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Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent spacing with great anchor points 03/28/2016

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Pros: The case does not have excessively 'flimsy' anchoring points. This allows you to slide the motherboard into the case without issue. I could easily mount multiple cooling fans, power supply, and drives with no issues.

Cons: One fan had to be adjusted to make sure the cable end was seated in a fashion to extend to the motherboard connector properly. However, attaching the fan was simple once the fan was adjusted.

The only other issue I have encountered was the side plate. Once you slide the plate back on, you need to attach it with two thumb screws. During the initial shipment from Newegg, the side plate had slightly angled clips which were adjusted. Once adjusted I had no issue.

Other Thoughts: This product has excellent spacing and will easily allow an Asus 970 Aura motherboard to fit without any issue.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The card is able to run every graphics application/game I throw at it. It is operating with the Nvidia 364.72 driver without any issue.

Cons: If I had more money I could buy a 3rd one :P

Other Thoughts: Assuming you are playing games this card can handle everything that is currently available with no major issues running at 1920 X 1080. Do anything 'larger' ? You might want to think about going upwards (looking at a 970 or higher). However, I would look closely at sites that measure performance. Keep in mind that the human eye can't usually detect frame rates greater than 24 frames. Therefore, this card will handle the vast majority of titles you will see unless there is a special type of render occurring.

The only thing I would be concerned about is Direct X 12. This is a minor consideration - considering MS hasn't even released it yet.

CORSAIR Hydro Series H105 Extreme Performance 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler, CW-9060016-WW
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent performance and an easy installation 03/28/2016

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H105 Extreme Performance 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler, CW-9060016-WW

Pros: Fit on my I7 3770K processor without any issue. Brought CPU temperature down almost 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Mounted the fan onto an Asus Maximus V Formula motherboard. Cooling fans are only slightly noisy within a Thermaltake Overseer RX. However, the fans are virtually inaudible when combine with the case fans.

Installation was within 1 hour for a product I had no experience with.

No vibration from fans.

Cons: A slightly thinner product would make mounting the cooler a little easier. The products I have, forced me to remove the cooling fins from my GSkill memory. However, this is a minor inconvenience. Because I have two of the same motherboards, processors, memory, etc. I tested one of these coolers to see what types of issues I would see. In general, no major issues except for me not taking into account the dimensions of my memory sticks. For anyone reading just make sure your case dimensions and internal components sizes are known before purchasing. This wasn't a product issue though and makes me only mention this for anyone interested in the product.

Other Thoughts: I recommend this product. I have now been using the product for a few months with NO concerns.
Occasionally, I hear air/water moving through the unit. This happens once a week at most. In general, I don't want to attempt changing water inside of the unit. Thus far, I haven't had any issues or concerns.

Because of the placement of my memory sticks on the Asus Maximus V Formula, I will probably go with a smaller cooler in the future (on my other machine).

Due to the amount of difficulty end users might have performing the installation properly, I would make sure video footage is available to customers and is diverse enough to cover installation with older and newer products; motherboards, microprocessors, memory, etc...

Make sure measurements of the product are available online or via a diagram that is included with the product.


MICHAEL M.'s Profile

Display Name: MICHAEL M.

Date Joined: 11/30/10

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  • First Review: 03/28/16
  • Last Review: 03/28/16
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