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APEVIA ATX-CB700W 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Failed after 1 year. 08/11/2013

This review is from: APEVIA ATX-CB700W 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply

Pros: - Inexpensive, especially for the given wattage.
- Plenty of connections.
- Blue LED looks good and matches the lighting in my case.
- Quiet.

Cons: - Seems more prone to failure than most PSUs.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this PSU on July 4th of 2012, and it actually worked reliably for 13 months. In the last week however, its ability to supply power became sporadic until it lost that ability entirely.

If you are still considering purchasing this PSU, I vehemently urge you to pay the extra money for something more reliable. You'll save a decent bit of money on power if you grab a unit that is more efficient. Avoiding damage to the more expensive components of your PC and saving time and money by not having to replace a dead unit down the road also can't be overlooked.

I'm currently running my PC off a Corsair TX650W (made by Seasonic) that I grabbed from my home theater PC. That model has been working over 5 years now and, interestingly enough, actually supplies more wattage over the +12V rails (much more important than the other voltages) than this 700W does. If my browsing doesn't turn up a better fit, I figure I'll make the purchase I should have made a year ago and get another one of those.

Minus 4 eggs for failing. Plus 1 egg for being inexpensive and supplying good power for a year without misbehaving.

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Rosewill 120mm Computer Case Fan (Case Cooling Fan) - Blue Frame & 4 Blue LEDs, Sleeve Bearing, Silent Fan with LP4 Adapter; RFA-120-BL
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Blue LEDs look nice. They definitely move a lot of air. Good price.

Cons: When run at full power, these things can be rather loud. Then again, I have 5 in a somewhat tinny case. I ended up disconnecting 2 of the fans and setting the remainder to the lowest possible speed. Fortunately, that still seems to put a lot of air through and the noise is about a tenth of what it was before.

Other Thoughts: These are great fans for the price, but if you're really adamant about having silent fans, you should probably avoid these.

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SYBA CL-CAB31007 30 ft. HDMI Cable M-M
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good product but don't abuse it. 07/13/2012

This review is from: SYBA CL-CAB31007 30 ft. HDMI Cable M-M

Pros: Very long. Thick sturdy cable. Great for the price.

Cons: Beware signal degradation/interference. When running 1080p video at 60 Hz through the cable, the signal occasionally cut out. The problem was nonexistent when set to 1080i (fine for my purposes) or 720p. I haven't tried it, but lowering the Hz would probably also help.

Beware the somewhat long connectors. My TV is mounted on 2 rails. When plugged in to the back of the TV, this HDMI cable sticks out past them (unlike the other 2 HDMI cables back there). We didn't realize this when we were putting the TV back up and the connector got wedged in between the TV and a rail. This ended up exposing the pins and bending them all pretty badly. Using the end of a ballpoint pen (retracted), a needle, and the holes within the connector sheath, I straightened all the pins out and within about 20 minutes had it working again.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a very good cable. If you're looking for decent quality at a very low price, you've found it. Just don't abuse it like I did.

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Display Name: Eric W.

Date Joined: 12/08/11

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  • First Review: 03/08/12
  • Last Review: 08/11/13
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