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Thermaltake Core V71 Extreme Full Tower Chassis, Compatible With Extreme Liquid Cooling Builds (CA-1B6-00F1WN-00)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Supports 120/140/200mm fans
-Lots of space (remove the hdd cages)
-pull out front and top panels
-dust filters
-easy removable hdd cages (and lots of them!)
-Bottom 5.25 removes very easily.
-Supports lots of radiator options: 360/400/420 for the top or front.
-Lovely design and looks. Not exaggerated and overdone like other cases.

Cons: -***The 200mm fans included are not the same as the retail TT 200mm fan (CL-F016-PL20BU-A 200mm)!!!!*** These fans are wired differently. I compared a retail TT 200mm and discovered this.
-The built in controller is rubbish. It does not support more then three of the stock 200mm fans. Adding additional fans will cause the stock fans to spin slowly, make noises, and the led's will turn off or flash. Since the stock fans are wired differently, it may mess with your fans/leds. I ended up getting an NZXT Mix2 controller (proven reliable in the past).
-The top fan mounting is a mess (honestly a joke tbh) and the front mounts were half thought out. i switched to all 140mm fans and discovered the top had only two places to mount/screw each 140mm fan. I ended up fixing this with a drill. I shouldn't be drilling out "missing" fan holes/slots. The front is also designed for 140mm but I discovered that the top fan doesn't have any mounting points for the top two holes at all. This is due to the fan protruding into the bottom 5.25. A bracket would have been nice. This won't be an issue if you mount a radiator as 10 of 12 screws will be more then enough for even an Alphacool Monsta 420mm radiator.
-Case becomes very flimsy once you remove the hdd cages. Best solution is keep the brace that goes on the side (window panel side). Easy to remove and install so I'll let this one slide TT.

Other Thoughts: This is my first TT case. I've owned quite a few cases in my past, from budget to expensive CaseLabs. At the retail of $149 USD, its hard to justify it with the few shortcomings. I believe most of these could have been addressed and I would have gladly paid msrp. Rebates help ease the pain as does the notion of awesome water cooling if you're experienced in this. I can't forgive the shortcomings as I had high expectations so I'm knocking off two eggs (mainly for the fan differences and the fan mounting holes/slots). If you can find this for ~$100 USD, its not a bad case if you plan to go water. This is more in line with the "Super Tower" triplets (Xigmatek Elysium, Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra, & Enermax Fulmo GT), but its a bit smaller and done a bit better imho.

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Cooler Master V1000 - 1000W Power Supply with Fully Modular Cables and 80 PLUS Gold Certification
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -100% modular
-Ribbon style cables look fantastic
-Fan is quiet under load
-Compact size for 1kW unit
-Enough cables for 2/3 high end graphics cards
-Packaging was nice and I like the nylon pouch/bag

Cons: -Pcie cables are bit short. For large or larger cases, this is a pain. I barely made it though not in the manner I wanted to route them for visual appearance.
-Ticking noise from the fans. Occasional and can get annoying. This happens on both units I purchased (one used and one new from a retailer).
-Price is a tad high considering the Platinum units are not too far off. Luckily, CM had a great MIR to make this better (so not really a con tbh).

Other Thoughts: I have two units in tandem powering on a quad crossfire setup gaming system (X79). With two, there's more then enough power and a lot left over compared to more ultra expensive uber high-end single units (EVGA/Corsair). Granted, you'll need a dual psu case for such a setup. Everything has been stellar and I've never had an issue with power delivery to my whole system.

The cons really should knock down at least one star but knowing my case pushes the dimensions of an standard atx case and rebate to lower the price helps retain it.

The only concern I have is the ticking noise of the fans. I really don't want to go through the hassle of replacing both just for an occasional ticking. You don't notice with the speakers or using headphones.

Overall, I highly recommend this unit if you can get one under $200.

Also, CM has launched a V1200 unit for those that need a bit more power. Cooler Master customer service has always been top-notch.

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ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Very easy to use.
-Great bios and not too complex
-Aesthetically, one of the best, if not the best, looking X79 board out there.
-Came with a free game

Cons: -Poor audio. The reviewer's raved about it but the audio is just a small step above the mediocre RealTek that comes standard on most boards.
-Pricey
-Not much of a leap from a RIVE
-Somewhat sketchy bios (needs more mature bios)
-USB 3.0 intermittent, especially rear ports.

Other Thoughts: This is the ultimate Swan Song for X79. So you're paying for exclusivity and looks. But I didn't keep mine for long. Its not worth it over a RIVE which can be had for a lot less pre-owned.

The only possible saving grace was the audio. Running four gpu's, it was a must for a board with great audio. This one is not as good as the Core3D found on the Sniper and Assassin (ASrock too) boards from Gigabyte. The reviewers pretty much glazed it over saying how impressive it was. Its not, don't waste your money if you think its worth it because of the sound. The Core3D found a few boards is far superior, or just get a nice discrete sound card. In the end, I had to buy a discrete sound card to get sound quality like i had with my old Sniper5 Z87 (Core3D). More money on an already expensive board.

The features and looks were just not enough to justify a heavy price for small increment. This is also a EOL platform (Intel X79) so if you're looking for future proofing, this ain't it. If you're looking to spend the dough on a top notch X79 board, this is going to be a classic in the future.

-minus one star for the incremental improvement over its predecessor and the higher cost.
-minus one star for the mediocre audio.

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Display Name: Chris V.

Date Joined: 11/14/09

  • Reviews: 21
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  • First Review: 12/03/09
  • Last Review: 11/10/14
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