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CORSAIR CXM series CX500M 500W ATX12V v2.3 SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -It does what it's supposed to do (so far).
-Modular cables are of sufficient length for a mid-atx build.
-It looks nice.

Cons: -Cables are stiff.

Other Thoughts: I was a little wary of buying this PSU because of some of the negative reviews, but it's been doing its job for the 5 days or so that I've been using it. Whether or not it will have a full life remains to be seen, but all is running smoothly at the moment.

My only complaint is that the cables supplied with it are very stiff. The 24-pin cable is sleeved, but has a large chunk of heat-shrink just after the motherboard connector, which keeps the cable sleeve in place and also molds all of the wires into a circular shape. This looks okay, but makes that part of the cable extremely stiff, making hiding it relatively difficult.

Other cables, such as the modular PCI cables, and the 8-pin EPS cable are manufactured to be flat by having all of the individual wires arranged in a line together. This makes them stiff and also difficult to work with. The PCI cables I have connected to my GPU are touching the window of my case because I didn't want to put too much pressure on the connectors by bending them down and out of the way too much. The 24-pin cable is also bulging into my case and obstructing one of the 5.25 inch bays because bending it back and out of the way seemed almost impossible without breaking SOMETHING.

I do plan on buying some Bit-Fenix Alchemy cable extensions to make everything look nicer, and to solve these problems. I didn't think it was worth subtracting an egg because so far, performance has been good, and that's what I care about the most.

My rig:

NZXT 210 Case (windowed)
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3
FX-6300 Vishera
XFX R9 270X 2GB
G-Skill Sniper series DDR3 1866MHz - 8GB
Corsair CX500M

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AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-Core 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -It's a processor...
-It's running pretty cool, even with the stock heatsink/fan.
-It's fast?

Cons: -Still uses pins.
-Wasn't free...

Other Thoughts: I wish AMD would follow Intel into the pin-less CPU market. I always get so nervous when installing these things.

Other than that, I haven't had any issues thus far. It's running at pretty low temps (around 30C performing basic desktop tasks). Though I haven't done any real stress testing yet. I plan on loading up Crysis 2 and Battlefield 3 to put it through its paces.

My rig:

NZXT 210 Case (windowed)
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3
FX-6300 Vishera
XFX R9 270X 2GB
G-Skill Sniper series DDR3 1866MHz - 8GB
Corsair CX500M

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NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black SECC Steel, ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -It's black.
-The windows is nice.
-Plenty of fan bays.
-Plenty of room.
-Plenty of extra tools and screws.
-"Almost" awesome cable management. (see other thoughts)
-Price
-Overall build quality.

Cons: -Thumb screws on back are easily stripped.
-Could use larger cable management holes near the top of the motherboard tray.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I think this case is awesome. It has plenty of room to fit more fans for cooling, and there's more than enough room for my XFX R9 270x GPU.

I did have a little trouble routing the CPU power connector. The holes at the top of the motherboard tray weren't large enough to fit the connector through, so I had to route it around the motherboard instead. I plan on getting some individually sleeved ATX, PCI, and CPU power cable extensions though... so there shouldn't be much of a problem then. There is a lot of space between the side panel and motherboard tray for cables though, so this small issue wasn't worth taking off an egg.

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Kevin W.'s Profile

Display Name: Kevin W.

Date Joined: 11/15/06

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 07/05/09
  • Last Review: 12/28/13
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