in the company’s new Chimera Inferno 4 Gaming Case, an eye-catching chassis that features a fiery, flaming profile of a lion or chimera or something.
Antec announced the newest member of its Performance One Series and it's a silent, sophisticated computer case built in the same overall pedigree as prior Performance One enclosures, only much improved. We actually scored a sample ahead of its official launch and used it to build a kick-ass rig with Intel's new Sandy Bridge-E Core i7 3960X processor, the details of which you can read here.
The new Raider case from BitFenix is supposedly the world's first to feature four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports right on top of the chassis, the company claims, and until we can prove otherwise, we'll go ahead and take BitFenix's word for it. "Aggressive cooling" was another focus point when designing the Raider mid-tower case, and it sports no less than three premium BitFenix Spectra fans with sickle-shaped fan blades and low noise operation.
You don't have to be flippin' nuts to dunk your PC parts in mineral oil (maybe a little), you just need a good game plan and the right equipment. To that extent, boutique system builder Puget Systems is a pioneer of sorts in this field of alternative cooling and has been experimenting with mineral oil since May 2007. The mad scientists at Puget built a DIY kit for mineral oil enthusiasts in 2008, and today they're announcing a new revision, the Aquarium PC V4.
Good luck trying to stuff an HPTX motherboard like EVGA's Super Record 2 (SR-2) into a mid-tower chassis, or even into most full tower cases. If you're planning to rock a dual-socket HTPX motherboard, you'll need a case that supports it, and Enermax is pitching its new Fulmo GT as the go-to enclosure for an over-the-top, monster-sized setup. We're talking dual PSUs here.
SilverStone is getting ready to ship a new addition to its Precision Series computer case line, the PS07 (SST-PS07B). Small in stature, this is the first Precision Series enclosure designed for micro ATX motherboards, and it also supports mini DTX and mini ITX just for good measure. The all-black chassis measures 210mm (W) x 374mm (H) x 400mm (D) and weighs 5.2kg.