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Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 RED LED Black ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It looks pretty, kind of.

Cons: Extremely cheap, for a reason. Very thin metal, and you can strip the rear PCI screws VERY easily. Already happened to me, and I've been building systems for over 15 years. Never had something like this happen (and I only hand tightened the screws.) Also internal motherboard layout is a little tricky, particularly the upper left. Also, it's a shallow case, so forget using Hyper 212's or any cooler taller than 150MM. Wish I had known that from the get-go.

Other Thoughts: Wouldn't buy this case ever again. Very disappointing quality. Kind of sad Corsair put their name on such a cheap case. Might RMA it. Might not.

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MSI H61M-E33/W8 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cheap, reliable, stable.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: It's a solid performer for the $50 price range. It works well with Windows 8 and Windows 7. Haven't tried Ubuntu on it. Normally I steer clear of MSI products after some bad experiences about a decade ago, but this one is OK!

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CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I found it for half price at a local store.

Cons: Out of the box I noticed what smelled like something had been burned, but I wrote it off and put this in my case (after having to tear out my old unit and it was zip tied for cable management, so that sucked) as I was installing the 24 pin connector I saw BURN MARKS on the +5 (yellow) wire! I pulled the thing out and have started the RMA process with Corsair. This is DOA and I won't risk running it in that state in my computer!
Shame on you, Corsair! QC needs to wake up and pay closer attention!

Other Thoughts: Seems good, if not a little old design. If mine didn't have this problem I would have given it 5.

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John G.'s Profile

Display Name: John G.

Date Joined: 05/03/09

  • Reviews: 10
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 05/18/09
  • Last Review: 12/11/14
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