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BitFenix Merc Alpha USB 3.0 Computer Case

BitFenix Merc Alpha USB 3.0 Computer Case
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BitFenix BFC-MRC-100-KKX1-U3 Specs

The BitFenix Merc Alpha computer case is an ATX mid-tower PC case with plenty to recommend it! The Merc Alpha case feature's BitFenix's trademarked SofTouch finish, which gives each of their computer cases and amazing look and feel. The Merc Alpha engineers put a lot of stock in small, striving to create a compact desktop tower that could still accommodate hefty, gaming quality components. The Merc Alpha features top-side cooling fan grills, allowing the placement of two case fans, for additional cooling as well!
Top-side Cooling
This version of the Merc computer case features a top-side cooling panel with space for two addition cooling case fans
Expansion Space
Three (3) 5.25" Drive Bays
Seven (7) 3.5" Drive Bays (one external)
One (1) 2.5" Drive Bay
Cooling Options
Two (2) in the front
One (1) in the rear (included)
Two (2) on the side
Two (2) on the top
One (1) on the bottom
Easy Installation
CPU Cutout (to easily install or swap out CPU coolers)
Terrific cable management
Thumb screws

BitFenix Merc Alpha Computer Case

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 USB 3.0, Audio
Power Supply
PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)

Package Includes

  • One (1) BitFenix Merc Alpha Computer Case

Item Number: CK2875
Brand: BitFenix
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BFC-MRC-100-KKX1-U3
Condition: New
Compatibility: ATX
Packaging: Retail
Availability: Out of Stock
BitFenix Merc Alpha USB 3.0 Computer Case
59.98
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BFCMRC100KKX1U3 Reviews

Review of BFC-MRC-100-KKX1-U3
(based on 7 reviews)
bitfenix merc
By T. O. Melton from Freeland Michigan on July 19, 2013
Great case, no problems at all with assembly. Was my first build. Case is a little noisy but I have 5 fans.
Pros:
Case was great for cable management. Thumb screws are nice.
Cons:
No dislikes

I would recommend this item to a friend.

bitfenix merc alpha
By Annette Bunn from Des Moines, Iowa on April 3, 2013
Price shopped and compared at a few placed. Decided to go with

I would recommend this item to a friend.

bitfenix merc
By Yvonne McIntyre from Palmdale, California on April 3, 2013
cheapest samsung internal dvd drive online

I would recommend this item to a friend.

No problems at all!
By Shawn from Henderson, NV on August 3, 2012
"You get what you pay for INDEED!"
I guess our "fine critic" wouldn't have had much problem if he mounted the motherboard properly to begin with. This case is excellent and I have had no trouble whatsoever with it. For the price, it IS a great value! I plan on buying a couple more as a matter of fact.

Pros:
Excellent case! Priced right and allows plenty of air circulation. Highly recommended.

I would recommend this item to a friend.

You get what you pay for
By Bob from Santa Barbara, CA on April 8, 2012
After reading Anandtech's review, I thought that I had finally found a quality economy case that could handle both cooling and noise. Unfortunately, this is not the case. While the cooling performance is very good for a case of this price range, this is definitely NOT a quiet case. On top of that, the case I got had what I feel are very noticeable problems in construction that make putting this case together a gigantic pain in the butt.

Regarding the noise, I think the main issue is the space for 2 120mm fans on top. All those holes means noise escapes. However, the Merc Beta doesn't have those holes, so that is probably my fault for not getting it. At the same time, the side vent because of the nature of the holes, makes a lot of noise with an intake fan. I have fancy nexus fans that were near silent in my other case. On this case, the side intake fan produces a noticeable hum.

The construction problems, however, as I mentioned, are much more problematic. The problem is that basically the screw holes, almost all of them, don't quite exactly line up correctly. The first problem I had are the screwholes for the motherboard. To screw down the mobo, after getting the first screw in, I often felt i had to push the mobo to get the other screws in. And I don't mean, just pivoting the motherboard on the first screw. I mean I had to apply a lot of pressure in the direction of the first screw to get the screw on the other side of the mobo to go in. And while it appears that no damage was done, it was very nerve racking, because it felt like I was putting enough pressure to damage the mobo. I worry about the having to had to apply so much pressure on my mobo.

Now if it were just the mobo, I probably would have just forgotten about it, but when inserting the GPU and the PCI cards, i found myself with the same problem with the screws that hold the card in place. Now this wasn't as big of an issue with screw holes not being lined up right as it was the way the PCI card brackets was put on the case. First off, there's a weird removable bracket that only has one screw hole that attaches itself to the chassis. I have yet to figure out what the purpose of having it be detachable is. And because the included instructions are virtually worthless, it took me a while to figure out exactly what I had to do to put in the expansion cards (more on the crappy instructions later). But the main problem is the brackets where the screws go in. It was very flimsy and they did not align at all with the holes once i had the cards seated in the mother board. So again, I have to apply pressure to get the holes to align. This time, I applied the pressure on the bracket to get the holes to line up with my GPU. Leaving out the screws is not an option for me as my GPU is quite heavy. Now the other problem is after releasing the pressure I was putting on the bracket, the metal naturally moved back into place, which because the GPU was screwed down, pulled the card slightly out of the PCI-e socket. When I first powered up the computer after moving my machine into this case, I had problems with the video card.

I did a ton of trouble shooting (more on this later) and did not find anything wrong with the driver or any of my other hardware, so I wondered if it was this uncertainty about the video card being seated incorrectly because of the misaligned screw holes. So I decided to try and move the GPU to my second PCI-e slot. Again, screw holes still not lining up, but probably for a different reason. When trying to punch out the metal placeholders the bracket bent. And I really wasn't pushing that hard on the placeholders. This could have been remedied by making the brackets sturdier. In any case, now the screw holes were now even more misaligned, and I had to do a lot of adjusting to make the screws fit. This is another instance where better instructions would have been helpful. I ended up having to use a screwdriver to punch out the metal placeholders as I didn't know how else to get them out.

So we have two very important set of screw holes that are aligned properly, so now we're in either bad construction or bad quality control territory. The final straw was putting back the side panels. Holes not aligned properly and again, I have to apply pressure on the case to get the holes to align properly so I can insert the thumbscrews. As someone who likes to mess around alot with my computer parts, this has proven to be very annoying as every time I need to access the inside of the case. This was very clear as I was trying to trouble shoot the video problem as I had to take the side panel on and off several times, and each time, I had to apply pressure to the case, which added to my overall frustration.

Another issue is that mobo offsets are built into the case. And while I guess I should have figured this out, I didn't and inserted offset screws into the offsets. It took me a while to figure out that I just didn't need offset screws. Again - this is something that better instructions could have helped avoid.

Lastly, the fact that there were several different types of screws including three different type of thumbscrews, and they were all put into the same bag made the construction process longer than it used to be. All they had to do was put the different screws into different plastic bags.

Now I know I've written a lot but I wanted to explain the overall frustration with this case. All of these little things contribute to a bad experience with this case. As I've said before I am now having problems with my video card/video drivers. Now I know enough to know that a case can't cause problems with your computer, but the fact is, in the old case, I was not having problems, and now that I've moved the machine into this case, I've had lots of problems. I guess it's possible that I damaged something while moving the parts, but I'm pretty knowledgeable about this kind of stuff and I was very careful. My larger point is that I find myself wishing I had never bought this case.

And here's where the price becomes a factors. I know many of you are probably thinking, with that many problems, I should just return the case. But really, sending a twenty pound package is going to cost me twenty bucks if outlet PC or BitFenix don't cover the cost of shipping. Factor in that I would have to take apart my computer again, and then maybe even have to wait for the new case to arrive at my place, and well, it's just not worth it. I understand that you have to cut corners to make a case as inexpensive at this one, but the anandtech review made it sound like this was a great case that far exceeded it's 40 dollar price tag. I'm finding that this is a cheaply made case that has lots of problems. At this price point, the absolute minimum is that I need to be able to put together my computer fairly easily.

I still haven't found another case at this price point that does both noise and cooling decently, so I guess for my ivy bridge build, I'm going to just shell out the money for a nice case. And because of this experience, it is unlikely that I will consider a Bit Fenix case. Overall very disappointing.

Pros:
Looks nice

Does a decent job with cooling
Cons:
Screw holes don't line up for mobo holes, expansion card holes, and side cover holes.

Included instructions aren't very helpful at all

Louder than I thought it would be (although going with the merc beta would address this issue). But even so, even with quiet fans, the configuration of the holes in the vents generates noise for intake fans.

Packaging of screws into one bag made construction phase more difficult than it needed to be.

Expansion card bracket, both flimsy and make it difficult to put in expansion cards.

Surpise cheap case that feels and looks like i spent $80+
By ryan from las vegas, nv on March 2, 2012
has advanced fetures that only come with cases that cost 2-3 times as much

I would recommend this item to a friend.

nice budget case
By SPARTAS from Torrance, CA on February 15, 2012
i never heard of bitfenix until recently, but looks like a new player in the desktop case industry. the merc is a nice budget case comparable to the NZXT gamma and source 210 models in quality and price. good cable management, top mounted usb ports and power button, and thumb screws are some of the things i liked about it. the bitfenix logo decal is optional. plastic is a bit less quality than the NZXT models.

however with shipping costs, this pushes the merc into the $50/nicer cases price range like the source 210 elite, antec one, and bitfenix's own shinobi which i prefer over this case.

Pros:
cable management
thumb screws
top mounted usb ports/power button
Cons:
plastic quality

I would recommend this item to a friend.


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