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I remember my first apartment. It was so small that I could barely turn around without being in another room. It was the epitome of urban living, but I loved it. It was mine and it was perfect for me. It wasn’t like I needed any more; all I did was sleep there and play video games. I hardly ever stayed there at all. I was a man about town. Oh, to be young again. Living in the middle of Dallas’ urban sprawl taught me more than a few things about making the best of a small area, and to appreciate the simplicity that comes with it.



Now I live in a far more rural area. My house is so big I actually do not even use almost half of it. I have a den that is completely empty and is larger than my whole first apartment. It is ridiculous really, but I suppose I am planning for the future. Somehow, my wife thinks in the future we will need enough space for 5 or 6 people. (I’m scared.) Computer cases can be like that. I was using a huge full tower case for a while and I kept telling myself I needed the space so I could make a custom water loop, maybe a second or third GPU. Of course, all of that is unnecessary, but it really does sound great still doesn’t it? Oh well, time to move on and use only what I need.



The Thermaltake Urban T21 is a mid-tower case that covers the fundamental needs of users. The Urban T21 by Thermaltake (CA-1A4-00M1WN-00) is a simple case that measures 438 x 190 x 497 mm (17.2 x 7.5 x 19.6 inch) and is designed to accommodate for all the basics. It has a bottom mounted PSU and a lot of options for cooling, from plenty of positions for fans and even some water cooling solutions. There are 7 expansion slots, 3 x 5.25 inch ODD drive bays, 1 front accessible 3.5” bay, and hidden within are 5 x 3.5” bays and a single 2.5” bay for an SSD. The built in water cooling slots support 1/2”, 3/8”, and 1/4” water tubing. The top of the case supports a 120mm fan or radiator. The maximum CPU cooler height is 155mm and supports a maximum VGA length of 320mm. The cooling for the CA-1A4-00M1WN-00 Urban T21 from Thermaltake is pretty extensive for such a small case. The Urban T21 comes with preinstalled front intake and rear exhaust fans both measuring 120 x 120 x 25mm Turbo fan (1000RPM, 16dba) with options for the 120mm top exhaust, a side intake of 120mm and, finally, a bottom intake of 120mm.