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Pros: -tons of space and subsequently very easy to build in
-huge fans for massive cooling capabilities
-very easy cable routing
-lots of space for hard drives and cd drives/fan controllers
-ability to turn off the leds
-fits even the largest video cards in a mid tower
-customizable air flow abilities
-both side panels are removable
Cons: -case it huge. not a problem if you aren't limited on space.
-looks a little gaudy. personally, I favor a cleaner, smoother looking machine but that's just opinion, not a fault of the case.
Other Thoughts: I built a machine for a friend using this case. I couldn't imagine the build going together any easier than this did, and I would never hesitate to use this case in a new build. I'm very seriously considering getting one for myself at this point. The motherboard tray has tons of space behind it for cable routing and the case is long enough to fit any of the new video cards that are coming out today. The entire case, aside from mobo and ps installation, is tool-less install for a very easy setup. the 2 - 200mm fans create huge loads of airflow that keeps the whole machine very cool. if you're looking for a case that's quiet, has great airflow, and is easy to build in, there's no reason not to buy this one. I can't imaging anything working this well.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This cpu was a huge upgrade for me. Coming off a laptop with a 1.86 core 2 duo running windows vista 32bit I was very pleasantly surprised at the speed increase running windows 7 64bit. This is my first system build and I'm very pleased with the performance of this processor. I'm not much of a gamer and I haven't overclocked this cpu but I regularly have at least 2 monitors full of open windows, usually including at least some kind of movie or music and often intensive cad programs as well as a large portion of the office suite. I've never seen a stutter from this chip.
Despite some reviews, my cpu runs very cool even with the stock heatsink and fan. Speedfan reports a max core temperature of 56c under prime95 load, and generally around 29c at idle. My case isn't very well cooled and I'm still getting pretty good numbers.
Cons: As just about everyone has reported, the stock heatsink and fan leave something to be desired. I'm not willing to dock and egg for it because it works just fine but my fan spins anywhere from 3500 to 6000 rpm depending on the load and it gets very loud. It does the job it's designed to do but it could be much quieter.
Other Thoughts: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
Asus M4A79XTD EVO
G.Skill DDR3 2x2GHz
MSI NVidia Geforce 250 GTS
Western Digital Caviar Black 750Gb
Antec Sonata III case
Antec Earthwatts 500W power supply
I built my system on a budget of ~$800 and met it with room to spare. For the price, I don't think I could be any happier with my system, except for maybe a new heatsink. I got this cpu over the 955 because I could get it in a combo with my motherboard and it actually came out cheaper than buying the 955 with the same board separately.
Pros: I got these speakers for free so I can't really complain, but I'm going to anyway. Honestly, I think that the sound from these speakers is quite good. The bass is adequate for a small room (I used these in a very small dorm room and it was plenty of power) and the bass control on the satellite actually controls the bass, not just on/off. The satellites were pretty good as well...maybe not too many mids but I don't listen to music with many mids anyway so this wasn't an issue. These speakers are also quite loud with all volumes turned up pretty high, louder than I would ever need them to be.
Cons: After about 6 months the speakers became very finnicky and the jack had to be placed in an exact way so that both speakers would work. this has only gotten worse over time. This could be a fluke but I have a friend who bought these exact same speakers and had the exact same problem in an even shorter time period.
Durability is also an issue. Because of the satellite design, if you happen to drop one as I did the top has a tendency to break completely off of the base. I realize that is is my fault and I'm not docking stars for this, but buyer beware.
The LEDs on the satellites are very, very bright on mine. This may not be an issue to some, and if you turn the speakers off it's not an issue but in my dorm room I can't stand it.
Last, my speakers pick up a radio signal. Not fuzzy background waves, and actual radio station signal. this is a very big issue during quiet parts of movies, music, whatever. I've never had other speakers do this.
Other Thoughts: I'm a musician and I have a pretty keen ear for sound. these speakers sound very good for the price (note: for the price) when they work. the problem is that they're slowly going to pieces and I use my speakers all the time. if you're on a budget these may work well enough for you but they are by no means a permanent solution.READ FULL REVIEW
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