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This review is from: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: See my previous post...
Cons: I've had it. I'm going to RMA this pestering annoyance.
Originally I had mentioned that I had some issues with the SATA ports dropping their connections and had a suspicion that it killed a drive of mine.
Now, not only is that still a problem, but when idling for >24hrs, the system will shut down randomly with the Event Viewer problem as a kernel power error, basically meaning that it lost power unexpectedly. Now, I realize that most may jump to the conclusion of the power supply (I would too), however, I have a 1000W EVGA 80 Plus Gold power supply on my system. This is a system that never had unexpected power shutdowns using a 600W Bronze from OCZ's subcompany. But anyway, after this most recent crash, another HDD is now dead. Recognized, but every block is bad according to OnTrack ER. Granted, this very well could be WD's fault, as it was a refurbished drive (and we all know how sketchy they are with those), but EVERY block being bad after a power outage?? ...I digress. I'm submitting an RMA.
Other Thoughts: Pay an extra hundred and get an Asus.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NZXT FN-140RB 140mm Case cooler
Pros: Blows an okay amount of air...
Name brand. Matches case.
Built in fan 3 speed fan controller (could almost be a con for me actually because of the extra cable management now needed)
Cons: - Very loud on full power. Much louder than the 26db (or whatever) that the description claims. At about a meter, its more around 40db.
- Correct on the airflow description, but none of it is centralized; the air practically curves around the outside edge, so if you need more precision for whatever you're doing, this is not the fan for you.
Other Thoughts: Spend an extra 2-3 bucks and buy a Cougar fan. Higher production quality, quieter, more airflow.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Black ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
Pros: Very well thought out design.
1. Weight/Sturdiness. Decent weight on the metal, not too flimsy, could be heavier, but for the price: meh.
2. Kensington lock option. Always a good option to have, and this goes back to my previous comment, but the metal could be a bit heavier in this location. If someone was determined enough, they could easily remove the lock with a jigsaw or a decent prying tool.
3. Did not have to mount fan first - there is plenty of space behind the motherboard to service it while in place. Huge plus.
4. Fans are quiet, good air flow/pressure.
5. SSD/Laptop HDD bays in the back. This was something I hadn't noticed before purchasing, but there are two behind the case. Thought that was pretty cool.
6. I won't be using it for this build, but definitely room for radiator or custom watercooling loop if you want it.
Cons: Couple minor details I wish were different:
1. The 5.25" drive bays require that you completely remove their cover if you want to install a DVD drive or the like. I like the ones that fold up and down when the drive opens and closes. I grew attached to the brushed look of the front too fast, I think, and removing the panel for my DVD drive made me sad. :P
2. No fan control. I have been using an NZXT Phantom for the last 2 years and must've taken for granted the top fan control built in.
3. The provided front panel cables (Power SW, Reset SW, LEDs) were a bit short. Thus, I had to cross them in front of the motherboard. No other option was available; they wouldn't reach otherwise.
4. Odd PCI bracket protectors. I'm not sure if I was doing something wrong (I hope not, because I do this for a living), but the ones provided fit in perfectly but are flanged outward at the ends. I installed a cold cathode controller in one of these and the bracket did not fit. I had to slip it in between the case and the motherboard and screw it in tightly so I wouldn't move if touched. Perhaps this is a new design and I've never noticed before. Hopefully my video card (that I'm waiting for) will go in smoothly.
Other Thoughts: OK options for cable management, could have been better. Had trouble closing the back panel a few times because wire overlap must be kept at a strict minimum with this case.
I'd give 4 1/2 eggs if it could, but I decided to round up instead of down because of my respect for Corsair.
For the price, I almost wish I'd gone with something a bit smaller and simpler like this case before, instead of going with the behemoth NZXT Phantom and paying almost double.