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APEX SK-393-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great case for the price 06/22/2012

This review is from: APEX SK-393-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: It's a great case for the price. Looks half way decent. Has four front USB ports. Well ventilated.

Cons: Sharp edges. A little wobbly when the side is open.

Other Thoughts: I've bought two of these cases to build PC's for friends over the past couple months. They both arrived in good condition and both people seem very happy with what they got. The directions for connecting the case wires to the motherboard could be better but are decipherable enough. The edges are sharp and it is a little wobble when open but it's fine when closed and how much can you really expect for a little over $20. If your building a budget PC this is the way to go in my opinion.

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MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Cool as cucumbers right out of the box running at about 27°C without going beyond the factory OC.

With the superior cooling set up on this card you can crank it up even further. I got mine running with a 1GHz Core Clock, 2GHz Shader Clock, and 2.1GHz Memory Clock at 1.1V. Stable as can be and never above 60°C under max load.

I can play Skyrim on Ultra settings (with Occlusion enabled) while getting a steady 60 FPS. Also, I can't hear the fans running until they go above 75%. What more could you ask for?

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: It's big and people with smaller cases might have trouble trying to run these SLI

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Antec FORMULA 7 Nano Diamond Thermal Compound
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Buuuuurrrrrrr! 12/29/2011

This review is from: Antec FORMULA 7 Nano Diamond Thermal Compound

Pros: Dropped my CPU temps by about 7-9°C and temps remain lower and more stable under load than it did with the stock Intel compound that came on the heatsink for my i5 2500k 3.3GHz. Also as stated below....it's sweet to be able to say you cool your rig with diamonds!

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I did find this to be a bit more firm than your average compound (more like clay than paste) but it can be worked into a nice flat thin layer if you spend a bit of time working with it. I think some of the negative reviews are stemming from poor quality control more than a bad product. If it drys out it becomes hard and flaky.

I have used this on a few different chips now and I find that the best way to spread it is to place a pea sized bead in the center of your heatsink. Then gently tap and push with your finger to spread it out evenly in all directions until you have a very thin even layer about the size of your CPU. Make sure you wear gloves when spreading as the oils from your skin can make the compound less effective.

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Nathan A.'s Profile

Display Name: Nathan A.

Date Joined: 11/09/08

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 12/17/11
  • Last Review: 06/22/12
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