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SilverStone RAVEN RV02B-EW-USB3.0 Matte black reinforced plastic outer shell, 0.8mm Steel body ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Window Side Panel with 2X USB3.0 ports
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Great airflow (keeps system about 5*C cooler than previous case), 90* mobo rotation works well (quick, easy access to all I/O ports without crawling behind a desk), quiet, easy on the eyes, easy hot swap configuration, tons of room for cable management. I could go on, but it should suffice to say that everything I don't list in the "cons" section is a positive about this case. It's fantastic

Cons: -The power supply configuration is a little different than most cases. It's been a while since I've been inside my rig, so forgive me if my memory is fuzzy, but you need to be careful which PSU you select. The intake port can be blocked by the case, potentially. It wasn't an issue for me with the PSU I already had, thankfully, but it would be worth looking into before you commit to buying this case or a new PSU that won't work well with this particular unit.
-Fan controllers are on top of the case, have to remove top panel to access. This isn't a big con for me since I just leave my fans on low unless I absolutely need the cooling boost. The difference in temps between low and high is very minimal (~5*C for me under load, usually).
-Dust filter access requires the removal of a side panel.
-Cable management could be made easier with more tie-down points, but again, it's not a big complaint. I had more than enough room for my cables.

Other Thoughts: There are certainly full towers out there that make a DIY build easier, but I don't believe any of them have the combination of looks, quietness, coolness, and utility that the RV-02 has. At its current price of $200+, I can't say I would fully recommend it, however. I bought this case for $150 well over a year ago on a special. Paying $200 when an option like the HAF 932 is out there for 25% less with comparable airflow and better cable management (although the 932 is a hideous looking beast) would be tough for a cheap guy like me. If you feel like the price is in your range, you won't regret buying this.

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PowerColor AX3450 256MD2-HV2 Radeon HD 3450 256MB 64-Bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I haven't had a whole lot of time to compare this to my onboard graphics to really see if I'm getting a boost, but I didn't buy this card for a boost anyways. I had a comp that is primarily used for HTPC type activities (PowerPoint, movies) that needed dual output capabilities, but the mobo was only capable of single output. $20 for a perfectly capable HTPC card with HDMI, DVI, and VGA is all I could ever ask for. It works great. I had no problems with install or setup whatsoever, and from what I gathered in my research, Powercolor appears to have a sterling reputation for reliability.

Cons: Not a con if you know what you're buying, but this card is not going to plow through Crysis on high settings. I haven't pushed this thing at all yet, but I would guess that if you're into playing games that were made after 2007-2008, this isn't going to be the card you want.

Other Thoughts: This card is great if it suits your needs. Just make sure you won't need more before you purchase. Unless you're wanting a high-end rig, chances are this is going to exceed your needs.

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Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best mouse I have ever owned 02/16/2011

This review is from: Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: Ergonomic, cheap, comfortable button arrangments, solid feel, accurate, looks good

Cons: Short cord, but that's really not a big deal, and it's pretty much industry standard.

Other Thoughts: For the money, I don't think this mouse can be beat. If you want to spend twice as much, you might be able to find something better, but for a mid-level mouse this is as good as it gets.

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Display Name: John H.

Date Joined: 02/23/09

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 09/02/10
  • Last Review: 06/14/13
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