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Rosewill RDCR-11003 - 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Cheap, but works...mostly 02/18/2015

This review is from: Rosewill RDCR-11003 - 3.5" 74-in-1 Internal Card Reader with USB 3.0 Port

Pros: Not terribly expensive, provides a bunch of different card reader slots, although I only used the SD and MicroSD ones. Works fine for transferring photos off my digital camera card and to my phone and tablet cards. Added a USB 3 port to my old case that didn't have one.

Cons: The same stuff everyone else has complained about. Not very well built, which probably explains a lot of the early deaths of these readers. Uses up the only USB 3 header on my motherboard, which is unfortunate now that I have a case with USB 3 ports on the front. I have an adapter on the way to allow it to connect to a USB 2 header instead though, so that's not the end of the world.

Other Thoughts: There's no point spending a lot of time talking about this reader. The other reviews pretty much cover what you need to know. The main reason I'm even bothering with this review is to share what I had to do to get mine working again when I swapped it to a new case and it stopped reading cards.

Basically what I think happened is that in the course of doing cable management I jiggled the cord too much and it loosened the connection inside. Note that the cord for the card readers is not soldered down - it's just a male USB plug that connects to a slot on the circuit board. And a very cheap slot at that, which I think was the source of my trouble.

To fix it, I pulled apart the case, breaking the left tab on the face plate like everyone else (as long as you're not pulling on the face it stays in place fine anyway), and pulled the plug out of the board. Fortunately the glue holding it in wasn't especially robust either. I then took a small screwdriver and pressed in on all of the little connection tabs around the slot that make contact with the outside of the plug. After that I carefully put it back together, reinstalled it, and as of this writing it's still working. I'm crossing my fingers that it stays that way.

Hope this helps someone else out there.

NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Ridiculously good for the money 04/24/2014

This review is from: NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Looks great
-Lots of internal hard drive bays
-Good cable management features
-Tons of fan mounts for ventilation
-Included fan is nice and quiet
-Bottom PSU mount
-Probably some other stuff that I'm forgetting because there's so much good about this case. :-)

Cons: -Not tool-less (see Other thoughts for more about this)
-Only one fan included. But who uses stock fans anyway?
-No window. But I have a dremel, so... ;-)

Other Thoughts: It's been at least five years since I last bought a case, and I was shocked by how much better this case is than my much, much more expensive full tower that was my last purchase. It's not tool-less, but it's superior in pretty much every other way. There are fan mounts on essentially every flat surface, and even the PCI slot blanks are mesh to allow extra airflow. For the moment I'm going to stick with the single fan because I'm not too concerned about heat buildup with the system in this case, and I like how quiet it is right now.

The one real gripe I had while doing the build was that the paint makes some of the screw holes sticky. For the most part, not a problem because it's not a tool-less case, so having to use a screwdriver to remove the thumb screws the first time (after that they were loose enough to do by hand) was not a big deal, but it was a hassle not being able to install the motherboard standoffs by hand. I put screws in them so I could use a screwdriver there too, but then I had to pull out a wrench to take the screws back out so I could install the motherboard.

That said, this is by far the cleanest cabling job I've ever been able to do, thanks in large part to the generous cable management features on the case. It has ample space behind the motherboard tray and cutouts in all the right places.

Random note: It wasn't obvious to me from the pictures, but the front panel is asymmetric. I like the way it looks, but I briefly thought something was wrong when I first opened the case.

Overall, the sticky screw holes were the _only_ complaint I had with this case, and everything else about it was an absolute joy. I still smile every time I look at this thing, which I think tells you all you need to know about it. :-)

Rosewill CAPSTONE-450 - 450-Watt Active PFC Power Supply - Continuous @ 122 Deg. F (50C), 80 PLUS Gold, ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92, Intel Haswell, SLI & CrossFire-Ready
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Inexpensive 80+ Gold rated PSU

Cons: Not modular, but for the price I'm not complaining

Other Thoughts: This series is highly rated in reviews by people who know more about power supplies than I do. Seems to be good and stable in my system as well, so the only possible complaint would be that it's not modular. But I'd rather have the 80+ Gold (this system runs 24/7) than modular, and at this price I don't think you can get both. It even came with thumb screws for mounting in the case (I'm pretty sure they came with this and not the case...). I also like the textured finish, not that I'll see it once I put the side panel on. :-)


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Display Name: Ben N.

Date Joined: 12/30/03

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