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Cooler Master Glacer 240L – Expandable CPU Liquid Water Cooling System with 240mm Copper Radiator and 2 Fans
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Quiet when in operation

Cons: It started an electrical fire.

Other Thoughts: I'm extremely disappointed in the 240L. This liquid cooler worked great for 5 months, until last Friday I heard the sound of an electrical buzz under my table, and saw that the two black power cords going into the pump were spraying out sparks and the case was filling with black smoke. I quickly yanked the power cable out of the wall before a fire started. The plastic on the black power cables on the side of the pump had caught on fire and started burning the pump's outer shell.

There is no way that any product should EVER do this. I'd expect any company these days to have the ability to manufacture a product that won't start a fire. I'm thankful I was home when this happened, otherwise it would have started an electrical fire that could have gone completely out of control.

I called Cooler Master immediately, and after a *long* time of waiting on hold, I was told to create a user account on their website, then fill out an RMA. The problem is that their website is not kicking back an email with a clickable link, which makes it impossible to register (it's not even sending to Spam/Trash). The more days go by, the longer I am completely unable to use my computer. Getting in touch with tech support is a complete chore.

From what I've read, I'm not the only one that had this happen to them. There are 2 other reviews of this thing catching on fire here on Newegg.

Overall, I don't think I can ever trust this company again - I'm just thankful that this product didn't damage any of my other PC internals.

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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Worst version of Windows ever made 04/15/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit

Pros: Absolutely none

Cons: I'm not going to spend time reviewing the fact that this OS was designed almost exclusively for touch devices, and the absolutely ridiculous fact that the Windows icon in the lower left of your screen on the desktop wisks you off to a "charm screen" instead of pulling up a program menu...the basis of my low rating is due to the fact that I can't even get into Windows whatsoever due to its horrible new features and incompatibility with drivers.

I'm running Win 8.1 on a newly built PC. This version of Windows consistently boots to a blank screen with mouse cursor. I cannot even get Windows to load whatsoever. I'm now on my 6th reinstall of Windows 8.1 due to the "blank screen/mouse cursor" issue and I've completely had it. This appears to be a widespread issue with many forum results coming up -- there seems to be no definite fix as people are saying it is most likely due to Windows attempting to auto-install a GPU driver, even if you've already installed it from the manufacturer disk. Others say it's due to the new "hybrid boot" feature of Windows 8.1. All I know is that I'm at my complete wit's end and I'm about to return this piece of garbage for Windows 7.

Other Thoughts: If you really want Windows 8.1, it's worth your while to wait until its issues get fixed.

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Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Not impressed in the long-run 02/10/2014

This review is from: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

Pros: Great side visibility with its viewing window, easy-to-open side panel thanks to grippable screws, nice looking case

Cons: Terrible with keeping out dust -- the inside of your case will get caked with it, as will the grills on the side and rear of the case.

Other Thoughts: This case has been around for a long time - I bought it back in 2008 and mine is nearly six years in operation at this point. Long story short, the inside of this case looks like a haunted mansion -- everything is caked with dust, and that's after blowing it out regularly. The absolute worst are the fan blades (case fans, as well as those over the RAM and graphics card) and heatsink -- I cannot seem to keep them clean for long. The case does have good airflow if you're tying down your cables, but it is also suctioning everything in the immediate area at the front of the case and pulling it right in.

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Mark N.'s Profile

Display Name: Mark N.

Date Joined: 12/10/02

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 11/23/08
  • Last Review: 09/08/14
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