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Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Ok, but could do better 08/06/2014

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

Pros: Light weight, fast shipping from Newegg, nice looking case, came with three fans pre-installed, aggressive design.

Cons: Feels really fragile, price after rebates is still too much for this type of quality, no room for cable management, feet are uneven making the case wiggling, top fan are too close to be mounted without touching the motherboard, the 4 pins CPU hole is too small (top left) and it is covered with the motherboard (really?), also you can't pass through the hole a 8 PIns if your motherboard requires it, stand offs are pre-installed (was looking for them), fans are white (blue on the picture). side panel was scratched and paint was off, thumb screws were hard to remove without a screwdriver, you need a modular PSU or good luck to route your cables and close the case.

Other Thoughts: Very disappointed as I was relying on good reviews for this case but it is really falling short of my expectations. Nonetheless, this case holds a GTX 680, AM3 motherboard and Phenom II X6 CPU with stock cooler as you have to choose between blow hole fans or large heat-sink, 4 hard drives and a semi-modular PSU. If you have a lot more to put in, check for another case with room for cable management and more room globally.

MSI 990FXA-GD80 V2 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works perfectly now with my FX 8350 OC 4.4GHz (OC Genie)

Cons: Had to RMA the first one, Rebate is only 15 days to submit.

Other Thoughts: MSI, offering a rebate is nice however 15 days to complete it and send it, really? How about 30 days like everyone else next time?

When you have to test and RMA the board, the turn over is more than 15 days, hence I didn't even bothered to send my rebates after 18 days to see it rejected. Really shady practice on your part, shame on you!

So even with the $10 rebate loss, I keep the board as it seems to play well with my other components and seems to perform as it should however my next upgrade will probably go to another brand who offers at least 30 days for rebate.

AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: My first CPU was DOA, this one works well and passed Prime95 and oveclocked to 4.4GHz with automatic settings on the motherboard.

Cons: Price fluctuates a lot between $189 and $169, sometimes $159...

Other Thoughts: This is my 4th FX 8350, I got to RMA 2, one from TD and one from Newegg.... Not sure was going on but now my CPUs are working as they should. Using my 990FXA-gd80V2 it OC easily to 4.4GHz and is steady!

This chip is fast and I would take it anytime over counterparts.

If you find it on sale, buy it!


CYRIL A.'s Profile

Display Name: CYRIL A.

Date Joined: 11/26/09

  • Reviews: 43
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  • First Review: 06/12/10
  • Last Review: 08/06/14
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