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iLuv iEP205 (Black) Earbud Bubble Gum II Earphones
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: They work, they were $3.

Cons: These wouldn't fit in Shaq's ears. They are monstrously big. It's okay when you're sitting still, but they will not stay in your ears with the slightest movement.

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Thermaltake WATER2.0 Pro Closed-Loop All In One Liquid CPU Cooler Dual 120mm PWM Fans 120x49mm Radiator CLW0216
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 3570k idles at 27c on included thermal compound (that's below room temp for me, and only 3 degrees higher than the full loop I was previously running).

Fans are not silent, but they push decent air and are much quieter than my GPU fan so they do not bother me whatsoever.

White color goes perfect with my FD case.

No damage.

Nicely packaged.

Cons: I HATE myself for buying it. Got it on shell shocker, then the Extreme version goes on sale a week later for $10 more. C'mon Newegg, that's really lame.

Installation was a PITA. So much that I don't want to deal with replacing the stock TIM with something else. Included instructions are not great.

Hoses are very stiff.

On the pump/block, the hoses come out the bottom. Since the Pro sticks out so far and is only about 2 inches from the CPU, there is quite a bit of extra hose that has to u-turn to the side. Corsair units have the hoses coming out of the right side of the pump/block, rather than the bottom, which eliminates most of the bend. I hope this makes sense. TL;DR: Installed, it doesn't look as good as the competition.

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Fractal Design Arc Midi Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 x Fractal High Performance 140mm fans
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Roomy.
Good looking.
Cable management holes with rubber grommets.
Removable HDD cages.
Included fans are quiet at 100% and push a decent amount of air.
The "brushed aluminum" look to the plastic front is a nice touch.
FD customer service.
Simple flat panels are easy to vinyl wrap.
Looks more expensive than it is, reminds me of old silverstone cases.

Cons: Front IO panel was broken in several places. Had to deal with getting a replacement.
Side panel fitment is awful (google this, common problem with the midi). I have to hammer it with quite a bit of force to get it on.
Every single "thumb screw" required a screw driver to remove. WAY too tight from factory.
Shipped with 8 motherboard screws (missing 1). Half of them didn't fit in the included standoffs without using power tools. Ended up throwing them all away and re-using some I had left over from previous builds.
Fan controller is useless and should not be included to save a buck or two.
Finger prints... finger prints everywhere.

Other Thoughts: I haven't bought a "new" case for years, so maybe my standards are low.

My broken pieces were most likely not caused by shipping or warehouse trauma (as in, not Newegg's fault), so it's likely a quality control issue on fractal's part.

The open mesh design lets you hear EVERYTHING. I would not recommend this case to anyone on air. Most people are using AIO w/c these days, anyway.

Shell out for a better case in the $120+ range unless you absolutely must save money; it's SO worth not having to deal with the problems of cheaply made products. Face it, FD cuts some corners with their cases.

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Alexander P.'s Profile

Display Name: Alexander P.

Date Joined: 10/27/12

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 11/15/12
  • Last Review: 11/19/12
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