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NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black SECC Steel, ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Mid case that accommodates ATX/MicroATX mobo. Hard drive cage accommodates 8 HDDs (great if using for file server). All the features you truly need if you are building a gaming pc, file server (NAS) or simple workstation.

Cons: Not really a con but it has a window which I don't need. However, if you want to show off the inside of your pc, this will work for you. Not the sturdiest case but sturdy enough as it runs 24/7 NAS with no physical contact.

Other Thoughts: There is nothing flashy about this case. It gets the job done. Simple, clean lines, I needed a new case for the FreeNAS server that I was building. This item caught my eye at local shop because it had 8 internal HDD slots, additional area to mount an SSD at bottom of cage. This gives me plenty of room to grow my system and since it is low power with green and red WD HDDs, I didn't need anything with a large footprint or large amounts of ventilation (though the ventilation in this seems to work fairly well as it accommodates a number of fans which can keep temps pretty low if needed. Also note that if you use this as a gaming PC, this has a full cutout behind the mobo, that will allow you to do maintenance on your CPU without removing your mobo (removing or replacing cpu cooler is easy with this case).

I was mostly sold on the price as I got it on sale for $34 with an additional rebate so it only cost me $24. For this price, I'm actually surprised that I like this little case because I only truly cared about the amount of HDDs it accommodates.

BitFenix Spectre Pro BFF-SPRO-P12025KK-RP 120mm PWM Case Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Above average performance 08/26/2014

This review is from: BitFenix Spectre Pro BFF-SPRO-P12025KK-RP 120mm PWM Case Fan

Pros: The fans have a clean black design. The PWM control to be used with cpu fan connector on mother board is a positive as I control all my other fans with my fan controller. It appears to have decent air pressure as I'm using it with my 240 xspc radiator on my custom water loop.

Cons: The specs on this fan do not seem to match up with some of the fans I've used up to this point (and I've gone through quite a few fans recently). It is very quiet until you hit full blast then you can hear it well (still not as bad as Corsair SP120 High Performance fans as those sound like an airplane engine). One thing threw me off about this fan is that it is more quiet standing vertically than horizontally (when arranged at the top of my case, they were noticeablly louder than when I moved my radiator to the front intake). More like a whining sound when horizontal but still bearable. The air pressure is okay but I expected better air pressure (unless this fan is at full blast, it does not force a great deal of air through the radiator in my experience when compared to some other radiator fans I have).

Other Thoughts: If you get these fans on sale like I did (were only $11 each on Newegg with special discount code and free shipping) these fans are a pretty good deal (decent air pressure and quiet at low RPMs). The issue is if you buy these as quiet fans for your radiator, when they rev up when you need them during gaming session or other high cpu load conditions, the fan speed ramps up and gets pretty loud at 1800 RPM (not just noise from the air flow, it's the motor). The noise to performance ratio doesn't appear to balance out to me (when running at a silent speed, there hardly no air being pushed through the radiator). Buy them if they are on sale. Not a bad fan, just didn't meet my expectations for my custom loop.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10S-8GBXL
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Can really perform. Very good OC capability. Cheap but quality memory.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Quick review. I read a number of reviews stating the G.Skill memory is a quality performer (exceeding expectations at the price point). I tried these and am sold on them. I have 4x8 GB 1600 MHz that easily bumped to 1800 Mhz without changing my XMP profile. Surprisingly,after tweaking the timings and voltage I was able to reach 2200 Mhz stable on my Maximus VI Formula. I watercool all components except these RAM sticks (cooled with the G.Skill turbulence) but I will watercool these soon.

I'm running these daily using the XMP profile at 1800 Mhz for normal processing and gaming but knowing I can push these with ease is pretty reassuring.

I was considering more expensive RAM for my new build but am glad I went with these.


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Display Name: Frederick P.

Date Joined: 03/11/14

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 03/25/14
  • Last Review: 11/25/14
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