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EVGA Z97 Stinger (111-HR-E972-KR) Core 3D LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It looks cool and runs good.

Cons: Even for an ITX this board greatly lacks USB headers. I wish I would have done a little more reading on it. If you have USB ports on the front of your case you will find this board is greatly lacking in a way to hook them up. I suppose you can always nix having a video card and buy a PCI-E usb card. :-(

Corsair Obsidian Series 350D CC-9011028-WW Black Aluminum / Steel MicroATX Case
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Plenty of room to work with. Good cable management. Looks good as a stock unit before drives are added. Plenty of dust filters, though it would be nice to have one on the top of the unit. Still a good price even though Corsair "dropped the ball in many areas"

Cons: There are a lot of issues with this case. It seems like their design team was going somewhere good with the 350d, but somewhere along the line really dropped the ball.

Overall everything about the case says "I'm a cheap case" with lots of injection molding.

The biggest thing that I really really really "dislike" about the case is; the drive bay faces are oversized. When you puts something in the drive bays you are left with an unfinished face, because the sides are unfinished and it creates a hideous relief. Corsair's management really dropped the ball by not creating different faceplates for different drive options to sell as an after-market upgrade part. STUPID!

Although the 2.5" drive bays worked out good in my build they are what they are. Don't waste your time trying to modify or reconfigure them because you with probably just end up breaking them, due to the fact that they are cheap injection molded design.

Top fans (if used)- the top fans have the potential to pull in so much air, so why don't my case manufacturers put dust filters on those as well as the face which has more static pressure issues. - Once again- at least make one as an aftermarket upgrade item.

My I/O shield didn't line up good. I pulled my mother board back out and rechecked the installation and it just doesn't quite line up right (could be the motherboard, but that's doubtful, because all of the parts on the I/O are off by the same distance).

The usb3.0 ports are incredibly tight- almost too tight; hopefully they will "break in" before the just plain "break"

Other Thoughts: Overall for the $99.00 that i spent on the case it is probably worth it; especially if you don't plan on putting anything in the drive bays. I just can't get past the fact that they do no sell brushed face-shields and Corsair is just happy with the ugly unfinished reveal that is left on both sides of the drive bays. Once again, that is the HUGEST mistake I have ever seen made on any PC case. If it weren't for the STUPID 5.25 drive bays being so lame, I would love this case, but now it's just another cheap case that I am looking to replace in the future and as far as I am concerned $99.00 wasted buying the case and 8-hours of my time wasted doing heavy modifications to make it look good with my slot-load drive. TAINTED

I now look at brands like Corsair and Silverstone as just another brand that is too cheap for me to even waste my time building with. They both have really gone down hill as far as quality and end-use engineering. They spend so much time engineering the ease-of-manufacturing, that they really drop the ball on end-use-design.

Intel 730 Series SSDSC2BP480G4R5 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Awesome deal on an SSD with good reliability ratings. I decided to try Intel SSD's for a second time after having a bad experience with an earlier model; and so far so good. Super easy install cloning my old SSD.

Cons: None yet.


Lyle R.'s Profile

Display Name: Lyle R.

Date Joined: 11/06/12

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 12/24/12
  • Last Review: 04/27/15
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