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iStarUSA D-313SE-MATX Black Aluminum / Steel 3U Rackmount Compact Industrial Chassis - Black Bezel 2 External 5.25
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 3U, supports standard ATX PSU, Micro ATX MOBO and full height cards.
I really like the 5.25" slots, they allow for front Hot Swap bays, though behind them might be tight with the PSU.

Cons: Tight fit with 3.5" drives, can fit 2-3 comfortably, but not idle for air flow given that two of the drives will block the 120mm fan, though there's a 80mm fan next to it.

Though this isn't a biggy, it support a ATX PSU, the bracket at the front pre-installed won't hold one on place and you'll have to remove it to fit one. No biggy in the grand scheme but would be nice for added support.

Other Thoughts: I really like the 5.25" slots, they allow for front Hot Swap bays, though behind them might be tight with the PSU. I would go with this configuration unless you plan on using 2,5" drives as there is limited space in the case for the drives.

Lenovo Laptop IdeaPad G780 (59347664) Intel Core i5 3210M (2.50 GHz) 4 GB Memory 500 GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M 17.3
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Third gen Intel core i5, Nvidia graphics (be it discrete though with Optimus) , 17" screen (nice screen for the price) and USB 3 inputs.

This is a really nice base system or first gaming laptop, the specs are decent and for the price (I bought it on sale for $550 from Newegg) and it's a great starter.

Cons: Decent laptop, but...

4GBs is bad for gaming, I installed a second 4GB G-Skill RAM Module and this thing came alive! Discrete graphics (switchable) are bad and do almost nothing for battery life on this thing, you'll still get only 2 hours maybe 3 if your lucky when doing casual web surfing and word processing. The CD tray is flimsy and I wouldn't trust being to loose with how you install disks. The VGA port needs locking screws so you don't loose connections.

For other cons see Other Thoughts.

Other Thoughts: My impressions of the G780 is that it's a nice laptop for the price, but don't expect this thing to be a beast, it's an introductory system.

However, the HDD, RAM and Lenovo's pre-loaded Windows 8 install are all bad. I had to replace each of these after a year or operation with the exception of Windows 8, had to replace that due to I don't like, nor wanted Windows. The Hard drive almost failed after six months and I had read/write errors in the thousands. The RAM Module that came with the system failed after a year and I have to replace that now too. Overall, it's decent system, but be warned and wary of these issues on every buy.

G.SKILL 4GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model F3-12800CL11S-4GBSQ
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Sleek, fast, superb! Need I say more? G. Skill is an awesome company and I trust thier products with all my modern systems, even one old Toshiba laptop. Installed this product in a new Lenovo G780 with an i5 and GeForce 635M and never looked back. Adding dual-channel to any system tends to do that.

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: I always trust G. Skill!


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Display Name: Anonymous

Date Joined: 03/03/11

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 06/05/11
  • Last Review: 04/17/16
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