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Enermax Staray ECA3171-BR-AP Mid Tower Chassis

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 6, 2010 5:55 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Enermax

Final Thoughts


Not everyone is out for the latest thing in Transformer resembling front bezels, or annoyingly bright LEDs that blaze into a room blinding anyone who passes. There are quite a few out there who still like simple yet they would like lighting without being annoying, as they may sleep in the same room, or even want to add it next to a TV in the living room as a home for a HTPC. While the fans do put out a pretty good glow of red light, if you are slightly off square of the fans, the lighting drastically diminishes. Another good reason why the Staray makes for a good chassis is the fact that with the stock cooler on, that was the most audible fan in the chassis. So with the right choice of coolers and fan, there is no annoying hum emanating from inside this chassis.


Even though the Staray isn't all black inside and out, nor does it include an exhaust fan when it is delivered, I really can't pick it apart. While the motherboard tray didn't leave room to hide anything or leave access holes at all, there really was no need to have it. I use a power supply with quite a few wires and with a bit of planning I think it came out pretty darned well. The tool-lees clips may be plastic and sort of, I hate to say it, cheap looking, but they do the job they are designed to do very well. The optical drive hung sturdy with just one clip in place. I juggled it rather roughly to see if it would pop loose, but it stood strong. With the hard drive, I used both clips since they were there and they do just as good of a job holding it in place.

Usually mid tower chassis' aren't my thing. I prefer the roominess of a full tower for my day to day usage. The Staray really took me by surprise! Even when I removed it from the packaging I wasn't giving this case much of a chance. Time with this chassis had certainly changed my opinion. Everything was smooth as silk with the way the doors open, to the full build, to getting the panels back on; there was not one fumble during the process.


Thinking back to the fact that this case can be had for $57.99 at Newegg, plus shipping of course, bringing the Enermax Staray ECA3171-BR-AP to right around $75. You may be able to find a chassis that offers more fans, or has better management, but they both usually come with a good sized price hike. Enermax offers quite the solution to housing a PC, keeping it cool and silent.




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