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XFX Black Edition Double D R9-280X-TDBD Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Aesthetically beautiful. XFX did a great job making this card look good. Lifetime warranty. Powerful. Quiet.

Cons: Seems prone to failures. My first card had the fans fail ~6 months after I bought it. I RMA'd the card (shipping was out of pocket...) only to have it not properly display 2D (the screen would occasionally stutter). This ended up being an issue with the BIOS, and required me to flash the BIOS as per XFX's instructions. The card then worked properly for maybe 4-6 weeks, and is now having separate issues with artifacts/display loss requiring a force restart, so I'm now waiting to see if RMA #2 will fix it...

Other Thoughts: When it's working, great card. I'm not sure if I've just had bad luck or if the failure rate really is that high, but it seems like it's not the most stable card, although this may be an issue with the R9 line rather than XFX's build quality. Kind of a shame, because did I mention how good it looks?

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NZXT CB-LED20-BU Sleeved LED Kit - Blue, 2 m
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs 11/17/2013

This review is from: NZXT CB-LED20-BU Sleeved LED Kit - Blue, 2 m

Pros: -Braided cable
-Small control panel makes it discreet
-Power/brightness controls
-Great price!

Cons: -Could stand to have more/closer together LEDs. There is a dark spot between the CPU cooler and Video card on my machine, although this could just be due to how I router the cable, so I'm not knocking any eggs off.

Other Thoughts: Overall a great option for lighting your case, especially if you want to be able to turn on/off or dim your case lights.

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SILVERSTONE RAVEN Series RV03B-WA Matte Black with Gray Trimming, Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Stunningly good looking. I bought the case for a combination of aesthetics and performance, and it delivers superbly on both fronts. The window allows for full view of everything you want to show off (mobo, CPU, cards), and nothing you don't (drive and their bays).
-Great airflow. The vertical orientation makes sense- heat rises!
-The 180mm fans are very quiet at low RPM, and perfectly adequate for most anything. On the higher setting, they're louder, but not "loud".
-TONS of room/spots for add-ons, be they fans, hard drives, LEDs, etc.

Cons: The one real complaint is that I don't see any way to mount a hard drive in the front bays with a fan installed in the rear fan mount position (between the bays and the motherboard). Not worth knocking an egg off, but a little disappointing.

The sideways-mounted PSU means that if you take the window on and off (something I did during my build process) you may bump the power cable, shutting off the machine. Again, not so much a con as a slightly inconvenient quirk.

Other Thoughts: Be careful/use a magnetic screwdriver when adding/removing drives if the case is standing vertically, if they drop in to the bottom they're a pain to retrieve.

The 90° mobo tray is really nice, but keep in mind the vertical airflow when looking at CPU coolers.

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Wesley H.'s Profile

Display Name: Wesley H.

Date Joined: 12/22/06

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 10/24/07
  • Last Review: 08/15/14
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