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EVGA GeForce GTX 950 02G-P4-2958-KR 2GB FTW GAMING, Silent Cooling Gaming Graphics Card
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5 out of 5 eggs Fast, quiet, great all around 04/19/2016

This review is from: EVGA GeForce GTX 950 02G-P4-2958-KR 2GB FTW GAMING, Silent Cooling Gaming Graphics Card

Pros: Performance: GTX 970's are a very strong performer at 1080p, at an excellent price. You can go find reviews with detailed benchmarks that'll answer those questions. This particular card is speedier than bog-standard 970's because EVGA factory overclocks their cards. This is great, because then it's warrantied to work at these frequencies, and you don't have to gamble on getting a better binned card and doing it yourself, while voiding your warranty. Very good all around.

Now, as to this particular card! It's very nice looking, in a quiet, understated way. It's got a very nice heft to it, which is good because you know they've got some properly massive heat pipes and radiators inside. It only needs one 8-pin internal power connection, which is nice if you don't have a couple from your power supply, and also just from a cable management perspective. I'm not even sure what I'd do with all of these various display ports, but basically everything is there if you need it!

This thing is *quiet*. I don't mean quiet "quiet for a video card", I mean it might be the quietest thing in this machine. Unless I'm gaming, the fans don't even turn, which is a little disconcerting at first. Under full load (Furmark), the fans are only reporting 29% speed, and I have to get my head right up next to the card to even hear it. I don't know where this one rates on SPCR's list of silent cards, but I'm very pleased with its noise level. I'd feel comfortable recommending this for a living room system, even.

Everything about this card just feels well thought out. It even comes with little covers on all of the ports and internal connectors (PCIe, SLI) so you don't damage anything before installation. EVGA always does a good job on their cards, and this is no exception. I'm just very impressed for a card at this price/performance point, and I fully recommend it.

Cons: The card made a surprising clicking noise on first power up, and it turned out that one of the wires feeding a fan had slipped slightly out of its holder clip (I could see it through the fan blades), and the fan blade was touching it as it rotated. I gently pushed it back into place with a pencil, which took all of 5 seconds. This was probably from shipping, and I don't view it as a defect. If you can install your own video card, you can use a pencil.

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Corsair Carbide Series 100R Silent Edition CC-9011077-WW Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (Power Supply not included)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Excellent looks
-Sufficiently roomy
-Lots of easily accessible filters
-Lots of nice touches in general
-All around pleasant to work inside

Cons: -Be sure you have modern components

Other Thoughts: Overall, I really like this case. It's got a really elegant look. It's also not quite as small as some reviewers seem to indicate- I'm using a full size ATX board and a full length (but not gigantic) video card, and there's plenty of room to work. All interior edges are nicely rolled, the steel is well adonized, and the layout is sensible. There's some little touches that really made things nicer- the standoffs are already installed, but one of them is just a kind of peg. That really wasn't what I wanted, but several other standoffs were included in the bag of parts, so that was trivial to replace. There's extras of every kind of screw that you might need, including the sometimes difficult to find case fan screws. The power supply opening has two sets of holes, so you can mount the power supply right side up or upside down, as you prefer (I've got mine "upside down" (fan up) because it's on a really dusty floor).

The expansion slot cover system seemed a little odd to me, but functional. There's a plate on the back that covers the top of your expansion cards that you remove, then the expansion card tabs actually stick out behind the case, where you screw them into the block, then the panel goes back on top. I'm really not sure why they opted for this kind of a design, but it works fine.

My biggest frustrations stemmed from the fact that I'm not using terribly modern hardware. The drive cage is mounted sideways (I guess people constantly swap hard drives?), which I suppose is fine, although the connectors face towards the "wrong" side of the case, so you'd have to take both panels off. My problem is that this kind of configuration requires right-angle plugs on both your SATA and power cables, of else they're far too long. My power supply doesn't have angled plugs, and I don't seem to have any kind of an adapter. Luckily I still had a 5.25" adapter kit so I stuck the hard drive in one of the drive bays, but that's kind of dumb. The drive cage is technically removable, by the way- it's held in by about a dozen screws. I ended up taking mine out so I had a place to put the giant wad of cables that you get with a non-modular power supply. That was frustrating as well, because the case assembler stripped the heck out of a couple screws, so I had to cut them off with a Dremel.

Also, the front USB 3 ports have a different motherboard plug than USB 2, and that was a surprise to me. If you don't have a 19 pin USB 3 header on your board (it's giant and blue), you'll need to pick up an adapter so you can attach the ports to the header on your motherboard. Newegg sells them for like $4, just make sure you get one if you need it.

The fan control is kind of a cute feature, I guess, but I opted not to use it. The switch and associated cables come out with two screws, and the included fans are standard 3-wire case fans. I just plugged them into the headers on my motherboard. There really isn't much space for cable routing, so plan ahead!

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NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Well-built and solid, nice fit & finish
-Painted inside & out
-No sharp edges
-Room for cable routing

Cons: -It has top fan mounts (not really a con, I just worry about things falling into the case)

Other Thoughts: This is a surprisingly nice case for an inexpensive, no-frills product. The case looks nice inside & out, with lots of nice touches. It's hard to explain exactly, but you can always tell when you use a product that someone thought very carefully about: there are slim fingerholds on the side panels so you don't have to pry them off with your fingernails; the power LED is a cool white ring around the button; all inside edges are rounded or sanded; everything fits firmly without forcing or slack. The included 120mm fan is 3-wire and very quiet.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone, from build-and-forget to constant component replacers.

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