Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by TigreTek, Sep 19, 2007.
and what makes the rosewill's so bad?
the psu is crap;
you can always replace that. anything specific to the construction/materials that makes them "bad"
I don't know about Rosewill, but they are really cheap price-wise, which would lead me to believe their manufacturing process isn't great and there hasn't been a lot of research done in designing the case (airflow, cable management, etc.)
good case qualities:
- good air flow while maintaining decent noise levels
- rolled metal (no sharp edges)
- sturdy (doesn't wobble)
- removable mobo tray
- enough room for expandability
- good PSU (but like you said, you can replace it if it comes with a bad one or doesn't come with one)
others will probably recommend being light-weight, but I don't care much about this because I rarely move computers.
sharp edges could cut wires, etc.
metal could scratch/dent easily.
some use flimsy plastic parts.
screw holes gets dethreaded.
Openings and screw-holes that line up well
Thick metal, .8m or thicker if possible (see #1)
Looks nice, doesn't have lots of shit to break off
Smooth or rolled edges
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I didn't list airflow because that has more to do with the type and placement of fans, though to a certain extent the vent locations on the case will affect where you want to put fans and where you can easily attach them. I also didn't list a removable motherboard tray because, frankly, you have to disconnect all the add-on cards and cables and all that shit anyway when you slide out the motherboard tray, so it's not really any kind of convenience. Besides, if you can't get the motherboard out of the case because the cables are all over the place, then you need to zip-tie your cables better to start with.
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The one Rosewill case I bought was made out of something like .25mm steel. It was so thin that I could twist the beams that ran along the inside of the case. Total crap.
usually look for a front and rear fan from what I have been told, along with the rest mentioned above
I just ordered this one, looks good for the price, it should be here tomorrow so I'll find out
If I was going to get one of the lower range Coolermaster cases, I would go with this one.
It has a 120mm fan in front of the hard drives, and is only $30 after rebate.