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This review is from: Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply
Pros: This power supply is modular so it offers plenty of options for expansion.
Cons: My big complaint with this power supply is that the CPU power and Motherboard power cables seem to be short compared to others I have used previously. In order to reach the CPU power port (with a case with a bottom mounted PSU), I had to run the CPU power cable over my graphics card. This was enough to dock an egg off for me. I would recommend getting an extension for a few dollars to help with cable management.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: This case is rather good looking with the mesh design on the front. It also has plenty of expansion options with the 3 5.25" bays and multiple 3.5" bays as well as a mounting point for SSD's.
I also do like the four installed fans (2 intake, 2 exhaust) as well as the ability to mount additional fans. The one item that has grown on me is the blue light from the fans. I did not anticipate it being that bright but they do have the ability to light up a room in the dark (can be good or bad).
Cons: My biggest complaint is cable management with this case. It is not the worst I have seen but it is not great either. Additionally, I would consider another case if working with another video card. My MSI GTX 760 barely leaves any room between the hard drive cage and the end of the card. This also made it quite difficult to run some of the cables up that needed to go to higher points on the case. For these reasons, I found it necessary to drop an egg considering other cases work better with these two issues for the same price (or not much more).
My other issue is that the case arrived with a bent negative pin for the power switch plug as well as the reset button missing a pin (it was found in the bottom of the box and was easily re-attached). I would fault Antec for these issues.
Other Thoughts: One item worth considering is that the hardware for the case consisted of a small amount of screws compared to cases I have worked with before. This is not an issue as additional screws are in-expensive but it does make it quite difficult considering that and drives being installed must be fastened with screws. I am the kind of person that prefers to fasten a drive at every mounting point and I found myself coming up short on screws with the motherboard, DVD drive, 2.5" SSD (with 3.5" mounting bracket), and 3.5" HDD. I would recommend purchasing additional screws if you're going with this case.
However, it is worth noting that I still do like this case. Minus the width when it comes to my video card, the case comes well-equipped with four fans (two intake, 2 exhaust). I would've liked to see a 3.0 USB port considering others in this range do have that.