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XION Gaming Series XON-980-BK Black with RED LED Light Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Looks like something a frakin' cylon would choose for their gaming case -red front fans are ominous, as are the power and hdd led's which subtly glow red from the same slit at the top.
I have an Antec 1200 and I was a bit jealous (bought for someone else).
Spacious! Longer than it is tall (at least seemingly) -should fit any video card with room to spare -ridiculous number of HD bays facing side.
Cables to HDs attach opposite side -very tidy.
Rubber grommets/dampeners where optical drives mount -decrease vibration -nice touch.
Cables tuck neatly behind MB.
Plenty of cooling stock -and room for more fans/water-cooling.
Four individual fan on-off switches on top for more cooling on demand (for additional fans -probably would not want to turn off supplied fans).
All black inside -no side window, but enough is visible through side vents to make you say "sweeeeet" -and you still have the option for more cooling.

Cons: A bit of a struggle snapping HD into the sleeve (which then slides in and clicks in place), so be careful -but snug once installed and easy to remove/transport -even adds a bit of protection.

***With video card is installed in top slot (may depend on MB and video card config), could not plug in DVI to video card without physically altering the DVI plug with a file (shaving some plastic off).
If there is any wiggle room in screw holes when installing MB, mount MB as low as possible -fractions of a mm count.

Other Thoughts: A no-brainer for the money! Git you one!

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ZOTAC ZT-50203-10M GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Last video card was an HD4890 -thought I'd give Nvidia a try -glad I did -colors are richer/textures are better than the last few ATI/AMD's -570 for just over $200 -even less with rebate -less than the 6950 2gb I was looking into w/ better frame rates -looks awesome -relatively quiet -stays cool -used latest drivers and installed without problems.

Cons: Zotac utility for adjusting fan speed was problematic, so I am using afterburner -with no issues.

I think I may have bought the last of these on Newegg -thinking of SLI eventually, if possible -I hope I can get one somewhere if not here.

Other Thoughts: The AMD card (from a well-known company) I was looking into had a solid 5 eggs with well over 100 reviews -this card (from Zotac? Who?) had 5 eggs -but 8 reviews. I'm hoping it performs well and is reliable -I was a bit nervous about the few reviews -but the lower price, increased performance and my desire to try Nvidia helped make the decision -and quality so far is more than expected. I like giving less-well-known manufacturers a try, also.

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GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Not-so-happy spawncamper :( 05/12/2012

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Everything is excellent except........

Cons: .....the onboard LAN just stopped working. Perhaps coincidentally, it happened after a lightning storm -but all the other computers in the house are OK even though I forgot to disconnect the LAN on any of them -therefore still 5 eggs. Either this is sensitive or it is a coincidence -either way, will try a few things or pop in a LAN card and not worry about it.
Just thought you might like to know.... it is apparently an issue with this board regardless of lightning storms.

Other Thoughts: Still happy with the board otherwise.

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Display Name: Rose D.

Date Joined: 11/21/07

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  • First Review: 12/08/07
  • Last Review: 01/01/13
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