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This review is from: Antec NeoECO C NEO ECO 520C 520W ATX12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Pros: Decent price if it works.
Cons: Dead on arrival. Since I have to pay return shipping on the RMA, the end cost of this PSU to me will have increased by almost 25% (plus the aggravation of troubleshooting and being without a working computer for a couple of weeks).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I left another review here which gave this board high praise. I am now amending that with one big caveat.
Cons: Although the manual indicates that the board has a 4 pin chassis fan connector and that the ASUS fan Expert utility can be used to control the chassis fan speed, this is not correct. Any case fans plugged into this board will run full blast. If you're running an office or HTPC setup, you can solve this problem by getting a really low rpm fan. But if you game at all with even a moderate level video card and want to try to keep the machine quiet while you aren't gaming, this board isn't going to work for you (get the next step up which clearly does have 4 pin fans).READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 Micro ATX Computer Case w/ 1 x 120mm fan
Pros: The build of the actual metal portion of the case is really impressive for the price. I've seen much worse in cases that cost twice as much.
Air flow is very impressive, especially if you add another case fan in the rear.
Accessing the case fan that comes with the case (in the front is really easy). I've had some cases where this was a big problem.
I really liked having a 2.5" adapter for my SSD. Unusual for a case in this price range.
Cons: The single fan that comes with the case is a bit noisy for my tastes. It doesn't appear to be a PWM model. When I switched it out for a Scythe Slipstream, noise when down considerably.
The power switch doesn't work on my unit. I installed everything, hit power, and nothing happened. I finally solved with the problem when I found that I could boot the machine by shorting the power on leads on the motherboard with a screw driver. Short term fix is to use the reset button as my power on switch. Fortunately, it looks like I can easily access the wiring for the power on switch so hopefully I can fix the problem.
For some reason, the AC97 sound cable that connects to the front of the case won't connect to my motherboard (an ASUS F1A75-M LE). The pinouts just don't matchup. I don't know if this is a problem with the case or motherboard.
The manual is really really awful. Not that you really need one if you're willing to think things out. But sometimes they help.