DIYPC DIY-F2-P Budget PC Case Review
Hello everyone. Will here and today, I am going to be doing a review of the DIYPC DIY-F2-P PC case. This is a real budget PC case. Do not let the feel fool you as it is perfect for cheaper builds. However, it does have more than enough options for those budget PC builds.
The DIYPC DIY-F2-P MicroATX Mini tower gaming PC case is small form factor computer case that comes with two 120mm LED fans pre-installed. The case is made out of SPCC steel and has plastic accents that come in either orange or purple; I am reviewing the black and purple case today. The case does not come with a power supply but the power supply when installed is mounted at the bottom. The DIY-F2-P case is compatible with microATX motherboards only. There is a side panel window that is clear. There are no 5.25” drive bays, two 3.5” external drive bays, and three 2.5” internal drive bays for SSD or laptop sized hard drives. At the rear of the case, there are four expansion slots. The front of the case offers one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, and audio input/output jacks. There is one pre-installed LED fan at the front and one pre-installed LED fan in the rear. The case measures 13.65” x 6.80” x 13.85” (HxWxD) and weighs in at just 7.5 lbs. This case will support up to a 240mm radiator mounted at the front of the case and supports up to four total 120mm fans for adequate cooling. With four PCI slots, there is flexibility for mounting graphics cards. There is front and top panel dust-proof mesh to assist in keeping the case internals clean. Finally, the case will support graphics cards as long as 315mm. The MSRP of this case is around $49.99.
So, where to start with this case. One look at this case and you can easily tell it is a budget case. This case is a pretty good looking but it's probably more appealing to the younger crowd. The design is sleek and modern with sharp, yet smooth edges (quite the oxymoron, eh?). The case feels fairly flimsy and the side panels feel like they could easily be twisted like an Aunt Minnie’s pretzel prior to baking. The interior is very cramped and can be hard to work in, especially for beginners. I didn’t really have much of a problem building in this case but like I said, it is a bit cramped. The drive bays do somewhat get in the way of building at times.
In this case, I built a nice little budget PC based on the Intel Pentium G4560 CPU which is housed in the ASUS Prime B250M-A MicroATX motherboard. I used Crucial Ballistix Sport LT RAM in 2x4 dual channel configuration of 8GB of DDR4 2400MHz RAM. The storage inside of this budget PC build is a Seagate Momentus Thin 500GB, 2.5” 5400RPM mechanical hard disk drive with a future SSD upgrade coming. The graphics card used is the Palit GeForce GTX 470, 1.25GB GPU. And powering the rig is the EVGA 500BQ 500w 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX power supply.
Building in this case wasn’t bad, though I did become frustrated and agitated at times. The first issue I had with the case was installing the ASUS motherboard. I cannot really blame the case too much as it was really just the rear IO shield and fitting the motherboard inputs/outputs into the IO shield cutouts. Once I got past that issue, the build was fairly easy. I do not like that the cutout for the CPU power slot was not accessible once the motherboard was in place and I could not even find a way to get the power cable routed through the cutout even after removing the motherboard. As far as other cable management within the case, there were no issues and everything routed fairly easily. The motherboard standoffs where already arranged in the correct arrangement, which is the only arrangement as this case only supports microATX boards. The hard drive cage/bay is typical of all cases and the hard drive mounted easily inside of the hard drive cradle, which is tooless for installation into the cage/bay. The SATA data cable and power cable were easily routed behind the motherboard tray as were the Motherboard, CPU power cables, and the front IO cables. There was adequate space between the side panel and back of the motherboard, though it was somewhat cramped.
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
Overall, I did not mind building inside of this budget case. I believe that as long as you remember that this is a cheaper case, you will feel this is decent one like I did. The case has an MSRP of around $50 but you can purchase this on Newegg now for $35. I picked this case up for $36 and I think that’s a perfect price for this case. This is definitely an adequate case for a budget PC such as the one I built but I would not go with much more than an Intel i3, maybe lower end Intel i5, an AMD FX series processor, AMD Athlon X9 series, or an AMD Ryzen 3 at most. I recommend this case for budget builders and would give it a 4 out 5 stars just because it doesn’t feel as durable as other budget cases.