Review: DIYPC DIY-G5-BK ATX Computer Case w/ Tempered Glass Panels
3 weeks ago Jack 0
Tempered glass cases are the thing lately. They can look slick and offer reasonable silence for your computer case. Many of the options for these cases can be expensive, but there are some cheaper models out there. This DIYPC case is on the lower end of the pricing spectrum. How does it stack up?
I have little doubt that there are people drooling over computer cases as they browse the internet all night for the next cool looking thing. They all know full well that every dime they waste on shiny PC parts won’t add a fraction of speed to their PC, but they enjoy the customization and personalization aspect of building PCs, not just using them. After all, people derive a lot of joy from making something beautiful.
Dimensions (H x W x D): 19.89″ x 7.80″ x 17.00″
Weight: 17.00 lbs
Material: Steel / Tempered Glass
Tempered Glass Thickness: 3mm
2.5″ Drive Bays: 2
3.5″ Drive Bays: 2
5.25″ Drive Bays: 0
Expansions Slots: 7
Fan Mounts: 5x 120mm (1x Red LED 120mm included)
Top & Front Panel 7-color LED Strips
Support for 170mm CPU Cooler
Support for 360mm GPU
Support for 240mm Radiator in the Front or Top
1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, & Audio Ports
Aside from minimal drive storage, the specs seem pretty solid.
I’m going to get picky here because I found a lot of aggravating issues with the quality of this case.
This case is huge. It probably would have been better to hide the bottom section in a shroud and build in more storage space than to show off a mostly empty case behind all of that glass. A lack of 5.25″ drive is pretty common now. I still use them but many, especially gamers, don’t.
You can see the ports across the top. They’re spaced well enough so that the USB ports don’t interfere with each other when using larger peripherals (like say, a card reader), but they will interfere with the mic and headphone jacks. It’s nice to see printed labels on the audio ports because they didn’t use colored plastic to identify them. This adds style points.
The LED control button sits just to the right of the ports. It allows you to cycle through seven LED colors on the front and rear panels. Next to that are the reset and power buttons along with activity and power indicator lights.
Notice also how the top has a slanted shape to it with the hexagonal cutouts. It’ll be a little more dangerous than some cases to set something on top of the PC. I’m not sure the slant adds much to the style either.
Check out that front! Looks pretty clean right? Well, yeah, that’s because there’s nothing there. You can mount fans behind the hexagonal air choking screen and they’ll draw in air through those small vents on the sides and bottom, but other than that, you’ve got a clear glass wall with LED’s behind it. The sacrifice of function for style here is a wash. It’ll work, but I don’t think it’s so appealing of a design to sacrifice all the usefulness of that space.
This part aggravates me a bit. There are very few ways to cleanly route cables in the back of this case. It’s a very large case so, unless you have extremely long power cables, they won’t reach many critical locations. Further, the wiring for the built-in ports isn’t long enough to rout it cleanly through the case. The worst part? You have to look at it all through the rear glass panel that seems completely unnecessary.
Sorry for that big wall of pictures, but after you looked through tem now I can point out a few things:
My unit came with a bent metal panel near the top of the front where the 5.25″ bay WOULD HAVE BEEN. This is a recycled case design.
The expansion slots are stamped metal that must be permanently removed to use each slot.
There are no anti-vibration pads for the PSU
They included a GPU brace for longer and heaver GPUs.
See that cutout near the top rear corner of the motherboard tray? That would have been useful if the motherboard didn’t cover it so completely and my PSU cables were about 3 feet long. Since I couldn’t use it, I had to run my cables over the top of the motherboard. It many people’s opinion, that’s taboo cable management.
This fan only has red LEDs. It would have been better to have a black plastic fan in my opinion so you wouldn’t end up clashing with the controllable LEDs in the case.
Usability / User Experience
Admittedly, a lot of what I’ve been saying about build quality so far encroaches on the usability section of this review. Really, they go hand in hand. I’ve said before that part of the experience of a computer case is the build process and the other part is the enjoyment afterward. Well, this case scores pretty low in the build process department.
See these rubber grommets? They fell out of the glass panels when I removed them. I had to scramble around looking for them as they bounced away. I’m not a fan of this system of panel mounts.
The screw holes for motherboard standoffs were shredded and sharp. I had to use pliers to get the standoffs in.
I already mentioned the other issues with the way this case is designed and they all detracted from my experience building a PC in here.
Thankfully, using the case afterward was at least an average experience. I didn’t notice any headaches once the system was built. However, I will point out that any upgrades you make in the future are probably going to be met with some pain. Oh, and did you see that Zalman T5 case I reviewed? It has more drive bay options than this one and it’s an mATX case.
I mailed this case back to Newegg because of all the defects and problems it had. In all seriousness, you could put together a system in this case and enjoy it. For my $60, I’d rather not. That kind of price nearly reaches a Fractal R5 when it’s on sale. That case may not be the gold standard for style, but it certainly beats the pants off of this case for practicality and functionality.
If you really want THIS design, maybe this case is for you. I just can’t recommend it to most builders. There are better options all over.
For that reason, I’m not even going to post a link to the case. If anyone from DIYPC wants to reach out to me for feedback, you’re welcome to contact me.