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This review is from: Antec P280 Black Aluminum / Steel Super Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: The case is built to be silent and it delivers. The sides are quite thick and dampen out all sound. The front has two fans that can be a little noisy but they provide a door that has sound dampening foam so it does a good job of keeping it quiet. It also provides enough airflow so that you don't need to open the door unless you are going to be doing some heavy duty gaming. Fans in the front have a dust filter that does a reasonably good job at keeping the inside of the case clean. Bottom mounted PSU pulls air directly from outside the case (Also with a dust filter) so the heat from the PSU never enters the case. (Provided the PSU doesn't have any vents or fans aside from the bottom and the back) There is a ton of space behind the motherboard tray to run wires leaving a nice open space for airflow around the CPU, RAM, GPU etc. 5.25" bays are tool-less. 2.5" and 3.5" drive trays have silicone mounts to reduce vibration.
Cons: Lifting a completed build just might cause a hernia. That's the price you pay for all the sound dampening I guess. I was really disappointed that there were three Antec TwoCool fans included. In a silent case I would expect PWM fans rather than fans that you have to manually adjust the speed on. Two of those fans are mounted to exhaust out the top and that can be a bit noisy. I wish the USB/Audio inputs were mounted on the top like they are on the Nine Hundred. The front mounted inputs get in the way of loading DVDs and opening/closing the door.
Other Thoughts: Great case that only loses 1 egg for including Anted Twocool fans instead of PWM fans that you would expect to see in a "SilentPC" case. The first thing I did, and I recommend that you do to, was to dump the TwoCools and replaced them with COUGAR CF-V12HPB fans or other high quality PWM fans. I have 5 of them and you can't tell the computer is running at low loads.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very fast, stable card. Using VirtuMVP along with an Intel i7 3770 allows a beast of a card for gaming but shuts it down and reverts to Intel graphics when I don't need that much power. Using it to convert DVDs to MKVs is lightning fast.
Cons: The card doesn't come with an UEFI BIOS by default. If you are using it with a UEFI motherboard and want to run Windows 8 in secure mode you need to contact eVGA for a BIOS upgrade. The upgrade works to allow secure boot but it has some issues. The main one is that it doesn't spin up the fan as much as it should when under heavy load leading to crashes. It's an easy fix to use EVGA PrecisionX and manually set the Fan %, but forgetting to do so ends your game pretty quickly if your room temperature is even remotely warm.
Other Thoughts: Excellent card for Windows 7 and Windows 8, provided you don't wish to use secure boot or take advantage of a full UEFI Motherboard BIOS. I knocked off an egg simply because the UEFI BIOS has fan control issues. That is more nVidia's fault than eVGA's considering eVGA is about as close to reference as you can get.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CORSAIR AXi series AX760i 760W Digital ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
Pros: The power supply is rock solid. The digital monitoring software that is provided (Corsair Link) is great and allows you to change voltages, implement virtual rails and other fun things for those that know what you are doing. The intelligent design and quality materials mean that the supply is able to dissipate heat very efficiently under all but the most demanding loads. In fact, only when pushing my CPU and GPU to the limits does the fan ever actually kick on.
There is also the 7 year warranty.
Cons: As cool as the Corsairlink software is, it lacks the ability to monitor and control motherboard temps and fans. It can monitor and control my nVidia GTX 670 so adding the ability to monitor the motherboard and control the fans would make it a really nice all in one location for system cooling management. As it is, nothing else that I have found can monitor or control the AXi series power supplies so you are stuck using at least two programs to monitor and control everything.
Other Thoughts: Great stable power supply. The components used are very high quality and quite frankly the power supply is over-engineered. The 7 year warranty seems to indicate that's the case. I knocked off an egg because the Corsairlink software doesn't monitor motherboard temps. No doubt to push customers into buying Corsair fan controls and temp probes that are controlled by Corsairlink.READ FULL REVIEW