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APEX PCV-588 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs You get what you pay for. 09/18/2012

This review is from: APEX PCV-588 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: I originally got this case because it offered the features I wanted, but in the end, I probably would have been better off getting a slightly more expensive case. It does have reasonably sturdy construction regardless of the plastic parts. Offering both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports on the top instead of the front of the faceplate was actually a nice feature. Plenty of room in the case which makes it quite easy to cool. There are several spots for adding additional fans, including 2 on the top of the case. The blue LED front panel and rear fan is a nice aesthetic touch, but adds nothing to functionality. Low price, but...

Cons: After having the system built for less than a month, the front USB 2.0 ports stopped functioning. I figured the cable had disconnected and I would just fix it the next time I had the case open. However, the next time I powered down, things went south. Upon trying to power the system back up, I was greeted with absolutely no response from the power button. I opened the case and checked the motherboard for any error indicator, and found only a single small blinking LED. After doing some research, I determined that the problem was most likely the motherboard. While disconnecting the cables from the motherboard to prepare to remove it, I decided to power up the system with only the Main and ATX power connected. To my surprise, the computer began to power on. I shut off power and began connecting cables 1 at a time. I found the USB 2.0 front jacks to be the issue. Not going to RMA for that since I don't use the front ports that often, and it'll give me something to fix next time I'm bored.

Other Thoughts: The USB thing might be a very isolated incident and could have been caused by a device instead of the case being defective, however I'm not sure how since there's not really a lot you can screw up in a USB port. It's really just terminals, solder, and wire.

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Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W BX80637i53570 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: WOW this thing is fast. Outperforming 2nd Gen hands down. I play Everquest 2 which is very core intensive as opposed to GPU intensive, and I am now running the game on absolute maximum graphics and still maintaining 30-50 FPS. Bench marks on this core are through the roof compared to it's second generation counterpart. The best part of all, it's way more affordable than previous cores of lesser power. If you're planning a new build or CPU upgrade, this is your baby.

Cons: NONE

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ASUS VH236H Black 23
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It's a monitor. Pretty much all of them are the same nowdays. This one has VGA, DVI, and HDMI hookups, so you have flexibility. The built in speakers are nice if you don't want to spring for external speakers. The OSD is pretty easy to use, or at least no more difficult than others. It's a good monitor for a good price. I'm actually buying another to dual screen from my GeForce GTX 670.

Cons: None

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Phillip S.'s Profile

Display Name: Phillip S.

Date Joined: 04/14/11

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 08/29/12
  • Last Review: 09/18/12
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