There's no need to try and reinvent the wheel, and some might argue the same applies to desktop PCs. Not Razer, a company that's best known for its PC gaming peripherals. Razer has set out to reinvent gaming desktops with a modular PC concept that's currently called Project Christine. The idea is to simplify the processing of setting up a PC, make future upgrades easy, and eliminate obsolescence.
Lian Li has been known to flirt with funky looking case designs. Remember the shell-shaped PC-777 Memorial Edition chassis? And then there was the PC-CK101, a train themed enclosure that rolled into view towards the end of 2012. There have been others and there will be more, not all of which turn into shipping products. One prototype that's up in the air is the DK-01, which is a computer case that doubles as a desk.
We were all first-time builders at some point, and whether that describes you now or you're looking for a case that's supposed to be easy to work with and affordable, BitFenix believes its Comrade chassis fits the bill. According to BitFenix, Comrade sports premium features and functionality that are typically found on cases that cost twice as much, though there's one thing missing from the equation.
Building a full-fledged PC inside the tight confines of a micro-ATX chassis can be challenging in and of itself due to the lack of elbow room, and once finished, you may never want to poke your head inside again. Should the need arise to upgrade or replace a component, however, Lian Li's PC-V358 mini tower chassis will at least make it easy to get back inside thanks to a hinged design that allows the top and side panels to swing open to the side.
Popular mid-tower now comes in three color options
Corsair has added a third color option to its Carbide Air Series 540 mid-tower chassis: arctic white. The case is still available in black and steel silver colors as well, and other than the appearance, all three models boast the same features, including two side-by-side chambers, both optimized to limit obstructions and streamline airflow form the intake fans to the hottest PC components.
We received an email from Enermax letting us know that its Ostrog computer case is now available in pink (limited edition) with a white internal coating. At the bottom of the email is a taglines that reads, "Pink is the new black," which is news to us. More appropriate, however, is the timing of the launch, which just so happens to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October).
At the end of August, Cooler Master announced the HAF Stacker, the world's first stackable mod tower. It's actually a series of individual cases consisting of the HAF 935, HAF 915R, HAF 925, M-ITX HAF 915R, and M-ITX HAF 915F, but with the modular concept Cooler Master is shooting for, you can stack them up in various configurations and create something truly unique. Wondering how it all works?
Not all computer cases can accommodate a water cooled setup. That isn't a problem for Lian Li's new PC-D600 case, however, as it sports a double wide brushed aluminum design with "tremendous water cooling support," the company says. To elaborate, there's oodles of elbow room inside the dual-compartment chassis, and if you're so inclined, you can install a 240mm radiator on the left side of the case, and on the right side 360mm/420mm radiators in push/pull are supported.
Show off your goods with an oversized acrylic window
Enermax dropped us a line to give us a heads up about its new iVektor mid-tower computer case that will be available later this month in three color options: Silver (ECA3310A-W), Red (ECA3310B-R), and Black (ECA3310A-B). Featuring stylish lines and angled fan grills along the top and front of the chassis, iVektor is an attention grabber designed to show off your components, which is made possible with a large side window.
If you're a fan of cube shaped computer cases, you should take a look at the new Phenom line by BitFenix. The case maker says its Phenom cases sport a "sleek modern cube design" intended to blend into just about any environment, whether it's at the office or home in the living room. Outside of the cube shaped styling, there are two case options, one for mini-ITX builds and the other for micro-ATX configurations.