Choose your cases : Casecom 6630

7/9/2012 9:17:55 AM

The case you choose says a lot about the type of computer owner you are. A cheap and functional chassis might mean you’re only interested in keeping costs down, but it can also tell people you care more about what’s happening inside than what they see when whey look at your computer. On the other hand, a flashy case can make an otherwise unremarkable machine truly stand out from the crowd, and a uniquely decorated or styled case is the easiest way to make a system your own. With a variety of sizes, shapes and forms available at all sorts of prices, choosing a case isn’t easy. Allow us to help.

Description: Cases

Although cases are simple components, there are a number of specs that you need to keep an eye on to make sure you choose the right one for the system you’re planning. Also, don’t think that just because it’s a case, it’s a purely aesthetic matter. Here, we’ll explain what you need to be aware of when buying one and how to tell one from another purely on specs.

There are several sizes and forms factors of chassis that you’ll find on offer, orientated around the motherboard that fits inside them. Unless you’re specifically opted for specialist hardware (you’ll know if you have), then your motherboard will either be micro-ATX or ATX size. These boards will fit into one of three standard-sized cases.

The one you’ll probably find most familiar is the mid tower, which is a mid-sized vertically oriented case. Either side of this, you’ll find the mini tower, which crams a similar number of components into a considerably smaller space, and the full tower, which offers extra drive bays and considerably more space (enough to fit eATX boards). Each size has its own virtues, but it goes without saying that mini towers are the best for compact, low-price systems and that full towers are good for performance-oriented users who want lots of space to modify and upgrade their machine.

There are other factors that differ from case to case, such as the number of drive bays and whether a power supply is included or not, the type of cooling – if any – and of course, how it looks. These are often personal considerations, however, so keep you own needs in mind when following our advice.

Casecom 6630

Description: Casecom 6630

For some people, it doesn’t matter what a case looks like or whether it has a bunch of features that its competitors don’t. All that matters is getting the most components housed for the cheapest cost. For those people, Casecom has produced this: the Casecom 6630, which, if bought without a PSU, will cost roughly the same amount as a takeaway pizza. It’s tough to argue with that value.

Don’t expect build quality to be sky-high; it’s made of thin, flimsy metal (which at least means it’s light) and there are a few rough edges inside that might gouge your fingers if you’re not careful. It’s clearly not designed to accommodate a lot of internal fiddling, although the side panels are mounted with thumb-screws if you do want to go and have a nose around.

Description: There’s space for multiple fans: 120/80mm at the front, and 80mm at the side or back

There’s space for multiple fans: 120/80mm at the front, and 80mm at the side or back

There’s space for multiple fans: 120/80mm at the front, and 80mm at the side or back. As an example of how money is saved  when you go cheap, the fan mountings on the side only have two holes drilled  through, so you’ll either have to mount the fan with two screws, or drill out the second pair yourself.

Although presented as an ATX-sized tower, it tends towards the smaller end of the spectrum, and can get cramped using a full ATX board. However, it does offer plenty of space for sub-ATX boards, particularly when you consider how many drives you can mount in it. If you’re after as small a case as possible that can still fit an ATX board, it’s a good choice, but if you have a lot of internals that need space to breathe, it’ll fall short, particularly if you have a large graphics card or PSU.

There’s no question that this chassis is aimed at people who are going cheap with their system build, and on that level it succeeds: you won’t find a better case at a cheaper cost. However, you could find a much better one at only a little extra cost, so it’s tough to recommend outright. It has its benefits – it’s light, cheap and functional – but don’t expect any surprises other than the frustration of fitting your components in.





Mid tower

5.25’’ bays


3.5’’ bays



Ideal for those looking to shave as much as possible off the budget, but if you’re spending any serious money on the rest of your system, don’t waste your time here.


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