On a whim today, I decided to buy a new computer case. I had been thinking about getting a new one for a while. My old computer case is ancient by PC standards. It’s heavy, comes from an era where we didn’t have glass side panels, and it doesn’t have mounts for solid state hard drives.
I picked a great time to be looking for a new PC case because there is apparently a shortage of cases due to a drop in manufacturing output, all because of that pesky pandemic we’re all fighting. Surprisingly, I somehow found a case in stock that looked good to me (I wanted a white case), had a good reviews, and also wasn’t stupidly expensive. After a few clicks on a web site, I was headed to a shop near Metrotown to pick up my new computer case. When I got there, the guy who rang up the sale said I was really lucky to get this particular one because most cases are in short supply and I got the last one of that model in the store.
After I ate dinner, I decided to take the evening to transfer over all my computer components from my old case to my new one. It shouldn’t have taken that long but I spent two and a half hours doing the whole transfer. This is only the second time where I’ve put all the components into a case by myself, so I’m not exactly a pro at it. This is also the first time I’ve installed everything in a modern case, where there’s a lot more emphasis on cable management and modular pieces.
My computer actually booted on the first try, which surprised me. Not one cable was plugged in the wrong place nor were any cables loose. In the video above, you can see the whole case is blinged out in RGB fans. It’s very bright but luckily you can turn off the RGB lighting if you want. You’ll also note that the third fan isn’t spinning. That’s because my motherboard is a bit old and back then, they didn’t think anyone would need to have any more than two case fans in their PC, so there’s only two plugs for case fans. To contrast that, new motherboards now apparently have up to six plugs for case fans.
Well, that was a fun way to spend a Sunday.