Treasures or Trash? 5 PC Cases for Gamers

Technical Data

Manufacturer / Model Aerocool ExtremEngine 3T Aerocool AeroEngine II - SSA Aspire X-Cruiser-BK 420 Dynapower Blackwidow CS-BW41602.1266 MGE XG Dragon
Price $100 $85 $60 $70 $179
Chassis
Form factor mid tower mid tower mid tower mid tower mid tower
Weight 7.5 kg (17.5 lbs) 6.3 kg (13.9 lbs) 6 kg (13.22 lbs) 7 kg (15.4 lbs) 7 kg (15.4 lbs)
Dimensions 430 x 200 x 440 mm
(16.9 x 7.9 x 17.3")
430 x 200 x 440 mm
(16.9 x 7.9 x 17.3")
488 x 196 x 431 mm
(19.25 x 7.75 x 17")
490 x 203 x 431 mm
(8 x 19.3 x 17")
610 x 375 x 575 mm
(24 x 14.8 x 22.6")
Material aluminum aluminum steel steel aluminum
can be opened with thumbscrews thumbscrews thumbscrews screws thumbscrews
Appropriate motherboards ATX, µATX ATX, µATX ATX, µATX ATX, µATX ATX, µATX
Side closed with window with window closed with window
Display no no yes no yes
Fan control yes no yes no yes
Drive bays
5.25" 4 x 4 x 4 x 4 x 4 x
3.5" external access 0 x 1 x 2 x 2 x 2 x
3.5" internal access 6 x 6 x 4 x 4 x 4 x
HDD holding cage fixed fixed fixed fixed fixed
Cage turned at 90° no no no no no
Mounting rails no no no no yes
Expansion slots 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 x
Front connections
USB 2.0 2 x Type A 2 x Type A 2 x Type A 2 x Type A 2 x Type A
Firewire 1394a 1 x 6-pin 1 x 6-pin 1 x 6-pin no 1 x 6-pin
Audio 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x
LEDs
Power yes yes yes yes yes
HDD yes yes yes yes yes
System fans
Holes / holders for occupied 2 x 120 mm 2 x 80 mm occupied occupied
Pre-installed 1 x 120, 1 x 250 mm 1 x 120 mm 1 x 80 mm 1 x 120 mm 2 x 80 mm
Speed signal cable yes yes yes no yes
Manufacturer Aerocool Aerocool Aspire n.a. Aspire
Dust filter no no no no no
Hard drive fans
Holes / holders for occupied occupied 1 x 80 mm occupied occupied
Pre-installed 1 x 120 mm 1 x 120 mm 1 x 80 mm 1 x 120 mm 2 x 80 mm
Speed signal cable no no yes no yes
Manufacturer Aerocool Aerocool yes n.a. Aspire
Dust filter no no no no no
Other accessories
Screws yes yes yes yes yes
Spacer yes yes yes yes yes
User guide yes yes yes yes yes
Mounting rails no no no no no
Speaker no no no no no
Cable ties no no no no no
Tools no no no no no
Other 420 Watt power supply 450 Watt power supply 500 Watt power supply
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  • mangofield
    I have owned this case previously until a guest "borrowed" (???!!!!) my computer for a few days and I loved it. I had a black one ane my son has the red one. They are absolutely beautiful and although I do not know very much about computer cases I can say that personally neither my son nor I received our cases in anything but a pristine condition. My children gave me this case after my first stroke and I used it and it's components for over 3 years. I play everquest, everquest2,WoW and had over 150 games from GameHouse and BigFishGames on it and it ran perfectly. In my humble opinion, I think it is worth every cent plus more. Not to be argumentative at all, just voicing my opinion 8)
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