Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The Staray we are looking at today is the ECA3171BR-AP version with red LED fans versus the ECA3170-BL with the single blue fan as I mentioned previously. What that means is instead of a single blue, 120mm, Apollish fan, the red version is outfitted with three. This is a rather compact mid tower that still has enough room to house a full ATX motherboard with just a bit of room to spare. There is room for up to four 5.25" bays, leaving room for optical drives and even possibly a bay reservoir if you plan to water cool. A total of six hard drives can be installed, GPU dependant of course, and even has room for the old floppy drive.
Getting back to those Apollish fans, with this chassis there are two 120mm fans in the door and a single 120mm for the front working as the intakes for the chassis. All three of the fans come with almost a red chrome-like finish, house fifteen LEDs per fan and have a switch for light control. They can run with the LEDs all on, all off, or a swirling pattern grouping three LEDs and advancing the three in a circular fashion. At full force these fans can move over 70 CFM of air, so they should be able to dissipate the heat rather well.
The Staray ECA3171-BR-AP can be found, well, almost anywhere to be honest. Doing a bit of Google searching brought up most of the usual stores and quite a few others as well; almost ten pages worth of others. Searching through, I was seeing that $65-70 seemed to be the going rate, but found a surprise when I went to check our boys. There is a deal to be had currently, from a standard $77.99 price tag. The Staray currently lists at Newegg for $57.99; that's $20 off their normal price. However, it does require that you pay shipping. With shipping back in the mix, it puts this version of the Staray at about $75 to get one. Let's get a quick peek at the packaging so we can get the Staray out of the box and loaded with parts.