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COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 Evolution RC-830-KKN3-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: * Really roomy

* The removable motherboard tray does feel a little flabby, but I have yet to see it bend under any load. And I have a lot of stuff on it. See below for list.

* I never had a single problem with the PCI slots

* Aesthetically, I find the look of the case very appealing

* The front bezel stays close with a magnet and is sturdy and looks awesome

* There is sooooooo much room!! I have 13 drives packed in there!! 1x5.25", 4x2.5" , and 8x3.5"

* The HDDs are really quiet because of the way the cages are connected with vibration dampeners.

Cons: * I have the PCP&C 1200W Turbo-cool PSU and even though the case does give quite a bit of room, I still had to bend part of the top fan mounting bracket to make the PSU fit. (That PSU is monstrous, so most people won't have that problem)

* The 4fan holder does need to be removed for big CPU heatsinks
* I find the method that they used to mount the PSU a little annoying when using a PSU with non-modular connectors since you need to shove ALL of the connectors through first, then slide the PSU in. This makes removing the PSU even worse as the wires will get snagged on things. However, to keep things in perspective, non-modular PSUs are a pain to work with no matter which case you use. This case is just a little worse.

* The plate used to mount the PSU is thin aluminum and I bent it many times on accident. It never hurt anything as I would just bend it back, but it was annoying.

* The hard drive cages are very annoying to remove.

* LEDs on front are really bright

Other Thoughts: Many reviewers have complained about how fragile many of the components feel, and this is true, but I have yet to break any part of this case. It sits under my desk to my right so I am always hitting it with my legs and rolling into it with my chair and accidentally hitting it with various things that fall off my desk and nothing on it ever broke. So, you know, just because something might feel weak to you, doesn't necessarily mean that it is actually weak.

Stuff crammed onto the motherboard tray:
Gigabyte EX58-UD5
2x eVGA GTX 285
Thermalright Pure 120 Copper with two fans
6GB RAM
Highpoint 3520 RAID Card

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OCZ Summit OCZSSD2-1SUM60G 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I have four of these in RAID 0 on Widows 7. Can you say 800MB/s read speeds? Performs without hiccups, stutters or lags. Loads Windows in about nine seconds.

Cons: They still cost too much.

Other Thoughts: I got mine when Newegg had one of their "Shellshocker" sales for about $159 each and then a $30 rebate on top of that for one of them. So be patient and wait for the good deals. OCZ is always having rebate sales.

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Athena Power BP-SATA1842B RAID 0 / 1 / 5 / 10 1 x 5.25
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It holds 4 2.5" drives in an easy-to-access manner. It also makes cable management easier as all four drives are powered by one molex connector and not four SATA connectors.

Cons: The spring loaded levers used to remove the drive are nifty to start but will eventually break weak plastic parts of the drive holders. In fact, on all of my drive holders the same thin piece of plastic gave out on the side. This break does not make the holders useless but it certainly detracts from the whole experience. I super glued the breaks and they have been holding for a while now.

Other Thoughts: The drive holders probably won't break if you never remove them, but that kind of defeats the purpose doesn't it? This thing should really be all-steel construction. It's not like weight should be a factor, it isn't in a laptop after all. If it were more durable I would have given it five eggs.

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Joshua H.'s Profile

Display Name: Joshua H.

Date Joined: 07/24/07

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 08/06/07
  • Last Review: 09/06/09
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