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This review is from: DEEPCOOL STEAM CASTLE (BLACK) Unique Steam Punk Style With Side Window 200mm Fan(Front) Micro ATX / Mini-ITX +120mm Fan(Rear)+4 Magic Controllable LED Lights (Top) SGCC+PLASTIC(ABS)+RUBBER COATING
Pros: Getting this case to review, I was excited as I was wanting to replace my current mini-itx build case as it felt a bit too small to have everything that it did have. Unboxing this beast of a case was pretty cool. It reminds me a bit like an engine from a car with the top fans looking like exhausts. The design of the case is actually pretty cool. It suits both mini-itx and micro-atx motherboards pretty well, as they have their own “place” within the case. The color (I received black) is really interesting as the case’s feel feels like that sort of rubbery substance you feel on some phone cases, but the majority of the case is metal. You have various positions to place
your hard drives or SSD’s in as well as having the added bonus of having a cd/dvd/blue-ray drive bay as well. There are some decent fans included in this case: 1 big one at the front (200mm) and 1 medium sized one towards the back (120mm). The top 4 exhaust holes include a nice LED aspect as you can make the LED’s Blue, Red, Green or just turn them off. (The colors also have a pulsating mode to where they pulsate while the computer is turned on) You have a decent space for the power supply where most will fit, some will fit more tightly than others. It says it can support a 240mm Water Cooler, but I feel it might make your builds a bit more tight...I had a normal heatsink installed on my build. Overall, I got everything to fit from my mini-itx build to go into the case and everything seems to be working correctly.
Cons: The biggest disappointment for this case for me: when I opened the side that has the USB Ports/Power Button/Fan control, I opened it carefully, yet I opened it to a big surprise. Unfortunately the Fan Controller had a splitter for the power to your case fans that had 3 wires that were pulled out completely, rendering that power supplier useless. I tried as much as I could to fix that connector trying to re-attach the wires, but unfortunately to no avail. The good thing is that my motherboard had an extra connection to power one of the fans and my power supply had the other connection needed to power the other fan. It is a disappointment as I noticed a green sticker on the case that said it was OK’d by Quality Control when clearly it had this issue. If Deepcool is reading this review, to fix this if you could please send me another connector that supplies the power to the three fans then that would fix my issue with this case. Other than that, just some minor notes that I can provide that could make this case a bit better: The first thing I noticed was the main area to where you put the Hard Drives and SSD’s...I wish there was a way to remove that easily if you wanted to give more space for a bigger power supply, but unfortunately you’d have to remove the bottom of the case to get to the screws that hold the cage in place which is a pain in itself. Another issue I found was you had to be super careful when dealing with the side of the case that has the fan controls/usb ports/power button as any bad movement could tear more wires out of the module that controlled those aspects. The easiest way to remedy that would be for that side to have a hinge to where the door doesn’t come completely off, but is there to help hold the door while making your connections to your motherboard and other devices. The instructions for the case are not at all super clear (just a mini pamphlet that shows pictures, but no words), which could have been better when I was trying to install the CD/DVD drive into the case, but had no clue how to remove the front panel to remove the slot for allowing access to that bay. One other issue I had was an issue with clearance for my graphics card. I have a full sized EVGA 770GTX card where the power connection is towards the back of the card. The issue the case had was the secondary space for an extra Hard Drive or SSD got in the way of connecting the power to the card...I had to bend the card a bit (scary I know) to get the power cable in, but it did in the end fit. I wish that secondary cage for the Hard Drives or SSD’s could be removed more easily as well as the main one. The USB Ports being on the side are a bit different for me, but when I placed it on my desk and it was to the left of me as my other case was it made sense...some might find it odd, others may like it that way.
Other Thoughts: I am giving this case a 3 out of 5 mainly because of the lack of quality control my case received before I received it for review and because of the other issues the case gave me during the build. If in fact I do receive a replacement power connector for the 3 fans from Deepcool, I would give it a 4 out of 5. For now, it works for me. Design-wise on the outside is unlike any other case out there. Inside, could use a bit more design to help account for the flaws I have pointed out in my cons. If you are planning on getting this case, I would suggest to make sure your parts will be able to fit! It supports mini-ITX and Micro-ATX motherboards, the Power Supply unit must not be super huge and make sure the power connector on your full-sized graphics card are not toward the back as it will be hard to connect with the secondary Hard Drive/SSD bay. (Micro-ATX might have a better luck at the graphics card since they have the graphics card more away from the bay)READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX 400 CPU Cooler 4 Heatpipes 120mm PWM Fan with Blue LED
Pros: So, the reason I accepted this heatsink as an item to review as a part of the Eggxpert Review team was due to me wanting to replace my current heatsink which was the Corsair Hydro Series H80i Liquid CPU cooler. Out of the box, this heatsink feels super light compared to other heatsinks I have worked with in the past making it a bit easier to install compared to other heatsinks (granted there were a few complications on install…see cons). I have an LGA 1150 motherboard I was installing this onto and using the pushpin options made it a bit easier also. It did come with its own thermal paste compound, so if you forget to order some, you’ll be fine if you want to use it while waiting on a better thermal paste to arrive. Performance wise after install, overall doing simple tasks kept the CPU around 32C. Playing Diablo the CPU reached the up into the 40C to 50C marks. Of course I do not over-clock my PC’s as I am not a major PC gamer, but overall it is doing well. Noise wise, during idle and simple computer use, I barely hear the fan…getting into the games you start to hear it more, but thankfully it was less noisy than my previous Corsair CPU Cooler.
Cons: Being lightweight, the heatsink feels a bit cheap. The push-pin method of it connecting to the motherboard concerns me as the plastic pushpins feel like they can easily break when making modifications to your system. I somehow got this to fit inside my mini-itx build, but I would not recommend that for others as it was a tight fit and hard to get the push-pins to work. The instructions on the back of the box are not that informative (no words, just pictures), so you kind-of have to figure this out yourself. The size of the heatsink may interfere with your RAM depending on your motherboard. It almost did with my build, but luckily I had some low profile ram in my system. To get the fan to stay on the heatsink, they have these flimsy “connectors” (really feel like wires molded in a certain shape). The biggest issue I had with it was once I got it connected and booted my computer; it gave me a “CPU Fan error” at boot-up even though the fan was running just fine. I researched it a bit and from what I read online it happens to certain heatsink fans and motherboards. If it does happen to you, to have the motherboard ignore the error you need to go into your BIOS settings and go to the section about the CPU temperature and turn off the setting for it to monitor the status of the fan. (Or lower the rpm setting of the fan from what other blogs have said)
Other Thoughts: Overall, this heatsink is just a bit better of a cooling solution than the stock heatsink that came with your CPU. The good points to this heatsink: it is cheaper than others, the fan is quiet, and install is easier than others. The bad points of it can be: it feels cheap, interferes with RAM for some builds (not all), and may give you a CPU fan error depending on your board. Overall, I gave this a 3 out of 5 eggs based on my experience. I will be replacing it later, but for now it seems to work just fine with my build until I start gaming hardcore.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE1T0BW 2.5" 1TB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pros: I went with this SSD as I did not want an HDD to supplement a lower capacity SSD. Overall from install this thing has been great. Boot times have been less than 10 seconds. The space to have the freedom of putting a lot of movies/music/games on and get the same speed for everything is awesome.
Cons: The only small issue I had with this was installing Windows...it took a couple of times to get it to install but it finally did (Windows 8.1). Not the SSD's fault...more than likely some issue with the initial install.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend for anyone looking to get rid of their HDD and would want everything super fast.READ FULL REVIEW