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Building With The USP 100

Three Gaming Cases, With Power, Under $100

The star of the USP 100 show might be its 550W power supply, though 16A limits on each of its 12V rails won’t encourage its use in SLI or CrossFire systems.

A cable access hole next to the power supply allows most cables to be easily hidden behind the motherboard tray.

The mid-sized USP 100 swallows our full-sized components easily, while leaving enough room for additional drives and larger graphics cards up to 11.42”. That means big, single-GPU cards like the Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce GTX 480 fit, while the supersized Radeon HD 5970 doesn’t.

Builders who run out of drive clips or simply want a more secure installation will find extra screws in the installation kit. The motherboard itself requires screws, as do all expansion cards.

The finished system doesn’t shine brightly, though its blood-red intake fan shows much more flamboyantly once the case is moved to a softly-lit environment.

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