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Corsair Carbide Series 330R Blackout Edition CC-9011076-WW  Black Steel, Aluminum, and Plastic ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Roomy for a mid-tower case.
Noise dampening material on the door panels and front panel.
Fan mounts for 120mm with capacity of up to 140mm fans for the hybrid CPU Cooler radiator mounting on top; supports up to 280mm radiators.
Great case for a good price.

Cons: The Corsair Carbide series such as this case lack side ventilation fans. This is not a true 'con' per-se just an important note.
If you want/need side fans check out the Corsair Obsidian series.
For a quiet case, if you use hybrid cooling, atmospherically sealed liquid or liquid cooling, you should probably check out Noctua fans or similar 'silent' quiet fans for additional noise dampening. That's not a fault of the case, merely reality when using large radiators with cheaper fans.

Other Thoughts: Great case for the money. Very happy with the purchase. Recently rebuilt from an older case with smaller, noisier fans. I am not running hybrid cooling for both my CPU (top 280mm radiator) and my GPU (rear 140mm radiator with 120mm fan assembly) and it's working well.

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ASUS GeForce GTX 680 GTX680-2GD5 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast smooth performance at high/ultra settings.

Cons: Availability. Also, it's the latest and greatest so the price is higher as expected. TSMC, NVIDIA's fab partner, and everyone else even Intel to some degree, are having manufacturing delays working out the kinks for 28nm and 22nm parts. Going below 30nm was harder than expected apparently. I only hope the engineers and materials scientists keep silicon going strong until whatever comes next is available!

Other Thoughts: All-in-all a great videocard for the money if you were able to get one when they first launched. If you have been saving for one as I have it is worth the wait. If not wait for the GTX670 and GTX660 variants before buying. And wait for sales later this Fall/Winter.

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ASUS ROG Rampage IV Gene LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Gaming Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Compact motherboard with full peformance parts.
Supports SLI in a mATX form factor if that's your passion.
Supports Corsair Vengance (CML16GX3M4A1600C9) RAM.
Fits the mATX Cooler Master 341 case (RC-341C-KKN1-GP) and any other mATX cases; of course.

Cons: I had a few issues with the included sound drivers. Thankfully Asus selected a Realtek 8-channel audio chip for this motherboard which turns this Con into a Pro. I am running the Realtek HD Audio Codec and Driver pack from Realtek version R2.68 with no problems.

Realtek Audio Codec and Driver pack
http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=24&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false

Other Thoughts: Runs great! Take care during installation to hold the board by the edges to avoid any ESD. This motherboard is running my Intel Core i7 3820, Asus GTX680-2GD5, Corsair Vengance LP RAM with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler inside a Cooler Master 341 case.

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Kenneth K.'s Profile

Display Name: Kenneth K.

Date Joined: 06/19/03

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 08/18/03
  • Last Review: 07/06/15
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