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This review is from: Bitspower BP-NCCLT16AC-L500 None Chamfer Crystal Link Tube OD 16MM - Length 500MM
Pros: Great looking finished appearance. Does not cloud like flexible tubing also known as plasterizing. Great price, but this must be a mistake. Cuts easily. When finished, it looks so much cleaner and sharper than flexible tubing. Get a lot of comments on my system, now considering a 2011 v.3 build.
Cons: You will need all new fittings, plus several unplanned fittings, several that you won't realize you need until you get into the build, at least a 24 hour leak test is a must, bending is tricky, but most will get the hang of it. I made a template board with plywood and varios sized circles bolted to it for different size radius bens and curves. I also made exact marking for various bends such as 90 degrees, 45 degrees, and other special bends I needed. A jig is now available. You will need a heat gun to make bends as well as a special tubing that goes inside the bend to prevent it from collapsing. By extra lengths of this material as it will wear out. YouTube videos offer great bending support. A nice sharp saw and miter box will give you nice clean straight cuts. I purchased a specially made device for cutting. Cut longer than you need, you can cut shorter, but once cut, it's useless if it's too short unless you can use the piece elsewhere. Always champher edges of tubing to prevent leaking. Too much heat may cause pipe to crack, so let the heat gun do the work slowly. Don't force the bending if it's not ready to bend. Lastly extra tubbing is needed to practice if you have as many bends as I had.
Other Thoughts: Purchased this elsewhere in much longer lengths than 555mm witch is almost 22 inches.this has to be a price error or you would be crazy to pay this much for this product. I paid roughly around $30.00 for four lengths of almost four feet each of tubing. Came packed in a stiff tube. Same tubing and 16mm. I didn't spend this much for my whole liquid cooling system. It's also have a dual loop system inside a Corsair 900D tower. I spent far more on fittings than I did tubing. I'm in sticker shock that this product is listed at $1,000 for less than 22 inches of tubing. Either a mistake or you would have to be crazy to spend this much on tubing that will have waste learning to use it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I purchased this motherboard from one of the big box stores and have had no issues with it at all. I also have never had any issues with Gigabyte support. It may not be the best, but I have built many systems for friends family members, and colleagues. Never had to use their support but a couple of times for my own builds. I think that my problem was more of where I got the board than anything. I have even called to verify compatibility with memory modules, if they are not listed on the site, with no problems. They always patch me through to a Support Technician. They are always friendly and knowledgable. You should be able to contact them through their web site without any issues. Check you junk mail files as well if you've emailed them.
Cons: I really do not have any cons with Gigabyte and have had the best support from them compared to other motherboards I have used in the past. The only issue I have ever had was with a board I bought from a competitor of Newegg who I think sold me a refurbished motherboard as new. Been buying everything from the Egg since then.
Other Thoughts: I know that it really depends on what you are doing with your computer. If you are using it for gaming, video production, music, or just as a desktop, it really makes a difference which products you use. I have used Gigabyte boards in a least 15 builds and only had one issue. I use other boards from other companies except for one that is a three letter acronym. I will never buy another one of their products. Had issues with both a motherboard and a VGA. Support from them was nonexistent. I did not hear from them after several attempts to call and sending numerous emails. I left messages for days on their machine, but no luck. I finally got a call after reporting them to the BBB. They called the next day. Still had issues with the board as many other customers experienced. It lasted about one year tops. That's my idea of poor support. Maybe I just got a bad board, it happens sometimes, but I still think Gigabyte makes the best boards on the market.
Gigabyte boards are great boards. Have six computers using Gigabyte boards in the house and have had no issues at all. Two HTPC builds, one liquid cooled Desktop for our main computer,one server running WHS V1 and another running WHS 2011. Also have one running cameras and home automation software on Windows 8. All are in a 42 space rack with other equipment, except for my desktop. I kept my WHS V1 for music distribution as it was already set up with a very expensive multi room audio system. I decided not to mess with transferring it all over to WHS 2011. If its no broken, don't mess with it.
I buy all my hardware and software from Newegg, with the exception of liquid cooling stuff. I wish you guys would carry more liquid cooled items and home automation items as well. Bought this board on a whim as it was marked way down. I built another HTPC for the guest room television. Pulls movies from the server with no problems as well as streaming services. Our guest really like to stay here now.
I've bought receivers, speakers, and computer components from Newegg for quite some time now and they by far have the best support of any company on the Internet.
Pros: Modular design and nice flat cables look very professional. Never had any issues with supply as far a sound levels or the " humming" some are referring that is audible when the machine is off. HOPEFULLY the support that I've heard about. I sent a RMA in through my iPad and have not heard anything yet. That was over the weekend which for some was a holiday weekend. I plan to call today and talk to someone about an RMA. I am praying that they will allow me to send just the supply in and not have to rip out all of the cables.
Cons: Bought this to power my i7 Sandy Bridge dream machine. One afternoon, I was surfing the web and heard a loud pop like a fire cracker. Thought it was one of my graphics cards since after it happened, I could not enable SLI without a shutdown. Swapped GTX 570 with the upper card and it worked so luckily it did not kill my card , just my PCI x16 slot on what was also a poorly made and quite troublesome MS# motherboard. That's another story entirely.
Other Thoughts: This was going to be my ultimate dual loop liquid cooled beast, it is a $3,000 paperweight and has been for a month now. I agree that for the price of this supply, which is even more expensive now, should not have the ratio of failure rates I am seeing just here. I will revise my rating depending on the speed and compliance of Corsair's warranty. One of my biggest concerns is that the machine this supply was running was the only one hooked to my printer. I do have a HTPC build and a WHS (something everyone needs ) hooked to my network, so I guess I will have to configure the HTPC to use the printer.
Basically we have been using our new iPad 3 devices for Internet and email as it took me awhile to troubleshoot my system. I thought it had to be the graphics card, I have never had this kind of bad luck with a Corsair PSU.