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Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I purchased this case for a friends new PC build upon learning he wanted a case that wasn't a full tower but still capable of holding a robust gaming configuration. This case was a pleasure to work with as it provided ample room for components and is made of high quality materials. Of particular note is how useful the cable management ports are for maintaining good airflow for the system it will contain. While it's true that the holes for the cables lack rubber grommets of pricier cases, this didn't pose a problem for my use of them.

The front five and a quarter panels are easy to add and remove components from by use of a plastic latch system that is easily accessed from the side of the chassis.

Seven fan mount locations should provide enough air cooling for most users. The locations are two below the five and a quarter drive slots, two side, one rear, and two along the top. The only possible missing hard-points would be along the bottom to push air vertically out of the case.

Overall this is one of the best PC cases for the <$100 bracket. It seems as though Corsair took a much pricier design and kept it's basic features and chassis, and performed some minor cost-cutting measures upon it to create this product.

Cons: The side panels are the old style of fitting horizontally along rails of the chassis and take some work to mount perfectly in order to prevent warping. This is a smaller issue, but I wish they would have used a door-style fitting that many Antec cases use.

Also, the drive brackets are on the flimsy side of quality. They work fine for HDDs and SSDs but I would have expected higher quality materials from such an otherwise high quality product.

It'd be nice if the case had two USB 2.0 ports on the front panel along with the included two USB 3.0 ports.

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Insten 1044593 3 to 1 Composite AV Signal Switch w/ RCA AV Cable
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cheap, small. includes RCA cable.

Cons: Introduces a low buzzing sound to all sources outputted from this switchbox. I've gone through two of them now and they both buzz loudly.

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SAPPHIRERadeon HD 7850 OC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card  ( 11200-01-20G )
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: So far this has been an excellent replacement for my aging 4890 that was also by Sapphire. The 4890 was a trooper for nearly three years and gave me zero problems, hence buying Sapphire again.

The card idles around 30c and under load of high settings in Skyrim at 1080p it maxes out at 60c. Thusfar I don't notice fan noise of the card itself over my two 120mm, and one 80mm case fans.

2D windows performance for work and general internet use is great, especially with a second monitor. It also handles HDMI out to a TV very well.

Time will tell on this one, considering it's one glaring flaw below.

Cons: The problem I had with the card was with the latest drivers (12.10 at this time). Windows performance was fine but there were horrible artifacts within Skyrim. I did some light searching and found it to be a common issue with this card when using the latest drivers. My recommendation to all is install version 12.6 for now, that cleared up all issues thusfar.

Just do a search for ["Previous Drivers" "7850"] on AMD's site.

Other Thoughts: EXCELLENT hardware that is currently marred by bad drivers from AMD.

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Date Joined: 07/22/05

  • Reviews: 24
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  • First Review: 04/18/08
  • Last Review: 06/26/14
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