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Bitfenix Merc Alpha Steel Black ATX Mid Tower Case 3X5.25 7X3.25 1X2.5 *No PS* Top USB2.0 Audio

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63256
   Shipping Weight:   12.6 lbs
   Part #: BFC-MRC-100-KKX1-RP

Features    [ Edit | History ]
Getting a quality gaming chassis doesn’t necessarily mean spending a small fortune. Introducing BitFenix Merc - an unprecedented value in gaming cases. Merc comes in two flavors: Merc Alpha and Merc Beta, which gives you the option of going with additional fan locations, or choosing a more streamlined look. Ample expansion possibilities mean your Merc can grow with the rest of your system, while friendly DIY features make system installation headache-free. Armed with multiple fan locations and rich connectivity, Merc lets you get your game on without breaking the bank.

Features

select  Your Warrior
Different battles call for different troops. select  Merc Alpha for extra top panel cooling or Merc Beta for a more streamlined look. With BitFenix Merc, the choice is yours.
Ample Expansion
Small but rugged, Merc provides ample expansion possibilities, including three 5.25", seven 3.5", and one 2.5” drive bay. Seven PCI slots accommodate a wealth of expansion cards, and best of all, Merc even handles SSD drives and the longest graphics cards, enabling you to equip the latest firepower to bring the fight to your adversaries.
Effective Cooling
War is hell, which means multiple cooling options are a must. Merc Alpha comes with one 120mm fan, but can be fully loaded with up to seven additional 120mm fans.
Rich Connectivity
Each battle is unpredictable, so you need to be fully equipped at all times. With four included high speed USB 2.0 ports, Merc allows you to connect all of your gaming peripherals without the need to purchase separate USB hubs.
Easy to Install
Your troops should be easy to handle. When it's time to install your system, you'll appreciate Merc's DIY- friendly features, including robust cable management, a large CPU cooler cutout, and easy-to-use thumbscrews. When you say jump, Merc says: "how high?"
Impressive Value
With its black coated interior and quality black cabling, you'll be surprised as to how little Merc costs to bring into your camp. Big features for small money - that's BitFenix Merc.



Specifications    [ Edit | History ]
Specs
Materials Steel, Plastic
Color (Int/Ext) Black/Black
Dimensions (H x W x D) 439 x 190 x 490 mm (ATX Mid Tower)
Motherboard Sizes Mini-ITX, mATX, ATX
5.25" Drive Bays x 3
3.5" Drive Bays x 7 (1 x external)
2.5" Drive Bays x 1
Cooling Front 2 x 120mm (optional)
Cooling Rear 1 x 120mm (included) or 1 x 92/80mm (optional)
Cooling Side Panel 2 x 120mm (optional)
Cooling Top 2 x 120mm (optional)
Cooling Bottom 1 x 120mm (optional)
PCI Slots x 7
I/O 4 x USB2.0, Audio
Power Supply PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)

Customer Reviews of (BitFenix BFC-MRC-100-KKX1-RP)

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Doug_the_Slug
04/13/13
Experience: 2 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Pros
All Black, budget case that works
Cons
"Death by 1000 little issues"
Summary
At first, this looked like another decent budget case. As I installed a machine in there, I found out otherwise. Normally I can deal with a few issues in budget cases... but this case has so many weird issues and design oddities it made my head spin.
Here's a few examples:
- The rear of the case does not have the typical recessed area for the MB rear panel/connectors and the PCI slots. Instead, the MB connectors are flush with the back of the case, and there's this metal piece that sticks out the back for expansion cards to screw onto.
- The case feels like it was made out of leftover scraps from other cases. Typically I can overlook odd joints or extra pieces of metal here and there, but this one had so many oddities to it, it made me sit back, scratch my head and go wtf.
- There's this small L-ish shaped piece of metal that came in the bag of screws. First thought was, this isn't supposed to be in here. After browsing the manual though, it's supposed to be some bracket you put in after you installed your PSU to help hold it in... Yet it doesn't sit flush to the PSU despite being slightly adjustable. 2 screws (on the outside-bottom of the case to boot) and a L-ish piece of metal?!?
- And the manual. Again I don't expect much from budget hardware manuals. But this one stood out. The diagrams have so much detail on them that sometimes you can't tell what you're looking at without staring at it for a while. Then there's even one that could be classified as one of those "impossible illusions" where the picture doesn't quite line up...

In the end, there are better cases out there in this price bracket. I got a fractal core 1000 for cheaper than this case, and it's hands down a far superior case.

2 stars. The description NCIX provides for 2 stars describes this product perfectly:
"It works, but Would NOT Purchase Again"

dht
03/13/13
Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
Price
Light
Cons
No USB 3.0
Logo more like a stick then a badge
No instruction to install the SSD hdd (at the very bottom of the hdd rack)
Summary
This review pretty much sum it up.

" the nuisances are relatively minor. Popping out the expansion bay covers was something of a chore, and the lack of thumbscrews on the right panel is unusual given their inclusion nearly everywhere else (though you could just as easily replace the standard screws with included thumbscrews). I also wish they'd at least highlighted the 2.5" drive mount in the instructions, as it's incredibly easy to miss. And when you install a video card you do run the risk of blocking one or two 3.5" drive bays, but again...at this price I have a hard time really complaining about it." http://www.anandtech.com

ASUSpro
03/11/13
Experience: 1 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Pros
cheap on sale
good quality and looks
Cons
no USB 3.0
case badge have a clear background sticker (quite ugly)
Summary
This case is a bit big but that's not much of a con.
I would prefer if the case badge is a legit one right one the case and not some cheap sticker with a clear background. looks kind of ugly. no USB 3.0. How much more does it actually cost to implement it?

Varroa
03/11/13
Experience: 5 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
Lots of air flow, decent cable management. Easy to assemble
Cons
Bottom fan too close to PSU
Summary
A decent case for a budget gamer. Lots of fan options (8 x 120mm possible) and cable management is above average for a sub $50 case. Only major issue I ran into was the bottom fan is too close to the PSU cables and the cables cannot be moved once the fan is installed. For $30 I don't think you will find a better case, it is comparable to $80 cases easily.

Sambath_V
02/25/13
Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
- The case has stealth look
- Lots of room to work with
- Price
Cons
- Delivery (there was no delivery/Pick-Up Only)
Summary
I bought this case a few days ago. I got a call from Purolator the next day to pick it up from their depot. Yeah, apparently Puroltaor doesn't deliver to your door anymore. It sucks, because I don't have a car and I had to work until today.
All in all, I am very pleased with the case so far. 10/10.

Jonathan_S
02/16/13
Experience: 3 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
Sale price
inside is also black
Cons
Light
Summary
Good case for the price. Does include 4 front (top) USB 2.0 ports and a place at its bottom to hold a ssd.

Marc_M
12/31/12
Experience: 7 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
Lightweight
All-Black Matte Finish
Very Sleek
Very Roomy
Just the right size
Cons
Metal is a tad-bit thin
Thumbscrews are only on one side of the case
Summary
I bought this case for $30 on sale, and for $30, it was worth every penny!

The case has cable management, room for large video cards, and great airflow. Every piece of metal is rounded, so there are no sharp edges to clip your hand on.

I also love the look, it's not too big and not too small, and I love the matte black finish which looks very nice overall.

mooju
12/09/12
Experience: 1 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Pros
Good airflow, 4 usb2 ports on top
Cons
can't put fan in front of hard drive cage
Summary
I found this to be a pleasant case to work in. All cases should come with 4 usb ports on top. good build quality but steel is a little thin. Got it for $30 on sale.

CenturionX
12/02/12
Experience: 1 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
Very Roomy
Loads Of Ventilation
4 Top Front Mount USB Jacks - Handy
Cons
Light And Flimsy
Antec 300 Much Nicer Case At Same Price Point
Light Steel Means It's A Big Speaker For Fan Noise, Hard Drives, etc.
Summary
It's a decent case but overpriced - should sell for about $30. That's about what it's worth. Finished well and looks great but metal is extremely light gauge and won't stand up to any amount of knocking around. Another problem with the thin steel is the hard drive and dvd resonate like crazy. Plenty of room inside and lots of ventilation options. For not much more $$$ the Antec 300 is a better choice.

Gorisan
08/30/12
Experience: 2 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
It was $30cdn
I did not have an issue installing anything in this case
No Band Aids needed
Cons
Id classify this as 1/2 a Con Point. I felt the feet were a little to close to eachother. When the side panel was open (not MOBO side) it was very easy to knock over.
They could have made smaller feet and moved it outwards a bit.

Suzuki Samurai anyone??
Summary
Its an alright case, smooth matte, black finish. I had no issues with sharp edges.
Everything fit in no problem.

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URL: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4913/bitfenix-merc-alpha-how-much-can-39
Comment: At just $39 it would be reasonable not to expect much, but as you'll see this case can hang with enclosures at twice the cost or better.
Posted by: Chris_W @10/05/11
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