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This review is from: Thermaltake SMART Series SP-550PCBUS 550W ATX 12V 2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC WEEE 80 Plus Bronze Modular ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply Power Supply
Pros: It works as described, relatively cheap for a decent brand name PSU. (I got it on sale). Ribbon style wiring. Enough connectors with some to spare. Runs pretty quiet, my case fan overpowers the sound from the PSU.
Cons: It's not modular. I knew it wasn't purchasing but, i feel like at the full price range, it should be at least a partially modular system.
Other Thoughts: I know i put ribbon style cable but i can never decide if that or a good sheathing is better. The ribbon style cable allows you to flatten out and condense wiring if you have a cable management area. I used this with a NZXT Series 210 so it did in fact help out hiding cables. The other PSU at the same sale price, power, connections etc. was a sheathed and i chose this simply because of the ribbon cable and knowing i had a cable management area.
I'm curious to see how this PSU holds up. I haven't run into many issues with PSU's, however, I've had two fry after what i would consider light use. One was an Antec, budget PSU and lasted several years under light use. The other was a top shelf Thermaltake 750W full modular which may have lasted two years max. I feel like a PSU should last nearly a lifetime for the amount my computer is on and used even under the minimal higher loads that I generally need one for.
Pros: Simple case, cable management area, plenty of fan locations for higher end ventilation if needed. I got this for a media center PC build. It is cosmetically sound. Will still look ok laying on its side in a shelf if so desired. Way cheaper than most HTPC cases (short of the Cooler Master Elite 361) but has more space and what a feel to be a better layout for components and ventilation was a huge consideration with my components and the fact that i wanted it to be able to handle moderate gaming tasks as well as all forms of audio/video. (full size ATX board). I saw one guy saying whoever designed this case must have been drunk.... yeah, think not. Again, fantastic case for the money.
Cons: Only one case fan provided but for the price, that is to be expected. No rubber grommets, but again, it's a budget case. Steel is relatively thin to a pricier cases but is still a pretty sturdy case when completely assembled. The one fan provided as actually pretty noisy. not obnoxiously, but it is noticeable, particularly in comparison to my Fractal Design Define R4. I do wish some more zip ties were provided. One minor thing, again, being a budget case, NOTHING is tool less. The paint on the case made the standoffs a tad difficult to screw in but they were there unlike a couple reviews here.
Other Thoughts: Luckily, i haven't had any of the problem issues others have where I need to deal with customer support, so all is well on my end and hence the 5 eggs! I should have spent a couple bucks more and got a modular PSU, but that really has nothing to do with the case per se.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI 760GM-P23 (FX) AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Simple, basic board with a couple extra features. Great value. Put this build together with an FX 4100. Has worked so far. The build is being used as a lower power media center to host movies, music, etc.
Cons: None so far.READ FULL REVIEW