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Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Trash. Plain ole Trash. 07/28/2012

This review is from: Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: It has Fans. Pretty Lights. Tooless HDD Cage.

Cons: Pretty much Destroyed in everyway on arrival. Front/Top Fans had cable ripped from the physical fan.
Contacted Thermaltake, Wait 1 week. Have them ship both fans, recieve 1 fan.
Inquire as to why i recevied 1 fan. I was told i would have to start a new RMA. Threw a fit on the support line, had the second fan overnighted.
Attempted to replace fans.
Complete Pain to lift the top half of the case up to reconnect the new fans to the Controller, only to find the Fan controller does not work either.
Another Angry email later. I get a new Fan Controller, Still no luck. At this point i was Done. Bought a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811998065
just wired everything around the Thermaltake one.

About 4 months ago, Around the 1 year mark for ownership. The Rear exhaust fan Seized. I would have expected longer than a year on a case fan. But thats just me.

Poor Cable management. Holes are there for you to Run wires, but not enough for all of them. 20+4 for ex

Other Thoughts: If i hadnt had such a miserable experience with their Customer Support getting me the right parts. Or even delivering a working product to begin with. I probably would have rated this case around a 4.

Airflow is decent once i got everything working right. I just had do 5x more work on my end to get things in working order.

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: HDD been running solid for over a year now. Originally my primary drive, i moved it to be a backup drive when Sata III became more widely available.

Cons: Not Sata III

Other Thoughts: Came in a bundle with my 6870's. Pretty nice deal. Keep being Awesome Newegg. Helped out my finances for my first build.

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XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-Bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Handle'd almost everything at Max'd settings... a year ago.
I can blaze through Crysis. with shadows low, AA tuned down. etc.
I really thought much higher of these cards when i bought them for my first build. They get the Job done for a budget PC. which is why i bought them.

Cons: 1st. Noise. These fans, are terrible, I brought this pc to my office at work. pretty leisure environment, Free power bill. So the perfect place right? Wrong. Thing is louder than a semi storming through the place. Cards idle at like 48C, and if they get under even the slightest load, expect at least 65C.

Custom Fan profiles helped somewhat, but there was just no cooling these bad boys.

Running Eyefinity was a joke. I should have read up on it more to be fair. But needing special DVI Active adapters is rediculous. With two of these in Crossfire, i cant even get the performance i would expect across three monitors. I imagine the bottleneck at the VRAM. but after all the hassle to get three monitors set up and rocking, and to have line tearing, and very slow responses when moving windows. (on the desktop. Not even in game)

I am all around disappointed. When it was just one little 21 inch 1080 monitor, these were great, Go any bigger, and no dice.

Other Thoughts: I give them a 4, they do what they should. I think i just expected to much. But if your like me and have plans on spanning out in the future. These cards were not future proof for me, not even a year proof.

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Display Name: Michael V.

Date Joined: 02/14/11

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  • First Review: 07/18/11
  • Last Review: 07/28/12
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