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Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Review after 4 yrs use; Cooler Master 431 Elite Plus case 11/26/2014

This review is from: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0

Pros: Plenty of room for cooling fans (5). c/w one installed. Water Cooling "openings" if required
Plenty of room for HD's (5), or more if you use ext 3.5 and 5.25 bays
Tool Free
Fits full size Video card (12 inch), depending what other hardware you.
Quality of case is good (compared to some mid range mid tower cases) install.
Hot Swap Bay!
Looks good!

Cons: 1 - Poor cable management!
2 - HD and Rom drive tool free brackets are lacking. 2 for ROM drive (that's ok), however Cooler Master should have included brackets for all available int 3.5 HD bays (5 available, came with 2). I had to purchase 3 sets separate at a cost of $15.00 extra.
3 - Rear slot covers are not replaceable once you have removed them. If you need to replace, you must buy separate.
1 Mobo "Stand off" screw stripped, Be careful when installing

Other Thoughts: Overall, after 4 yrs of use; I am happy with this case. Lost 2 eggs for above cons,however, I would still recommend this case. If you are going to install lots of hardware, buy a bigger case with better cable management.
My rig;
Z68 mobo
i5, 3.3, second gen. CPU
8 GB's ram
550 PSU
550ti GPU
3 - 3.5 HD's (1-primary 10,000 rpm, 2 - 7200 rpm storage
With stock CPU fan and 3 case fans, PC idles at 34-38 deg C. Under load 55 deg C (max)

My rig runs like a top!

Happy with case (other than cons above). I would recommend, depending on usage.

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

Pros: Plenty of storage space.
Very quiet
Stays cool
PRICE (less than .50 cents per GB)

Cons: Transfer/Copy rates;
Large files (10 GB or more) approx 100mbs/sec or less
Small files (3 GB or less) approx 140 mbs/sec or more
Read rates are a bit lower than some other drives, but not that noticeable.

Other Thoughts: After 2 yrs of use for video/music/photo storage files, runs great, no problems so far, lost one egg for transfer rates.
BE AWARE! If you are using an older Mobo, you may have to partition this drive, as some older Mobos will only recognize 2TB HD's or less.
Actual space reads 2.72 TB's after installation. Still lots of space!

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Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX 150GB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Western Digital WD VelociRaptor 150gb AFTER 3YRS USE 06/21/2014

This review is from: Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX 150GB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Fairly decent boot times (1 min). Write speeds approx 250 Mbs. Very quiet, relatively cool. Has worked with no problems after 3 yrs use.

Cons: Scores only a 5.9 on Windows rating, weakest piece of hardware in my PC. Not as fast as SSD's, but much faster than standard HD's 7200rpm (sata III).

Other Thoughts: Overall, I am satisfied with HD. If I were to replace this drive, I would definately go with SSD. If you are looking for a good primary drive (C Drive)? Go with SSD.

Lost 1 egg for Windows rating and lost 1 egg for read speeds.

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Date Joined: 10/12/12

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  • Last Review: 11/26/14
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