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Rosewill Xtreme Series RX950-S-B 950W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire Ready,  Active PFC
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: 1. functioned adequately for 4 years, drawing much less than 950 Watts
2. didn't ruin any other components when it failed
3. cute puff of bluish-grey smoke when it failed

Cons: Recently, when I finally put a significant load on it from an AMD R9 270X, it died within a month of use.

Other Thoughts: Maybe you would give it more credit for lasting as long as it did, but I won't. A Thermaltake PSU rated at just 850W is currently powering the same hardware, with no problems at all. I knew better than to cheap out on the PSU. Don't repeat my mistake. Avoid this bargain brand, especially for important components like the PSU.

Dell Latitude D830 Laptop Intel C2D 2ghz 2gigs Ram 80G H/d Win 7 Pro Microsoft Office 2007 REFURBISHED
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: value
These prices are as good as it gets, and this model even has a nice size display.

Cons: performance, Product Key trouble (resolved)
The performance is just what you'd expect with a cpu at only 2 GHz. On the other hand, it has two cores so it's just a little sluggish but doesn't hang for long periods browsing or doing light work in Excel & Word. That's all I do with this machine, so I can't say at what point the performance becomes unacceptable. For what I need from this laptop, its performance is perfectly adequate.

Other Thoughts: After a little over a month of use, I got a notification in the system tray this morning that Microsoft would not give me any more downloaded updates because "this copy of Windows is not genuine." Within an hour of emailing Atlanta Electronics I had a Product Key, problem solved. No egg deducted because I know this is the fault of Microsoft's intrusive, heavy-handed and poorly planned DRM schemes, not the reseller's fault. For their part, Atlanta Electronics fixed the problem very promptly.

SILVERSTONE RAVEN Series RV03B-WA Matte Black with Gray Trimming, Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: vertical orientation of GPU means no sagging & no strain on PCIe slots
high quality, thick window
two mega-fans blowing air upward are nearly silent and still very effective on low setting
room for 11 storage devices
USB & audio on top

Cons: power supply at the front
power supply sideways
These two design choices are definitely the worst thing(s) about this, which overall is still a good case.

The wiring from one or more of the top USB, audio, and fan speed switches gets in the way of putting an optical drive in the only available 5 1/4" bay. It will fit, but getting it in there involved friction, so I didn't want to leave it there. Depending on the mood of the assembly line workers on the day yours was made, you could get an RV03 without this problem. And going without an optical bay is not inconvenient enough to try to RMA a case, considering the postage, but it's unimpressive and worth mentioning for anybody who really requires an optical drive.

I think the grommets for water cooling are also a bit far to the front, considering they would have to go all the way to the back then down for any custom loop with any part outside of the case. It gives the impression that the designer just checked "liquid cooling grommets" off a checklist of requirements, putting no thought into any actual liquid cooling. But there is also space more than halfway to the back where you could drill your own holes, which is a pretty minor mod for anybody who's already doing custom liquid cooling.

Other Thoughts: The cons I listed really never bother me. I haven't thought about any of them since assembling the system, but they should still not be left out of a good review. If you agree with the following, this is likely the case for you in spite of the cons. As much as good GPUs weigh, they simply should never be oriented horizontally. So as soon as I began shopping, I had narrowed the candidates down to either a Raven or a large HTPC case, and for gaming I didn't want to deal with the size constraints of HTPC cases, even relatively large ones.

If I could afford the Temjin 11 I would have preferred that but in my price range this was the best choice, or at least close to the best. As good as this looks, I think that due to the cons I would have preferred a Raven RV01, RV02-E, or RV05. It's hard to say which is the best though, they're all close to perfect and probably all have some compromises which will be significant to some users but not all.

Regarding the power supply, in the worst case, if you have trouble routing the extension cord to your PSU's AC input, just undo its twist tie to get enough slack. It WILL reach. And there is lots of room for cable management behind the mainboard. It will take more time than just jamming extra cable into the space next to the PSU, as you can do with more generic ATX case designs, but to me it's worth it to know that my GPU's weight will not damage itself over time, nor the PCIe slot on the motherboard where it's hanging.


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