Description

So this is an APPROXIMATION of the build I made. The CPU, 1x RAM stick, DVD drive and HDD were acquired for free, and they're not exactly what I listed, but close enough. PCPP doesn't list the 450W PSU I actually got, so I picked the 550W.

I built this - honestly - just because! I got the free parts and thought, "I need to do something with these!" I'm leaning toward gifting it to one of my friends, but so far it's come in handy for some odd jobs.

As for the Deepcool case:

  • I think the case is great overall, but I really don't understand their placement of the HDD cage. I used a Dremel to cut a bit out of the front area because the cage's placement makes airflow pretty lackluster.
  • It's very quiet, but that's expected given the low specs and lack of video card.
  • I moved the included case fan to the front, and threw in an old Thermaltake 120mm in the rear.
  • This MSI board has space in the top-right to allow my DVD drive to fit, but you should realize that not all mATX boards will allow this given the case's dimensions.
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Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean and purdy! There are still plenty of uses for an old i3. I gifted my friend a spare parts build with a Q9550 and GTX 670 that ran like a charm.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

That CPU is so damn old. Where did you get it? You already had it or what

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah man, I said in the description that I got some parts for free.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

That fan in the rear looks a bit tacky. Nevertheless, its a nice build.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

That fan came with a cheap Thermaltake case that I think I bought 5+ years ago. Tacky yes, but a window begs for some light! Had nothing else on hand.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I just bought this case recently. how did you go about getting the stock rear fan into the front position? Did you have to remove the front panel in any way?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes the front panel needs to come off, but it's meant to do that. You just have to squeeze the six clips along the perimeter and push them through.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I see thank you so much, I was contemplating taking it off before breaking my new case.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

there are two prongs under the DVD drive bay, behind the front panel of the case that are poking into the fan. Did you not come across this issue?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

There's only one spot to properly install a 120mm at the front. I've added a pic to the set. Notice I've circled where you install the fan.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

okay. highly appreciated. That was the second spot I tried but was having trouble getting the 2 lower screws in since the holes were fresh cut I guess. Thanks again man

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! I see someone else had issues with the HDD cage and the optical bay. My DVD drive wouldn’t fit. It needed about 3/4” more not to run into the capacitors on my motherboard. The case could be better with a few tweaks-I didn’t understand placement on the HDD screws on the right side either. I put mine in the slots but they’re not flush which will cause vibration or shifting of the hard drive. I personally think this is a great case for a mini itx build and removable hard drive cage and only using nvme or ssd for storage. Deepcool could also have included a slide out HDD tray which would result in a much cleaner tool less build on the HDD cage. Nice job on the build in what I thought was a frustrating case. I also had an issue with the metal lip on the pic-e slot. It covers up part of the hdmi slot on my old low profile gpu. I can see why not many builds have been done. You did a good job

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes the HDD cage is the biggest knock against this case for me. I don't mind the lack of removable trays, but not being removable itself and obstructing the front fan area this much...I don't see the logic.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

My son loves your build, LED fan and all :)

Question - can you remove either of the drive enclosures? I'd just go M.2 SSD right on the motherboard so no need for drive cages.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope it's held in with rivets :(

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

should be