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IN WIN  DRAGON RIDER WHITE (Limited Edition)  1.0 ~ 0.8mm SEEC Steel  ATX Full Tower  Computer Case - Retail
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Review is for the black version of this case 10/19/2013

This review is from: IN WIN DRAGON RIDER WHITE (Limited Edition) 1.0 ~ 0.8mm SEEC Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

Pros: Nice texture doesn't attract fingerprints. Wider than my other full tower case. Added fan for the back side of the CPU does make for cooler temps. Had the selection of front panel ports I wanted. Side panel is pre-configured to allow the big fan to be replaced with up to six 120mm fans. Has the space and layout that allowed me to hide or keep out of the way the numerous cables and wires I ended up with inside it. Came with a nice collection of fans, brackets, all that kind of stuff. I also like the feet on it that improve its stability.

Cons: Front panel is big and clumsy, the plastic it's made out of seems like it'll break if you're not very careful putting it on or taking it off.

Found I needed to take some little rubber feet off to get the latch for the PCI cards to close all the way. It'd be just as simple and easy to screw the card to the case instead of dealing with this clumsy "tool-less" design.

The front fan is hard to get to when it's dust cleaning time.

Other Thoughts: Including some plastic cap covers for the front panel ports when they're not in use would've been a nice touch.

I removed the big side panel fan and replaced it with six 120mm fans in a red/white/blue color scheme. This white case would've looked better for that. The six fans resulted in a near hurricane level of airflow so I've usually just had two of them powered up. The little bit wider that this case is allowed me enough room to put filters on five out of six of those fans and still have clearance enough for the video cards and CPU cooler etc. The one fan I didn't have enough room to attach a filter to is the lower corner where the power supply is.

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CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Got an initial 8GB of this RAM a little over a year ago for a new build and since it was nice and happy in the machine I got this second 8GB set.

Hasn't given me any RAM related problems, thus I have little reason to ever notice that it's there. Tried a few of the stress programs out there to give it some torture testing and it handled them without crashing or freezing.

Cons: Had to go into BIOS to manually adjust the speed to 1600, I was there anyway checking the rest of my settings so no big deal.

Other Thoughts: The price has taken a jump since I bought these in the summer of 2012.

With a full tower case and two video cards the high heat spreaders weren't a clearance issue for me.

I stare at the screen not the computer internals so the color and form of these just doesn't matter that much to me.

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MSI 990FXA-GD80 V2 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Defective Sound Hardware & Software 09/19/2013

This review is from: MSI 990FXA-GD80 V2 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Came with a free 8GB stick of compatible RAM which was really the only reason I bought this board.

Cons: Worked fine for about three months until the onboard sound hardware or software commenced to fail.

The incessant pop up windows that have been an obnoxious part of realtek sound for years prevent any meaningful trouble shooting being done even after uninstalling and reinstall the drivers and software.

Other Thoughts: MSI Representative: Don't reply unless you're going to tell me how MSI will pay me for my time that I spend on your defective product.

If you can't do onboard audio hardware and software in the year 2013 you should probably get out of the business.

Ultimately I'll be rebuilding the computer this board is in with some other brand and not purchase any other MSI products.

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Display Name: Brent B.

Date Joined: 07/22/07

  • Reviews: 20
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  • First Review: 12/12/07
  • Last Review: 10/19/13
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