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Corsair Graphite Series 230T CC-9011038-WW Orange on Black with ORANGE LED fans ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Bright Rebel Orange. Definitely an eye-catcher if you like the color orange. Moderately sized, but big enough for most types of builds. Four built in SSD bays. Fairly good cable management options. Should accommodate some decent liquid cooling options and ample air cooling options. Orange LED fans seem to be pretty good quality and add a nice touch to the aesthetics.

Cons: Very cheaply built. What metal it does contain in the case is pretty thin. Front bezel, front port header, and entire HDD/SSD drive cage are 100% plastic, with very flimsy plastic tool-less locking mechanisms. Also has very flimsy tool-less locking mechanisms in upper drive cage, leaving the drive(s) with an unacceptable amount of movement when locked in. Front fans are mounted offset with each other, with the top fan mounted inset from the bottom fan on a flimsy ¾ circle open frame. Front fans also use two different mounting methods and hardware. Several spots on the inside either had defects in the black paint, or had little to no black paint covering the metal, which made for several unsightly spots inside the case.

Other Thoughts: I am a BIG fan of Corsair, and have bought countless products from them in the past. However, if this case had cost me even a few dollars more than what it did, it would be on its way back to Newegg. I’ve been wanting to build an orange themed rig, and had my eye on this case for a while now, waiting for it to go on sale. I have owned and built rigs in several other Corsair cases, and always been pleased with their quality. Based on its lower price, I wasn’t expecting as much from this one, but was sorely disappointed when I finally got my hands on it. I was particularly disappointed with the amount of plastic and flimsy metal used throughout the case. Also, the offset mounting method and mismatched mounting hardware used for the front fans is very unaesthetic. If you’re a stickler for quality, and have come to enjoy the quality and aesthetics of some of Corsair's better cases, this is not the case for you. I got this one for just over half of its suggested retail, so at that price, I’ll probably keep it. However, I’m still debating on whether I want to spend the time and money building an otherwise nice rig in a case with this many draw-backs.

Update: I’ve continued to find minor problems with the manufacturing and design of this case, which is causing even more of a ‘keep or send back’ dilemma for me. The good part is that unlike the vast majority of computer cases I’ve received from any internet vendor, this one was essentially free of the dings, dents, and broken parts that have become common-place with cases I purchase from internet vendors. Adding to the list of ‘Cons’ however, I am currently trying to touch-up several spots on the inside of this case where problems in the painting process have left bare metal showing through. While I’m pretty confident I can get it looking good, I can’t help but think of the mixed bag of emotions this purchase has been for me. As much as I like Corsair, this particular product has given me more than its share of disappointments.

CORSAIR Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model CMY16GX3M2A2133C11B
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Completely Plug & Play. Worked at advertised speed and timings right out of the box. Set bios to XMP Profile 1 and they fired right up. Very nice, unique, professional looking modules. Modules are thinner than most others I’ve used, providing ample room for air flow between them. And, like almost everything else Corsair makes, excellent quality. Nothing flimsy, cheesy, or unprofessional at all with these.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: If you’re looking for fast, high-quality RAM, and prefer something that isn't designed to look like a military weapon, sports car grill, fictional creature, or Vegas casino sign, these are a great choice.

SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 380 DirectX 12 100384NT4GOC-2L 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Dual-X OC Version w/ backplate (UEFI) Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Very nice looking all around, with the back-plate being an especially nice looking feature. Factory over-clocked 380 GPU with 4GB of 256-Bit RAM. Powerful enough for most modern video games. Easy installation. Intelligent Fan Control keeps it very quiet most of the time. Plenty of bang for your buck.

Cons: None so far, but I haven’t pushed it extremely hard yet. I will update this review if I discover any cons.

Other Thoughts: Overall, a very nice card for the price. I can’t say enough about how nice this card looks. The pictures don’t do it justice… you have to see it in real life. The lines, contour and color of this card make it one of the cleanest and most professional looking cards I’ve ever used. The attractive back-plate really puts the icing on the cake of this cards great aesthetics. The only eye-sore (and it is pretty minor) is the 6 pin power plugs are mounted with the clip side up. I think it looks better when the clips are facing down (underneath), but that’s just my opinion, and shouldn’t be considered a deal breaker. This thing was remarkably easy to install, and didn’t give me one iota of grief. And yes, it does have Windows 10 drivers. The last several versions of AMD display drivers have supported Windows 10, so I’m not sure why anyone would suggest that there are “no drivers for Windows 10”. I’m not a big gamer, but I do enjoy playing any of the NFS titles and a few other racing games. I also edit, convert, encode, and watch quite a bit of HD video. So far, so good with this card. I haven’t seen the slightest flicker or anomaly whatsoever, and the fans have stayed pretty quiet so far. If anything changes, I’ll update this review.


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Display Name: Scott N.

Date Joined: 04/13/03

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  • First Review: 04/27/08
  • Last Review: 05/28/16
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