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Corsair Obsidian Series 350D CC-9011029-WW Black Aluminum / Steel MicroATX Case with Window
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Understated styling. Comfortably fits full-size GPUs - I've got a GTX 580 in the top slot of my ASUS Maximus IV Gene and there's still about 4 inches from the front edge of the card to the front-mounted fans. Takes the Corsair H100, H105, and H110, though realistically only when fans are mounted on one side of the radiator due to interference with motherboard components.

Cons: If it weren't for certain top-mounted components on most motherboards - like the 8-pin CPU power connector and some VRM heatsinks - you could fit fans on both sides of the H100-series coolers (or anything of that same size). Using a 2x 120mm or 2x 140mm radiator at the top also means the top 5.25" bay won't fit an optical drive though a fan controller or similar panel would probably be fine.

Other Thoughts: I'm running the H100i and have the fans mounted between the top panel and the radiator in a pull configuration out the top and every other fan is pulling cool air in (yes, even the rear fan is pulling air in). It's also possible to mount the H100 on the front panel and use two sets of fans for a push-pull config, but I didn't want warm air coming into the case. If I did that, my GTX 580 would still fit. Any video card longer than that would probably interfere with a front-mounted push-pull config on any 2x 120mm radiator.

I've seen it mentioned somewhere in some professional review of this same case that a 2x 120mm radiator might fit with push-pull fans if mounted offset a little bit by using a 2x 140mm fan hole at one corner and using holes in the grill at the top for other mounting points. Not sure I'm willing to try that, though...

I had to put my optical drive in the 2nd bay (of 2) since the radiator and fans occupy about half the vertical space about 4 inches back from the front panel. Not a big deal for me since I have only one 5.25 inch device for this system. Fans are controlled by the motherboard and I have no need for flashy LCDs or switches.

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SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE1T0BW 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Novel 3D NAND construction should make it last longer than typical SSDs. VERY fast, even amongst SSD peers. Included software/driver package is actually useful (but still download the latest version from the website).

Cons: It's among the most expensive SSD on the market for a given capacity point and you won't really see a huge difference in speed for day-to-day use so a less expensive model will likely suffice.

Other Thoughts: I picked the Samsung 850 Pro for my build because of the durability and warranty. My systems are upgraded periodically - new CPUs, GPUs, RAM, etc. - but I rarely buy new primary storage so a large, durable SSD was what I wanted. The speed (that I barely notice as compared to some other SSDs I've tried for my office) is just a bonus.

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Rosewill RK-9000V2 BR - Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Brown Switches
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Most of the feel, a LOT less noise 04/24/2015

This review is from: Rosewill RK-9000V2 BR - Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Brown Switches

Pros: Tactile response similar to a buckling spring unit (Model M, etc.). The chassis is solid and feels like it's meant to last - we'll see.

Cons: It's close to feeling like a buckling spring keyboard but not quite. The Cherry MX blue switches are a closer match but they're also noisy like the buckling spring units.

Other Thoughts: I'm currently borrowing this exact unit from a coworker so I can try it out while mine is on the way. I, too, am coming from a bunch of Unicomp units and a real IBM Model M keyboard - all buckling spring. I'm needing something a little quieter so I can type while I'm hosting conference calls with our customers and not drowning everyone out. I haven't had a chance to test it in that exact scenario but it's a LOT quieter than my Unicomp in day-to-day use. My co-workers were never really bothered by the noise but they are definitely happier.

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Display Name: Todd L.

Date Joined: 01/10/04

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  • First Review: 05/16/05
  • Last Review: 05/25/15
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