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CORSAIR CX series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Great PSU--Poor Rebate Service 04/10/2014

This review is from: CORSAIR CX series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: I really like this PSU. Quiet, smooth operation, it works like a charm. There is a modular version of it too--I can't say how that one works, but I imagine it is a good one too.

Cons: Rebate appears to be hit and miss. Read the other reviews. Minus the rebate which I probably now won't get, it was only $10 more for the modular (~$50). Wish I had bought the modular if I knew the rebate was going to be this way. Fewer cords in the way.

Other Thoughts: I had a glowing review that I am now revising down because of Corsair's rebate game; read the reviews--other people got theirs denied for various reasons (I should have read them all) and now I am out $20 too; really wish if I knew I was going to be taken, that I had just bought the modular one without the rebate. Without the rebate, this one is still worth $40, but I thought I was getting a bargain which wasn't. The one egg is for Corsair's customer service rebate game and not the item itself. Really disappointed. I would have bought more DDR3 with that rebate.

Would have bought some Corsair products recently (which had a rebate) but didn't because I had second thoughts given my recent experience. Fingers crossed I can convince Corsair to reconsider, but my time is worth money too, and they are banking I won't argue endlessly for hours over $20. And that's how one loses a customer. Corsair isn't the only game in town, and for me it is about the principle, not the amount. They keep doing this on the rebate end, and though they make excellent products, it makes me ponder buying a different manufacturer even without a rebate. They are banking (like everyone does) that you'll forget about it or not meet the requirements exactly so they can deny it.

If you see a good deal, buy right away, print the form ASAP so it doesn't disappear into the digital abyss, and pray that the vendor actually pays what they promise. Or better yet, buy one without a rebate, and then you know exactly how much you will pay in the end :/

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DIYPC FM08-W  Black USB 3.0 ATX and Micro-ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 1 x 120mm and 1x 80mm White Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is the best case I have used, EVER. And the cost was around $23 when I got it. I listened to the techies and got a great deal, and bought a quality PSU separately.

Cons: NONE.

Other Thoughts: I didn't come with a PSU, but if you read the reviews, lots of PSUs are DOA. I didn't want to take the chance, and got a 430W Corsair one.

The case has ample space, USB 3.0, and feels VERY HIGH QUALITY. Love it. Will get another one soon.

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MSI A78M-E45 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A78 (Bolton D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Easy as heck to overclock but driver problems galore 04/09/2014

This review is from: MSI A78M-E45 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A78 (Bolton D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: This mainboard is great and easy to setup. I like the menu options to control fan speed, CPU clock, memory clock, etc. Easy to adjust and takes adjustments well.

Cons: Live Update 5 did NOT work for my build. Seems to be a somewhat common problem. I had to flash the BIOS with a new update from MSI. This wasn't intuitive in the BIOS either--it was in the BIOS and not CMOS. But it took well.

Even with the BIOS flash the board would NOT take Renesas USB 3.0 updates at all. I found their driver and loaded it myself and --voila-- it worked. But Live Update 5 thought it wasn't installed, when it was.

Other Thoughts: I love this board, and despite the goofies, I would definitely buy it again, and likely will.

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Display Name: Gregory W.

Date Joined: 09/16/13

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  • First Review: 04/09/14
  • Last Review: 04/10/14
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