chassis en Fractal Design's Define S Chassis Trades Optical Drives for Airflow and Silence <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fractal_design_define_s.jpg" alt="Fractal Design Define S" title="Fractal Design Define S" width="228" height="207" style="float: right;" />Out with the old and in with the new</h3> <p>Fractal Design rightfully assumes that there's a userbase no longer interested in optical drive bays. That's not to say everyone falls into that category, but with Valve's Steam platform dominating game sales and companies like Microsoft and Adobe moving services to the cloud, the need for an optical drive lessens by the day. So, some will find <strong>Fractal Design's decision to omit optical drive bays in its new Define S</strong> to be a good one, especially since it purportedly means a better focus on airflow and silence.</p> <p>On the topic of airflow, the Define S with its "Scandinavian inspired construction" introduces a new internal layout providing a straight airflow path to the CPU heatsink for air cooling setups, along with various radiator mounting possibilities for those who prefer to water cool their rigs. That includes being able to house radiators up to 420mm in the top and 360mm in the front.</p> <p>You'll also find reservoir brackets featuring drill-free reservoir mounting on the front of the motherboard tray and pre-drilled pump mounting holes on the bottom panel.</p> <p>To keep librarians and anyone with a hangover happy, the case is equipped with sound dampening material to keep noise at a minimum. There's also two low-noise Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mm fans included, plus ModuVent fan slot covers for the option of additional cooling or maximum sound absorption.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/fractal_design_define_s_open.jpg" alt="Fractal Design Define S Open" title="Fractal Design Define S Open" /></p> <p>There are three newly designed hard drive trays sitting vertically behind the front partition of the mobo tray. Two additional SSDs can be mounted behind the mobo tray.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Fractal Design Define S</a> will be available starting in June for around $115.</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 Define S enclosure fractal design Hardware News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:09:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 29756 at Velocity Micro Outs Compact NX Chassis Available with Configurations Starting at $879 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/velocity_micro_nx.jpg" alt="Velocity Micro NX" title="Velocity Micro NX" width="228" height="206" style="float: right;" />Small size aluminum case supports full size graphics cards</h3> <p>Boutique system builder <strong>Velocity Micro sent word today that its new NX chassis is available immediately</strong>, provided you let the company fill it with parts with configurations starting out at $879. In other words, you can't buy the compact case on its own, though if you're looking for a small form factor system, Velocity Micro will happily assemble one for you inside the NX chassis.</p> <p>To be clear, this isn't a rebadged case designed by another manufacturer -- Velocity Micro's team of Virginia-based engineers took their existing Smallblock case and added depth and more fans to it. Velocity Micro says it learns new things each time it custom designs a case, and while the NX isn't a drastic new design, the company's goal was to offer "extreme power capacity in a minimal footprint."</p> <p>What it came up with is an aluminum enclosure that measures 12.75 inches (H) by 8 inches (W) by 12.5 inches (D) and is capable of swallowing full size, double-width graphics cards like Nvidia's Titan X and standard ATX power supplies. The NX can also hold up to four hard drives. Cooling is handled by side and top case fans.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/velocity_micro_nx_open.jpg" alt="Velocity Micro NX Open" title="Velocity Micro NX Open" width="620" height="495" /></p> <p>The NX is available in three different PC lines -- Vector Z25 starting at $879 (home and office), Raptor Z40 starting at $1,179 (gaming), and ProMagix HD30 (workstation). You can check them out <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</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 enclosure Hardware NX rigs sff Small Form Factor velocity micro News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19:03:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 29681 at UPDATED: Cougar Chases Small Form Factor Market with QBX Computer Case <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cougar_qbx.jpg" alt="Cougar QBX" title="Cougar QBX" width="228" height="226" style="float: right;" />Mini-ITX or bust</h3> <p><strong>Cougar on Monday announced the arrival of its QBX, the "most advanced compact gaming case"</strong> around. According to Cougar, there are three reasons the QBX stands out from the crowd. The first is its compact dimensions -- the small form factor (SFF) chassis measures 178 (W) x 260 (H) x 368 (D) millimeters, or 7 (W) x 10.2 (H) x 14.5 (D) inches and can only swallow up mini-ITX motherboards.</p> <p>Second on Cougar's list is expandability. While small in stature, it has a big appetite for hardware and can be stuffed with up to five storage drives (hard drives or solid state drives), a long graphics card up to 350mm (13.77 inches), a standard ATX power supply up to 140mm long (5.51 inches), and a slim optical drive.</p> <p>Cougar's third reason is cooling. The QBX supposedly offers the "best cooling" of its class on the market, a claim Cougar makes based on the cases seven fan mounts and liquid cooling support (you can mount a radiator up to 240mm). There's also a dedicated PSU compartment to prevent hot air from affecting the other components, along with wide ventilation openings with dust filters.</p> <p>Look for the QBX to be available in April. We've reached out to Cougar for a price and will update when/if we hear back.</p> <h3>Update</h3> <p>Cougar tells <em>Maximum PC</em> that the QBX's MSRP will be $60, though it doesn't enforce MSRPs on its distributors "due to the massive differences between the world's markets." The company also sent us a bunch of photos of the QBX, which you can check out in our photo gallery below.</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 cougar enclosure Hardware mini-itx QBX sff Small Form Factor News Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:08:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 29587 at Display a Custom Logo on Bitfenix's New Aegis Case <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bitfenix_aegis.jpg" alt="Bitfenix Aegis" title="Bitfenix Aegis" width="228" height="237" style="float: right;" />Add your own flair</h3> <p>Are you all-in with Nvidia? What about AMD? Or Intel? Hey, we're not judging -- <strong>you can be a fan of any brand you want, and if you'd like to show off your allegiance to team whatever, Bitfenix's new Aegis case will let you</strong>. Hidden behind the closed front panel of the Bitfenix Aegis is the Bitfenix ICON, a 2.8-inch logo display that connects directly to your motherboard via an internal USB header.</p> <p>This allows you to add any custom logo you want to the Aegis, which you can do simply by dragging and dropping a color image. Furthermore, Bitfenix has published the source code, so if developers want to get creative or fancy, perhaps animated or interactive icons will make its way to the Aegis.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/aegis_logos.jpg" alt="Aegis Logos" title="Aegis Logos" width="620" height="309" /></p> <p>The Aegis is a micro ATX chassis (supports both micro ATX and mini ITX motherboards), though it supports quite a bit of hardware, including four 3.5-inch drives (two removable cages with two tool free slots each) and four 2.5-inch drives (one removable cage with two tool free slots each).</p> <p>For cooling chores, the Aegis supports up to eight 120mm fans or five 140 fans, dual 238mm radiators, or a dual 360mm rad if it's of the slim variety.</p> <p>Other features include a built-in fan controller, rubber padded pump bracket, a reservoir bracket, PSU cover, dust filters on top, and five color options (white, blue, yellow, red, and black).</p> <p>No word yet on when the Aegis will be available to purchase or for how much. In the meantime, you can check out its <a href="" target="_blank">product page here</a>.</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> Aegis BitFenix Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware matx News Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:47:19 +0000 Paul Lilly 29478 at Aerocool Recalls Strike-X ST Case Due to Fire Hazard <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/aerocool_strike_xt_burned.jpg" alt="Aerocool Strike-X ST Burned" title="Aerocool Strike-X ST Burned" width="228" height="149" style="float: right;" />HDD dock can short out and cause a fire</h3> <p>Think you're having a bad day? Try having your computer case go up in flames. You'd think a faulty power supply would be to blame in such instances, but apparently an HDD dock can be problematic, too. <strong>If you own an Aerocool Strike-X ST case, stop using the HDD dock immediately</strong>. <strong>Aerocool has issued a recall</strong> and is in the process of replacing faulty circuit boards in the HDD dock that can melt the case and catch fire.</p> <p>The folks at <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Legit Reviews</em></a> received a recall notice on the case, but what's equally interesting is that this isn't a new problem. <em>LR</em> dug around and found that users have been complaining about this issue since at least 2012. There was even a <a href="" target="_blank">thread on <em>Toms Hardware</em></a> last year with some pretty grotesque pictures of what can happen to the case when the HDD dock's circuit board shorts out.</p> <p>It seems rather odd that Aerocool is only now getting around to correcting the issue. Better late than never, but wow, talk about playing with fire (literally).</p> <p>According to the notice, Aerocool "experienced a few short circuit incidents" that resulted in the affected case getting burned. The company isn't replacing the case, just the HDD docking board. It will come with a user manual that details how to replace the board, or you can reference this YouTube video:</p> <p><iframe src="" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>If you own the affected case, Aerocool asks that you drop them a line.</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> Aerocool Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware HDD dock recall Stirke-X ST News Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:16:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 29442 at Standalone Phantom One Case Gets a Reward Tier on Kickstarter <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/phantom_one_desktops.jpg" alt="Phantom One Case" title="Phantom One Case" width="228" height="186" style="float: right;" />You asked for it, they listened</h3> <p>With just 15 days left and only $210 pledged so far towards its $50,000 goal on Kickstarter, we don't know if One Technology's Phantom One system will gain enough momentum to be successfully funded, but give credit to the team behind the project. When we <a href="">first reported</a> about the Phantom One, the general consensus was that it costs too much, so One Technology <a href="">dropped the price</a> by $250. There's also been quite a few requests to sell the unique cases by themselves, and guess what? <strong>Phantom One's standalone case will be added as a reward tier sometime today</strong>.</p> <p>Quick refresher if you missed our past coverage -- the Phantom One is a small form factor system that's about the size of a six pack of bottled beer. There are two versions, one that comes in a sleek black case and other other in a bamboo case, the latter of which is supposedly the first of its kind.</p> <p>Specs include an Intel Core i7 4790K CPU, Asus Z97i-Plus motherboard with Wi-Fi, 16GB of RAM, a shortened version of the GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, 128GB solid state drive, 1TB hard drive, 450W power supply, and Windows 7 64-bit.</p> <p>For many onlookers, the case design is the real treat here, particularly the bamboo version. The entire shell is made of bamboo, with each piece cut from a single sheet to maintain the same grain and seamless flow.</p> <p>Originally the team didn't want to offer just the case because they didn't think they could keep up with demand if they received a ton of orders, as each case takes over three hours on a precision laser cutter and CNC mill to make. Technology One was also concerned that price would be a factor -- in addition to the case itself, there's a unique $100 PCI-E riser ribbon that inflates the cost.</p> <p>Nevertheless, they're giving it a shot as a reward tier, we were told in an email. It will go up sometime today for a cost of $299. There won't be any of the aforementioned components, though it will come with the special PCI-E riser ribbon.</p> <p>The page hasn't been updated at the time of this writing, but if you're interested, you can check for it throughout the day by <a href="" target="_blank">clicking here</a>.</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> bamboo Build a PC case chassis enclosure Hardware phantom one News Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:07:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 29433 at CES 2015: A Look at Lepa's New Water Cooler and Futuristic Looking Chassis [Video] <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lepa_case.jpg" alt="Lepa Case" title="Lepa Cae" width="228" height="143" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Getting to know Lepa</h3> <p>There's a close relationship between Enermax and Lepa, the latter of which you may not be as familiar with. Lepa is a brand that belongs to Ecomaster, which itself is a U.S. distributor for Enermax. You can also view Lepa as Enermax's house brand, or as siblings under parent company Ecomaster. Make sense? Let's move on to what we saw from <strong>Lepa at the Consumer Electronics Show -- a new water cooler and a promising case design</strong>.</p> <p>The first thing Lepa introduced us to was its new AquaChanger series, the company's first all-in-one liquid cooling solution. There are two versions, one with single fan radiator (120) and another with a dual fan design (240). Both of them use Lepa's own patents, as opposed to being a rebrand of an Asetek or CoolIT product.</p> <p>Lepa also showed us its forthcoming LPC801 chassis, which comes standard with a 120mm fan up top, 200mm fan up front, and a 140mm fan in the back. Other features include tool-less installation, support for various sized radiators, two USB 3.0 ports on top, three USB 2.0 ports, and a SuperCharge port.</p> <p>Take a look:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></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 ces2015 chassis cpu enclosure Hardware LEPA liquid cooling News Fri, 09 Jan 2015 19:21:52 +0000 Jimmy Thang and Paul Lilly 29230 at NZXT Adds a Splash of Color to Budget Friendly S340 Chassis <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nzxt_s340_0.jpg" alt="NZXT S340" title="NZXT S340" width="228" height="177" style="float: right;" />New year, new color options</h3> <p>NZXT last fall launched its S340 mid-tower ATX chassis, an entry-level case intended to bring a premium quality design without emptying your bank account (it's listed on Newegg for $70 plus $8 shipping). Now as we embark on a new year, <strong>NZXT is offering new color options for its S340 case -- "Gloss Blue" and "Gloss Red,"</strong> both of which are accents to the matte black paneling.</p> <p>The case itself is made from cold-rolled steel and is purportedly durable. Be warned, however, that there are no optical bays, so installing your OS of choice requires doing so through a USB thumb drive or an external optical drive.</p> <p>NZXT relocated the hard drives to a lower position in the S340 to free up some space in the middle and make it easier to build inside of. It also includes grommet-less cable management with over 20 zip-tie locations, plus a bit of space behind the motherboard tray.</p> <p>Cooling is handled with support for up to three 140mm or 120mm fans. In addition, the Source 340 supports NZXT's Kraken X61 liquid cooler in the front, and/or its X31 liquid cooler in the rear.</p> <p>NZXT's <a href="" target="_blank">S340 Color Edition</a> is <a href="" target="_blank">now available to pre-order</a> with an estimated ship date of January 14, 2015.</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 s340 color edition News Thu, 01 Jan 2015 16:35:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 29176 at Forget the Picture Frame, Use Lian Li's O Series Chassis to Hang a PC on Your Wall <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lian_li_pc-o7s.jpg" alt="Lian Li PC-O7S" title="Lian Li PC-O7S" width="228" height="220" style="float: right;" />An open air wall-mountable chassis</h3> <p>Have you ever thought about hanging your PC components on a wall? Admittedly I have a time or three, though I've never attempted it because, quite frankly, it'd be a lot of work to secure each and every component on a bare wall, and then make it all look nice to boot. It looks like <strong>Lian Li read my mind -- the company's new O Series open-air cases are wall-mountable</strong> (and also a work in progress).</p> <p>There are four different models: the mini-ITX <a href="" target="_blank">PC-O5</a>, mini-ITX <a href="" target="_blank">PC-O5S</a>, micro-ATX <a href="" target="_blank">PC-O6S</a>, and the ATX <a href="" target="_blank">PC-O7S</a>. All of them are in the prototype stage, as Lian Li looks for user feedback from the DIY community as it fleshes out and tweaks a final design.</p> <p>Though they're built for different form factors, each case is similar in overall design. They all feature an oversized tempered glass window so that visitors can spy the entire build. And to keep it slim, graphics cards are installed parallel to the motherboard through a PCI riser card and extension.</p> <p>Cases with an "S" suffix denote water cooling compatibility, with the PC-O5S supporting radiators up to 240mm; the PC-O6S and PC-O7S support radiators up to 360mm.</p> <p>Wall mounting any of the O Series cases is optional (you'll probably want a wireless mouse and keyboard if going that route), as they can also be placed on a desk in the vertical position using an included aluminum stand with rubber grip, or horizontally on four attachable feet with rubber padding.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>No word on when Lian Li might bring these case to market or what the MSRPs will be.</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 o series News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:08:04 +0000 Paul Lilly 29112 at Velocity Micro Now Offering Builds in New GX3 Chassis <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gx3.jpg" alt="Velocity Micro GX3 Case" title="Velocity Micro GX3 Case" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />A new case for enthusiast level builds</h3> <p><strong>Boutique builder Velocity Micro today announced it has a new flagship case, the GX3</strong>, to build select systems inside of. It's a custom designed ATX case intended to combine sleek looks that are "universally appealing" with functionality and expandability, along with a focus on cooling performance. That includes liquid cooling -- it can swallow up a 240mm liquid CPU radiator.</p> <p>The case can also fit up to six hard drives inside its belly, which are held in place via a tool-less drive cage. Other features include dual USB 3.0 and audio ports on the top of the chassis, fan mounts throughout the case for air cooling, aluminum construction, and "understated lighting" intended to add a bit of flair without being obnoxious about it.</p> <p>"We’ve put our hearts and souls into the design of the GX3 chassis," said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. "We believe its unique combination of design, power capabilities, and outstanding thermals will make it extremely popular with our enthusiast audience. It’s our new flagship chassis."</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/gx3_open.jpg" alt="Velocity Micro GX3 Case Open" title="Velocity Micro GX3 Case Open" width="620" height="597" /></p> <p>The new <a href="" target="_blank">GX3 chassis</a> now comes standard on Velocity Micro's <a href="" target="_blank">Raptor Z95</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Promagix HD80</a> systems starting at $2,299 and $1,869, respectively.</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 enclosure gx3 Hardware velocity micro News Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:26:59 +0000 Paul Lilly 29025 at Fractal Design Debuts Define R5 PC Case for Quiet Computing <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/fractal_design_define_r5.jpg" alt="Fractal Design Define R5" title="Fractal Design Define R5" width="228" height="198" style="float: right;" />A mid-tower for quiet types</h3> <p><strong>Fractal-Design added a new enclosure to its quiet oriented Define Series today, the Define R5</strong>, which supposedly boasts the highest level of silent computing yet. That claim comes from the Define R5's use of strategically paced dense sound-absorbing material, updated "ModuVent" fan vent covers, and new Dynamic Series fans that are finely tuned for low noise and aided by an integrated three-speed fan controller.</p> <p>The Define R5 can hold up to eight 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch storage drives through cages that can be removed or relocated, plus another two 2.5-inch SSDs in tool-free mounts behind the motherboard tray. Same goes with the optical disc drive cage -- it too can be removed for more internal space or to accommodate an HDD drive cage.</p> <p>Cooling is handled by two included Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mm fans that occupy a pair of the nine fan mounts. If you're into liquid cooling, the Define R5 can house radiators up to 420mm in the top, 360mm in the front, to 240mm in the bottom, and up to 140mm in the rear.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Define R5</a> is available with a side window for $120 or without a window for $110.</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 define r5 enclosure fractal design Hardware quiet computing silence News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:25:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 28980 at Corsair Introduces Quiet Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition Case <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/corsair_carbide_series_330r.jpg" alt="Corsair Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition" title="Corsair Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition" width="228" height="215" style="float: right;" />A case for librarians and other noise conscious builders</h3> <p>There's something to be said for building a quiet computer. It takes a bit of research to build a truly silent (or near silent) system, and of course it starts with your choice of case -- an open air chassis is probably not the best option. There are several quiet cases available, and beginning today, you can add <strong>Corsair's new Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition</strong> to the list of quiet computing enclosures.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Corsair says</a> the 330R makes it easy to build an "extremely quiet" PC, part of which is due to the noise damping material found on the top panel, side panels, and front door. It also boasts a 3-speed fan controller and a Direct Airflow Path layout that provides an unobstructed path between the included 140mm fan and the CPU and GPU.</p> <p>The other included fan is a 120mm exhaust unit, though there's room for two more 120mm or 140mm fans up top and another 120mm or 140mm fan up front. If you prefer liquid cooling, the 330R can accommodate a 240mm or 280mm radiator up top and is specifically compatible with Corsair's H55, H60, H75, H80i, and H100i liquid coolers.</p> <p>Other amenities include four hard drive trays supporting both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch installs, tool-free 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch drive installation, built-in cable routing coutouts, and a USB 3.0 port on the front panel.</p> <p>Corsair's <a href="" target="_blank">Carbide Series 330R Titanium Edition</a> PC case is available now for $100 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> 330r titanium edition Build a PC carbide series case chassis corsair enclosure Hardware News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:19:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 28967 at Origin PC Turns 5 Years Old, Celebrates By Offering Genesis and Millennium Cases <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/origin_pc_cases.jpg" alt="Origin PC Cases" title="Origin PC Cases" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />Own the case without the guts</h3> <p>Boutique system builder Origin PC is celebrating its official 5-year anniversary since launching its online store, during which time it's released 20 products and won over 25 awards and accolades. More recently, <strong>Origin PC trotted out new cases for its Millennium mid-tower and Genesis full-tower PCs, and for a limited time, you can purchase either chassis by itself</strong>. It's the first time Origin PC has offered up cases for sale.</p> <p>Both were designed and built from the ground up with an aggressive and industrial motif, though the real standout trait is the Variable Mounting feature. This allows the motherboard to be mounted in four different orientations -- standard ATX, inverted ATX, 90 degrees, or inverted 90 degrees.</p> <p>You can also shove up to four graphics cards in either case. Other features include remote controlled LED lighting, dual-hinge front door design, five hot-swappable HDD bays, and Kensington locks (optional).</p> <p>These case are <a href="" target="_blank">available now</a> for a limited time, though they don't come cheap -- the Millennium mid-tower runs $399 and the Genesis full-tower commands $449.</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 genesis Hardware millennium origin pc News Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:50:45 +0000 Paul Lilly 28942 at Cooler Master's Silencio 652S and 352 PC Cases Set Sail for North America <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/cm_silencio_cases.jpg" alt="CM Silencio Cases" title="CM Silencio Cases" width="228" height="216" style="float: right;" />¡Silencio, por favor!</h3> <p>Cooler Master dropped us a note today to let us know that two of its newer Silencio cases are headed to North America. Specifically, <strong>Cooler Master's Silencio 652S and 352 enclosures will be available soon</strong>, in case you're looking to build a quiet system. Both cases utilize sound dampening material on the panels and both are capable of mounting at least one 240mm radiator.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Silencio 652S</a> is a mid-tower ATX chassis that measures 20 inches by 8.7 inches by 20 inches. It comes with two 120mm Silencio fans up front with a single one installed in the back. For liquid cooling duties, you can fit a 240mm radiator at the front and/or up top, and a 120mm radiator on the back.</p> <p>It also supports up to 10 solid state drives and nine hard disk drives, along with CPU coolers up to 168mm tall and graphics cards up to 16.6 inches long.</p> <p>For smaller builds, the <a href="" target="_blank">Silencio 352</a> will accept micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards. It measures 17.8 inches by 7.8 inches by 14.9 inches, and in addition to having room for a 240mm at the front, it can also accommodate a 120mm radiator on the back. For air cooling chores, it comes with front and rear 120mm XtraFlo fans.</p> <p>It can hold up to four SSDs and three HDDs. Compared to its larger sibling, there's a little less room CPU coolers (up to 155mm tall) and graphics cards (up to 14 inches).</p> <p>No word yet on price.</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 Cooler Master enclosure Hardware silencio 352 silencio 652s News Tue, 04 Nov 2014 21:54:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 28841 at Lian Li's PC-Q26 is a NAS-Centric Mini ITX Chassis <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lian_li_pc-q26.jpg" alt="Lian Li PC-Q26" title="Lian Li PC-Q26" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" />A case for little boards and lots of storage</h3> <p><strong>Lian Li just introduced its new PC-Q26 case</strong>. It's a mini ITX enclosure for users who want to roll their own NAS box with support for up to 11 hard drives, including 10 3.5-inch drives and a single 2.5-inch drive. A hot-swap backplane for two 3.5-inch drives included, and you have the ability to "easily" add more backplanes as needed, Lian Li says. All that potential storage capacity comes wrapped in a small and lightweight brushed aluminum case.</p> <p>Like a traditional case, the side-panels pop off for easy access to the system's guts and storage. Drives can be tool-lessly installed using thumbscrews with rubber suspensions. You'll also find thumbscrews holding the expansion slots in place.</p> <p>Cooling duties are handled by three 120mm fans up front to bring cool air in and a 120mm fan up to top to expel hot air. You an also mount an optional 80mm fan on the rear and another 120mm on the side, for a total of six fans.</p> <p>The case supports expansion cards up to 190mm (7.4 inches), CPU coolers up to 150mm (5.9 inches), PSUs up to 190mm (7.4 inches).</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Lian Li says</a> the <a href="" target="_blank">PC-Q26</a> is available now in the U.S. for $189 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-q26 News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:20:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 28769 at