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Antec HCP-1300 Platinum 1300W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Appears to be very nice on all counts.

Cons: Malfunctioned within a day

Other Thoughts: When motherboard is switched on, unit appears to power on (fan spins) for about 15 seconds, then powers off. Tried it on 3 different motherboards, each of which works fine with other PSU's (and have total power loads < 250 watts). Can't find a solution; assume it must be a malfunctioning overload or temp circuit.

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DIYPC Alpha-GT3 Black Acrylic and Aluminum ATX Bench Case Bench Computer Case for ATX/Micro ATX motherboard – PC components not included
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Unique, open access to motherboard.

Cons: Acrylic bar for expansion cards should be more solid - or metal.

Other Thoughts: If you need a computer case that completely exposes the motherboard you can't really beat it.

I actually bought two of these to see if I could kluge together a litecoin mining rig (looking for something more aesthetically pleasing than a milk crate). Here's what I did:

1. Cut the heads off a couple of connecting screws with a Dremel tool;
2. Used these to double the height of the expansion card support bar by combining pieces from both case kits (not the most efficient use of resources, to be sure);
3. PCIe riser ribbon cables allowed three R9 290X cards to be spaced evenly across the expansion card support bar;
4. An external fan (a small, high-speed, industrial AC motor fan - NOT a wimpy PC case fan) was positioned to blow air through the spaces between the graphics cards.

The rig is humming along nicely at between 80 and 85 degrees C, averaging slightly shy of 1000 Mhash/sec per card. However, IT IS LOUD!!!!

My next step is to construct some sort of sound-dampening cabinet or enclosure in which the rig can be placed. On the positive side, given the nature of this case, I should be able to simply pick the rig up and place it inside a larger box-type structure.

Summary - the open (and DIY modifiable) nature of this case make it suitable for a variety of non-traditional scenarios.

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John B.'s Profile

Display Name: John B.

Date Joined: 05/20/08

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 12/27/13
  • Last Review: 01/09/14
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