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EVGA Hadron Air Mini-ITX Chassis Black with 500W 80Plus Gold Power Supply (110-MA-1001-K1)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Looks great, smallest practical size of this form factor. The stickers are able to be removed from the front panel. Ventilation is great and I have since replaced the removable fans with 120mm ULN Noctua fans.

Cons: Really the biggest flaw of this case is the Power Supply Unit. The power supply fan is noisy! On boot up it sounds like a jet taking off. Normal running It sounds like a family of cicadas have taken up a nest in the back of my case.

The noisy PSU fan alone makes me want to RMA or at least tear the thing apart and replace the fans myself. I have opened it up and the fan is a 40mm x 20mm 2 wire fan. It is listed as a Delta fan FFB0412VHN which is rated at 41.9 DBA! Really kills the whole "quiet htpc" plan. I mean that is what we are all using this form factor for right? Trying to match the rated airflow of that fan will be difficult but I'm not sure if it is really necessary. I can maybe squeeze a 40 x 10mm noctua fan in the front as well and keep the air flowing at a much quieter level.

Cable management is a pain. Because this PSU isn't modular you have a lot of leftover cables. I'm not trying to run dual SLI power hungry cards in this thing, and I'm sure noone else is either, so why all the extra cables? Since I've gone so far to mod the case by wanting to ditch the fans, I probably will cut the cords too. May void my warranty, but they always make it a pain to send anything back anyway, and like Macbeth, if you're already halfway across a river of blood, might as well continue on to the other side.

Other Thoughts: You really don't have any other options for a SFF mini itx case that looks good in your living room and still allows for a pretty beefy pc to be installed. Yeah the price is steep, but having an HTPC or a monster disguised as one is pretty much a luxury. You'd probably have to do the same modding to any other 1U psu anyway and you'd start off at a higher premium and no case. The rebate helps, but really, if you want this NOW you're pretty much stuck with what you get.

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Patriot Viper Xtreme Series, Division 2 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PXD38G1600LLK
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It lets my computer boot up...

Cons: ... sometimes. Computer was crashing, would only boot to a blinking prompt. Removed DIMM slot 3 and computer would reboot as normal. Put it back in and computer would start up and shut down like it was shorting out. Reseat the memory and after a few more tries would boot up. Ran memtest but didn't fail. I will try to RMA this, I hope I'm not past the warranty period.

Other Thoughts: Patriot used to be my memory provider of choice, always had good results with them. Maybe time to look at a different manufacturer.

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Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast drive. When it works.

Cons: This drive more often than not fails to be detected. Numerous complaints about this. Multiple times my computer has crashed to a single blinking prompt. My Samsung drive operates flawlessly and that's just a basic HDD.

Other Thoughts: Hard drives should be the most reliable component in your build. They should last for years. This has hardly lasted a year. I am going to look at other brands in the future for my SSD solutions.

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Display Name: Anonymous

Date Joined: 03/25/07

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 07/02/10
  • Last Review: 02/01/14
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