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APEVIA Black / Green SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-GN/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This one of the few cases designed specifically for an HTPC build that comes with color options. You can get it in Red/Green/Blue/Black/Silver. I purchased the green one and it's a solid case. The green is appealing and the case has an overall good look to it. The PSU runs near silent, as do the case fans.

Cons: The case is small, which is expected with a micro ATX form factor. However, the layout of the case does prevent some long pci-e cards from fitting the case properly. This is a common occurence when dealing with micro ATX cases, however, so it's a slight con in my opinion, not a serious one. The PSU's power switch is located on the front of the PSU, which is only accessible by removing the front bezel (mine removed fairly easily). My PSU's power switch shipped in the off position, so make sure to check that if you have completed your built and it doesn't power on. Also, the drive mounting brackets did not have holes that lined up with the screw holes on my Western Digital 1TB HDD i put in my system, but they worked fine w/ my Lite-on Blu Ray drive.

Other Thoughts: The rear case fans are both mounted to an easily removed bracket. This bracket can get in the way of installing your rear panel face plate. Removing the two screws that secure the bracket and taking the fans out will allow you to install the face plate properly, and the bracket is easily reattached afterwards. Make sure and plan your build so that you have you're hard drive installed before you put in your motherboard, as it is nearly impossible to install afterwards. There are only 2 SATA power connectors, but it does come w/ a convertor for a 4 pin molex to sata power. Just a warning for anyone installing more than 1 HDD and an optical drive.

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Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Still great thermal compound 07/06/2009

This review is from: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G

Pros: Still the best thermal compound available. I've never had a problem OC'ing any processor w/ Arctic Silver.

Cons: Expensive, relatively speaking.

Other Thoughts: Worth the money if you are planning on doing any OC'ing. Don't rely on cheap thermal compound or stock pads that come on heatsinks.

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PLANTRONICS Explorer 220 Bluetooth Headset
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Best Bang for the Buck 11/19/2007

This review is from: PLANTRONICS Explorer 220 Bluetooth Headset

Pros: Excellent headset, great sound quality, great range (personally tested it up 30 feet). For the extremely low price and great quality of the product, you won't find a better bang for the buck. I've used this headset nonstop since I bought it, and I can't complain.

Cons: This headset is not for users looking for a lot of bells and whistles. It's easy to use, but doesn't have a lot of the extra features, but that doesn't detract from it's appeal on the low end market. The loss of those extra features actually makes it more user friendly for first time and beginner users.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this product to anyone looking for an entry-level, high quality headset, that does the basics.

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Travis C.'s Profile

Display Name: Travis C.

Date Joined: 08/08/05

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 11/07/06
  • Last Review: 07/06/09
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