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This review is from: DEEPCOOL STEAM CASTLE (BLACK) Unique Steam Punk Style With Side Window 200mm Fan(Front) Micro ATX / Mini-ITX +120mm Fan(Rear)+4 Magic Controllable LED Lights (Top) SGCC+PLASTIC(ABS)+RUBBER COATING
Pros: One-of-a-kind design is very eye-catching.
This case is built like a brick house; it has a thicker gauge of metal than a lot of cases I've seen use, and even with all panels removed down to the bare "skeleton" of the case, it is hard to bend and twist. It is very solid construction.
All drive bays are removable as they are held in with screws, with the exception of one side of the 3.5" bays under the motherboard tray, that is because that side actually supports the tray. Only essential panels are non-removable, which include the motherboard tray and the case framing. The bottom plastic panel is removable if you peel back the feet, which I don't suggest. There's only screws for the drive bays under there anyway. The other plastic panels on the top and front are easily removed with handles built in. Just give them a little tug and they unsnap, and they snap tightly back on when you're ready to re-install them. These panels are ABS and don't flex a whole lot either, and seem very durable.
Paint is top notch; the rubber-like coating on the ABS panels feels soft and smooth to the touch, yet doesn't scratch off easily and is hard to smudge or leave behind fingerprints. The metal panels of the case are also painted in a very durable paint that is hard to scratch, and doesn't show smudges or fingerprints.
Nearly silent fans. The rear exhaust fan has both 120mm and 140mm mounting options, with a 120mm installed. The front intake fan has 120mm, 140mm, and 200mm options with a 200mm fan installed. There is also room in the top of the case for two more 120mm or 140mm fans. This area could also be used to mount a 120x240mm radiator, but a 140x280mm will not fit... at least not without modification.
Integrated fan controller also works as a control for the LEDs. It starts as a fan controller with the LEDs off. Push the dial in like a button to switch between red, green, and blue LEDs, and use the dial to adjust brightness. The LEDs also have a breathing mode that the dial adjusts the timing of, for faster or slower breathing. The only trouble is, if you want to adjust the fans on the fly, you will have to turn off the LEDs. This may not bother some people, but everyone will have their own opinion.
Tinted side panel window looks very nice, however it isn't nearly as resilient as the paint job and scratches easily.
Plenty of room to build, and with the motherboard setting flat in the case, you can open up both panels and easily have access to any part of your computer. It's similar to the BitFenix Prodigy, but a little wider to accommodate the wider mATX format.
Cons: Spacing for the PSU is tight with the hard drive bays. If they had even just swapped sides with the 2.5" bays next to the PSU it would have made much more sense, especially for wire routing. Modular PSUs are going to be nearly useless in this case as you'd have to remove the PSU to plug or unplug any wires anyway.
I do not like the power buttons, fan controller, and USB / Front Audio ports on the side of the case. There's plenty of room for them on the front panel and using the side panel is just awkward for my computer desk setup. It also makes an ugly rats nest of cables and wires that you will also have to fight if you pull off that side of the case to access your components.
Side panels do not have handles. They're not necessarily hard to open without them, it would just be a lot easier with them.
Cable management is going to be dificult, as all your wires basically have one hole to go in and out of, and nowhere to hide.
The top 3.5" drive bay looks like they wanted to make it external, but whoever designed the ABS front panel completely forgot about it, and now it's just pretending to be relevant.
The fans are "nearly" silent. I say that because the rear fan was making a slight squealing noise that was only audible when really close to the computer. The fans also don't seem to move much air, even when cranked up as fast as they will go with the integrated controller. They will move air through the system, but not a whole lot. It would have also been nice to see some side-panel fans, especially for the horizontal motherboard design.
Probably the one thing that bugs me the most about this case is the complete lack of intake air filters. The only one is for the PSU, which is nice that it's included, but there's plenty of room in the front and top panels to have integrated some sort of intake filters to keep dust out of the system.
Other Thoughts: First off, I wouldn't call this "Steampunk" design. I don't really like Steampunk anyway. This honestly looks more like the less-popular "Dieselpunk", which I actually do like. Maybe a hint of "Cyberpunk". Either way it reminds me of an engine with jet turbines on top, for what it's worth.
It's one of those designs that some people may love, and others may hate it. Most people I've shown it to like it, with my girlfriend even wanting to make it her case.
It looks like a fun case for modders, and most pieces are easily removable for easy painting. Also, just a tip about removing the rear plastic panel, if you plan on it: Press on the feet to find the screw holes. There is one under each rubber foot except the one under the PSU. Use a brad point drill bit to cut the rubber out of the way and carefully remove the cut rubber with a small flat screwdriver, don't push it down or it will get stuck to the screw head and will be difficult to remove, and don't use a regular drill bit as it will just mangle up the rubber and not actually cut a nice, round hole in it.
All in all it is a very nice case with nice features, but there are better options for equal or less money when it comes down to it. Really the only thing this has over it's competition is it's interesting looks. The lack of a filter is probably the BIGGEST con this case has, and it should very well be for a case that costs nearly $100, when much cheaper options have included filters to keep your system clean and dust free.
Pros: Was a great price for 1866MHz, low-latency RAM. It's not the best or the fastest, but it is far from the worst. I haven't tried overclocking it. Memory and I don't get along too good when I start playing around with timings and clockspeeds.
Cons: Red doesn't go with my build. :(
Other Thoughts: What ever happened to cheap RAM? A few years ago you could pick up 8GB for $30, now it's over twice as expensive! Oh well... now I'm starting to sound like my boss complaining about how gas used to be $0.25/gallon. Things just ain't what they used to be.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Pros: Cools very well, best price/performance air cooler availiable along with the 212 EVO. I can't say how much it dropped my temps on my i5-4670K since I didn't even bother putting on the wimpy looking stock cooler. It keeps it around 50-60C at load at stock speeds and gets up to 75C with an overclock to 4.2-4.3GHz.
Cons: It's not the best looking thing but it gets the job done.
Other Thoughts: This is the second one I've bought. I liked the first one so much I used it for my next build as well! I didn't even bother putting the stock Intel cooler on, and went straight for my Hyper 212+. It cools enough for my needs so I saved a few bucks by not getting the EVO.READ FULL REVIEW