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Pros: Fast, powerful and handles everything I've thrown at it so far.
Cons: The poor thing can't always compensate for poorly-coded software. If it was really laggy on a lesser processor, it'll probably still be somewhat laggy even running on Devil's Canyon. But that's not the i7's fault, and man, does it try!
Other Thoughts: It does run fairly warm. Even if you're not overclocking (which IMO is no reason not to get the K version...4 GHz out of the box, with overclocking potential for down the road, is worth the price premium to me) an aftermarket cooler is highly recommended. I got the Arctic Freezer Pro 7 and it seems to do the job fine.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Reasonably quiet and effective. Installation did not require the removal of my motherboard or manual application of thermal compound, and it knocked a good 10-12 degrees Celcius off my (non-overclocked) processor temps versus the stock cooler...so far it's been well worth the $22 I paid for it.
Cons: Not as dramatic an improvement over the stock cooler as I am told can be expected from some other popular/larger/more expensive air coolers, such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo or the Cryorig H7.
The mounting process is a little weird, and I can see why some other purchasers have reported it going awry. You do need to be very careful to get all the pins properly aligned and clicked into place, tighten down the screws on either side as evenly as possible, and not let the cooler 'drift' around on the processor and risk scraping off the pre-applied thermal paste while you're doing it. I suspect I might have gotten even better results if mine hadn't done this during the installation process, and I had to open the rig back up once to remove and re-tighten the screws before it seemed to be working properly (though to be fair, even when it was installed badly my hottest-running core still didn't get up to an alarming temperature.)
The fan does appear to be a bit on the cheap side, but (perhaps partly because I was forewarned by some of the other reviews here and was extra careful) I was able to get it in place and later work some other parts around it without breaking anything.
Other Thoughts: My house can be difficult to keep cool in the summer, and I had occasional overheating issues with my Sandy Bridge i5. I now have a Haswell i7 that runs hotter even at stock settings, so $22 for a little extra peace of mind has definitely been a worthwhile investment.
At the time I installed the cooler, I had two sticks of RAM in the second and fourth slots, and they posed no problem. I later installed a 4-stick RAM kit (G-Skill Ripjaws X, for the record). Getting the stick nearest the cooler into place took a bit of maneuvering, and its heat spreaders now intrude slightly into the fan cage, but they sit well clear of the fan blades and don't appear to cause any issues. As I've seen similar user reports with many other large heat sinks, I've concluded it's something that just comes with the territory, and did not deduct additional eggs for it. My motherboard has clamps to prevent the RAM stick from being worked loose by vibration from the fan's operation, but if a motherboard has no such mechanism then I could see that potentially being a concern.
This review is from: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
Pros: This is a nice-looking functional case; haven't had any major issues with it after nearly a year. The multiple fans are not too noisy, and keep the temperature down nicely on all but the hottest days (and they do get pretty hot around here--I don't blame the case for the few times I had heat issues this past summer.)
The tray on top is handy (I use it to stow an external HD) and the blue LED's are quite lovely.
ETA: I am still happy enough with this case three years later that I've decided to use it for my new build. The updated USB 3 ports on the front panel are a nice touch. Should have noted in my original review that the side panels are very easy to remove and replace.
Cons: Cable management can be an issue, especially if you have many drives or other devices that require bays. Rat's nests easily form between the MB, PCI cards, and power supply at the back and the bays in front, making working with the cables difficult.
On the other hand, there are enough bays that unless your PC is really loaded for bear, a little careful planning and arranging will give you empty bay space where cables can be tucked and not impact your airflow too much.
Minor annoyance: the small, apparently purely decorative cutouts on the top at the front collect dust. So does the tray and the angled front panel with the USB, audio and firewire ports.
ETA: The last one was built for me by a friend, so I've never taken the whole thing apart to customize it before. In doing so, I can understand why someone who builds many computers might not care for it. Nothing is tool-less, and there are a lot of screws. But if you're just building one PC once in a while and possess a screwdriver and a bit of patience, it's still perfectly serviceable.
Video cards have gotten larger over the years, and a large one or a dual setup may require some creativity to work around. The drive cages tend to get in the way, but they can, if necessary, be moved, or even removed while still keeping the attached front fans.
I would probably not recommend this case for a water-cooled rig, especially if you've got the aforementioned large or multiple GPUs, though I'm sure it could be done.
Other Thoughts: I don't think I'd recommend this case if you intend to stuff it to capacity with multiple drives, dual graphics cards and the like. I've got one PCI Express card (my GPU,) three hard drives and a BD combo, and I'd hesitate to put any other cabled components in without removing one of them. But for a simpler setup, it's fine.
A modular power supply is an absolute must.
A note on dust: I noticed a fair amount of it had accumulated on the case's perforated front grates in just a few days, though not too much was evident inside, so I built custom dust filters for the front panels (I used several layers of fiberglass window screen; it works well.) Not sure what the interior would look like at this point if I hadn't. The front of the case is recessed, which makes it pretty easy to fit them in place. I also purchased a simple Rosewill dust screen for the side panel cutout, and find that quite satisfactory too.
I covered the ports on the front panel that I don't use with black electrical tape to keep the dust out, and it blends almost invisibly with the case finish. Since I open the case fairly often, I'm using the same stuff to hold the side panel in place rather than messing with screws all the time; it fits snugly enough in place that I don't worry it'll fall off.
ETA: Haven't fired my new build up yet, but it appears that the rear fan on the current 900 is no longer LED lit. NBD, I moved it to the back of one of the drive cages and replaced it with an LED Rosewill model.