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EVGA 100-FS-C901-KR 92mm Sleeve mITX ACX CPU Cooler, Direct Touch 4 Heat Pipe
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Loud fan, poor machining, just dumb 03/12/2014

This review is from: EVGA 100-FS-C901-KR 92mm Sleeve mITX ACX CPU Cooler, Direct Touch 4 Heat Pipe

Pros: Black... running prime 95 for a short time (long enough to just watch that the temp was steady for about 5 minutes), it didn't go over 40C and that is exaggerating. It was sitting at more like 36 +/-1C, so at least it does what it should.

Cons: Just installed this and I have to say, I wasn't impressed with the quality.

First off, the fan clips are a pain, and if you have to take the fan on and off a bunch of times (you have to if you install your RAM so that you can reach two of the push connectors to attach it to the motherboard) you're going to wind up with bloody fingers and most likely mess up that all black paint job. I took it off 3 times and the edges where it clips over are showing a bit of silver.

The bottom contact that contacts the CPU had a groove in it about 1/4" further than it should have, from the curvature of the heat pipes. That means that about a 0.5 x 5mm area of my CPU will not be in direct contact with the heat sink, so I made sure to compensate with arctic silver. Contact was not as smooth as others I have used. Usually it's like a nice copper mirror you can see yourself in, this was not the case here.

For a 92 mm fan, the heat sink is still pretty tall, and it almost didn't clear the side fan on my case, so check the dimensions and your case if you consider this.

The fan is incredibly loud, and I have case fans that are utterly silent, so this fan basically ruins my nice quiet rig. I essentially have to use headphones when gaming now, especially if it hits around 70% duty cycle and higher on auto mode.

When mounted so that it pulls air from front to the rear exhaust fan, the printed EVGA on the top is upside down. If EVGA would have tested this at all, they would have realized that. Now I get to look at it through my side panel upside down, and it makes me mad.

Other Thoughts: I will definitely be finding a replacement fan.

I expected better quality from EVGA, then again I don't know what I was thinking buying a CPU cooler from them.

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APEVIA X-Hermes X-HERMES-GN Black/Green Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Side Window-Green
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Really wanted a green and black case, all black aluminum top/bottom/back/sides, looks great, everything fit... but barely (see below). The front green spiral looks cool through the perforated front panel. Two thirds of the top and bottom of the case are also perforated, and it looks like there is room for even another intake fan at the bottom, by the PSU.

Cons: 1-Side fan is LOUD. I can't comment on the other case fans, as I removed them right away to put in my silent black and orange cougar fans that really are silent, so this entirely defeats the purpose.
2-Again, side fan. It also makes fitting your aftermarket fan and heatsink in the case. I had to go from a 120 mm to a 92 mm fan and that still just barely (~2mm) clears the fan. If the fan ever begins to wobble, I'm sure it will hit it and there goes the fan blades (which feel very flimsy already).
3- I personally don't like the way the front 3-bar lights look along the sides about halfway up. One is on always (power) and the other flickers (hdd). It makes the case look off balanced IMO, and because one is flickering, it makes the two look like different shades of green.
4-I don't like the placement of the power and reset buttons, but now I'm just being picky.
5-PCI slot covers are NOT replaceable. you must bend and break the aluminum to remove them, so be careful when you go to remove them that you remove the right one, and make sure you don't accidentally grab the case in such a way that your finger goes through one, because it will break off when you try to bend it back.

Other Thoughts: The only reason I don't remove the side fan is because it is the primary source of lighting for the case, and I bought it because I wanted a green glow. Eventually, I might take it out and just get a green LED bar or cathode or something.

For the front 3 bar lights, I might take the HDD light and splice it with the power light, so that they are both on.

Overall, given the limited selection of black and green cases, and the price point, I still think that this case is worth it. You can always remove the fan like I said, and wire the power and HDD LEDs together, and you're left with a case that is pretty awesome looking, especially for $60

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LG 42LN5300 42
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Was great... while it would turn on 02/21/2014

This review is from: LG 42LN5300 42" Class 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV

Pros: Excellent picture, pretty good viewing angle. Plenty of settings to mess with to get your picture just right. Had it mostly for my PC and PS4 and gaming on it was all I ever did.

Cons: Only 2 HDMI ports, I would have liked 4 (for my cable box and Chromecast) but I settled with just swapping the connections as I had it in an easily accessible spot.

Oh yeah, and it stopped turning on. But before that, it would randomly turn itself off. This just happened over the course of a week. I would turn it on, pop in a game or change the channel, and it would in a matter of seconds turn back off, but the red LED would pulse like it was turning on. Ok, I figured I'd just let it do it's thing. It wouldn't turn on. I would have to unplug it, or simply wiggle the power connector (which wasn't loose, either) and it would come back on. This happened for a few days, then a day or two it was back to perfectly normal. Suddenly, today, it turned off after being on most of the afternoon, and I would do the same thing to get it to turn back on. Only, as soon as I would sit down, it would do it again. This happened three times, and now it will not turn on at all. I unplugged it for a few minutes, still nothing. The LED at the bottom gives a pulse or two like it is going to turn on, but then stops, or sometimes flickers, and turns off.

Other Thoughts: Its way out of the 30 day range for me to RMA it, so I will have to contact LG. I haven't yet, but just doing some preliminary research on my own I found out that a lot of LG TVs have this issue and it is likely to be the power supply. I just hope that LG customer support can actually help me out.

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