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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 760 GV-N760OC-4GD REV2.0 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 ATX Gaming Graphics Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Card was quiet and performed great while it worked

Cons: Just stopped working at some point, after removed from SLI. TERRIBLE Customer support! Won't stand behind their warranty!

Other Thoughts: Had two identical Gigabyte GTX 760 Rev. 2 windforce editionscards in SLI, both working great. I ended up splitting them up and putting them in separate machines. Low and behold, a short time afterwards one of them starts to get flaky. The display will come on, then go dark. on subsequent boot, fan spins up, but no display. I remove card, clean connector, and it boots again, but display goes away. It then won't display again. Fans spin, however. I send in for RMA, but Gigabyte claims physical damage, and signs of oxidation. They send a picture of an IC that is damaged. What? I am to blame for one of their components dying?! They deny the warranty and are shipping it back to me.

Don't trust Gigabyte! They don't stand behind their products, and will look for an excuse not to honor their warranty. Shame on you, Gigabyte. You have lost a long time customer.

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ASUS Radeon R9 280X R9280X-DC2T-3GD5 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great while it lasted

Cons: Gets hot to the touch, burning smell and rattling fan; Worthless customer service!

Other Thoughts: Just a heads up. ASUS may make great products, but heaven forbid you have any issues with them, as their customer service is bottom of the barrel and just leads down the lane of RMA he**! Never a response email or call-back, long waits on the phone, only to be greeted by incompetent reps or ones who are powerless to do anything, or unable to forward me to a supervisor. This is all over a R9-280X, in which they are unable to get a replacement card for 1-1/2 weeks! Sheesh.

From this point forward, I am unable to recommend ASUS products to anybody. Stick to EVGA/MSI for video cards.

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Corsair Carbide Series CC-9011069-WW White Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mid Tower Air 240 High Airflow MicroATX and Mini-ITX PC Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Nice looks; has 2.5" and 3.5" drive bays; lots of fan mounts; can stack in two different configurations

Cons: Terrible vibration; flimsy side panels; no DVD; PSU chamber gets hot w/out cooling; slow customer service

Other Thoughts: Okay, where to start? I got a good deal on this case with a shell-shocker after XMAS, so took the plunge. I submitted the rebate right away, after inspecting the case for defects, but prior to building the computer. What could go wrong with a case I thought, so no risk, eh?

One week later I go ahead and build up my system. The manual is quite sparse, so it took a bit of fumbling around to figure out a plan of assembling. I had to put together, then take things apart on a few occasions. For instance, in order to get the P4 CPU power cable installed, I had to route it under the top fans, as t here was no cut-out to get it there. I had to re-arrange fans in order to get my H60 CPU cooler installed in the best configuration (ended up putting it in front/top mount).

Okay, finally all assembled and time to turn it on. I immediately notice a rattling / vibration noise which is quite annoying. I think it is one of the fans, or PSU, but now, it's the top panel with the fans in exhaust which is vibrating loudly. There is a protective mesh fan filter all along this side, so that is part of it. But just press your finger on the top of the case, and most of it goes away. Remove the side panel, and noise goes away. There is no way to stop it! On top of that, the side panels are quite flimsy, and pop out at the bottom without much effort.

I try different things to get the rattling to go away, like turning off fans, re-arranging fans, unplugging hard-drives, etc, but no luck. I eventually contact Corsair over the phone, and am told to RMA it. I cannot do it with Newegg, as I removed the UPC (doh!), so have to go with Corsair. I have now been waiting a weeks thru their ticket system, and have yet to receive my return shipping label. I even had to call yesterday asking where it is, and they apologize but say the request didn't happen and to wait another 2-3 days. Sheesh.

Overall, I would not recommend this case. It's a luck-of-the-draw whether you will get a good one or not (fortunately, there were no scratches on the side window for me like early reviewers, as they put a protective padding on the USB 3.0 cables), plus the hassle of taking apart your system and dealing with slow RMA, then re-assembling and hoping the replacement won't have the same issue.

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John D.'s Profile

Display Name: John D.

Date Joined: 01/15/05

  • Reviews: 24
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 12/26/05
  • Last Review: 06/09/15
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