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Pros: - Mostly solid build quality (except slot cover area, more in Other Thoughts)
- Full black exterior/interior
- Rolled metal edges
- Cable routing holes
- Nice design
- Blue LED fan (decent fans in general as far as I can tell)
- Has room for aftermarket CPU cooling
- Supports long graphics cards
- USB 3.0
Cons: - Slot cover area is somewhat flimsy before putting in a card to support it
Other Thoughts: Honestly, when I bought this case for the build I did, I figured it would be "good enough". I didn't expect to really LIKE the case. However, simply put I'm extremely happy with this case. At such a low price I expected it to have a few more issues when building in it, but the only issue I ran into was that the slot covers are a bit flimsy. However, once you throw a card in it they hold up quite well. The lighting in the case is quite nice, and it looks surprisingly well for how cheap it is. Finally, I'm still amazed that the case actually has decent cable management. Normally you get next to none for this price, but I was able to route ALL of the power cables and the front panel cables behind the motherboard tray, and though it's not the best management, it's definitely a heck of a lot better than I thought I would get for the price.
I plan to use this case again next time I need to build a budget system.
Pros: - Solid construction/build quality
- Decent color scheme
- Easily supports dual slot graphics with smart slot placement
- USB 3.0
Cons: - SATA ports are in a weird spot. If you're using a dual slot graphics card, make sure you have an angled SATA cable, as the graphics card will rest just above the SATA 3 port and one of the SATA 2 ports.
- Audio pinout is sort of in a weird spot, next to audio jacks instead of near the rest of the FP connectors like it often is
- Only 2 RAM slots
Other Thoughts: I bought this board to put together a build with an old i7-2600 I had laying around, and it worked well. No issues with it reading the CPU even before a BIOS update to the latest version. The BIOS is admittedly a bit old school, but it does what it needs to. Only having two slots for RAM might be an issue for some, but just make sure you know about that before you buy it. Other than that, it's a solid board, and I'd gladly buy it again if I needed to.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Reliable: I've owned many of these including the CX500 and CX600, and none have failed
- Runs cool
- Stable power
- Simple, clean design
- Relatively cheap
Cons: - Not modular
- Only one PCI-e connector (but you can always convert a molex)
Other Thoughts: There's really not much to say. This is a nice little PSU that's great for lower-end builds. It runs most mid-range rigs as long as they're not overclocking, and you could even run something like an i5-4690 and a GTX 960 on it, so it's a pretty respectable unit. Never had one fail on me, so I'll continue to buy them most likely.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Aaron F.
Date Joined: 07/04/11
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