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AeroCool MicroATX Cases M40 Black
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- Unique Cube design Micro ATX case with double deck chassis for easy access to installation.
- Include 4 x USB2.0 and AC97 Mic and Audio ports
- Support up to 4 fans for best cooling system
- Include a fan and temperature monitor LCD display on the front panel
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AeroCool Designed, M40 MicroATX case with easy access double deck Chassis and support up to 4 fans. Solidly constructed chassis interior with 0.6mm SECC steel support all Micro ATX motherboards and support standard ATX power supply with 140mm depth recommended . Front panel design with a fan and Temperature monitor LCD display. Supports 4 x USB2.0 and audio & Mic AC97 only. Include 1 x 120mm front fan. Case Dimensions: 295mm(W) x 233mm(H) x 380mm(D). Drive Bays: 2 x 5.25" external ; 1 x 3.5" External; 2 x 3.5" internal removable HDD Rack. Expansion Slots: 4 Slots. Customer Service: Supportataerocool.us or call 510-661-9948. RMA Service: RMAataerocool.us or call 510-661-9948.
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Over the years I have built several pc's and this case is by far one of the best I have ever bought, it is very well engineered and the build quality is superior to anything I have purchased in the past. Another plus is AeroCool has an outstanding tech support department, very friendly as well as very knowledgeable and helpful. One of the really unique and creative features that this case has over all the rest in this category is that it is made in two sections, with an upper and lower section. The upper section is hinged on one side so that it can be moved out of the way giving you a lot of room when installing the motherboard. It even has a leg that you can pull out to prop the upper section on while working on installing the various components in the lower section. (hint: put the power supply in towards the end of the build so you do not have its weight pulling on the upper section as it is mounted there)
There is a Warning to consider before buying your power supply, if you are not very handy with tools or do not have any then buy the case first or at least go to AeroCool's website to find out the physical dimensions that the power supply cannot exceed. I had already bought an OCZ 700W power supply because it was on sale at the time and had bought it before deciding on a case. Well it was a little too long and interfered with the normal placement for the hard drive cage that came with the case. This is not that big a deal if you are a little creative and do not mind relocating the hard drives. There was plenty of space for standard desktop hard drives right next to the power supply on the upper deck, I however opted for one of the 2.5" drive arrays that you put where an old floppy drive would go. This made for a very neat set up and I put two 500 GB laptop hard drives in it. This problem with the physical size of the power supply is probably not limited to this case but might be a problem with all of them of this reduced size, my suggestion would be just to buy the wattage power supply that you need for your system that has the best price and relocate the hard drive if needed. The power supplies that are sized for this case tend to be expensive as well as limiting you on total wattage, (might not be enough for a gaming graphic card.)
Good luck with your build
PRO's: Very strongly build case with excellent fit and black shiney finish that does not show finger prints.
The front red led display only shows temp and confirms that front fan and drives are spining. You can leave this display unconnected if you choose.
The split case opens for easy installation or changes and has a leg to hold the case when opened. It really is a joy to work on.
The front 5" fan is included and quiet but can be just heard as a whisper as set up as noted above.
Making changes to a completed build takes only minutes to open gain access to the split case design.
CON's The design, while creative and well thought out, does result in a conflict between the power supply and the internal removeable twin hard drive case. There is only about 1&1/2 inch clearance between the back of the power supply and the front of the drives where the drives power and input connectors reside. It is really important to carefully select a power supply that works with this restriction. The power supply out cables can make it difficult or impossible to then install the drive cables. I have read where some builders have resorted to building a custom drive case and moved the drives to another place in the case. On the two builds I made, I have, with a carefull selection of power supplys and creative handy work, managed successful drive installations. In this last build, I used an OCZ 60GB SSD as a system drive and a 1-TByte Seagate for apps and data.
The one change I made on this build was to connect the front fan directly to the motherboard to provide auto temp regulation and speed control via the BIOS. This fan normally connects to the front led display and you have be a bit thoughtful and creative to make this change happen.
I really like the case design inside and out and recommend it if you have the patience to plan and struggle a bit with the power supply/hard drive conflict.
1) It will NOT hold a tall heatsink. Must be less than 4 inches tall, maybe 3.5. There is a metal floor to the top compartment. Probably should keep it as it can be used to tie your cables away from the board and fan.
2) The stock fan (there is ONE 120mm one) is so-so, noise-wise.
3) The hard drive indicator is an LCD picture of a fan, which I think is a little dumb.
There are also some good tihngs to know:
The 3.5 mount can hold 2 drives. Use SATA since the connectors are small, and you will be able to use a normal size PSU. A small PSU is not needed and not all 4 screws will be able to be used so I got a normal PSU. If you install the PSU first you can take out the 3.5 mount. Just unscrew and slide out.
Great case. Looks like a hifi, so it is great to use as a media center. I'm getting all quiet components for this very reason! Fun stuff! If you're thinking about this one, get it!