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NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Second Source 210 I've bought. The plan was to build a fairly small, QUIET, powerful, clean looking machine. This case succeeds in its part. The included fans are NO louder than the Cougar fans I had bought to bring the possible noise level down, but they do feel flimsier. I squeezed an H80i cooler in here along with a pair of GTX 760s. The video cards use the stock cooler design, NOT the ACX version, as those tend to blow the heat around inside the case instead of pushing it out the rear. At the price, there are a lot of expensive-case decisions made here. ZERO sharp edges, cleanly painted exterior AND interior, cable routing behind the motherboard, tool-less drive mounts. At the price, it's a fantastic case.

Cons: Would have liked an extra quarter inch behind the motherboard plate for cable routing, it's a TIGHT squeeze. Front USB ports are upside down, this seems to be a trademark thing with NZXT though. Just like Kriss Kross, it's not cool. The front panel itself may appear to be askew, and it is...this is not a defect, it's by design. Don't worry, your dvd/blu-ray drive will line up perfectly. Apparently NZXT couldn't resist doing *something* quirky with the design.
I'd like to see SSD mounts in the next version.

Other Thoughts: I bought a non-elite one of these initially, and for my more recent build, got the Elite. The extras are definitely worth the extra couple bucks. There is NO difference in build materials or quality between the two, but the Elite comes with fans, tool-less drive mounts, and an upside-down usb3 front panel port.

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LG 23EA53V-P Black 23
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Gorgeous picture. No stuck/dead pixels, sharp text, and VERY little light bleed from the sides, if any. No ghosting that I could find.

Cons: The stand is weak, but an aftermarket VESA stand (which was its intended home anyway) negates that. Ports on rear face back, not down, making it more difficult to wall mount than it ought to be.

Other Thoughts: Great price for an IPS monitor, just a questionable stand keeps it from being perfect.

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NZXT Source 210 S210-002 White w/Black Front Trim “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: My old NZXT Lexa case finally started coming apart, and I had decided that I didn't need a flashy case, just a solid, functional one. This fit the bill, and is a pleasant matte white inside and out. No silly doors to get in the way of the disc drives, no 3.5" opening that would go unused anyway. This is a no-frills case that does more than it needs to. There's room to hide cables behind the mobo tray, it comes with several black screws to mount your equipment with (which looks great if you leave the side panel off, see "cons" below).

I have a GTX560 that fits happily in here, with a good 3 inches to spare. It's listed as a "beginner" case, but it will house everything except the overkill-enthusiast's equipment (3+ vid cards). The design is definitely their most subdued, with no logos, branding or symbols anywhere.

Cons: Being a low-budget case, the only catch I found to my machine is that there isn't a fan on the side. The CPU fan ramps up to insane volume (using the stock fan, I know, shame on me) if the side panel is on. The bright white interior plus the ability to hide 90% of the wiring made the solution painless: I leave the side panel open. I don't have children or shedding pets, nor is it in any LIKELY danger of getting liquid on it, so this solution works for me.

Other Thoughts: The front bezel of the case isn't squared off, which isn't all that noticeable in the pictures. I initially thought it had popped loose on one side during shipping until I stepped back and looked at it, to realize the entire front is set at just SLIGHTLY odd angles (intentionally).

Also, the front panel USB ports are upside down, for absolutely no reason whatsoever. Luckily, I was able to overcome this crippling obstacle by rotating my thumb drive 180 degrees. Maybe NZXT felt they had to do SOMETHING wrong, or you'd never need to buy another case again.

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Display Name: Jeremy C.

Date Joined: 01/08/02

  • Reviews: 17
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 01/08/02
  • Last Review: 03/28/14
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