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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Micro ATX Case and power supply combo for under £25, 28 Jun 2012
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This review is from: CiT Recon Micro ATX Interior Mesh Case with 500W 12cm PSU - Black (Accessory)
These CiT micro atx cases are really nice, and put a lot of other companies to shame, there are 4 cases in the range ( Black Series Micro ), its just a question of which one you like, you can choose from the Recon, Templar, Shade or Imp, and all share the same features, its just the front panel thats different.

The Recon Case that I ordered came in the standard box, inside, the case was wrapped in plastic, and well padded with blocks of styrofoam, it arrived with no damage. On first impressions, I was quite pleased, the case has a really nice paint job, its black powder coat is surpringly fingerprint resistant, and even the inside coat is quite tough, my screwdriver didnt put a scratch on it, so it should hold up well over the yrs, and the mesh on the front contains dust covers, which should help with keeping your internals nice and clean, each panel is quite robust too, there is no flexing or warping and the side panels come away quite easily, inside, the construction is just as robust.

The case features 4 pci expansion slots ( enough room to add 2 x single slot gpu's), 2 x 120mm Fan mounts ( lower front and lower side panel), 2 x 80mm fan mounts ( rear and side panel), 4 x hdd's bays ( 3.5 inch ) and 2 x 5.25 bays. As in any micro atx case, internal space is at a premium, and a little thought needs to go into your build, for instance, the Hdd bays can block off the 20/24 pin power block on your motherboard, but this can easily be resolved by fitting the power cable first and routing the cable properly, you could easily have 2/3 hdd's in this case no problem, as for dual gpu's, as long as you keep to mid range cards, like the amd 6670, or nvidia gt 540, and make sure they are single slot, you will have no space problems.

The front panel connectors all feature black blocks, and each feature that little triangle to tell you where the gnd is, which cuts outs multiple attempts to get the right header, although the wires could do with a few extra centimetres to make cable routing a bit easier, it isnt a major issue, all the cables reached the headers quite comfortably.

The power supply is the unexpected bonus here, a 500 watt sata version is included for free, it features a 120mm fan, although it is rather a basic power block, it will power any micro atx board quite comfortably, it isnt silent, but produces the standard 120mm hum, at around 15-25 db, at standard loads, it features 2 x sata power, 4 x molex, 1 x floppy, 1 x 20 pin power block, 2 x 4 pin, and a couple of fan connectors, there is no six or eight pin gpu block, but at this price, i expected that, and I wouldnt expect to install a gpu that required the block in such a small case anyway, Although there is room to install a more powerfull power supply should you need to, the 850 watt versions from most major brands should fit.

the case also features a 80mm fan, but this is quite noisy, and features no pcm, I suggest investing in two 120mm fans in a push/pull set up, one in the front, and one in the side, and at some point, replace the rear 80mm too.

Conclusion

all in, excellent value for money, and a good starting point for most people, the quality of the case is really good for the money, although the power supply and included fan are basic, they will get the job done.

5/5
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Initial post: 20 Jan 2014 20:16:41 GMT
Jack Wright says:
were the stand offs pre installed?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2014 06:22:54 GMT
gingerjedi says:
yes, and there is more included in the bag along with the hdd screws
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