Computer Cases 101

eiodotcom —  October 2, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today’s EIO post is an introduction to computer cases and their uses.

 

What Is A Computer Case?

 

 

 

A computer case (also known as a “computer chassis”, “cabinet”, “box”, “enclosure”, “housing”, or simply “case”) is the enclosure that contains most of the components of a computer (usually excluding the display, keyboard and mouse).  Cases are usually constructed from steel (often SECC — Steel, electrogalvanized, cold-rolled, coil) or aluminium. Plastic is sometimes used, and other materials such as wood and even Lego blocks have appeared in home-built cases.

 

Design

 

Computer cases usually include sheet metal enclosures for a power supply unit and drive bays, as well as a rear panel that can accommodate peripheral connectors protruding from the motherboard and expansion slots. Most cases also have a power button or switch, a reset button, and LEDs to indicate power status as well as hard drive and network activity. Some cases include built-in I/O ports (such as USB and headphone ports) on the front of the case. Such a case will also include the wires needed to connect these ports, switches and indicators to the motherboard.

 

Hardware Access

 

Tower cases have either a single side panel which may be removed in order to access the internal components or a large cover that saddles the chassis. Traditionally, most computer cases required computer case screws to hold components and panels in place (i.e. motherboard, PSU, drives, and expansion cards). Recently  there is a trend toward “screwless” cases, in which components are held together with snap-in plastic rails, thumbscrews, and other methods that do not require tools; this facilitates quick assembly and modification of computer hardware.

 

 

Products

 

 

APEVIA X-CRUISER-AL Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

 

ATX Mid Tower
Front Temp, Sound, Fan Speed Gauges
Front 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Firewire, 2 x audio
Model
Brand APEVIA
Model X-CRUISER-AL
Specifications
Type ATX Mid Tower
Color Silver
Case Material Steel
Power Supply No
Power Supply Mounted Top
Motherboard Compatibility Standard ATX / Baby AT / Micro ATX
Main Board Size: Fits up to 11″ x 12″
With Side Panel Window Yes
Expansion
External 5.25″ Drive Bays 4
External 3.5″ Drive Bays 2
Internal 3.5″ Drive Bays 4
Expansion Slots 7
Front Ports
Front/Top Ports 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Firewire, 2 x audio
Cooling System
80mm Fans 2 x 80mm fan – front (optional)
1 x 80mm UV blue LED fan – top (included)
1 x 80mm UV blue LED fan – rear (included) upgradable to 120mm fan.
Side Air duct UV Air Duct and Filter on Side Window (Thermally Advantaged Chassis)
Physical Spec
Dimensions(L x W x H) 19.25″ x 7.75″ x 17.00″
Features
Features Modern Sophisticated Stylish Design
Large See-through Side Window
1 x UV Air Duct and Filter on Side Window (Thermally Advantaged Chassis)
1 x Front Fan Gauge w/ Fan Controller (Controls up to 5 fans)
1 x Front Temperature Gauge with Blue Back Lighting
1 x Front Volume Gauge and Volume Controller
Front Panel LED Lights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APEVIA MX-PLEASURE-BK Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

 

ATX Full Tower
500W Power Supply
Front Panel 2 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire
Model
Brand APEVIA
Model MX-PLEASURE-BK
Specifications
Type ATX Full Tower
Color Black
Case Material Steel
Power Supply 500W
Power Supply Mounted Top
Motherboard Compatibility Standard ATX / Baby AT / Micro ATX
With Side Panel Window Yes
Expansion
External 5.25″ Drive Bays 4
External 3.5″ Drive Bays 2
Internal 3.5″ Drive Bays 7
Expansion Slots 7
Front Ports
Front Ports 2 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire
Cooling System
80mm Fans 1 x 80mm UV blue LED fan – front
1 x 80mm UV blue fan – front
120mm Fans 1 x 120mm UV blue LED fan – side
1 x 120mm UV blue LED fan – rear
Physical Spec
Dimensions(L x W x H) 19.00″ x 8.00″ x 21.25″
Weight 31 lbs.
Features
Features Fully loaded steel durable chassis
Ideal for small business, network server
Lockable side panel and front panel
Fold in/out case feet for case stability
Front temperature display gauge
Front fan speed controller and gauge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sentey SS1-2421 Slim 2421 Slim Flex Case w/Power Supply LCD DISPLAY SECC 0.7mm 2x USB/1x Fan/Micro ATX-ITX

 

SECC 0,7mm / Plastic MicroATX Slim Case
240 W Power Supply
Included LCD Display
Model
Brand Sentey
Series Slim Series
Model SS1-2421
Spec
Type MicroATX Slim Case
Color
Glossy Black
Case Material
SECC 0,7mm / Plastic
With Power Supply
Yes
Power Supply BCP450-OM 250 Watt Constant/450 Watt Peak
Power Supply Mounted
Top
PSU Main Connector 20+4Pin
Motherboard Compatibility
Micro ATX / ITX
With Side Panel Window
No
Expansion
External 5.25″ Drive Bays
1
External 3.5″ Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5″ Drive Bays
1
Hot-Swap Drive Bays 1 Sliding Bays
Expansion Slots
4 Low Profile
With front LCD display
Yes
Front Ports
Front Ports
USB 2.0 x 2 , Audio & Mic
Cooling System
80mm Fans 1 x 80mm Top Fans
Physical Spec
Dimensions(L x W x H)
15.74″ x 4.09″ x 12.79″
Weight 9.50 lbs.
Features
Features
Included LCD Display

Supports Micro-ATX / ITX

Glossy Black Painting

Slim and compact design

Supports Low Profile Cards

Included Power Supply Sentey BCP450-OM

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