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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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5 out of 5 eggs smooth build with one hiccup 03/04/2016

This review is from: EVGA Hadron Air Mini-ITX Chassis Black with 500W 80Plus Gold Power Supply (110-MA-1001-K1)

Pros: The sleek design has more room than you'd think. The motherboard standoffs have extra height so you can slip cables behind the motherboard.
Power supplies included with cases are usually as good as a paperweight. I am pleased to say this unit delivers. The cables are a good length, and the power is stable, even with a bigger graphics card. And speaking of graphics cards, I'm running a pretty long card and it fit like a glove. Overall one of the smoothest builds I've done, which was surprising, considering the hassles associated with smaller systems.

Cons: The only glaring issue I have with the case is the optical drive. The slot load is cool, but there are a couple hassles involved in making it work. If you choose to build with this and you want/need to have the disc drive, you will need to know a couple things up front.
1. Not many drives will have a compatible location for the case eject button. EVGA no longer brands an official supported drive. That said, I lucked out and found one that was the perfect fit, the lite-on DL-8A4SH.
2. This hassle is almost worth docking an egg--you will also need to have a slimline SATA adapter to use the slim drive, in most cases. I think EVGA should include this with the accessories, but it's a small cost at about $8 extra.

Other Thoughts: Bottom line, it's about the third smallest case you can find out there, and it still delivers. I'm running an htpc with this build and I'm very happy with how it turned out. Current specs:

AsRock Z170 board
Intel i3-6100
8GB g-skill ram, 2800MHz
Gigabyte R7 370
lite-on DL-8A4SH
and this little beast of a case.

Windows 10 Home - 64-bit
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4 out of 5 eggs Pretty nice. 03/04/2016

This review is from: Windows 10 Home - 64-bit

Pros: Improved on Windows 8.
Runs pretty seamlessly, so far. Recognized all my hardware for a new build.
You can disable features if they annoy you.

Cons: Cortana is annoying.
The window panes on the Start Menu are annoying.

Other Thoughts: Windows 7 is still my favorite so far, but this is a refreshing change from the disaster that is Windows 8-8.1

GIGABYTE Radeon R7 370 DirectX 12 GV-R737WF2OC-2GD 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready ATX Video Card
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Pros: No problems running on 500W PSU (Gold Plus, 40 amps on 12v)
So far, not loud at all. Case fans spin up almost twice as loud as the card.
Runs a lot of great games without incident.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised that this card is not overly hot, nor a power-monger, and the fans are not super-loud. I have gone back and forth between AMD and nVIDIA cards, and my experience with AMD has usually been 'buy a big power supply, put your system next to the AC vent, hang on for dear life as the plane takes off'. AMD just seems to take a brute-force approach to graphics in my past experience. If my next AMD card is like this one, they may just have a permanent customer.


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