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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.

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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.

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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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