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COOLER MASTER Elite RC-331-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I purchased this case during the Black Friday sale for thirty bucks. For that price it is a fantastic little case! Some people say they have problems with the tool-less bay holders being a little loose but if you feel uncomfortable with it you can use screws to make it even more secure.

Also this case seems to have good air flow

Cons: The price is now back up to fifty bucks.

Other Thoughts: At $50 I'd probably shop around and see if there is a better deal but would still consider this case... however at $30 this is a great case!

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Antec Basiq BP500U 500W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.01 Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I got this PSU on sale at a local big-box electronics store for around $39 about 6 or so months ago. Good Price.

Cons: About a month ago my system started to have stability problems. Something wouldn't install properly, infrequent lag in responsiveness, and other oddities.

Then over the past two weeks my system would lockup and then return to life with the message that my display driver (ATI) had to be restarted (I give credit here to Windows Vista here for it's ability to actually recover somewhat from this type of failure instead of a whole system crash.) This progressivly had gotten worse and Vista had started to give me BSODs. And I was simply running Visual Studio 2008 and web browsing when these crashes would occur!

I ran stress tests on individual components (CPU, GPU, RAM) and everything seemed fine, but the overall system statility was obviously comprimised.

The thing I hate about faulty PSUs is that when they have problems it is impossible to diagnose. The errors that they cause can make the problems seem like they come from somewhere else!

Other Thoughts: So yesterday I purchased a CORSAIR 450VX. My system is sooooo much more stable now! This will sound strange but under my old PSU when I would install the ATI Catalyst 8.9 drivers I couldn't run the Control Center, it would just lockup everytime I tried to run it. I never thought it was due to my PSU, I thought there was some sort of bug in the software and was waiting for 8.10 to resolve the issue (since google couldn't find anyone else with my same issue).

Lo-and-behold I can now run the Control Center! Go-figure.

I actually had a similar problem with another faulty PSU a few years ago. I would try to install Visual Studio 2005 and it would continuously fail. I couldn't figure it out. Long story short, after getting a new PSU the problem was resolved.

So the lesson of this story is that even though it can be hard to justitfy to yourself spending lots of money for a PSU, it is money well spent.

I thought I could trust this PSU since it was made by Antec...

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Antec NSK1300 Black / Silver Aluminum / Plastic MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 300W Power Supply
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: -Compact
-Solid Construction

Cons: -Needs Custom PSU
-HOT
-Custom PSU is only 300w
-HOT
-Nicks and dings make it ugly and dingy fast
-HOT

Other Thoughts: I posted a 5-egg review after my first month with this case, back when it was called the Antec Aria. My initial impressions were positive since it was obviously a well made product. Its construction does well to dampen the noise from fans and it feels very solid.

However after running my pc in this case for over a year I no longer can suggest this case to those who want something compact. For one it gets too hot. Heat has been a constant battle with this case. Also the PSU is only 300w and is custom built. So if this PSU breaks you have to order a replacement from Antec, and no upgrading your wattage.

One of the attractive things about its appearance are the soft walls on the side of it. I'm not sure what material it is but it feels really nice and thick. However the material is easily dinged up and gets to looking ugly pretty fast.

I was running with on board graphics(ATI R600), using low voltage ram(1.8v), installed a 2 bay Antec exhaust fan, and still having heat issues.

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Display Name: Michael F.

Date Joined: 12/18/05

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 01/09/06
  • Last Review: 12/01/09
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