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Pros: + Large case with ample room to grow the system
+ Good video card (Nvidia EVGA 570)
+ Good set of included software
+ Hot Swap drive bays are a great idea, but... (See below)
+ 950w PSU
+ Clean case assignment and decent cable management
+ SD Card reader is great addition
Cons: - The several included 120mm fans are incredibly weak/slow (They barely spin...and installing your own fan controller and cranking it to max doesn't help)
- Only 1 of our Hot Swap bays is functioning as intended
- The included blue ray software is obsolete and requires a paid upgrade to play almost any disk from feb 2011 on
- No video cable was included
- The reinforcement foam on the inside of the case partially encased the liquid cooling tubes and could have easily ripped them out if you are not really careful...it made taking the foam packet out really difficult
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a really decent system. While it is a little pricey it is quite nice. The case is spacious, but not recommended for those with limited desk space. It will really be nice to expand the PC as time goes by though.
The hardware used is good, but the price is a little high for what you get. Most of the components will last some time without augmentation or replacement. So that is good.
The things that really bugged me where the fact that the 120mm fans are so very weak. They barely move any air at all. All of them will have to eventually be replaced since I live in Hawaii and was counting on them to keep the case cool. Also the fast that the top most and bottom most Hot Swap bays do not work make me angry, but since I will just likely use an external enclosure it isn't a deal breaker.
My case also came with a cracked side window, but it was obviously from shipping since the box had a nice brown dent on it from the UPS truck...
Display Name: Aaron D.
Date Joined: 05/03/08
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