We’ve all been there. That first computer that everyone builds themselves. It’s built on a McDonald’s employee budget and a dream to make all your gamer friends envious. And they will be. But sinking hundreds of dollars into new hardware won’t get you envied if your case looks like you picked it up out of a “free box” at Goodwill. You can have the most powerful engine on the planet, but you slap that shiznit in a Pinto and all you’re getting is laughs from the homies.
So how can you pimp your ride without breaking your bank? Well, you could steal it, and stick with the whole gangsta theme I seem to have going here. Or you could visit Ultra Products and check out their latest and greatest. Today I have the Grid ATX Mid-Tower Case, and this is my ride…
Picture this, if you will. Stealth black. Steel construction. A plexi-glass window to see your computer’s guts. A built in semi-automatic machine gun. No, there’s no gun. But you would swear the thing could fire off rounds. The side of the front bezel supports audio input/output jacks as well as two USB ports. The door conceals all but one drive bay, but opening the magnetically latched front door exposes all four 5.25″ bays and two 3.5″ bays.
The interior of the Grid supports full sized ATX, microATX and AT motherboards, has rolled edges and can house up to seven 3.5″ (5 internal, 2 internal/external) and four 5.25″ drives utilizing a fully tool-less/screw-less mechanism. The side panel features an Intel TAC 1.1 compatible CPU duct and VGA vent. Grid also comes with a front 120MM intake fan and 120MM exhaust fan.
You combine that kind of airflow with a Zalman or Thermaltake heatsink, and we’re talking freaking chill factor baby. You’ll be chipping ice off your CPU for days. Okay, so now you know what kind of stuff the PR people would say about this case. Now let’s see what I have to say about it when I get done cramming all my crap in there.