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Fractal Design Node 605 FD-CA-NODE-605-BL Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Media Center/HTPC case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Looks cool and quiet - neccessary but not sufficient to be worth justifying 160$ for this case.

Cons: I have built a few PCs in my day and this build was highly anticipated as a way to collect my files and pics and family videos into a single server/HTPC .
Here's the thing... this comes with a built in SD reader and miniSD flash card built into the front pane and I still have yet to get it to work in Windows 8. Granted I have not researched the issue nor spent more than a few minutes on fixing it but why should I ? Thought these things were plug and play by now right? Maybe I'll get around to it but beware this may haunt you as well.

The case looks great and the fan controls are nice and it is certainly a quality build no doubt about it. BUT - and this is the deal breaker... the DVD/Blu ray slot is designed for a mini tray and Im talking razor thin as the hard dirves mount directly BEHIND where the ODD/DVD tray would go AND hovers just above the motherboard pins where wires stand off essentially preventing the installation of a DVD blu ray tray of ANY kind if hard drives are installed and you would like to see any sort of status lights from the motherboard like HDD lights or power status etc.

In fairness Id like to think there HAS to be a way to remount the drives but the HD 'trays' are right there hanging striaght down right behind where the blu ray or dvd tray would fit and if your lucky you might find 1/2 inch of room to work with - but still would hit the wire stand offs from the status pins on the base of the motherboard if its an ATX.

I'd HIGHLY suggest using a mini ATX board with this case. I tried using a full size ATX board and yes it does fit but aside from using some sort of mini tray from a mac book pro you're NOT getting an ODD in there whatsoever if you use a full size ATX board.
Bottom line... use small form factor (ITX or mini ATX board.)
Research the DVD tray it will accept - it DOES NOT ACCEPT a standard DVD blueray combo - period.
Unless you like epoxy glue and zip ties.

Slim drive is what it takes but good luck with that - no idea how to mount it as mine did not come with any brackets or info on that.

Other Thoughts: Not sure who is complaining about the sound emmited from the case which is nearly silent with my rig but then I was sure to check the CPU had less than 22db, a passive GPU and the fans included with the case are silent as long as they are in low or mid speed mode.

HIS H785F2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Looking online at a variety of benchmarks for upper end range cards this one fell in the top 10% of all cards at any price range so I went with it and it has been fantastic.
Im running this on a X79 Extreme6 ASRROCK with a i7-3820 quad Ocd to 4.3ghz on H70 cooler 16 GIG DDR3
and an SSD 120GIG and when playing Crysis on 8X AA, 1280 x 900 max detail it posts an average of 85 FPS and frequently runs over 100FPS.

RUNS COOL - I have a temperature probe shoved and press against the heat sink inside and it rarely gets above 45c and the fans which are on auto have yet to spin up to a speed where I can hear them with the case either open or closed.

I'd be curious to see what the card could post if in Crossfire especially since my board can do dual
PCI16x but honestly with just one and games like Crysis and Modern Warfare playing 80 FPS + almost perfectly what more can one ask for ?

note - Im sure that even more performance can be extracted from this card with even a modest overc

Cons: Hard to come up with any cons for this card and Im a cynic by nature.

The build of it is a bit on the flimsy side as compared to
other HIS brand cards Ive purchased but then again how often will you actually physically handle it ?

Be aware that few CPUs support PCIx3.0 (even many Core I7s ) but that isnt the cards fault at all - just be aware of this.

The tail end of the card supports only a single DVI connection which may pose a problem for some. looking for dual monitors. It does offer 2 mini Display ports and a single HDMI and DVI so pick your poison.

Other Thoughts: It seems to me that for years and no matter what year it may be - the sweet spot for video cards seems to be around $220 to 250 each. You can pay more at any given time but you may only get a marginal increase of speed in general. Certainly throwing down $550 for the top of the line in any brand will bring smiles but who
can really tell the difference of 70FPS in crysis and 100fps all the time - is it worth the money ?

StarTech 2POSTRACK 42U 2 Post Open Frame Rack w/ Casters
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Product arrived late and incomplete. Key components missing - cant stand the rack upright without them.

Box was previously opened a number of times and returned and retaped shut and appartantly recycled into and out of stock at the egg.

If you read below youll see that I probably got the same one the other guy tried to RMA.

I have no choice but to break out the mig welder and fashion my own caster legs and supports from stock steel on my own bloodhy time.

Advice : Do NOT purchase items like this from a place like this that has obviously not RMAed this rack but has returned it to stock and resold it a number of times with parts missing to it customers.

Hey Newegg - nice piece of product management. Did everyone there go to school very long to learn how
to f%#$% people ?

There are other places to buy things like this...
Im holding up a finger newegg..can you see which one ?

Thanks alot.

Cons: useless when not shipped with all parts

makes a darned good anchor for a boat

Other Thoughts: Sad very sad to have an item like this shipped to you under the premise that it is new ( was NOT "open box" item )only to find out it was returned and resold several times ahead of you.


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Display Name: Sean G.

Date Joined: 07/03/02

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  • Last Review: 05/19/14
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