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NZXT Phantom PHAN-002OR Newegg Exclusive Black Finish w/Orange Trim Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Lots of room inside. Seems to be sturdy. Looks pretty cool - orange on black. Decent cable management. Built-in fan controller.

Cons: Included fans are proprietary to NZXT - non-standard size and the LEDs stopped working. Front audio jacks shorted out.

Other Thoughts: I've had this over a year now. It came beat up from UPS and I was shocked that nothing was broken inside. This thing is huge and heavy, but I can fit anything I want inside. The LED on the top fan stopped working after a month, but I didn't care. Wanted to add more than the two included fans, but found out that I would have to buy NZXT fans as they are not normal sizes. Included fan controller still works and the fans still run and are quiet. The audio jacks shorted out right out of the box and I was not able to figure out why. Didn't matter much as I use a wireless USB headset. Came with a top USB 3 even though it only said USB 2 was included. Nice bonus given the other problems.

I wanted a full tower for a gaming build with plenty of room to keep things easy to put together. This fit the bill and looks pretty cool even though it just sits under the desk. Nothing has broken or cracked on it over the last year, other than the problems described above. So far the two included fans and my aftermarket CPU cooler have kept things under control. Hopefully I won't need more fans or I'll be paying a premium for NZXT product.

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SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a smokin' SSD. It comes with a disc of cloning software to transfer your HDD contents to this drive. Software was easy to use. I moved about 70GB off my Velociraptor boot drive to this SSD in a couple of minutes. I now use this as my boot drive and it gets me into Windows 8.1 ready to rock in 15 seconds. The SATA data and power connections fit snugly and the mounting holes lined up with my hardware.

Cons: None really other than the price of SSD. However, the price seems to have been dropping since Christmas, and I got this for under $200 (240GB). The day after I ordered, it went down another $5 with promo code. :(

Other Thoughts: I used a Kingston SSD as a boot drive with Windows 7 on a previous build, and it got me up and running in about 10 seconds. But this was with the OS only and no other programs and drivers installed. So a 15 second boot time with all my programs, drivers and other junk installed on this Samsung is a testament to its speed IMO. Definitely worth picking up.

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HyperX XMP Blu Red Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX16C10B1RK2/16X
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: XMP. Stable. Reliable brand I've used for years. Great looking finish that was a perfect fit in the black RAM slots in my MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming mobo. Not the beefiest heat sinks on the market, but I've owned HyperX memory in the past, and never been even close to having heat issues. Plus, I don't have the need to overclock, so not an issue.

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: As others have said, this will run stock at 1333 unless you enable XMP or go in manually and adjust it up to 1600. I ran stock to ensure system stability then boosted up to 1600. Absolutely no issues after about two weeks. Running with 32 GB.

I've used Kingston almost exclusively for RAM, SD, flash drives, and SSD (except for the speedy Samsung 840 Pro I had to have). I have yet to have any of their products fail on me. However, I have never had the need to overclock any of the memory, so I can't speak to any of that.

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Display Name: Marlon M.

Date Joined: 12/17/08

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 07/26/09
  • Last Review: 11/12/14
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