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Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Wow 02/15/2012

This review is from: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

Pros: An excellent job cooling, with quiet fans. Comes with good directions and hardware for both AMD or Intel builds

Cons: Size. I have seen smaller car radiators. Measure before you purchase. Also, on my mobo, the cooler was right against the memory, actually forcing one dimm to lean over slightly. The medial fan is easily switchable depending on your exhaust needs, but the outside fan is not without pliers to remove the clamp.

Other Thoughts: My system required the outside fan of the Noctua to switch sides because of the size of the cooler and location of the memory, but that meant airflow was in the wrong direction for my PSU and case exhaust. The clamp on the fan is crimped into place. A modular option for the clamps on this fan would be helpful as I had to mangle the clamps to switch sides.

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Rosewill TU-155 II 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 500W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Everything works, no damage. Stamped Mobo locations for ATX mounting screws. Quiet PSU. Funky blue exhaust fan with see-through cover. Plenty of extra screws provided. Wide and deep enough for most aftermarket CPU coolers including Noctua NH-D14 which is a HUGE cooler. Mounting space for 4 hard drives (although 2 share same bay as anterior 3.5" mounts).

Cons: Funky blue exhaust fan with see-through cover. Non-standard pin for rear exhaust fan can't use MOBO case fan inputs without adapter (not provided). Only two 4-pin power supply plugs available for older equipment. Power cables from PSU and from anterior USB/sound are too short and barely reach needed MOBO input areas. Don't quite understand why the front of case is covered with clear plastic

Other Thoughts: Hey, it's a case, but the price with power supply is hard to beat. The clear plastic side of the case comes with holes and a black plastic tunnel on the interior of the case that sits over the CPU for extra air and cooling. I had to remove it in my build as I have that Noctua cooler.

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PNY RVCGGTX560TXXB-OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Can't blame it on the card, but what a pain... 02/14/2012

This review is from: PNY RVCGGTX560TXXB-OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: Quiet and fast. Runs all video seamlessly. Got an open box which saved some bucks as well!

Cons: Mobo issues. Spent half a day to get it to work with ASUS AM3+ ATX Motherboard M5A88-V EVO

Other Thoughts: I feel like I just gave birth to an IT guy. I spent half a day trying to get this card to operate correctly with the aforementioned mobo. The problem was sleep mode in which the computer would turn back on but without video. I removed the card and plugged the monitor into the onboard video and still no picture after reboot( The onboard video used to work before I installed the PNY card)! This required a bios reset of the board to fix. I finally solved the problem with a bios flash of the mobo. Now works flawlessly out of sleep mode.

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Display Name: Scott A.

Date Joined: 01/02/12

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 01/10/12
  • Last Review: 02/15/12
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