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APEVIA X-PLORER2 Series X-PLORER2-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Awesome looking case. Easy to work with for the most part. The brackets for the HDDs are seriously user friendly. Just pop them into your harddrive and slide it into the steel casing to mount. Lights are pretty. I love LEDs on my computer. Never realized how conveniant having the PSU on the bottom would be compared to the top. It's a nice switch up.

Cons: When mounting the case fans on the top of the case, it's a bit tricky finding the right spot so you have access to all the holes on the fans. The molex cables are flimsy. I found I had to push the pins back up into them after plugging the connecting power plugs in, which was a pain in the backside. The three pin plug to the Temp reader pops out so easily and can be frustrating to work with especially if you're not running a modular PSU. All the extra wires makes it hard to avoid pulling it out by accident. The large, 200mm case fan on the side is kind of pathetic. And by that I mean there's no actual holes in the side but plastic supports that are glued onto the side which you secure your fan into. I found two of the four screw spots on the fan were missing their screws and because of that, and being so flimsy, one of the supports snapped off. I've yet to try supergluing it back on. Probably will soon. Either way it should have been made more solid. When I secured screws in, the plastic sounded like it was trying to fracture. That's not a pleasent sound at all. That could have been my fault. I tried using some of the screws that came with the case, but there's so many it might have been the wrong size. Still, the fan should have been properly secured in the first place. Cable management can be tricky with this case. It gets cluttered easily. I highly recommend a modular PSU to help with that. It really does make a difference.

Other Thoughts: I'm not trying to discourage people from buying this case. It really is a nice case. It just has some .. annoyances. The case is otherwise solid. If you can tolerate the little frustrations when initially setting everything up, you should be okay. Just gotta be careful with that case side. It is frail. For me, I tend to play with my machine a lot. Always looking for improvements, and learning new things about the computer. So for me, it's more of an annoyance then for someone who's just setting it up and not intending to do any kind of surgery on their rig again for a while.

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XIGMATEK FCB (Fluid Circulative Bearing) Cooling System Crystal Series CLF-F1255 120mm Purple LED Case Fan PSU Molex Adapter/extender included
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Pretty purple. Can't beat that! Always pleasing.

Cons: The purple is a bit faint compared to the blue, or the quad colored fans in my rig. It's easily overwhelmed. So I don't recommend using this is a system if you're going to have a lot of other colors, particularly green. It tends to consume it especially since we see green much more vibrantly then any other color.

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MSI N660TI PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The card ran great for a couple months. Handled PhysX pretty well, ran most games on max settings, didn't seem to have any major issues.

Cons: I upgraded my PSU, and to make a very, very long story short, I tested this card on four different power supplies, one of which was in my roommate's computer which has a totally different setup with the same High Current Pro 750w Quad Rail PSU from Antec. So three High Current Pro PSUs and one Antec EarthWatt 650 PSU. It works on the 650w, but all the other PSUs it failed to work on. I was baffled! It took me several days (including an RMA with Antec believing it was a faulty rail on the PSU) to do all the troubleshooting, before I found an article on Tom's Hardware. Apparently MSI went out of the specifications of NVIDIA when they produced the card and gave it the extra voltage you now see stapled to the Details section on the card's page. They don't mention that the amount of voltage that hits the card for the supposed 'Performance Boost' is actually doing more harm then good, and one of the resulting flaws is a black screen. Which is what I'm getting when I use a higher leveled PSU on my rig. I've been trying to contact MSI about the problem since Friday and haven't received a response back despite them saying they'd contact me back within 24hrs after submitting the information.

Other Thoughts: It's a lot to take in. But I feel robbed. I got this card back in August when it first came out, and had to go through numerous hoops before coming to the realization that their 'Boost' was in fact the culprit. False advertisement, MSI. Shame on you for not being clear before you got called out on what you did. I expected better. If you're unfamiliar with what I'm talking about, you can do a google search 'MSI caught Overvolting 660ti and 670ti Power Edition' and it should bring up the article on Tom's Hardware.

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Cassandra F.'s Profile

Display Name: Cassandra F.

Date Joined: 01/21/09

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 09/08/11
  • Last Review: 11/21/12
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