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This review is from: BitFenix Prodigy Midnight Black Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
Pros: Excellent cooling, great SSD mounting options, lots of room for GPUs and tall CPU coolers, 200mm fan mount
Cons: Nothing worth mentioning
Other Thoughts: This is the best case I've ever used. It's got tons of room for 3.5" disks and 5(?) additional mounts for 2.5" drives. It's extremely quiet due to the 200mm fan I installed in the front. I'd never used a 200mm fan before this build and now I'd never build another computer without one.
The only thing I'd like to see in a future revision is a somewhat redesigned front panel. I don't mind having the buttons and ports on the side panel, but I'd like to see a fully aluminum/steel front panel instead of the plastic rim.
This review is from: ASUS P8H77-I LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Excellent motherboard all around, except for one thing
Cons: There's voltage regulation on the bottom of the motherboard, making it impossible to mount a heatsink backplate on it.
Other Thoughts: I build all of my machines with Asus motherboards, and this is the only one I've even had a slight problem with. It's a minor thing, but it prevented me from installing my CoolerMaster 212Evo cooler.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CORSAIR CX series CX500 500W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply
Pros: Very good build quality, clean wire wrapping, good lengths, fan never runs
Other Thoughts: This is the third Corsair PSU I've purchased, and I don't know if I'll ever purchase another PSU brand. Corsair PSUs are always very nicely packaged, the wiring is always cleanly wrapped, and they always perform admirably. I've also never had the fans turn on no matter how hard I'm pushing the machine.READ FULL REVIEW