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This review is from: CORSAIR CX series CX430 430W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply
Pros: 80+ bronze rated, budget priced, not a lot of cable clutter
Cons: unreliable, don't last long, rated at room temperature so not truly a 430w power supply
Other Thoughts: 2nd such power supply I purchased in less than a month, for a new system build featuring the A10-6800K AMD APU and Gigabyte motherboards. Both power supplies failed in less than 1 week each. Had to replace both motherboards also. Very modest system, drawing less than 150w under peak loads. This is a poor choice for a power supply, very unreliable! Replaced with a Rosewill Capstone 450w power supply and am much more satisfied with it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: A88X chipset, USB 3, SATA 3, socket FM2+, on-board Post code display, UEFI bios,
Cons: didn't work but 1 week
Other Thoughts: Bought this as a replacement for a Gigabyte Sniper board that went bad. This board installed nice, but failed after aprox 1week. Board powered up but wouldn't Post. Tried to get the Post codes from Gigabyte's site, but they weren't much help. Still don't have the Post codes several weeks later! The Corsair power supply may have been the cause of failure. Won't buy another one of those... Took a chance and got another GA-F2A88X-UP4 motherboard ( 3rd one in less than a month) and a different power supply. New system seems to be working well so far, at last! Biggest gripe now is that it cost me $42 to return the previous boards and power supplies. Since these were all new parts that failed, I feel that Gigabyte should reimburse at least half the return shipping costs. Will update the status of my system in a month or so.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GZ-ZIF338R Black ABS+MESH / 0.5mm SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: Budget priced, lots of room, bottom mounted power supply, front fans, front ports, pleasing aesthetic design
Cons: hard drive mounting adequate but not solid
Other Thoughts: Bought this for new build budget system. Was pleasantly surprised when I got it. Great value for the money! Like the front ports, reset button and activity lights. Hard drive mounts in rack with screws on 1 side only, fixed pegs on other. Allows hard drives to flex, tilt slightly while running. Not a big deal, but would prefer a more secure mounting set up.READ FULL REVIEW