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Apex Computer Technology PC-389-C 10bay ATX Tower No Psu USB / Hd PC389C
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- Case Type: Mid-tower
- Case Color: Black
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A few sharp edges so be careful.
Fairly decent looks.
I prefer cooler master cases, but at less than half the price of a 912 haf, this case does the job. Probably the best bang for the buck. Sheet metal may be a tad thin, but I have seen thinner. Can not be beat for budget builds imo.
Screw holes for power supply were off slightly
screw holes for hard drive off slightly
Front LED cable too short to reach connector on motherboard, rest if front panel wires were just barely long enough.
80 mm on back of case
Best usage scenario:
atom or amd hudson low power processors that do not require lots of cooling.
As mentioned previously, good enough for use as a server case
I paid 24.99. After working with the case, I am reasonably satisfied, but I would not pay more than that.
This case is indeed made of lighter gauge steel than many I have used in the past, but the one I received is perfectly adequate for my use as the housing for a "test" computer in which I frequently remove and install hard disk drives, DVD drives, plug-in cards, floppy disk (gasp!) drives, media card readers, etc. The relatively large number of both "external" and internal bays allows simultaneous installation of more than enough hardware devices for nearly any peripheral configuration I wish. It's particularly useful to have two 3-1/2-inch "external" bays, given the proliferation of 3-1/2-inch wide media readers and other add-ons. It is true, however, that one of the "four" 5-1/4-inch front panel "external" bays is used by the manufacturer for included switches, LEDs, and USB "ports", so that only three "external" 5-1/4-inch front panel bays are available to the user.
I found the front panel wiring more than sufficiently long to reach pin headers on both ATX and microATX motherboards, and the size of the case allows easy installation of either size motherboard. Power supply mounting holes matched several power units of various brands which I've accumulated over the years. Comments about lack of cable management puzzle me - that's what plastic cable ties are for. I've had no issues mounting cooling fans, though the case might be tight for devices requiring liquid cooling - I'm not a gamer, and don't use liquid-cooled devices.
The location of the front power switch and reset switch - a blessing! - below the top and facing forward, is far superior to a location on top (like a couple of purchased desktop machine's I've acquired), or low on the front panel.Read more ›
The Apex PC-389-C is not constructed as the PC-319 which has heavier gauge panels and longer HDD/PWR/RST LED cables etc. However, if you basically just need a case to contain a motherboard, hard drives , DVD burners and other surplus items, then this is the one you really need.
I recently paired this case with a ECS Elitegroup (1.0) AMD C-60 APU (1GHz, Dual-Core) AMD A45 Hudson D1 Mini ITX DDR3 1066 BGA 413 Motherboard/CPU Combo HDC-I2/C-60 which was purchased here at Amazon.
For less than $85, my wife now has a newer, faster and sexier desktop than the old Dell Dimension 2400 that it is now replacing. Trying to upgrade an old Dell machine is a lesson in futility and utter nonsense since both the power supply and motherboard are proprietary meaning that you can't just by any motherboard and expect it to fit.
Mounting the new board in a Dell case is another complex issue. You need to remove twelve instead of the usual 4-6 screw to remove the old motherboard. And if you do manage this, figuring out a way to isolate the bottom of the old Dell case making contact with the new and causing a short circuit is another challenge. Those with you who have upgraded this model and other Dell machines can sympathise with the challenges. Also, the old power supply will not work since their version of 20 pins it really different in terms of fit and polarity.
Otherwise, the $25 that I paid for this case is money well spent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have used it for three years and everything works fine. Plenty of space. A case cannot break anyway, so it cannot be wrong to choose this one or any equivalent ones.Published 3 months ago by Yan
Its a case. Inside there is my computer stuff... it seems to do the job of not drop my motherboard pretty good. The fact that it doesnt look stupid is also a plus. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Adequate ventilation, decent cable management channels. My only problem so far is that sometimes when yanking USB keys out of the front panel I accidentally bump the giant RESET... Read morePublished 11 months ago by airlynx99
Good value case lots of space just with the cords to the power and front USB were longer. I suggest getting a motherboard where these connections would be a little closer to the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by chucky riggs
This chassis had all the requirements I was looking for. The chassis price was good and great delivery.Published 18 months ago by Harvey Rapoport
great case. Makes everything accessible from the front if needed as well as extra connections on the back. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Smilesdavis