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This review is from: Antec GX500 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: has a good range of features for a budget-priced case:
*built-in fan controllers;
*3 pre-installed fans (two top, 1 rear);
*removable dust filters on both top fans and optional two front fans;
*removable dust filter on bottom of psu (which is bottom mounted);
*understated design (with room for use of LED fans for the front fans if you desire);
*tool-less installation of hard drives/cd drives; thumb screws for covers
Cons: installation of optional two front fans is a bit of a hassle; the case is designed to use two long screws fitted into pre-drilled mounting holes, but the alignment of the holes seemed slightly off and it took a while to get the screws inREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: great on the budget; has a good feature set for a <$100 board; easy installation and configuration; pci-e 3.0
Cons: unfortunately the board died about one year after i owned it; the problem may have existed since the beginning since i had a few problems at the start related to non-recognition of the usb ports; the board also comes with what i call (for lack of a better term) bloatware in the form of various dubious programs that supposedly improve network latency and increase 3d rendering capability. from what i could tell these were just a lot of fancy buttons and graphs to make people feel good, but it was fairly easy to disable them all.
Other Thoughts: customer support and the rma process appear to be fairly painless; each user has a 3 year warranty (assuming you didn't break it yourself by bending pins or whatever); the total time to call a tech, confirm motherboard failure, and set up an rma was <5 minutes; will update depending on my experiences with the rma process.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: KINGWIN CF-012LB 120mm Case cooler
Pros: case fan does its job and does it silently
Cons: the fan has no indicator of airflow direction, not even the little arrow on the side. (see "other thoughts"); the screw holes are also joined together, meaning that, for a given corner of the fan, the two screwholes are connected by a solid tube. this generally is not a big deal but imagine if your case (like mine) mounted its front fan by a sheet of metal with a hole in it, and the sheet is suspended in mid air. to install this fan, you would either need very long screws going in from the front or have to install it from the components side going out by fumbling around with a screwdriver. if you look at some other fans, they avoid this problem by having a 8 little wings with holes in them, two at each corner of the fan, so that i can install the fan from the front using only typical small case fan screws.
Other Thoughts: regarding air flow, if you were confused like me, you can either do a lot of internet research or cup your hand into a fan blade shape, tilted the same way as the fan, and move rapidly from side to side while feeling which direction the air is moving; ans: it moves like the fan blade is "swallowing" air and pushing itREAD FULL REVIEW