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G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBSR
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Decided to get some 2133 memory for my latest A10-6800K build. XMP profile #1 brought it square to 2133 and it's been working flawlessly.

Great price, looks good and works perfect.

Cons: nonw

MSI A88X-G45 GAMING FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: CPU + 4 case fan headers, USB 3.0, and 3 more USB 2.0 headers besides the 8 USB ports on the back panel (6 of 'em are 3.0!). Nice dragon logo heat sinks and case badge.

Cons: none!

Other Thoughts: I paid the little bit extra for this board over the mATX version just to get the extra fan headers. I'm glad I did!

ENERMAX Ostrog GT ECA3280A-BR Black / Red Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Lots of 'back of the motherboard' space for cable management. I installed a non-modular power supply and had no problem hiding the extra cables neatly on the back side of the motherboard.

The case has real vented PCI slot blanks (vs punch outs on lower end cases).

If the light up fans aren't your thing, there is a switch on top to turn them off, or you can unplug 'just the lights' if you want.

The included 2.5" drive bracket worked just fine for me and there is room for a 2nd 2.5" drive. I wish it was of the quality they did the 3.5" bays and that it was tool-less but it wasn't a big deal.

Another cool point was the black screws / hardware and Enermax Velcro straps that were included.

Cons: The 2.5" drive bracket is nothing fancy, pretty much an up-side-down U shaped bracket that screws on from under the case. It just seemed kind of cheesy where pretty much everything else on the case was done nice.

The sides of the case feel cheap / thin / light weight vs my Antec cases but it in no way detracts from the case once assembled.

The specs say a 23cm / 230mm fan will fit on top, there is NO WAY. The 20cm / 200mm fan just so barely fits the width of the case. The instructions call out a 20cm max fan size as well. The Coolermaster MegaFlow200 worked out perfect on top.

Depending if you / how you layout the top fans, it might interfere with a ROM drive in the top bay. With the 20cm fan it looks like it would clear. with 2x 120mm fans you'd have to more the ROM down.

As others have said, they didn't leave a convenient hole for the CPU power cable. I ended up using the top cable management hole but it puts the CPU power cable into the top fan. I was able to work it out so it wouldn't get into the top side fan.

Other Thoughts: The window is smoked. I initially saw this as a bad thing but it actually worked out pretty well. It does a good job of toning down the LEDs in the fans.

I strongly recommend this case over the 'base' Ostrog case. The included fans and improved cable management are totally worth it.. This is like the basic case with all the tweaks I'd want applied.


Shawn Q.'s Profile

Display Name: Shawn Q.

Date Joined: 11/19/04

  • Reviews: 26
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 05/30/06
  • Last Review: 11/01/14
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