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ASUS 2GB GeForce GTX 760 GDDR5 256-Bit PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready G-SYNC SLI Support Video Card Model GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I moved up from my ultra-small builds to a Corsair 250D case and this card is PERFECT for that build. I have always liked nVidia, and CUDA, and this card is no exception. I purchased this after seeing the GTZ-760 in two ASUS G-20 computers running Mirror's Edge, and it offers very good Price/Performance.

Cons: Linux driver install can be painful, and Intel BIOS prior to 2013 probably needs updating to function smoothly.

Other Thoughts: No regrets. Probably my favorite ASUS product today.

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Corsair Obsidian Series 250D (CC-9011047-WW) Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs This Takes the Mini out of Mini-ITX 01/05/2015

This review is from: Corsair Obsidian Series 250D (CC-9011047-WW) Black Aluminum / Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Pros: Enough room to get your head inside the case after you complete the build, well, almost. After to working on M350 compact cases for years, it was a year luxury to have all the room inside this one.

Lots of air flow options, large front fan, large side fan, large side opening where the graphics card will go, two empty 80mm openings in the rear over the motherboard. There is enough air venting that low-RPM, low-noise fans can be used throughout.

The cables for the front panel include USB3, and a reset button. Both are a step up from the tiny cases.

Cons: Phillip mentioned he had trouble with the pins on the drive caddies. I found a way to install them that seems better than the manual. Remove two pins from one side of the caddy. This involves pressing the rubber mount so it falls into the interior of the caddy with the pins intact. These metal pins are interted into the rubber boots and are easy to slip out. Slide your drive over the two remaining pins in the opposite caddy rail and then inssert the two pins you just removed into the other side of the drive. With the pins and rubber boots held in place by gravity, now slide the drive back into the slightly bent caddy. If anything falls, try again.

I was able to get the pins back into the rubber boots with a small pliers and a proper twist of the boot. I had to do this a couple of times until I figured out this method, which was foolproof for me.

This unit takes a lot of desk space. It's actually larger than my six-bay NAS unit, and I keep that on rack.

Other Thoughts: I like the case a lot. I wish it had a multi-color LED for On/StandBy/Off, but that's not documented, so I assume it isn't there. A fair amount of the case space is wasted under the optical drive if you don't use the space for a cooler. I used it for a 3-pin fan-control splitter, and to loom the excess power wires. If you went without an optical drive, this case might be one-half as deep. But, with the interior volume, no worries about heat being retained in the cabinet. You could live inside if you were small.

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Noctua NF-R8-1800 80mm Case cooler
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Amazing Results under Speed Control 01/03/2015

This review is from: Noctua NF-R8-1800 80mm Case cooler

Pros: Easy Upgrade, Very Quiet, Includes a variety of power adapters

Cons: Color makes me think things are dusty

Other Thoughts: I did the Tripp-Lite UPS mod that is published on various internet forums and replaced the single-speed two-wire fan in my large UPS with this NOCTUA NF-R8 and the Noise Magic NMT-3 speed control. For my UPS this was an easy change and the sound level difference is stunning. Even with the fan at idle I can feel air entering the inlets, and I have yet to really hear the fan kick into high gear. I am going to keep one or two of these fans and controllers on the shelf in my workshop and reaplce ANY single speed fan I enounter on the bench.

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Display Name: BYRON P.

Date Joined: 07/06/08

  • Reviews: 29
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  • First Review: 12/04/08
  • Last Review: 01/13/15
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