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NZXT Phantom 410 Series CA-PH410-B1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This is a very nice case. It is a good value. I really like the cable management system going behind the motherboard, however, it won't work for shorter fan cables and the like. The included fans are nice, and push out a decent amount of air. The manual fan controls are easy to use (just one switch). The case is sufficiently wide enough for larger CPU coolers, like the CoolMaster Hyper 212 Evo; I have this one and can confirm it fits perfectly. There are spaces to add additional fans, however, the stock fans will suffice for the vast majority of users' needs.

Cons: The built-in case fans can become quite loud when the fan controller is switched to max RPM. To that I say: What did you expect from three 120mm fans? I thought I had a fan rattling or a controller issue, but it turned out the be the fan on the CPU cooler. There is some evidence online of an issue affecting some Phantom cases. Search for "Phantom 410 fan noise" if you are curious. My case is OK so far...

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Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs It Depends 01/15/2014

This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version)

Pros: Personally, I have only minor gripes with Windows 8, and 8.1. There are some slight changes to the way things behave. Boot time on an SSD is incredible, around 3 seconds. I suspect this is a new hibernation feature to allow quick resumes, even after a full Shutdown.

Cons: Navigation is kind of difficult. The Start Screen was obviously designed for a tablet, not a desktop. Some keyboard shortcuts are altered, or removed entirely.

This OS was clearly designed as a bridge between a desktop and tablet OS. Things are not going to work the best on either platform. Hopefully Microsoft can smooth out the rough edges and create a better experience for both parties.

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Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model BLS8G3D1609ES2LX0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: These worked perfectly with my CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo. This cooler is notorious for sticking out and covering the memory slots on many motherboards. Some fancy memory with the high profile heatsinks would be impossible to use with this fan. This low profile memory has no clearance issue with the cooler. Performance is also decent for a gaming rig. Remember, the system RAM is a minor consideration; your worse bottlenecks will be the CPU, hard drive (to some extent), and of course the GPU.

Cons: None. Some might not like it for the inability to massively overclock. I personally don't intend on OCing the memory.

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Michael M.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael M.

Date Joined: 07/13/08

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 01/15/14
  • Last Review: 01/15/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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