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Pros: By far the most professional looking case I've ever used, what caught my eye was the brushed metal looking plastic going down the front right side of the bezel which makes it really sleek and professional looking, I don't like all the flashy lights, bells and whistles, this didn't really have anything flashy, beside the hdd l.e.d. which literally flashes. The front bezel, when you first take it off, be a bit careful, it is on there tight, if you go too fast, you may break it, once you get used to it though, you can take it off fairly easily to clean the dust out, I do that on a weekly basis, I don't even use canned air, just blow on the inner side real hard and all that dust should fly out, or if it's windy outside, hold it up to the wind.
Overall a VERY roomy case, cable management is a little sub-par, I got all the cables inside an hdd space, so really consider the psu you're going to need, a modular, flat cable psu should do the trick. Another thing to note is that this case is well ventilated, as stated it comes with two fans, which push a good amount of air, the air/noise ratio is quite nice, my graphics card is louder, and keeps the overall internal temps below 80*F where outside ambient temps are around 68-72*F. The case holds eight 120mm fans in total, so lots of room for improvement in the ventilation category.
So many hdd bays i don't know what to do with, I had 4 in there at one point, 2 sata, 2 ide, i upgrade the motherboard which only has sata, so i pulled the ide ones out after moving everything to sata and that was that.
Now this case does take some time to work with, so patience is key when working with this case, the main point being cable management, it is a tad bit of a challenge cleaning it up, but nothing a few zip ties can't accomplish, I didn't use any, but that's beside the point, just plan everything well and all should be good.
Cons: These are by no means anything that should deter you from buying this case, very little things i noticed. My particular case, i noticed while cleaning it one day, the bottom rivets are leaning to one side, as if the case had warped somehow, I initially thought it was the motherboard at fault because it was a bit of a pain putting in the mobo, but i disproved that finding that the rivets were leaning toward the mobo, not away. The case was very well package, so i don't believe this happened from shipping, and the problem only seems to be on the bottom, maybe miss-aligned during assembly, but it's not something i'd return it for, that would be absurd.
The case isn't week, but it isn't strong either, it's something you could put a few hard drives on, or a monitor, but it's not something you'd want to be using as a step stool any time soon, my cat likes to lay on it though, but if you're looking for something to go into a batting cage or a drop test machine, find a different case, overall it should keep whatever you put in it nice and safe.
The side panels refuse to stay in without thumb screws, I usually left the thumb screws out because i was in my case quite frequently switching out hard drives or add-in cards or doing some kind of shenanigans, but if the thumb screws are left out, and the case is given a neat little tap on the bezel or something, that panel's just gonna fall out.
Again, these are NOT things that should deter you from this case.
Other Thoughts: I was putting a hard drive in and accidentally used a toothed screw, kind of scratched off the paint on that hdd mounting point, i was devastated, but i got over it pretty fast.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Pros: Every now and then I'll be able to make a good sandwich.
Cons: I don't even know where to begin or what's causing it, but for the past year, every change I make to the machine has an annoying pop up "do you want to allow example to make changes to the computer?", which is an easy "yes" since I'm the one installing it. Any hardware change requires extensive and headache inducing driver installation and the software change alert mentioned above. The product key doesn't work, so for the past year I've been working with the constant, every 10 minute pop up "software fraud alert" along with the constant reset of wall-papers and themes after each restart, which I got tired of reverting to about 6 months ago. I can't change over anything major like a graphics card because that just puts it in an eternal loop of "automatically repairing windows" boot sequence, no options, no manual changing of software, not even a command prompt to work with. I tried repairing the boot partition using the install disk that I've read from microsoft's website more than my fair share, but to no avail.
Other Thoughts: phenom FM2+ dual core 2.8ghz
2gb ddr2 667mhz ram
lg disk drive
2x seagate 160gb 7200.10 sata II
1x kingson hyperx 120gb ssd
geforce 9800gt+ x2
coolermaster n400 chassis
Pros: It works fantastic for PC, Cd kinda useless, windows update found direct driver without Cd
Cons: None, unless you want to hear that it doesn't work for something it was not made for.
Other Thoughts: As a note, this does NOT work for Xbox 360 as this has a realtek chipset, unlike the atheros chipset that v1 and v2 uses but i cannot speak for that as i have v3 which has a realtek chipset. As i said in the past, i will not knock off an egg because i will not expect it to work for something it was not meant for, so just a little heads up, find either v1 or v2 or anything with an atheros chipset, preferably AR7010 chipsetREAD FULL REVIEW
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