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Rosewill Legacy U3-S-Window Silver Aluminum Alloy MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Good case, a few logistical failures. 04/29/2014

This review is from: Rosewill Legacy U3-S-Window Silver Aluminum Alloy MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: Small
Lightweight but sturdy
takes standard size PSU (I Highly recommend modular)
I was able to squeeze a large air cooler, two HDD's and an SSD by mounting the SSD to the inside top of the case with velcro strips.
Because this case is pretty much just flat aluminum in many places, i could see some significant modding being done with this case.

Overall, I highly recommend this case to users with either one 3.5" drive, or two 2.5" drives. There is space to bottom mount two 2.5" drives, and this is really where the sweet spot is for this case. As soon as you add one 3.5" drive, it takes the whole bottom area of the case, moving any secondary drive up to the side mount slot . The side mount bracket disallows use of a 120mm radiator without structural modification, and places the secondary drive in the hottest area of the case. Add a second 3.5" drive, and now the height of a CPU cooler becomes fairly limited as it protrudes towards the motherboard from the side bracket. It gets pretty cramped pretty quickly.

Cons: 1: The mounting screw locations on the front edge are not used for mATX motherboards. The motherboard is instead allowed to flex very substantially under any significant pressure, so you will want to support the motherboard with your hand underneath when plugging anything in on the forward 2 inches.

2: This is a con that I really didn't foresee when purchasing this case. Because both of the intended hard drive mounts are nearly flush with a flat surface, there is very little clearance around the power connector on any sata device. Many power supplies have strings of 3 or 4 connectors on one cable, but the middle ones have wires protruding from both sides in a way which prohibits them from being used flush with a surface as in this case. So, in order for me to install 3 SATA devices, i had to use 3 completely separate modular SATA cables, since only the end connector could be utilized.

The work around for this is to buy some MOLEX to SATA adapters. This will allow use of just one single MOXLEX cable with at least 2 connectors, and two MOLEX to 2xSATA adapters to power up to 4 SATA devices. This will allow MUCH better cable management.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace a corsair 500R so i could fit my build into a smaller space. All the same components (except a mATX motherboard instead of the standard ATX) were placed into this case.

GPU and side mounted SSD temperatures rose by about 7C
CPU temperatures rose by about 4C
The bottom mounted HDD and top mounted SSD rose by about 2C.

The side aluminum attachment for the second HDD mount places that HDD on the periphery of the video card exhaust area, which leads to HDD temperatures in that spot in the 35-37 Celsius range (100 Fahrenheit). Furthermore, this HDD bay is set pretty far back in the case such that the HDD limits the height of the CPU cooler you can use, but also prohibits usage of a radiator on the rear 120mm exhaust area. I actually removed about 1.5 square inches of the top 3 fins on my CPU cooler which interfered with the side mounted HDD. It was pretty easy to make the cut, and it looks pretty clean, but I'd rather have not had to do that.Its possible that i may be able to put a small radiator like the corsair H60 on the rear if i cut some extra holes to move that side mounted hard drive forward by an inch or two, then remove a small 1/2" by 1" chunk of the spanwise support. Its worth reiterating at this point that none of these difficulties will arise if you simply do not have any 3.5" drives.

A bottom mounted 3.5"HDD will definitely interfere with a video card mounted in the botom PCIE slot on any mATX motherboard. so keep that in mind while planning your build.

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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Got this to replace a failed hard drive. Put it in the system, fresh install, things were still freezing randomly and crashing intermittently. Life happened and i had to move suddenly and that computer sat unused for 11 months. Booted it back up this week put a fresh install of windows 7 on there and seatools is showing immediate failures, but more interestingly that the drive has been "running" for almost 2000 hours, which is absolutely impossible if it were new when i got it.

It would appear that I was sold a refurbished drive, and wasn't told about it. I was also unlucky enough to have to let it sit until the 1 year warranty expired. Minus points for both Newegg and Samsung on this one.

Other Thoughts: Ive only ever owned two samsung drives. One lasted about 7000 hours of moderate use, the other was DOA. Might be worth the extra 20 bucks to go Seagate or WD.

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XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Decent performance for the price.
Stays fairly cool for a single fan card.
Attractive styling: i have a white and black themed case, all white cables wish black and components, and this fits right in.

Cons: just a couple months after finishing my build, the fan started ticking. a couple weeks later it seized up, making a loud grinding noise.

This fan is very easy to take out (as it should be). like other fans, there is a sticker covering some openings on the back of the fan where lubrication can be added. Put GENEROUS amounts of mineral oil in there, put the sticker back on and the fan worked like new again.

In about 13 months, i have had to do this 3 times. Performance is good, but i shouldn't have to take it apart and maintain it, -1 egg.

Other Thoughts: Very worthwhile card if you are comfortable with oiling up the fan every now and then, just be aware that the extra effort may be required.

I recommend trying out the twin fan version of this card, unless you absolutely cannot afford the added length.

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