CiT Shade Micro ATX PC Case with 500W PSU Black, £14.99 @ Maplin
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CiT Shade Micro ATX PC Case with 500W PSU Black, £14.99 @ Maplin

£14.99£27.98 46% Maplin Deals
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Edited by:"Awaken"Found 27th Oct
Hiya,

Bargain on this nice looking case and PSU combo! Click and collect from Maplin, seem to have quite a few in stock. There'll be 3 more in Cambridge cropping up too, I just cancelled an order (I've got enough old junky cases lying about!).

Comes with attractive features such as:

- Space for some hard drives (3, or 1 + 2 floppies) AND 2x DVD drives!
- Meshy front
- Micro ATX (which is what you're probably putting into a budget build anyway)
- Black painted interior for better finger safety!
- 80mm fan included (with holes for a 120mm!)
- 500w cheapy PSU - equivalent to about 350w of decent PSU!
(And therefore good enough for anything with a mid range single graphics card and single CPU, you silly "must have a kilowatt for my i3 and integrated graphics!" crowd! :P )

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Top comments

Bruno.Harris1 h, 5 m ago

Looks a good deal, not sure about the quality of a £28 500w psu and case. …Looks a good deal, not sure about the quality of a £28 500w psu and case. Hot anyways



They forgot to include a picture of when it's switched on

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bargaindeals40 m ago

I'm sorry but I don't follow your reasoning. How would you know that any …I'm sorry but I don't follow your reasoning. How would you know that any electrical product won't catch fire whether you purchased it as part of a 'bundle' or as an individual item (as you say you do). Making false assumptions saying that any product has a high potential for catching fire is not only misleading, but scaremongering. Surely people are intelligent enough not to leave, a computer for instance, running day and night without supervision - they get hot which is why most have fans! The price one pays for anything is only a guide as to its quality and when purchases are made from a reputable UK seller wouldn't it be fair to assume that what they are selling meets all UK legal requirements?



With all due respect there's so much wrong with what you just typed I don't know where to begin.
Whether it was bought in a bundle or individually makes no difference whatsoever nor has anybody tried to imply that it does, ergo completely irrelevant.
You clearly are not familiar with how power supplies work and the built-in safety features included in the platform's design (look up OVP, UVP, OCP, OPP, SCP, OTP for starters) Not to mention how the manufacturer's implementation of said features and component selection can greatly affect quality / safety.
It may surprise you to find out that all computers are generally designed (and actually very slightly benefit from) being on 24/7. So yes, I do expect people who know what they're talking about to leave computers running all day and night.
The only bit of sense in your statement is that it will indeed meet some safety standards to be sold here in the UK, however it will be by the skin of their teeth, the absolute the bare minimum and they are by no means comprehensive. Plus lower quality components will on average fail more often (and fail spectacularly too)
Edited by: "i_have_crabs" 27th Oct
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Looks a good deal, not sure about the quality of a £28 500w psu and case. Hot anyways

Sold out sadly as was going to start my first ever self build. Oh well

Bruno.Harris1 h, 5 m ago

Looks a good deal, not sure about the quality of a £28 500w psu and case. …Looks a good deal, not sure about the quality of a £28 500w psu and case. Hot anyways



They forgot to include a picture of when it's switched on

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Heat added

i'd chuck the PSU if you value your house but even a £15 case isn't terrible

adamspencer953 m ago

i'd chuck the PSU if you value your house but even a £15 case isn't …i'd chuck the PSU if you value your house but even a £15 case isn't terrible


I hate to be 'that guy' with the anecdotal evidence which is why I generally don't bother mentioning it... but... I have literally seen one of these cheapo PSU's catch fire right in front of my eyes AND it was CiT branded. Seen numerous others go pop too with varying amounts of sparks & fireworks.
Never again. I won't even sleep in the same house as one anymore.

i_have_crabs5 m ago

I hate to be 'that guy' with the anecdotal evidence which is why I …I hate to be 'that guy' with the anecdotal evidence which is why I generally don't bother mentioning it... but... I have literally seen one of these cheapo PSU's catch fire right in front of my eyes AND it was CiT branded. Seen numerous others go pop too with varying amounts of sparks & fireworks. Never again. I won't even sleep in the same house as one anymore.


completely agree. ive never had one catch fire, but i had one take out my motherboard and CPU before

luckily it was a cheap system so i didnt lose too much, but saving £20 on a psu and losing a £100 combo doesnt work out

I'm usually the guy saying you don't need expensive power supplies, but this one would go straight into the bin.

My 7 year old Chillblast PC still has this case (I've otherwise upgraded parts) though mine I think is at least midi sized.
My main gripe with the basic cases supplied with built PCs I've had is the front panel audio slots
always seem to play up with them- and for this case the attachment for front panel connectors are often quite filmsy.
ChillBlast did offer to repair/replace it but I couldnt be bothered to send it back just fot that.
Also this has bendable metal/foam bay covers which are quite tricky to get back to stay in place if they get distorted.

a cheap case for a build if you are carefull but I wouldnt buy another.
Edited by: "Patr100" 27th Oct

The case originally was on sale at £44.99. Are you saying that the PSU would have been suitable in a case at that price but not when it has been reduced in price and how much would someone expect to pay to satisfy themselves that the PSU won't catch fire (which actually can happen with any electrical product no matter how much it cost).

bargaindeals16 m ago

The case originally was on sale at £44.99. Are you saying that the PSU …The case originally was on sale at £44.99. Are you saying that the PSU would have been suitable in a case at that price but not when it has been reduced in price and how much would someone expect to pay to satisfy themselves that the PSU won't catch fire (which actually can happen with any electrical product no matter how much it cost).


No. If someone gave me the case & PSU for free I would still throw away the PSU without hesitation. Likewise, if I for some reason paid £999 for it, PSU would still end up in landfill. I value my safety & house more than that.
And yes, of course any electrical item can catch fire however when corners are cut in production and there are even safety features straight up missing to cut costs, the likelihood of a dangerous outcome increases dramatically. Each to their own though
Edited by: "i_have_crabs" 27th Oct

bargaindeals33 m ago

The case originally was on sale at £44.99. Are you saying that the PSU …The case originally was on sale at £44.99. Are you saying that the PSU would have been suitable in a case at that price but not when it has been reduced in price and how much would someone expect to pay to satisfy themselves that the PSU won't catch fire (which actually can happen with any electrical product no matter how much it cost).


If you compared the weight of this psu to a decent budget one you'd be shocked, I'd be surprised if it was even half the weight. You can literally feel the lack of quality.

I had one CIT PSU blow up as well, lots of sparks and smoke, would never ever use one again. Chuck it out, really, for everybody's sake. The case looks worth the money anyway

i_have_crabs36 m ago

No. If someone gave me the case & PSU for free I would still throw away …No. If someone gave me the case & PSU for free I would still throw away the PSU without hesitation. Likewise, if I for some reason paid £999 for it, PSU would still end up in landfill. I value my safety & house more than that. And yes, of course any electrical item can catch fire however when corners are cut in production and there are even safety features straight up missing to cut costs, the likelihood of a dangerous outcome increases dramatically. Each to their own though


I'm sorry but I don't follow your reasoning. How would you know that any electrical product won't catch fire whether you purchased it as part of a 'bundle' or as an individual item (as you say you do). Making false assumptions saying that any product has a high potential for catching fire is not only misleading, but scaremongering. Surely people are intelligent enough not to leave, a computer for instance, running day and night without supervision - they get hot which is why most have fans! The price one pays for anything is only a guide as to its quality and when purchases are made from a reputable UK seller wouldn't it be fair to assume that what they are selling meets all UK legal requirements?

bargaindeals21 m ago

I'm sorry but I don't follow your reasoning. How would you know that any …I'm sorry but I don't follow your reasoning. How would you know that any electrical product won't catch fire whether you purchased it as part of a 'bundle' or as an individual item (as you say you do). Making false assumptions saying that any product has a high potential for catching fire is not only misleading, but scaremongering. Surely people are intelligent enough not to leave, a computer for instance, running day and night without supervision - they get hot which is why most have fans! The price one pays for anything is only a guide as to its quality and when purchases are made from a reputable UK seller wouldn't it be fair to assume that what they are selling meets all UK legal requirements?


CIT PSUs do not meet any safety requirements. You're right that price doesn't necessary mean anything, however the CIT PSUs don't have the protections in place to turn off when something unexpected happens, they BLOW UP INSTEAD.

bargaindeals40 m ago

I'm sorry but I don't follow your reasoning. How would you know that any …I'm sorry but I don't follow your reasoning. How would you know that any electrical product won't catch fire whether you purchased it as part of a 'bundle' or as an individual item (as you say you do). Making false assumptions saying that any product has a high potential for catching fire is not only misleading, but scaremongering. Surely people are intelligent enough not to leave, a computer for instance, running day and night without supervision - they get hot which is why most have fans! The price one pays for anything is only a guide as to its quality and when purchases are made from a reputable UK seller wouldn't it be fair to assume that what they are selling meets all UK legal requirements?



With all due respect there's so much wrong with what you just typed I don't know where to begin.
Whether it was bought in a bundle or individually makes no difference whatsoever nor has anybody tried to imply that it does, ergo completely irrelevant.
You clearly are not familiar with how power supplies work and the built-in safety features included in the platform's design (look up OVP, UVP, OCP, OPP, SCP, OTP for starters) Not to mention how the manufacturer's implementation of said features and component selection can greatly affect quality / safety.
It may surprise you to find out that all computers are generally designed (and actually very slightly benefit from) being on 24/7. So yes, I do expect people who know what they're talking about to leave computers running all day and night.
The only bit of sense in your statement is that it will indeed meet some safety standards to be sold here in the UK, however it will be by the skin of their teeth, the absolute the bare minimum and they are by no means comprehensive. Plus lower quality components will on average fail more often (and fail spectacularly too)
Edited by: "i_have_crabs" 27th Oct

bought immediately 2, but if you do just a basic secondhand multimedia computer with integrated graphic, that 500W cheap psu probably enough, most likely won't blow. Dealt with these cheap crappy psu-s before in second hand computers, never was problem with them. This is just my experience, of course.

Thanks OP. Put one in the basket and before I could check out, it had already gone. Tried another store and reserved

i_have_crabs3 h, 49 m ago

With all due respect there's so much wrong with what you just typed I …With all due respect there's so much wrong with what you just typed I don't know where to begin. Whether it was bought in a bundle or individually makes no difference whatsoever nor has anybody tried to imply that it does, ergo completely irrelevant.You clearly are not familiar with how power supplies work and the built-in safety features included in the platform's design (look up OVP, UVP, OCP, OPP, SCP, OTP for starters) Not to mention how the manufacturer's implementation of said features and component selection can greatly affect quality / safety.It may surprise you to find out that all computers are generally designed (and actually very slightly benefit from) being on 24/7. So yes, I do expect people who know what they're talking about to leave computers running all day and night.The only bit of sense in your statement is that it will indeed meet some safety standards to be sold here in the UK, however it will be by the skin of their teeth, the absolute the bare minimum and they are by no means comprehensive. Plus lower quality components will on average fail more often (and fail spectacularly too)


I am sorry that you failed to read properly, let alone understand, what I wrote previously and writing a reply based on trivia beggars belief.

So I'll try to put it simply for you. The simple facts are that ALL electrical items CAN catch fire so if anyone wants to leave one running without supervision then be it upon them if they do.

However, it is being implied above that, by various criteria, the PSU's in these boxes are sub-standard and/or unsafe, so at the risk of repeating myself, we have laws in this country banning UK companies from selling goods that are not up to the appropriate standards but if one considers that a product that is on sale is unsafe then they should inform Trading Standards with the view to having the product withdrawn from the market and the seller prosecuted.

Do you understand now?

bargaindeals54 m ago

I am sorry that you failed to read properly, let alone understand, what I …I am sorry that you failed to read properly, let alone understand, what I wrote previously and writing a reply based on trivia beggars belief.So I'll try to put it simply for you. The simple facts are that ALL electrical items CAN catch fire so if anyone wants to leave one running without supervision then be it upon them if they do.However, it is being implied above that, by various criteria, the PSU's in these boxes are sub-standard and/or unsafe, so at the risk of repeating myself, we have laws in this country banning UK companies from selling goods that are not up to the appropriate standards but if one considers that a product that is on sale is unsafe then they should inform Trading Standards with the view to having the product withdrawn from the market and the seller prosecuted.Do you understand now?



You sir, are completely clueless. I think I will find a more productive use of my time... perhaps smashing my head against a brick wall repeatedly. Have a nice life. Ignored.

Edited by: "i_have_crabs" 27th Oct

Thanks OP. I have bought one to replace the case onacheap Zoostorm in my office which has always had a dodgy USB front port but has struggled on with a cheap PSU for at least 5 years. Given the above comments I might take more notice of the cheap PSUin it but on balance I suspect that unless you thrash the thing it will be OK for what I want. For £15 a no brainer IMHO. It gets quite good reviews on the Ebuyer site where it's double the price.

i_have_crabs49 m ago

You sir, are completely clueless. I think I will find a more productive …You sir, are completely clueless. I think I will find a more productive use of my time... perhaps smashing my head against a brick wall repeatedly. Have a nice life. Ignored.[Video]


It's good to see someone who has found their true purpose in life
i_have_crabs49 m ago

You sir, are completely clueless. I think I will find a more productive …You sir, are completely clueless. I think I will find a more productive use of my time... perhaps smashing my head against a brick wall repeatedly. Have a nice life. Ignored.[Video]


Congratulations upon understanding your limitations and finding your true vocation in life - lol

bargaindeals1 h, 26 m ago

It's good to see someone who has found their true purpose in life …It's good to see someone who has found their true purpose in life Congratulations upon understanding your limitations and finding your true vocation in life - lol


he is right though

a lot of chinese manufacturers use fake CE marking, and if questioned, claim it to be a 'China export' marker

there is no regular auditing of CE declarations, electrical safety etc. the manufacturer makes CE declarations with (generally) no 3rd party verification.

if they underwent any testing whatsoever, as long as it passed for the 30 minutes they had it, there is no guarentee of long term safety or durability.

My colleague has bought dozens of these cases with psu’s. Not had one issue with any of them. After years of use.

Meluk910 m ago

My colleague has bought dozens of these cases with psu’s. Not had one i …My colleague has bought dozens of these cases with psu’s. Not had one issue with any of them. After years of use.


This is what i am saying, with basic build, most likely survives for long time without issue.

adamspencer952 h, 8 m ago

he is right thougha lot of chinese manufacturers use fake CE marking, and …he is right thougha lot of chinese manufacturers use fake CE marking, and if questioned, claim it to be a 'China export' markerthere is no regular auditing of CE declarations, electrical safety etc. the manufacturer makes CE declarations with (generally) no 3rd party verification. if they underwent any testing whatsoever, as long as it passed for the 30 minutes they had it, there is no guarentee of long term safety or durability.



This.

Crabs is utterly correct.

Bargain deals, you would be ripped a new one if this was a forum that spoke about PSU's day in day out. I would advise you take the time to read up about power supplies before splurting your personal insults out.

Reserved in my local store and has a call to tell me it was the last one they had and was a display model. Nothing wrong with it just not in a box. So asked and got an extra 10% off. Can't grumble at £13.49

DrTraktor10 h, 3 m ago

This is what i am saying, with basic build, most likely survives for long …This is what i am saying, with basic build, most likely survives for long time without issue.


That's exactly right with these PSUs, don't stress them out and they can last reliably and for quite a few years. The 500w is a fantasy figure and it will probably struggle to put out half that reliably. I wouldn't want to put a GFX card in there with it as that might push it into the red.

Got the cases, the PSU is different than on those pictures, in fact, they are black CIT 500CB units, with 20 Amperage on +12V single rail. Perfect for a (really)low budget pc.
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