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RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Best value proposition for an 80+ gold rated modular PSU. I've built many rigs using this and 1000AE variant. I have never had a single problem with anyone of them (after over 30+ separate builds) Wish I could use it nowadays. I've read some of the nay-sayer comments, and while some are justified- many are just laughable.

Cons: Up until recently none. However, there is nothing on newegg's site or Raidmax's which indicate whether or not the product is fully compatible with the Haswell power saving functions. As such I have been forced to assume the answer is no, e.g. I have not used it on any Haswell builds.

Other Thoughts: This has forced me to use Rosewill for my budget builds... no problems yet- but I'd like to stick with old faithful.

XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 92mm HYPRO Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included dual fan push pull compatible LGA1150 Haswell Compatible
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This is my goto IB cpu cooler when cost is an issue. Easily keeps IB well under 80c when OC'd up to 4.4GHz. Very quiet, never breaks 30dB. This is truly a sound value proposition.

Cons: Not nearly as effective in cooling higher TDP chips, however I would be willing to wager it is not designed for them. Anything over 100w and I would add an additional fan for true push-pull. Even then you are still getting a nice cooler for ~$30

Other Thoughts: I buy a few of these every month and have never seen the rebates people are complaining about- so I can't vouch for them. At full price- this is still a good decision. I've used it on dozens of builds.

Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Absolutely beautifully laid out. Looks amazing, and certainly cable management heaven. Will fit any component or motherboard on the market easily. Extraordinarily solid in and out. Decent value proposition, BUT-

Cons: USB 3.0. The front panel USB ports have a standard USB plug. While the case includes an adapter, the adapter converts them to USB 2.0. So if you really need usb 3.0, you have to route the cables out of the back of the case to plug them into a USB 3.0 port on your motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Normally I would not dock an egg for something like this (The antec P193 is the same), however I can not imagine it would be hard for corsair to substitute a 24 pin USB 3.0 header instead of the USB 2.0. Anyone spending this much on a case will certainly have a mobo with at least one 24pin USB 3.0 port on it. It is just irritating when I have to discuss with a customer on whether he wants the case to look awesome or if he would rather the blue USB ports actually be 3.0.


Timothy A.'s Profile

Display Name: Timothy A.

Date Joined: 09/28/10

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 02/13/11
  • Last Review: 09/17/13
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