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pc cases
jan May-09-00 06:49 AM
Hello All,

My old P166 is grinding to a halt with modern software and I have decided to start afresh and build my own.


I have read lots of reviews (including very informative info from Larry) and have a short list of:

Aopen HX08, A-TOP AT900, ADDRONICS 6890A and Antec KS-280.

The motherboard will be an Abit KA7 with an Athlon 800.

Anyone used these cases with an Athlon ?
Which case would be suited best ?
Are the PSUs supplied up to the job ?

PLEASE no fan freeks. I'm trying to build a PC not a hovercraft.


1. RE: pc cases
lbyard May-09-00 02:06 PM
In response to message 0
LAST EDITED ON May-09-00 AT 02:11 PM (GMT)

I would choose the AOpen HX08 over the Atop case, but it is expensive, more than one needs for the average computer, and is generally used for file servers. I have no experience with the Addtron case. The KS-280 is indeed a very fine case, but has only one exposed 3 ½” bay and would require a 3 ½” to 5 ¼” mounting kit for a Zip drive, etc.—no big deal. I wouldn’t hesitate to use the AOpen HX45A tower with its 250 Watt power supply (http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Cases/aopen/hx45a/hx45a.htm) for the average Athlon computer. Athlon power supply requirements have been discussed in How To build Your Own Athlon Computer (http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/buildcom/athlon/ath_1.htm) and in the General Forum (billcat, May 7, 2000). Larry

3. RE: pc cases
copperpipe Apr-12-01 05:26 AM
In response to message 1
I, too, have been looking at some cases. The Antec KS-280 is a nice size one but the cover is a one-piece inverted "U" as opposed to having removable side panels. The KS-282 (available with a 300 W power supply for about $79) which Larry reviewed is a nice case with removable side panels although I believe that it is slightly shorter.

As for the 300W capacity issue, I have heard that some 250 W power supplies will outperform some cheaper 300 W units.

2. RE: pc cases
kevin Apr-11-01 09:58 PM
In response to message 0
just make sure whatever ATX case you use it has a 300w psu installed

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