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Best Case for under $30.
on March 27, 2013
I bought 4 of these as part of a 4 PC build for my work to add to our aging fleet of ancient Pentium 4 machines. I had heard great things about Rosewill's products, and have had good luck with them, plus the price is ridiculously low so I chose them over some other similarly priced cases. I'm glad I did!
The FBM-01 is a micro ATX tower, meaning you can only put in a micro ATX motherboard. Don't try to put in an ATX or full ATX because it won't work! It's small like it should be, about 14" tall, 14" long, and 7" wide. Perfect size for an office machine or home PC. If you want to build a gaming PC that will use a discrete graphics card, this will work, but if you want to do over clocking and need a cooler, or want to do SLI or CrossfireX, look elsewhere because you will run out of room inside very quickly.
The case is made of plastic and 4 mm stamped sheet metal. The front bezel is very nicely polished plastic with a cool brushed strip with chrome trim running along the bottom. The power button is nearly flush fit and has a blue power LED. There is 2 USB 2.0 ports and a mic-in and headphone/audio out jacks. There are 2, 5.25" expandable bays and one 3.5" bay in front, and inside there is room for 2, 3.5" hard drives. In total, there are 4 expansion slots, plenty for most all applications. A little bit of a bummer for me was there's no USB 3.0. Some cases in this price bracket do have them, so if you want front USB 3.0, you might want to look elsewhere.
Also inside are 2 fans! You get an honest to goodness 120mm front fan and an 80mm non-PWM rear fan. The leads are nice a long too. Thanks Rosewill. The front fan has both a standard 3-pin non-PWM motherboard header connector and a 4-pin Molex connector. The case feels very sturdy and the fit and finish are excellent for under $40. I've seen cases for $60 and even $80 that aren't this nice. The side panels fasten with very nice thumbscrews, and it included the hardware you need for mounting a motherboard and internal drives. The leads for the USB front and audio connectors were decently long, but not so long it causes issues for cable management, which for this case is cause for concern. The power supply is top-mounted, which is fine for this application. Rosewill even includes a little aluminum badge with Rosewill on it that you can stick to the case. Very nice touch!
My micro ATX motherboard went in with no problems. However, there was an issue with the RAM. If you are going to use RAM DIMM's with tall heat sinks like Corsair Vengeance, you WILL have clearance issues with them interfering with the hard drive. I had this issue where the hard drive didn't clear the top 3/4" of the heat sink, so I had to cut away one of the fins to get the drive to fit in so I could attach the power lead and data cable to it. VERY annoying and potentially disastrous if your RAM is DOA or dies shortly after you install it. Retailers don't take an RMA for a modified or damaged item. That's my only issue with it, but it's a potential deal-breaker if you like that type of RAM. For the record, Kingston's HyperX DDR3 fit perfectly. A fix for this if you wanted to rn the Vengeance would be to drill extra holes in the hard drive cage to mount the drive farther into the cage to eliminate the interference with the plug. Again, you'd void the warranty of the case, but personally I couldn't see returning it for any reason other than it arrived in pieces.
The fans are very quiet and vibration is undetectable. Ventilation won't be an issue either as there's ample room for good crossflow. I am impressed with the quality. For $30, you can't go wrong.
High quality materials
2 fans included are very quiet
Thumbscrews for side panels
Plenty of expandability
Adequate ventilation for a small case
Fitment issues for RAM DIMMs with tall heat sinks
No quick-release drive bays
No front USB 3.0
So aside from the issue with RAM clearance, it's about perfect. Pick one up. You'll be glad you did.