Not everyone can afford to build their very own Dream Machine, so we also created a scaled-down version that’s half the size
A while back, we made the decision to use Corsair's towering 900D case for this year's Dream Machine, and we knew we wanted to complement it with a Build It article. When the 900D’s little bro, the Corsair 350D, arrived in our offices a few weeks later, a plan started to form. About the same time as the case arrived, we also received Nvidia's GeForce GTX 700-series cards. With those, plus a Haswell CPU already in the Lab, the plan became fully realized: We’d just make a smaller version of the Dream Machine. The 350D wouldn’t take a full-size motherboard, but we could still pack it with full-size badassery like dual Nvidia GTX 780 cards, an unlocked Intel Core i7 CPU, a primo mATX motherboard (they do exist), a jumbo radiator, and other tasty accoutrements. Our goal was to build a rig that can game to the hilt just like the Dream Machine—only scaled back so it’s easier to assemble and a lot easier on your credit line.
Note: This article was originally featured in the September 2013 issue of the magazine
Budget is as budget does, but Silverstone’s RL04 just feels incomplete—or ill-designed—across a number of key areas. We suppose this case is worth looking into if you’re tired of running all your parts and pieces on an open-air design—as in, propped up on cardboard boxes or Styrofoam. Otherwise, it’s worth your while to explore some of the other cases in the sub-$80 category; the RL04 just isn’t all that compelling.
Note: This review was taken from the May issue of the magazine.
Sentey’s Arvina GS-6400 has a lot of things going for it, especially given its $89 price tag. The question is whether a bunch of fans and a ton of space are worth the inclusion of some cheapo parts and a somewhat tacky appearance.
Lian Li continues its barrage of new cases, the latest one being a new entry to its Mini-Q series, the PC-Q11. Billed as a "slim mini-tower designed for users who require more space and style," this new chassis comes ready to support mini-ITX and mini-DTX foundations.
The PC-Q11 measures 200x326x260mm (WxH.D) and weighs a little over 5.3 pounds (2.42kb). It comes with a modular HDD cage, 1.5mm aluminum alloy panel, a single 140mm fan at the front, a single 5.25-inch optical drive bay, support for up to two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports on the front, and two PCI expansion slots.
The PC-Q11 will start shipping later this month for $95 (silver or black), $115 (red), and $175 (white).
The newly launched V3 carries a suggested retail price of only $39, placing it squarely in budget territory. Even Ebenezer Scrooge would approve. But don't expect an ugly beige chassis. Instead, the V3 Black Edition lives up to its name with an all black coating, both inside and out. And so the interior view doesn't go unnoticed, it also boasts a left side panel window.
Thermaltake only includes a single 120mm exhaust fan, albeit with a blue LED. However, there are three additional 120mm fan mounts throughout the case (front intake, top exhaust, and side intake).
Thermaltake isn't boasting a tool-less design, which is curious considering a peak through the case's gallery reveals that both the hard drive cage and optical bays sport tool-less mechanisms.
It's been nearly six months since Cooler Master impressed us with its HAF (High Air Flow) chassis, a full tower case we deemed worthy of a 9/KickAss award (get your recap right here). Its combination of effective and quiet cooling along with build and cable management options made it a joy to work in, and Cooler Master looks to duplicate those same qualities in a smaller, more compact mid-tower package.
Cooler Master says its HAF 922 supports up to seven case fans in all, three of which support 200mm fans that can be swapped for smaller 120mm units (the case will ship with three fans - a 200mm front intake with red LED, 200mm top exhaust, and and a 120mm rear exhaust). Despite being a mid-tower, Cooler Master also says the downsized HAF will still support liquid cooling with room for an internally installed radiator.
In the tale of the tape, the new enclosure will check in at 10 (W) x 19.7 (H) x 22.2 (D) inches and weight 19.2 pounds, compared to its 932 big brother, which checks in at 9.6 (W) x 22 (H) x 22.2 (D) inches and 29.1 pounds.
We're told the HAF 922 will start shipping on May 12 with an MSRP of $130.