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Antec NSK4100 Black SGCC steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggs Looks good 02/10/2014

This review is from: Antec NSK4100 Black SGCC steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Front looks good. Placement of the I/O ports and buttons at top is nice. Looks like it could be a decent plain business PC case (which is why we bought it).

Cons: My biggest problem is Antec marketing describing this as "sturdy SGCC steel". While the finish looks nice the steel is thin and the frame is weak. When standing up right it doesn't sit flat, and instead rocks back and forth to the sides. The frame will distort and bend easily just by picking it up with your equipment mounted inside. Clearly these are constructed poorly given the few loose pop rivets at the corners. You will REALLY notice how flimsy this case is when you try to bend out and remove the expansion slots for a graphics card.

Best way to describe it is cheap. I can understand the lack of thumb screws, no 2nd fan in the front, or an easy way to mount disks or drives, all to save a little money. But with this case you can literally see the places they tried to cut costs. It's evident even with the thin, flimsy box in which it shipped.

Other Thoughts: Here at our office we build our own business desktop CAD machines and unfortunately we are having a hard time finding a case that doesn't have all kinds of enthusiast features like neon lights and water cooling ports. Not sure why it's so difficult for these manufacturers to build plain business cases anymore that aren't so cheap they bend when you pick them up.

Bottom line, this is maybe a $40 case (I am being generous because the front looks good) so if you pay more than that you are wasting money.

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Western Digital WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: We use these at our company for backups. They have large capacity at a low price.

Cons: The old saying you get what you pay for is true of these drives. In the past 1.5 years of using them things were relatively good. Then suddenly 6 out of 40+ drives have arrived DOA, and another 2 failed within a day of use with SMART errors, or timeout errors, but only in the last 5 or 6 months. Before that we were going good.

Clearly something has changed in Western Digital's manufacturing process. To make inexpensive products you have to do things on the cheap and I understand that. Cheaper parts? Poor Quality Assurance? who knows.

Other Thoughts: We backup our live project data to a single drive every 2 weeks and place the drive in a safe. Yes this is a horrible archival solution and it's less than optimal but it's dirt cheap so we know the tradeoffs. When we encounter a bad drive we just RMA it. I will keep buying them because they are cheap, and if they keep manufacturing them like this (i.e. low quality) I'll just keep RMA'ing. Probability is likely that eventually I will get an RMA back that actually works. It costs them money not me.

I can say for a fact I would NEVER use these latest units at home in a single drive configuration. The reliability is just not there.

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OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast, economical (when there is a sale), best bang for the buck if you need to upgrade an existing laptop or PC. Always seems to include a rebate which is nice.

Cons: No longer ships with the adapter for tower 3.5" drive bays. The first 10 or so we purchased earlier this year included the adapter plate.

Other Thoughts: Purchased more than 60 of these for workstation upgrades for our office over the last 12 months. Absolutely no regrets. Rock solid product. For us we tested against the more expensive Vertex 3 and saw no noticeable increase in speed when running our in-house applications.

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Display Name: Kenneth M.

Date Joined: 02/27/05

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  • Last Review: 08/04/14
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