Oh... If only

So I came across this case today on Newegg.ca

I really like the looks of this case, would be great for a Trinity build, nice and compact... buuuuut XION makes terrible hardware. Only ever once dealt with Xion (many years ago) and the PSU lasted a year and died... I guess I'm just looking for opinions, maybe it could be good? The crummy addins make me think it won't be. Perhaps the case is solid, just replace the PSU...

I dunno, guess I just wanted to hear your opinions on this, think it would be anywhere near worth a gamble, simply for a nice looking case? 

 

Hi, I have gone through Newegg and picked out all the white cases under $120.00. Although it is important how your case looks as you have to see it every day, its functionality is just as important. When you buy a computer from a box store they tend to save money by cutting back on the quality of the case and the power supply. Usually the case has poor air flow and the power supply is garbage. Myself I like Cooler Master for their cases because of the air flow designs. Most power supplies that have a minimum of 80 + Bronze certification are good. I like to think if a manufacturer is going to give me a 3-5 year warranty that the product must be fairly decent. I would purchase my power supply separate from my case. I have listed all the white cases I could find in around the price point you had. The second last one is a little funky but got 5 eggs and looks like a good quality case with a painted interior too. The last case is black with white accents but is a good quality mid tower case. Remember the case must fit your motherboard be it an ATX or micro ATX etc. Hope this has been of some help and not just confusing.

 

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144252  $49.95

 

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163192  $89.99

 

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108406  $79.99

 

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133198  $114.99

 

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156274  $69.99

 

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133196  $59.99

 

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068  $59.99

just replace the PSU, the case itself seems fine, you don't want to use the PSU that come with cases anyway, due to low quality parts the freqency of electricity kills your components lifespan

I used a Xion Solaris for my first build in 2008. It did the bare minimum of what a case is supposed to do. It held all of my parts, but there was no cable management, and the airflow wasn't amazing (it came stock with a rear 80mm fan and an 80mm side fan. I added a front 120mm fan later, and those were the only fans I could install; it was a mid tower, btw). For a more compact build these things might not be a huge issue though. Xion has always made some pretty cool looking cases, but they're just not all that practical in general.

If you can link me to the case, I could take a closer look at it and give you a better opinion.

Heh, thanks for the effort you put in this reply. I've been building computers for nearly 10 years, I'm well aware of what to look for and frequently keep up with trends and new products, but that said, I'm not gonna be the only one to read this, so I commend you on the detail you put into the post for other readers who could learn some things from what you posted.

To the issue at hand, what I love about this case is a combination of 3 things, the sexy white/red color scheme, the tiny form factor, and the fact it supports mATX. Such a fantastic combination. The case is likley fine, but the PSU is the obvious factor. I too prefer to use buy seperate PSUs as opposed to packed in ones, but when you're dealing with such a small form factor, it can be difficut to get a case without a PSU and also a good PSU that will fit the case.

Thanks for your time. 

Yeah I know, unfortunately if you look inside, it doesn't use a standard PSU form factor (from what I can tell)... Perhaps I could fit in a Flex ATX PSU in there and break out the soldering iron to get the wires hooked up, but who knows...

Ha, I too have used one Xion case, very similar to the Solaris about 4 years ago. The case is fine, and actually still in use today (last I heard at least), but the PSU in it died after only a year of use. This is what concerns me about this case, the PSU is likely to be fairly poorly built, but it doesn't seem to be a standard form factor, which means I may not be able to replace it if it dies.

Heres the link if you want to take a look, perhaps it does use some kind of standard form factor that I simply don't recognize.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811208051

 

Pico PSU? 

Could it be a Micro ATX PSU maybe?

O_o maybe? Its hard to tell from just pictures, those Pico look a bit too small, but the wires get wrapped up in a box in the corner of the case so I can't really say...

Hmm, I don't think so, those a usually a fair bit longer... BUT from looking at the case I think I might have come up with a fairly reasonable mod for a micro/flex atx psu. The case has 4 expansion ports at the bottom, I might be able to clip part of the bottom two and retrofit the end of a flex atx psu in there, bolt it down internally....

Yeah maybe.

What about Mini ITX or BTX PSUs?

Finally found a picture of the case torn apart, you were actaully right the first time, it is a micro ATX PSU hidden in there, good call.

This makes my situation a bit easier, I can simply whip that thing out and replace it with a much better one at any time :D 

Now this is what I like about this site. It is great to see people working together to solve problems. Really glad you found the answer to your original question so you can now use that sexy case with confidence. :)

Nice!