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Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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5 out of 5 eggs Classy, functional, low noise 07/27/2013

This review is from: Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Sleek and classy looking design.
Lots of airflow
Noise dampening
Easy to install components in the case
Nearly toolless design

Cons: The only con I could think of is the top. In order to install a radiator on the top of the case, like the corsair h100i, you have to take the top part of the case off in order to get airflow. It's not that big an issue, but taking the top off kind of takes away from the aesthetics.

Other Thoughts: I was looking for a case with sufficient airflow, that was "silent" and at the same time didn't look like a video gaming rig with flashy colors and leds.
Rig is used mainly for video editing and photoshop, and felt the case was sleek enough for me to enjoy the looks yet at the same time not so "in your face" to the point where it was distracting.

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MSI Z87 MPOWER Max LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Extreme OC Flagship High Performance Triple CFX/ SLI Platform Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Lots of features
Very sturdy and just feels stable
Even with all the features, the board feels "roomy" somehow.
Now I can go on about the chipset, features, overclocking abilities, but for some reason I'm most impressed with the wireless adapter.
Sure it might look tacky with the antenna, but it is amazingly fast.

Cons: It's definitely weighty. Not necessarily a con for me, but for some people it might be something to consider.
Onboard audio isn't anything to praise or gripe about.

8pin power connectors are on the top left of the board. Could be an issue if your psu is mounted on the bottom of the case.

Other Thoughts: I have several builds under my belt, but the last system I set up was back in 2002/2003, which is pretty much biblical in the tech world.
I decided to build a video editing/photoshop rig, since a certain fruit company has alienated its pro/prosumer base. All the components I got from Newegg.
I was originally going to go with the Asus sabertooth, but decided to grab this since it was a combo deal, and thought it looked cool.
More importantly, I was looking for something that was stable, rugged, and had the ability to overclock if I had to.
So far I've been putting this board, as well as my other components, to the test, already cracking out stuff from premiere, after effects, and photoshop.

System is running good so far.

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Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW240A3K5 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Makes my OS and programs run real quick and snappy. Barely see the Windows loading screen. All start programs are instantly on by the time you log in. Not used to having everything pop up at once, but definitely a delightful surprise. Not gonna complain about it being too fast.
Had about a good weeks of use of installing, and past couple days been using it heavily for video editing, after effects, and photoshop. So far it's holding up well.
Came with handy software to monitor the status of your drive.

Cons: Not really a con but had to format the drive in Windows.

Other Thoughts: I've had several computer builds under my belt, but the last computer I made was back in 2002/2003. So yeah, technology has changed quite a bit since then. I bought this to be my OS drive and run programs such as Adobe Premiere and After Effects.
I built a brand new system, individual components from Newegg, and hooked up the ssd, and the system wouldn't post. Went through the entire system check process, and everything was working fine. Then I read you had to format the drive and in order to do that easily, was through an OS (Windows/OSX). So I took one of the drives, that I originally intended to be as my scratch disk, and had to boot Windows there, then format/initialize the ssd. Then I had to transfer and boot from the ssd, and reformat my original scratch disk.
Unfortunately for me, I didn't have an extra rig for me to format the ssd in. If I did, it would've saved me some time and a couple of f bombs.
I'm sure this is common knowledge now for many system builders, but this was new to me. Like I said, last build was back in 02/03. Which is ancient in tech time.

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Display Name: Lee C.

Date Joined: 06/18/09

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  • First Review: 07/27/13
  • Last Review: 07/27/13
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