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BitFenix Phenom M BFC-PHM-300-KKXKK-RP Midnight Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: It looks really nice. A customer wanted this for his build, and when he came to pick it up was disturbed about the lack of optical drive bay. Not an issue for me, but some people still need/use their optical bays.

Cons: The internal layout of this case is a sloppy mess. I'm not sure who designed the cooling layout, but they did it wrong. Blowing hot air down out the bottom of the case is horribly inefficient. The front mounted vertical PSU mount makes it impossible to mount a 200mm front fan unless you find a slim one, and if you try to intake air from the bottom of the case and use the top for exhaust for stack effect cooling, you'll just be pulling in hot air from your PSU. HEAT RISES. Blowing the hot air out the bottom of the case only causes it to be sucked back into the front and into the PSU anyhow. So you have to decide between a hot psu or a hot cpu/mobo/gpu. I would like to see a revision of this case that either rear mounts the power supply, OR bottom mounts it like enthusiast level case. My main gripes are thermal related. Other than that it is a pretty nice case. Also, I had to mount the right side panel on the left side because the power button board was contacting the side of the power supply.

Other Thoughts: It was easy enough to build in, but the fact remains that this isn't really a new case, just a different skin on a prodigy. Would be much better with proper airflow direction.

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CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Underwhelming isn't a stong enough word. 09/24/2013

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm

Pros: It looks nice? Quality build on some parts, except for the ultra soft metal for the screws to grab onto. The blue LED on the pump looks cool?

Cons: Another highly rated product that doesn't live up to the hype. I thought I was upgrading when I bought this thing. I used to use the antec kuhler 620 with a push pull setup and I was getting better temps by about 20 degrees. The screws that came with this unit were 1-2 threads too short, so when I was tightening them down, it just pulled the soft metal right out of the holes in the radiator. With such a big radiator, you would think the temps would be at least 1-2 degrees better than the thin radiator on the kuhler 620. I had this setup as an intake and an exhaust, didn't seem to matter. Not running an overclock. idle temps are 40c in a 20c room. With the Antec my idle temps were 30c. I won't even go into the terrible corsair link software that would only detect the unit if I HOT SWAPPED THE USB HEADER ON CORSAIR'S RECOMMENDATION (ramguy on the corsair forums)....this killed my motherboard by the way, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES HOT PLUG ANYTHING ON A RUNNING MOTHERBOARD YOU DINGUS...

Other Thoughts: I really thought I was getting a killer product based on the rants and raves all over the internet, but what I got was a lighter wallet and a warmer cpu. Also a louder PC overall. I have a Fractal Design Define Mini, which was dead nuts silent until I installed this thing. I can hear the pump over the fans even when the fans are

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ASUS Maximus V Gene LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: None. Been through 3 of these things. Throwing in the towel. Sorry Asus, but the ROG label on this thing doesn't hide the HIDEOUS truth.

Cons: I really wanted to like this board, always had good experiences with Asus products. The first board was great and really boosted the performance of my 3770, until it just decided to stop posting. It turned out 2 of the 4 ram slots were bad, which isn't something that normally "just happens" as a result of everyday use. This board is plagued with manufacturing errors, and a seeming lack of quality assurance. The warranty is worthless unless it is a blatant issue like bent pins or a DOA board, you're out of luck, they'll tell you its your fault and you have to pay for a replacement.

Other Thoughts: This is the last ROG board I will EVER willingly spend my hard earned money on. Spent more time down than up. First board lasted about 6 months and died while system was sitting idle. Got a replacement under warranty. Replacement board died within a month or so. RMA'd it and they told me it was physically damaged and it was my fault and it wouldn't be covered under warranty. (say what???) So i had to BUY another one (big mistake) this one died from a power surge which isn't covered by warranty either, so now I'm stuck with no PC and no way in hell am I putting another Maximus V Gene in there. I can't afford to keep pumping 200 bucks into my computer every few weeks, I'm trying to save up for a wedding and a house here guys!!!

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Display Name: Dean S.

Date Joined: 10/30/10

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 09/23/13
  • Last Review: 10/16/13
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