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Antec GX500 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Flimsy case. Waste of money. 06/27/2014

This review is from: Antec GX500 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Less than $50.00
Light.

Cons: Weak.
Flimsy/soft metal.
Sharp edges.
Bad screws.
You think it might be Endo-Steel, but it's not.
Poor SSD mounting.

Other Thoughts: Spend a few more dollars, and get a reputable, top quality case, like the HAF 912. The metal on this case is terrible, you can bend or warp it just using two fingers.

The PCI covers have to be broken off, and leave sharp edges.
Standoff screws are cheap, and easily cross threaded.
Any threaded area on this case is asking to be cross-threaded from even basic installation procedures.

The SSD mounting is poor as well. You can't attach any SATA cables unless you mount the SSD upside down... which, honestly, doesn't make much difference (it's an SSD)... it's just irritating.

Spend ten dollars.. get something alot better.
Stay away from this case.

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Cooler Master HAF 912 - High Air Flow Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Amazing case 06/27/2014

This review is from: Cooler Master HAF 912 - High Air Flow Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - LOTS of room.
- Very solid construction.
- Plenty of room for extra fans.
- Removable SSD cage.
- Great airflow
- Tube gaskets/pass-thru for fast Internets.
- Amazing value

Cons: Large(?) ... is that even a Con?

Other Thoughts: For the price point, you get TONS of value. Quick install drive clips... a removable cage for your SSD(s).. lots of room for extra fans, with the top grille having options for a radiator or multiple fans.. the amount of space inside is fantastic, and this is only a mid-tower case. Buy this...you won't be disappointed.

Look at the stats... over 1,500 reviews, and only 12 gave 1-egg, and 17 gave 2-egg ... it's an amazing case, and will satisfy.

The tube pass-thrus are great too... it really helps to keep the Internets fast. They've designed the case to accommodate a series of tubes.

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GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fantastic features on the board. The onboard audio is top quality. Wasn't a fan of the UEFI BIOS, but you can run it in a more classic looking mode, which was more comfortable for me. Plenty of SATA connectors and USB ports. During testing, the on-PCB power button and digital POST code readout proved incredibly helpful. First Gigabyte board.
Ran this and a i5 Haswell/4670k, among other parts.
Not going to 1-egg it because of something out of Newegg's hands.
4-eggs because the thing ran...and ran VERY well with bent pins and RAM in single channel mode.

Cons: Was getting a POST Code of 15, and memory would only run in single channel mode. After 6 days of troubleshooting (exhausting every option before checking the socket), it was time to check the CPU and socket.
Bent pins were the culprit. Just sent it out for an RMA today... but I have to say, the system was remarkably stable and well-performing even with the bent pins, and RAM in single channel mode.

Other Thoughts: Not unhappy with Gigabyte, or the board... bent pins happen. More upset at the inconvenience than anything else. Once I have the replacement board, I'll update the review... I want this to perform well, and I think it will.
If the RMA board has bent pins, then I'll be switching brands, and not returning to GIgabyte.

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Display Name: bryan c.

Date Joined: 10/23/09

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 05/01/14
  • Last Review: 06/27/14
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