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

5 out of 5 eggs Friggin' love it 07/27/2015

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

Pros: Roomy interior.
Front ports/buttons within easy reach.
"Snap-in" bays.
easy cable routing to "hide" most wiring behind the mobo, & give better air circulation.
Ample room for tons of fans.
Allows both full sized ATX as well as "mini"-ATX mobo's.
Interior is well designed for circulation.
Fans that come with it are nice and quiet.
Clear side panel.
GREAT price compared to other cases with the same features.
Feels and looks like it's of high quality construction.
Style baby!

Cons: None really.

Other Thoughts: I've only had this case for about a week now. Just finished getting it all setup. I had previously cramped all of my hardware into a small, HP Pavilion case, which was basically the only thing I had never upgraded from the original stock HP Pav hardware that was inside of it.

I basically just transferred the mobo and all other hardware over into this case, but added a new SSD drive as well.

This case is beautiful. Tons of space inside of it, I've routed all cables behind the mobo (as it's designed to easily do), and there's all kinds of circulation space in there now. The (smart) way Corsair designed this case, the front fan draws air directly over the gfx card first, and the cpu is pretty much lined right up with the exhaust fan in back, which is near the top of the case in back, and since heat rises, it's in just the right spot. And with the ability to add 2 more big fans directly on the inside-top of the case, you'd probably be hard pressed to get it hot in there without really trying.

I saved the heat measurements of my CPU, HDDs and gfx card before and compared them to after; all of which lowered approx. 10 degrees Celcius, just with the stock fans. Screenshot:

If I had to be just a tiny bit nit-picky, I'd just ask that Corsair included a USB3-to-USB2 header adapter. They're only a couple bucks, and for us lamers who still haven't upgraded our mobo's yet to include the USB 3 header socket right on the mobo, and only have a bunch of open USB 2 headers on it, it'd be nice not to have to hunt one down online and wait for it to come in from China (2-3 months to ship it).

All-in-all, excellent case and so far, very happy with the price/purchase.

WD My Book Studio 4TB 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Large, Fast (USB 3), runs cool, quiet.

Cons: None that come to mind.

Other Thoughts: MUCH better than the 3TB Seagate Backup Plus. USB 3.0 that I previously bought from here. That drive died after 6 months; had the seagate "chirp" (annoying click of death), ran hot, and I got a refurbished drive as a replacement ...

This drive is the polar opposite of that one, (so far. I've had it for a little over 2 months now.), this one runs cool quiet, no scary sounding clicks, no delays when accessing it, it's fast, and all around nice, no complaints.

If it dies in the future I'll be sure to update this review.

Seagate Backup Plus 3TB USB 3.0 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast. Large capacity. It's Black.

Cons: Runs hot. Has the "Seagate Chirp" (aka Click of Death). Crapped out on me 6 months in.

Other Thoughts: This drive has the so-called "Seagate Chirp" which if you read across the internet supposedly isn't something to worry about, so I didn't. Turns out I should've, because after only 6 months of ownership I started getting CRC errors and warnings from Hard Drive utilities saying that it's failing. I was able to rescue the important stuff.

The drive runs hotter than the usual, like many other reviewers have said, and hard drive utilities show warnings about, which may have also helped contribute to it's failing.

Which brings me to Seagate's handling of this whole matter:

I spent quite a chunk of money purchasing this drive, after reading all of the favorable reviews here, only to have this brand new drive fail so soon. To rectify this matter, I had to PAY money for shipping the drive back to Seagate (there were no completely free options, so I ended up having to fork over another $10), and what was sent back to me was a refurbished drive, a.k.a. previously owned and probably broken, sent in, "fixed" and sent to me in place of my only 6-month old NEW drive. In my opinion if I purchase a new drive and your product fails while under warranty you should be sending me a brand new drive back totally free of charge to me. So the final result was Seagate still made some money off me for sending me back a previously broken drive. I do realize that "refurbished" CAN mean it was just an open box, or sent back pretty much unused for whatever reason, however, I have no way of knowing what the reason was and for all that I know it had all kinds of serious read/write issues that were "fixed" with some software telling the OS simply to skip using those sectors, and I'm not willing to trust my data to that gamble. Therefore I'm ebaying this completely unused refurbished drive immediately and have just purchased a WD 4TB external to replace it.


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Display Name: Scott E.

Date Joined: 11/19/11

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  • Last Review: 07/27/15
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