case en Lian Li Rolls Out Boxy Looking PC-Q01 Case for Mini ITX Builds <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lian_li_pc-q01.jpg" alt="Lian Li PC-Q01" title="Lian Li PC-Q01" width="228" height="218" style="float: right;" />A brushed aluminum chassis for smaller systems</h3> <p>Lian Li's obvious fetish for brushed aluminum continues to influence the company's penchant for designing cases. <strong>The newest case from Lian Li to receive the brushed aluminum treatment is the PC-Q01</strong>, a mini-ITX enclosure with "ample space for hardware" and a tool-lessly removable L-shaped cover that's designed to make installations a lot easier for a mini-ITX build, the company says.</p> <p>It's a 13.3L case that supports double-slotted graphics cards and ATX power supplies up to 210mm in length, and CPU coolers up to 90mm in height. For storage chores, both the side panel and case floor can hold a combination of a 2.5-inch SSD and 3.5-inch HDD, or two 2.5-inch SSDs, <a href="" target="_blank">Lian Li says</a>.</p> <p>Lian Li designed the case with passive cooling in mind, though if the thought of a fanless enclosure gives you the heebie-jeebies, you can add a 120mm or 140mm fan on the case floor in place of drives.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/lian_li_pc-q01_cases.jpg" alt="Lian Li PC-Q01 Cases" title="Lian Li PC-Q01 Cases" width="620" height="307" /></p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">PC-Q01</a> will be available this month in black or silver for $64 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware Lian Li mini itx pc-q01 News Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:42:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 28062 at Lian Li Adds PC-B16 and PC-A61 to Mid-Tower Case Lineup <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/pc-a61.jpg" alt="Lian Li PC-A61" title="Lian Li PC-A61" width="228" height="227" style="float: right;" />A pair of brushed aluminum mid-tower cases</h3> <p>If it's a mid-tower enclosure you're after, your options just grew by two. That's because <strong>Lian Li this week announced the release of its PC-B16 and PC-A61</strong>, both of which are mid-tower cases sporting brushed aluminum, modular 5.25-inch drive cages, and removable hard drive bays. Both also offer plenty of elbow room -- 59.7L for the PC-B16 and 57.5L for the PC-A61 -- with the former putting additional focus on keeping things quiet.</p> <p>The PC-B16 goes about promoting silent operation by using sound absorbing foam on the side panels, top panel, and lockable front door. It also comes with three 120mm fans -- two in front, one in back, along with room for up to two 140mm or 120mm fans on top. Minus the sound absorbing cotton, the same is true of the PC-A61.</p> <p>These cases can fit CPU coolers up to 170mm (6.7 inches) in height, power supplies up to 280mm (11 inches) in length, and graphics cards up to 420mm (16.5 inches). You'll also find 30mm (1.2 inches) of clearance behind the motherboard tray for cable management.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">PC-B16</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">PC-A61</a> will be available this month in the U.S. Pricing will be $239 for the PC-B16B (black), $199 for the PC-A61A (silver) and PC-A61B (black), and $239 for the PC-A61WX (internal black w/ window).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis enclosure hardawre Lian Li pc-a61 pc-b16 News Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:16:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 28025 at E3 2014: Razer CEO Talks Project Christine, New Computer Case, and More [Video] <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/razer_kraken_0.jpg" alt="Razer Kraken at E3" title="Razer Kraken at E3" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />Razer's cutting it up at E3 with plenty of product announcements</h3> <p>You would expect a gaming peripheral maker like Razer to be hyper active during this time of year, and you'd be right. Razer announced a handful of new products during E3, including a new <a href="">PC case design licensing program</a> and the <a href="">Nabu Smart Band</a>, which is now shipping to developers. <strong>Maximum PC Online Editor Jimmy Thang met up with Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan to talk about these products and more</strong>.</p> <p>Tan seemed particularly excited to talk about Nabu, which he points out is a not a fitness band, but a "Smart Band." The intention is to combine the best of a smart watch with a smart band into a single wearable device with a compact form factor. It's capable of streaming from both Android and iOS. You can track your steps, see how many calories you've burned, and more. One unique feature of the Nabu Smart Band is that if you shake hands with someone else that has one, you can both transfer data to each other.</p> <p>As for <a href="">Project Christine</a>, this is something Razer is still pursuing. At present, the company is talking with major OEMs to try and make this happen. More info on that in the video below:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>The discussion didn't stop there. Tan talked about getting its design team to work with case manufacturers to launch cases branded as "Designed by Razer." It's essentially a certification program in which Razer will work with case makers who are interested in building custom enclosures with Razer's branding. Have a look:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>NZXT is first up to bat with the licensing program. Over time, expect other case makers to jump on board.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis E3 2014 enclosure Hardware project christine razer video News Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:17:46 +0000 Paul Lilly and Jimmy Thang 27993 at Razer is Now Licensing Brand to Third Party Case Makers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/h440.jpg" alt="H440 - Designed by Razer" title="H440 - Designed by Razer" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />NZXT will be the first to offer a case "Designed by Razer"</h3> <p>You'll find a wide assortment of gaming and audio peripherals if you sift through Razer's catalog of products. Keyboards, mice, headsets, controllers, and even full-blown gaming systems are among the products bearing Razer's label. What you won't find are any Razer brand cases, though that's about to change. <strong>Razer just launched a PC case design licensing program </strong>in which it will work with select third-party chassis makers to produce and sell Razer branded enclosures.</p> <p>Razer selected NZXT to be its launch partner for the "Designed by Razer" licensing program. Next month will see the release of the Razer designed and NZXT built "<a href="" target="_blank">H440 - Designed by Razer</a>."</p> <p>"We have some of the world’s best designers and engineers working at Razer and we fully believe in advancing the industry no matter the cost, so it makes sense for us to share this knowledge with other manufacturers in our industry," <a href="" target="_blank">says Min-Liang Tan</a>, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. "It’s our goal to service the needs of the hundreds of millions of gamers worldwide and a custom Razer PC case has been sought after for some time. The NZXT H440 – Designed by Razer is the first success with this program and we expect there to be many more."</p> <p>Razer says that anyone wishing to participate in the program will be subject to a "rigorous vetting process." As for the H440, it will sport Razer green USB ports and green lighting that illuminate the rear ports. It will also have a distinct design with a tinted window that shows off the illuminated Razer logo and interior hardware.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware nzxt razer News Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:41:33 +0000 Paul Lilly 27978 at Corsair Unloads Three High End PC Cases at Computex 2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/carbide_air_series_240.jpg" alt="Carbide Air Series 240" title="Carbide Air Series 240" width="228" height="218" style="float: right;" />Two mini-ITX cases and a full tower chassis</h3> <p>Corsair is currently in the process of blitzing Computex 2014 with a bevy of product announcements and releases. That includes its bread and butter product line -- computer cases. <strong>Corsair unveiled three new high-end cases today</strong>, including two mini-ITX enclosures -- Graphite Series 380T and Carbide Series Air 240 -- and a full tower chassis, the Graphite Series 780T. All three sport a sleek design, plenty of cooling potential, and enough space for water cooling setups and full-length graphics cards.</p> <p>The Carbide Series Air 240 is designed for users looking for a "stylish mini PC case" with the capability of keeping performance components cool. It's a cube-shaped enclosure that comes in black or white, has a side window, and can accommodate up to two 240mm radiators without sacrificing space for a full-size graphics card.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/graphite_380t.jpg" alt="Corsair Graphite 380T" title="Corsair Graphite 380T" width="620" height="320" /></p> <p>Corsair's other mini-ITX case, the Graphite Series 380T, comes with an integrated carrying handle for easy transportation and mutiple color options for flair. It has rounded corners, a windowed side panel, and can hold up to four 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drives. There's also room for up to five fans or a 240mm radiator.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/graphite_780t.jpg" alt="Corsair Graphite Series 780T" title="Corsair Graphite Series 780T" width="620" height="538" /></p> <p>For those who need something bigger, the full-tower Graphite Series 780T brings an aggressive aesthetic to the table. It also boasts a latched easy-open side window panel with a "cavernous interior" that can hold dual 360mm watercooling radiators. Other features include nine expansion slots, nine HDD bays, and a built-in three-mode fan controller.</p> <p>The Carbide Series Air 240 will be available in August for $90 to $100. Also debuting in August is the Graphite Series 380T, which will go for $130. Finally, the Graphite Series 780T will come out in September for $180 to $190.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 380t 780t air 240 Build a PC carbide series case chassis computex 2014 corsair enclosure graphite series Hardware News Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:01:59 +0000 Paul Lilly 27915 at Lian Li's Hybrid Desk Chassis Shipping in July Starting at $989 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lian_li_dk-02x.jpg" alt="Lian Li DK-02X" title="Lian Li DK-02X" width="228" height="180" style="float: right;" />Is it a desk or a computer case? It's both!</h3> <p>Lian Li <a href="">teased a prototype computer case</a> that doubles as desk back in January of this year. At the time, the company wasn't sure if the design would move past the prototype phase and become an actual product, but apparently a decision has been made. <strong>Lian Li announced today that it will begin shipping two versions of its computer desk -- DK-01X and DK-02X -- in the U.S. this July</strong> starting at $989.</p> <p>One is a single-system enclosure (DK-01X) and the other is a dual-system chassis (DK-02X). Both are constructed of aluminum and sport an all-black design. There's a lockable sliding door to make installing and upgrading hardware easy, along with an adjustable and removable keyboard tray. You'll also find a side-mounted pocket with headphone rack for storing unused accessories.</p> <p>There's plenty of space in each configuration with support for motherboards up to HPTX for both models, plus support for mini-ITX motherboards on the gaming oriented side of the DK-02X. Both support liquid cooling and can accommodate 360mm radiators on the side, along with removable brackets on the front -- the DK-01x has a 360mm bracket and the DK-02X has two 240mm brackets.</p> <p>Other options include support for up to 10 removable hard drives on the DK-01X and 17 HDD bays on the DK-02X (8 for the smaller system and 9 for the larger system), CPU coolers up to 7 inches in height, power supplies up to 11 inches in length, and graphics cards up to 16.5 inches in length.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">DK-01X</a> will sell for $989 and the <a href="" target="_blank">DK-02X</a> will go for $1,189.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis desk dk-01x dk-02x enclosure Hardware Lian Li News Thu, 22 May 2014 15:48:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 27855 at BitFenix Neos Brings Color to the Budget Market <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_neos.jpg" alt="BitFenix Neos" title="BitFenix Neos" width="228" height="155" style="float: right;" />A value minded case line that comes in four color options</h3> <p>Looking to express yourself with your PC? Maybe you just want to run with a color theme. Either way, <strong>BitFenix's new Neos case line gives budget buyers several color options</strong>, along with uncluttered styling, upgradeability, and an "affordable" price tag. Buyers also have the choice of picking up a Neos with or without a side panel window -- both versions come with a colored mesh front panel available in black, blue, red, or silver.</p> <p>"Of course, the mesh itself is not merely cosmetic. A closer look reveals extra-large holes that allow for unencumbered airflow to system components. At the same time, this mesh design allows the negative space behind it to actually become a part of the overall design, providing a subtle yet appealing design element to the case," <a href=",color-your-world-with-bitfenix-neos/" target="_blank">BitFenix says</a>.</p> <p>Other features include USB 3.0 support, tool-less hard disk and optical drive installation, support for 2.5-inch SSDs, dust filters, and compatibility with graphics cards up to 30 centimeters long.</p> <p>Two included 120mm fans on the windowed version handle cooling duties, and there's room for a third 120mm fan as well. The non-window version comes with a single 120mm fan.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>You'll notice in the video above that several references are made to the Neos being a "reasonably priced case." Unfortunately, BitFenix didn't include the MSRP(s) in its press release. We've reached out to BitFenix for information on how much these cases will cost and will update when we hear back.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">BitFenix Neo with window</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">without window</a> will both be available soon.</p> <h3>Update</h3> <p>BitFenix tells us the Neos will sell for $49 without a window and $59 with with a window. Also, the windows will be available separately and will fit both the Neos and Comrade.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> BitFenix Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware neos News Thu, 15 May 2014 15:34:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 27815 at Rig of the Month: Orogenesis <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/sn852155_small_0.jpg" alt="Orogenesis" title="Orogenesis" width="250" height="188" style="float: right;" />It's heavy, huge, and incredibly handsome</span></h3> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">It always impresses us when free time translates into something amazing. Sean Stebor had some free time, and decided to create something different. His vision was for something "bigger than an average ATX case," and something that "would make a statement." Either way, it's badass enough for us to crown it this month's <a href="" target="_blank">Rig of the Month</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Sean calls it Orogenesis after the Greek word 'oros' (mountain) and 'genesis' (creation). His coworkers think 'Thunder-dome' is more fitting—and we're inclined to <a href="" target="_blank">agree</a>. It's made from steel rods welded into 12 mesh-covered pentagons. A motherboard tray from an old ATX case serves as the basis of the computer-portion and after getting all of the parts mounted inside, Orogenesis was complete.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Each corner of the case is lit with full-spectrum LEDs with cheap plastic tubing serving as an easy way to diffuse the light. One of the pentagons is removable to allow access to the parts inside and a 250mm Rosewill fan keeps air moving across the system.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><em>Have a case mod of your own that you would like to submit to our monthly feature? Make sure to read the rules/tips <a title="rig rules" href="" target="_blank">here</a> and email us at&nbsp;</em><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><em><a title="" href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;with your submissions.</em></span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><em>Follow Ben on&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none;" href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none;" href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>.</em></p> case case mod maximum pc Orogenesis Rig of the Month rig of the month RoTM Sean Stebor Thunderdome Features Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:50:42 +0000 Ben Kim 27619 at NZXT Phantom 240 Case Floats an Affordable $70 Price Tag <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nzxt_phantom_240.jpg" alt="NZXT Phantom 240" title="NZXT Phantom 240" width="228" height="242" style="float: right;" />The least expensive Phantom to date</h3> <p>If you're a fan of NZXT's Phantom case line but tend to gravitate towards less expensive enclosures, you might be interested in the company's newest offering, the Phantom 240. <strong>NZXT's newly released Phantom 240 carries a $70 MSRP</strong>, making it the most affordable Phantom yet. It also sports a new design with a full-view window while maintaining its asymmetrical shape and comes with two FN V2 120mm case fans.</p> <p>Need more cooling? There's room for an additional 120mm fan up front, another on the bottom, and two more on top (or you can opt for 140mm fans on top). Once you've got your airflow scheme figured out, you can route cables out of the way using the 17mm of cable management space behind the right-side panel that NZXT provides. You'll also find seven routing holes and over 20 zip tie points to help with cable management.</p> <p>There's a removable drive cage to make room for extra long graphics cards (up to 400mm without the cage, versus 290mm with the cage). All tallied, the Phantom 240 features three optical bays, six 2.5-inch drive bays, and six 3.5-inc drive bays. On the outside, the I/O panel features audio inputs and two USB 3.0 ports.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Phantom 240</a> will be available soon.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware mid-tower nzxt p240 phantom 240 News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:46:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 27676 at Corsair's Obsidian Series 450D Mid Tower Focuses on Cooling Graphics Cards <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_obsidian_series_450d_angled.jpg" alt="Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Angled" title="Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Angled" width="228" height="213" style="float: right;" />Dual front fans give graphics cards a steady stream of cool air</h3> <p><strong>Corsair just expanded its Obsidian Series of computers cases with the 450D</strong>, a mid-tower chassis sporting a familiar brushed aluminum design but with increased attention on airflow. There are two 140mm AF140L intake fans behind the aluminum mesh grill on the front that provide direct airflow to where a graphics card would be, and a rear 120mm AF120L fan to expel hot air.</p> <p>If more cooling is needed, there are five additional fan mounts throughout the chassis. Alternately, you can go the liquid cooling route with room for up to a 360mm radiator in the roof (not many mid-towers support radiators that large), a 280mm radiator in front, and a 240mm radiator on the floor. In other words, you have options to play it cool.</p> <p>"From day one, our Obsidian Series has made our case lineup a force to be reckoned with." said George Makris, Product Manager at Corsair. "With Obsidian 450D we've now added a mid-tower case that has outstanding air cooling capabilities, but can house lots of water cooling parts, too."</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/450d_airflow.jpg" alt="Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Airflow" title="Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Airflow" width="620" height="549" /></p> <p>Other features include dust filters throughout, modular and tool-free 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drive mounts, two front mounted USB 3.0 ports, thumbscrews for the side panels and seven expansion slots, center-post standoff to hold the motherboard in place during installation, cable routing holes, and rubber grommets.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Corsair's <a href="" target="_blank">Obsidian Series 450D</a> will be available in April for $120 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 450d Build a PC case chassis cooling corsair enclosure Hardware obsidian series News Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:31:42 +0000 Paul Lilly 27514 at Corsair Blitzes Budget Market with Three Affordable Carbide Cases <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/carbide_spec_cases.jpg" alt="Corsair Carbide SPEC Cases" title="Corsair Carbide SPEC Cases" width="228" height="170" style="float: right;" />These cases won't ravage your wallet</h3> <p>If you fancy yourself a budget builder or otherwise just like getting the most bang for your buck, you might be interested in a trio of new cases from Corsair. Aimed at PC gamers, <strong>Corsair's three new Carbide Series SPEC range of enclosures feature aggressive styling</strong>, modern amenities, ample air cooling potential, and wallet-friendly price tags. How friendly? Try $50 for the SPEC-01 and $60 each for the SPEC-02 and SPEC-03.</p> <p>Corsair said it stripped out anything it deemed unnecessary, leaving gamers with a line of affordable and lean enclosures with modern features like USB 3.0 ports, native SSD mounts, and lots of cable routing options. There's even a sizable side-mounted window on each case.</p> <p>"Entry level cases are usually antiquated, old designs. Some still have room for floppy drives," <a href="" target="_blank">said George Makris</a>, Product Manager at Corsair. "With the addition of the Carbide Series SPEC to our line, gamers can now get a case with modern features and great styling combined with superior cooling and expandability at a fantastic price."</p> <p>The SPEC-1 offers a single front-panel USB 3.0 port, tool-free drive bays (two 5.25-inch, four 3.5-inch/2.5-inch), 7 expansion slots, dust filters, side window, all-black interior, and a single 120mm red LED fan. For additional cooling, you'll find a pair of 120mm fan mounts on the top, two more on the front, and one at the rear.</p> <p>Corsair's SPEC-02 and SPEC-03 up the ante by adding a second USB 3.0 port, three dedicated 3.5-inch drive bays, two 2.5-inch drive bays, and more fan options, including spaces for 140mm fans.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>All three cases will bre available in April.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC carbide case chassis corsair enclosure Hardware News Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:33:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 27463 at Origin PC Adds Micro Tower Option to Chronos Line of Desktop Gaming Rigs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/chronos_micro_can.jpg" alt="Silverstone RZ01 with Monster" title="Silverstone RZ01 with Monster" width="228" height="193" style="float: right;" />Silverstone's RVZ01 is now a case option in Origin PC's Chronos line</h3> <p>Boutique builder <strong>Origin PC has expanded its small form factor (SFF) case options for its Chronos desktop line to include the Silverstone RVZ01</strong>, a micro tower chassis measuring 4 inches (W) by 15 inches (H) by 13.75 inches (D). Origin PC doesn't make any references to Steam Machines with its new case option, though with its slim profile and ability to sit horizontally or vertically, it's certainly a candidate to take residence in your home A/V rack.</p> <p>"This is Origin PC’s smallest and thinnest Chronos desktop ever designed and yet it is relentlessly powerful!," said Kevin Wasielewski, Origin PC CEO and co-founder. "With so much power and performance inside a sleek and slim package, our new Chronos micro-tower is one of my favorite systems for any living room, bedroom, or office setting."</p> <p>Origin PC says the new chassis option can accommodate up to an Asus Maximus VI Impact motherboard (mini ITX), up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black graphics card, and Origin PC Frostbyte 120 sealed liquid cooling system. The OEM also offers the same professional CPU and GPU overclocking that it does on its other systems.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/chronos_silverstone_rz01.jpg" alt="Chronos Silverstone RZ01" title="Chronos Silverstone RZ01" width="620" height="178" /></p> <p>The new case option is <a href="" target="_blank">available immediately</a> with systems built around it starting at $1,199.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> case chassis chronos Hardware micro tower OEM origin pc rigs silverstone rvz01 News Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:33:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 27409 at Lian Li's PC-A51 Mid-Tower Case Features a Reverse Airflow Design <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/pc-a51.jpg" alt="Lian Li PC-A51 Case" title="Lian Li PC-A51 Case" width="228" height="224" style="float: right;" />Cool air is pulled in from the rear and expelled out the front</h3> <p><strong>Lian Li's been busy turning its prototype PC-A51 chassis into a real product</strong>, and that mission is now complete. What makes the PC-A51 unique is that it sports a reverse airflow design in which cool air is pulled in from the back of the case through a filtered 120mm fan and pushed out through a front-mounted 140mm fan that sits above the front-mounted PSU. An additional 120mm or 140mm fan can be installed on the floor of the case.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to Lian Li</a>, the PC-A51 is the result of user feedback after showing a prototype off to the DIY community. In addition to reverse airflow, the PC-A51 also features Lian Li's new HDD/SSD mounting system. System builders can install either 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drives in any of the five individually removable bays. If the bays are removed, up to three 2.5-inch drives can be mounted directly to the tray, plus an additional one on the backside of the mobo tray.</p> <p>The PC-A51 is a compact case though it's able to fit CPU coolers up to 6.8 inches in height and power supplies up to 6.2 inches in length. Graphics cards can be as long as 15.7 inches, and there's room for a 240mm or 280mm radiator up top.</p> <h3><img src="/files/u69/pc-a51_open.jpg" alt="Lian Li PC-A51" title="Lian Li PC-A51" width="620" height="572" /></h3> <p>Four versions of the PC-A51 are shipping to the U.S. They include the PC-A51A (silver) and PC-A51B (black) for $149, PCA51WX (internal black w/ window) for $189, and PC-A51WRX (red and black w/ window) for $199.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware Lian Li pc-a51 News Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:57:03 +0000 Paul Lilly 27266 at XFX's First Gaming Enclosure "Type 1 Bravo" <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u160391/xfx.jpg" width="250" height="266" style="float: right;" />Type 1 Bravo case looks to be a formidable options for PC gamers</h3> <p>XFX has introduced its stab at a PC gaming enclosure, naming it the Type 1 Bravo, and it's more than just a pretty face. The mid-tower type enclosure has room for eight 2.5" or 3.5 drives, as well as three 5.25" optical drives and four dual-slot graphics cards. It'll also pack a five-year warranty from XFX and retail for $129.99. </p> <p>The case comes pre-installed with 140 mm fans as exhaust, as well as a 200 mm fan mounted as standard kit. A side-panel window allows you to see eight expansion slots for the dual-slot graphics cards, and top exhaust can support up to a single 200 mm fan or one between 90&nbsp; and 140 mm. </p> <p>You've got two USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports in the front of the case as well as HD audio jacks, and the chassis measures 518 x 232 x 222 x 562 mm, weighing 10.5 kg. It looks to be a solid case for anyone looking to build a gaming PC, so if you're in the market to get one this might be a good option for future tinkerers with so many games on the horizon.</p> case chassis news PC gaming xfx News Mon, 10 Feb 2014 02:49:33 +0000 Brittany Vincent 27224 at Corsair Obsidian 900D vs. Cooler Master Cosmos II <!--paging_filter--><h3>Corsair Obsidian 900D vs. Cooler Master Cosmos II</h3> <p>The <strong><a title="cooler master cosmos II" href="" target="_blank">Cooler Master Cosmos II</a></strong> debuted in 2011 to much fanfare. Indeed, it was the chassis of our dreams. It housed our precious <a title="Dream Machine 2011" href="" target="_blank">Dream Machine that year</a>, and was easily the best “super-tower” available. In 2013, the <a title="corsair 900d review" href="" target="_blank">Corsair 900D</a> came on the scene boasting a similarly mammoth stature, and was itself chosen for <a title="Dream Machine 2013" href="" target="_blank">Dream Machine 2013</a> duty due to its water-friendly nature and towering physique. Both cases represent the pinnacle of PC case design, so they must do battle.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/900d300_downb_small_1.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/900d300_downb_small_0.jpg" alt="Corsair’s new Obsidian 900D “super-tower” is tall and roomy, but much less beefy than the Cosmos II." title="Corsair’s new Obsidian 900D" width="620" height="803" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Corsair’s new Obsidian 900D “super-tower” is tall and roomy, but much less beefy than the Cosmos II.</strong></p> <h4>ROUND 1</h4> <p><strong>Size and Weight</strong></p> <p>Both cases are big, but it’s how they carry their bulk that makes all the difference. The Cosmos II weighs 48 pounds, while the 900D weighs 41 pounds. The Cosmos II is 27.7 inches tall while the 900D is 27.2 inches, so the two are very close in size. To be honest, we originally felt that the Cosmos II was too heavy because it’s built like a tank. Then we lifted the Corsair 900D out of its box and were a bit let down by its relatively light weight. It just feels too lithe for a case of its size, and there’s no easy way to move it, whereas the Cosmos II has built-in handles, which makes transport much easier. Therefore, we give the Cosmos II the nod, because we wish the 900D had a bit more heft to it and an easier way to move it than squat and grunt.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Cosmos II</strong></p> <h4>ROUND 2</h4> <p><strong>Total Capacity</strong></p> <p>It’s safe to say you’d need to have a drug cartel’s bankroll to ever outgrow either of these cases, but it’s still important to gauge overall capacity. For starters, the Cosmos II has 13 3.5-inch drive bays compared to the 900D’s nine bays, though you can buy two more three-drive cages for a total of 15. The 900D has one additional 5.25-inch drive bay to its credit—four total. Both cases hold ATX and E-ATX mobos, as well as smaller boards, but the Cosmos II holds several larger variants, such as XL-ATX, SSI CEB, and SSE EEB. The Corsair 900D has room for dual PSUs, however, mounted vertically, whereas the Cosmos II can hold only one. Both cases have more than enough room for any combo of GPUs your bank account can tolerate. Since both cases are very evenly matched in this category, and can easily swallow even a Dream Machine, with room to spare, this one is a tie.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Tie</strong></p> <h4>ROUND 3</h4> <p><strong>Build Quality</strong></p> <p>When you drop $350 smackaroos on a chassis, you expect top-notch build quality, and unfortunately only one of these cases lives up to that expectation, and that’s the Cosmos II. Though both cases are made with a steel frame and feel extremely solid, the fit and finish of the Cosmos II seems much more polished than that of the 900D. With the Cosmos II, everything that moves glides smoothly, doors and latches lock into place tight and secure, and you never get the feeling that any part of the case is brittle or untrustworthy. The 900D, however, has two glaring weak spots—its disappointingly flimsy lower bay doors, and it’s flaccid 3.5-inch drive-bay assemblies. Both of these rickety contraptions feel out of place on a chassis of this class, and require too much fumbling for our well-heeled tastes. The lower drive-bay doors are surprisingly wobbly, with a magnetic retention mechanism that barely works.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Cosmos II</strong></p> <h4>ROUND 4<strong>&nbsp;</strong></h4> <p><strong>Cooling Options</strong></p> <p>If you’re running air-cooling, both of these cases provide more mounting locations than you can shake a heatsink at, though they are modestly outfitted out of the box with just a handful of 120mm spinners. When it comes to liquid-cooling opportunities, though, the Corsair 900D is the clear winner, providing ample radiator mounting options on almost every surface of its spacious interior. Not only can you mount a 480mm radiator on the top and the bottom, you can put a 360mm rad in the front too, or two of them in the bottom if you’re cray cray. The Cosmos II can handle a 360mm up top but there is no way to mount a radiator to the front of the chassis. You can also mount just a single 240mm rad down below due to the PSU’s horizontal orientation, plus the Cooler Master provides mounting rails for only one radiator.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Winner: Corsair 900D</strong></p> <h4>ROUND 5</h4> <p><strong>Modularity</strong></p> <p>Cases such as these are not mere storage containers, but rather canvases that allow you to express your inner geek via expansion, modification, and customization. To that end, both cases are fairly modular, allowing you to remove fans and drive cages to install cooling components or to manage cables. The Corsair 900D lets you remove and rearrange pretty much everything, including the lower and upper drive bays as well as the PSU location. The Cosmos II, on the other hand, offers fewer options due to the PSU’s location and the steel shelf that divides the chassis’s lower quadrant. You can still remove the upper and lower drive cages, but your options for moving the drive cages around are limited. You also can’t change the location of the power supply, nor can you add a second one if you need to, which is a situation we confronted while building this year’s Dream Machine.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Corsair 900D</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/cosmos_ii_-_main_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/cosmos_ii_-_main_small.jpg" alt="The Cosmos II is one of the largest cases ever made, and has a shipping weight of 50 pounds. " title="Cooler Master Cosmos II" width="620" height="820" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The Cosmos II is one of the largest cases ever made, and has a shipping weight of 50 pounds. </strong></p> <h3>And the Winner Is…</h3> <p>As we come to the finish line both cases are tied, so the winner is not immediately apparent. After searching our souls, examining our PC fantasy builds, and consulting with our shaman we arrived at a winner—the <strong>Corsair 900D</strong>. It’s the winner for one simple reason: It offers more flexibility for ambitious builders who want the option to expand their builds in the future, including running liquid-cooling, for which it’s the best case around, period.</p> 2013 case chassis cooler master cosmos II corsair obsidian 900d maximum pc tower Cases December 2013 Features Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:37:04 +0000 Josh Norem 27164 at