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AZZA Solano 1000R Black / Red Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front MicroATX/ATX/Full ATX Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Will scare little children. If your case can't do that, I don't call it a gaming case. Fits a whopper GTX480 easily. Painted red on the inside(!!!). Bunches of LED fans are both cool and enforce airflow. The adjustable HDD bays are nifty. The top panel vents direct exhaust air to the rear of the case.

Cons: Sadly, there are a lot of problems that add up to more than the sum of their nitpicking-level value. The only dust filters and accompanying slots are on the bottom; one for the PSU fan, another for the space for an accessory fan (maybe?). There is not a lot of room on the back panel to stuff cables, unless you don't mind the panel bulging or a cable touching the back of the mobo. The LED fans are not of any standard size (the big ones are maybe 210mm, the front ones about 135mm), so replacing them might be impossible (though they are hella quiet at full blast regardless).

I installed a Corsair Hydro H100i water cooling system in the top, where it should go, but the case design seems to prevent the included fans from being effective. The top panel only has a cutout for the big exhaust fan, meaning significant portions of the ends of a 240mm radiator are covered up. the Corsair fans make much noise as a result and probably reduce the cooling system's performance. This is maybe fixable with a cutting tool...

The power LED is blue, I should add. I unplugged it because I can tell when it is on based on the LED fans and LED light bars I installed myself.

Other Thoughts: Only giving it 3 stars because the aesthetics were a big player in my choice of case, and this fit my bill well. The problem is that this is one quality that I'm obsessive over, and I know it isn't nearly as important to most people as, oh, you know, cable management, functionality, etc. There are better cases out there and I would do some more research before saying I would buy this case again in a heartbeat.

Also, no Battletoads.

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EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Looks evil. PLAYS evil, too. Great for my single-monitor setup. OCed 200MHz with stock cooling with EVGA Precision X (700-900) and still within bounds (might scrape 80C in games, but safe up to 105C). Expect GTX670 performance with that good an OC and better than GTX570/660 without.

Cons: 105C is hot, and that heat has to go somewhere. Stock fan is very loud and sounds like a wheezing, dying thing at full speed to boot. If it is cold in the morning, I launch FurMark and literally use the exhaust to warm my hands and arms. I exclusively use headphones and have a fan on my desk, so none of this matters to me.

That heat comes from the godly amounts of power this thing sucks up. Calculate 300W or more when deciding on a PSU. That will also make a noticeable mark on your power bill.

Other Thoughts: If you're worried about the heat and power use, and resulting noise, try two GTX660/660Ti/570 in SLI or comparable AMD + Xfire. I'm keeping this, not to mention adding another for SLI, because in college, you don't have to pay the power bill.

Also, don't lick the heatpipes. Don't ask.

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TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless N150 High Gain USB Adapter, 150Mbps, w/4 dBi High Gain Detachable Antenna, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It connects just fine. No problems with the drivers.

Cons: Every 5 minutes or so, when in any online game, I found that I lagged out for about 20 seconds, sometimes enough to get me booted from games (which I would be losing anyways because of this problem). I had to resort to a 25ft cable wired over the office double-doors to get a wired connection.

Other Thoughts: Just need your desktop to connect to Wifi? Sure, get this. Building a gaming rig? Steer clear.

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Paula D.'s Profile

Display Name: Paula D.

Date Joined: 06/28/12

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 08/08/12
  • Last Review: 04/30/13
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