Decent chassis on a budget.
It’s not often that one finds themselves hunting for a new computer chassis to setup the innards of their machine, more than any other component, this is the one that we replace/upgrade the least. Most people will spend a lot less time researching a chassis than they should, which often leads to silly little issues down the road. What you need is a “sensible” chassis that can hold its own against the regular wear and tear, as well as any hefty upgrades your imagination holds for the future of your PC. This often results in one buying a more expensive chassis than they actually need, i.e too big or too feature filled. Basically you need something middle of the road that caters to all your current and future needs and doesn’t hurt the wallet either. With that in mind, let’s take a look at Thermaltake’s Armor A60 chassis today.
The Thermaltake Armor A60 is a mid tower chassis, measuring a respectable 480 x 210 x 500 mm and weighing in lighter than expected 7.1kg. On its own the Armor A60 comes with 3 fans:
- 120mm (front HDD intake) fan @ 1000 rpm
- 120mm (rear CPU exhaust) fan @ 1000 rpm
- 200mm (top CPU exhaust) fan @ 800 rpm
Beyond this, there’s also an option to install up to 5 more 120mm fans for some ridiculous cooling. However, the three stock fans are decent enough to provide optimal airflow within the chassis to keep things running cool. Don’t forget that your CPU and graphics card will also have their own fans running to keep the heat down. Too many fans may look flashy and also keep the temperatures low, but will only end up creating more noise and dust, no matter how low the rpm are.