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Build It Yourself: A Mini-ITX Gaming System For Just Over $500
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The Deal/Steal: Chieftec FI-01W

This case looks great, whether it's lying flat in a desktop orientation or standing up as a tower, especially given its low price tag.

When this story went live in Europe, our enclosure of choice was called the FI-01W. But Chieftec doesn't sell it here. In the U.S., the same case shows up as Winsis' WI-10. It's really hard to track down, though. So, although all of our pictures are of the Chieftec chassis, we're using Winsis' WI-02 instead. Internally, the WI-02 is identical. It even includes a 200 W power supply. For as little as $45 online, we're happy to recommend the WI-02 as an alternative.

Like other Chieftec enclosures, the FI-01W (and, by extension, Winsis' WI-02) is built like a tank, albeit a tiny one. This can be a blessing as well as a curse. Be ready for a twisted neck and scraped fingers during the build process because this chassis has absolutely no give and promises only cramped working conditions.

Let’s first take a look at how the Chieftec FI-01W stacks up on paper.

Technical Specifications
Form FactorMini-ITX; Desktop form factor (Lying down) or tower form factor (Standing upright)
Dimensions
10.43" x 3.54" x 10.63" (Depth x Width x Height); 6.45 L (Volume)
Weight7.72 lbs (with PSU)
External Drive Bays1 x 5.25" Slimline with tool-less installation
Internal Drive Bays
1 x 3.5" With tool-less installation + 1 x 2.5" (Installation with screws)
Power Supply Unit
(PSU)
200 W TFX PSU (Chieftec DSI-200P)
Front Connectors2 x USB 2.0, Microphone input, Audio output (AC'97/HD Audio)
In The Box
Screw set, Accessory set, Motherboard spacer, Thumb screws, Four feet
Materials0.6 mm Steel, White Finish (Winsis' WI-02 is available either in a black or silver finish)
Fan Holders
None
Manufacturer's Website
Chieftec Product Page, Winsis Product Page
Street Price
$40


This is where we would have nitpicked the the Chieftec FI-01W’s smaller problems, except that we didn’t find any.

The only thing that we didn’t love about the FI-01W was its lack of a door for the optical drive. While the case comes with a removable cover, a simple door mechanism would have made the case perfect (though we recognize that a quality mechanism would have also made it more expensive). At the equivalent of $60 in Europe, or as low as $45 here in the U.S., we're fine with the chassis as-is.

We'll dive into power supply performance once we finish the build.

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