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Western Digital WD Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I've been using this as my storage drive in my PC for about 8 months now, and have never had a problem. Has good read and write speeds, faster than my OS drive in fact, and it works well for backing up files. Also runs fairly cool, usually around 29-33°C. Price was also nice, as I got mine on sale.

Cons: Can't think of any at the moment to be honest, I've never had a single problem with mine yet.

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CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I've had this power supply in continuous use for the past two and-a-half years powering my backup pc every time I've had to use it and it has been very stable. Never a crash or lockup due to "dirty" or unstable power, several due to unstable overclocks though (wrong settings, my fault). It is pretty dead-on for voltage outputs. 12V rail puts out 12.02-12.03V under load, 5V rail is 4.96-4.98V, 3.3V rail is 3.38V. I tested it with my digital multimeter. The 3.3V rail is a little high, but still well within the ATX specifications. I will probably use it to power my next backup PC as well when I upgrade it to a newer platform, assuming it is still in good working order then.

Cons: The only cons I can think of is that it only has two 6-pin PCI Express power cables, so no SLI or Crossfire with higher-power cards. Also, the PCI Express cables are a little short, so that could be a problem with bottom-mounted power supplies in large cases.

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Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced - Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Water Cooling Support
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Exterior styling looks great. It has good looks without being too gaudy. Really love the exterior drive dock. Being a computer technician, the dock has come in handy quite a few times for backing up files quickly and easily. Good amount of interior space. Can fit large CPU coolers and long graphics cards with ease. Was able to fit a 120mm fan in my three unused 5.25" bays to provide additional CPU cooling. Can hide most wires behind motherboard tray and drive cages for unrestricted airflow and cleaner looks. I have ten fans in mine (6x intake fans, 3x exhaust fans, and one fan I attached to the drive cage to blow cool air at my graphics card), and it's nice being able to fit so many fans. Tool-less drive locks for the hard drives and optical drives are nice. Case appears to be of good quality construction, and I haven't had any problems with the workmanship or materials. No sharp edges thankfully.

Cons: Not enough room behind motherboard tray for tying down and hiding wires, when I measured it I found there was only about 0.25" of space between the motherboard tray and the lip of the case. I have a lot of wires behind the motherboard tray in mine, and it takes a lot of force to get the side panel back on (I had to lay the case on its other side and put nearly all of my weight on the panel while sliding the panel to get it to close, and this is with every wire tied down the best I could). This is with a modular power supply, so I can't imagine how one would do this with a non-modular one. This is definitely not an easy task, and rather annoying. Can't fit a 240mm radiator and 2x fans inside the case, I had to mount my fans on the outside of the case under the top plastic panel to pull air through the radiator and exhaust it out of the case. Didn't come with an adapter to attache the USB 3.0 cable to a USB 2.0 port, which was a problem since my board didn't have an onboard USB 3.0 port, I bought an adapter to make it work though.

Other Thoughts: Overall it's a very nice case, but I do have a few nitpicks about some areas that could be improved. I don't regret buying it though.

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Display Name: Evan B.

Date Joined: 04/02/11

  • Reviews: 26
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  • First Review: 04/26/11
  • Last Review: 09/04/14
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