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Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Nicest case I have bought 01/06/2016

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case

Pros: I bought this case without the side window and without any LED fans for its size, weight and modest, unobtrusive, silent metal design.

All the pieces, except the motherboard standoffs and the rubber parts, are painted, including the machine screws. The hard drive trays and the slot covers are all white but the remaining painted parts are black.

The slot covers are held in place with thumb screws instead of the usual flat head screws. A generous supply of machine and thumb screws includes enough screws to bolt in 8 hard drives and two optical drives.

The HDD trays have holes for both 3.5" hard drives or 2.5" hard or SDD drives.

Both sides, the top and the front door have sound insulation.

The sound insulation for the extra fan ports (2 on top and one on the side) can be removed to install fans.

The top five hard drive trays are in a module and can be removed to accomodate very long video cards

The front door works without any problems and remains securely attached.

There are air filters in the front and at the bottom.

Design, fit and finish is excellent with one exception outlined below.

This case was designed to be quiet and it is.

Cons: The (two each) thumb screws for the side panels are difficult to manage because they are held in place so they won't get lost. This design makes them hard to coordinate - when one is in place and partially threaded, the other is jammed. It is easier on my other designs to have the side panel screws loose so I can fully close the side panels before I put the screws in. The side panels on this case cannot be fully closed before you start the thumb screws holding it.

Other Thoughts: The shipping weight on this case is 30 pounds. I like that and it is a selling point for me. The mass of the case helps it to quiet the contents and I like the idea that I can sit or even stand on the case without ruining it. Buying cases unseen and without hands-on is a risk. You don't know if you will like the case beforehand even with positive reviews because likes, dislikes and taste vary among reviews. I definitely favor buying this case again. The only improvement I would make, were I the designer, would be to change the side panel screws and round all square exterior corners.

EVGA SuperNOVA 850 B2 110-B2-0850-V1 80+ BRONZE 850W Semi Modular Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Impressed by EVGA and the company it keeps! Happy with the power supply running since mid-December 2015. More than enough power cables that are long enough for our mid-cases. Very happy overall with the power supply which has almost twice the capacity I needed - and the fan is very quiet!

Cons: I sent the rebate form in before Christmas. Probably won't reply to this because it's not worth the time, effort and lost wages to pursue it, but I just sent it first class. If they lost it, I may choose to report it to the USPS.

Got this email from the rebaters on Jan. 5:

Dear ###############,
Our records indicate that you have recently completed your online rebate registration. This is a friendly reminder that our processing center has not received your documentation.
If you have just recently mailed in your rebate documentation, please disregard this email.
1) If you mailed your documents more than 10 days ago, we recommend you resend copies of your rebate submission as this will help us validate your rebate and avoid delays.
2) If you have not yet mailed your documents please remember that:
• Failure to receive the required documentation will lead to claim closure.
• Check your rebate form for accuracy.
• Ensure all required documents are attached.
• Submissions must be mailed one per envelope.
• Your submission must be postmarked on or before the “postmark by” date.
• Be sure to keep copies of all submitted paperwork.
Below is the summary of your rebate registration information:
Tracking Number: 4178172026176851
Rebate Offer: EGA-23842
Rebate Item: EVGA SuperNOVA 850w Bronze Power Supply
Rebate Item UPC number(s): ############
Rebate Reward : 20.00
Service Level Basic : 0.00
Final Reward : 20.00
Please allow 2 weeks from the time you mail your submission before inquiring.
If you have questions or for rebate inquiries, please call:888-312-0719 Mon. - Fri. 9-6 pm (EST) or send an email to:
Thank you.

In the past, I have used tracking, even signatures for the mail-in rebates. It's just too much trouble.

Other Thoughts: Have yet to see a main motherboard cable that is flat. As usual, this one is simply fat. Flat would be neater. Molex peripheral cables are "universal" with more connectors than needed, especially not needed are the floppy disk drive power connectors. The primary power cables are permanent but more than I needed: two CPU cables and two VGA cables, as well as the motherboard cable. SATA and peripheral cables are plug-ins.

AMD Radeon SSD Radeon R7 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I'm running only 2GB of DDR3 memory, but this is now the fastest computer I own.

For over 3 months, this SSD has operated flawlessly in spite of my old motherboard. I haven't measured the speed - but it's so fast that I don't want to take the time to set up a good test (see other reviews). I'm finding that it recovers easily from multiple forced reboots and boots faster than the BIOS on my motherboard - which means the BIOS has become the bottleneck on my boot time which is probably less than 20 seconds. I'm enjoying using my computer again and getting things done.

Cons: I'm running Fedora Linux so I decided against using the Acronis software.

Other Thoughts: I simply installed Fedora directly onto the SSD and mounted (no, that's NOT copied) my home drive onto the SSD. That way I could go back to the previous drive which still has the version of Fedora which was current when I switched to the SSD. I had no idea how successful my new SSD would be. Still, a previous install of an SSD in a laptop proved very reliable and fast.

You can read a lot of pro and con about the longevity and reliability of the SSDs, but talk aside I'm encouraged to go full SSD. The numbers (tests posted in other reviews) and the stats posted on the sales page are impressive, but necessity, the size (240GB) and price (a bit more than the current price) convinced me to take a chance and go for it. I couldn't be more pleased.

After installing the SSD, the real problems in my system became clear: my home drive was failing and masking the true capability of my new SSD. I installed a 3TB hybrid drive and (magic incantation!) my system delays evaporated. If only the internet were just as fast!


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