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This review is from: HooToo HT-PC002 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 2-Port PCI-E Add-On Expansion Card with Internal USB 3.0 19-Pin Motherboard Male Header & 5V 4-Pin Molex Power Connector (VIA VL800 Chipset, Solid Capacitors)
Pros: It works great in the PCI-Express 4x slot of my ASUS P6T motherboard. I now have the benefit of using my USB 3.0 external drive on the old gal and achieve faster transfer rates. The USB header on the card does allow me to use the USB 3.0 slot on my case. 2 slots on the back are plenty for me since I only do the occasional data transfer.
Cons: The card is solidly constructed, however you should exercise caution when inserting the USB 3.0 header and molex connector. In both cases I had to apply a little more pressure than I was comfortable with in order to get both of them connected. Hold the molex connector, and not the card itself, when connecting to make sure you don't damage the connector. Same goes with the USB header. Also connect both cables before placing into the PCIex slot. This makes the whole process a lot easier.
Other Thoughts: Be sure to visit the HooToo website and follow the link to get the latest VIA USB chipset drivers. Install the card first, then install the drivers, reboot, and done! Also, thank you newegg. You are seriously the best place to buy computer hardware. Most of the time free eggsaver shipping gets to me in 2-3 days. Couldn't be happier!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a Great Case for a budget build. It comes with a lot of fans, nice cable management features (I am a complete nut about cable management), and plenty of room to work inside. I use a Corsair H60 water cooler and there's plenty of room on the rear slot to setup a push/pull on the waterblock. I purchased a 14cm Cougar Hyperspin fan for the side door and my old i7 920 setup is happy and running cool in this case.
Cons: There was a small dent on the side door of the case. It definitely did not occur during shipping. This was a result of poor quality control in my estimation. As others have also reviewed, the side doors can be a bit snug and hard to open. I found that if you gently pull on the door handle and simultaneously push it from the front end of the case, it opens a lot easier. I see how easy it can be to bend the door if you are not careful. Once you get it open a simple bending of the front tabs prevents this issue from occurring in the future. The 1 egg deduction reflects these minor flaws
Other Thoughts: Do not be turned away be some of the negative reviews. This is an inexpensive, low cost case. I'm a little miffed to see people trash the case and review it as if it were a two-hundred plus top of the line case. You get what you pay for, and if you are in this price range you have no legitimate basis for calling the construction of this case flimsy or cheap (other than to denote to price). This is not a high end case so stop reviewing it as if it is! Feel free to click the NO button below.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: FirePower Fatal1ty 550W 80Plus Bronze Semi-Modular Gaming Power Supply 750FTY
Pros: This power supply is rock solid. I purchased it back in December 2010 to power my 1st gen i7 and now its powering a 4th gen i7 rig. The modular design and lengthy cables worked great in my full tower case as well as in my current mid-tower Cooler Master HAF 912. I like the lengthy cables because I go a bit nutty on routing and managing cables in my case. I loved this 750w so much that I've purchased 2 of their 550w versions for other builds that I put to gether for some friends.
Cons: I only had 1 minor issue, the fan began making a very subtle clicking sound. It was barely noticable over the other fans but I'm a bit of a nut job and had to do something about it (side note: when I say this, typically it means that I'm about to void my warrenty). I got a 140mm fan which a hair too big. These PSU's use a 135mm fan which are quite difficult to find, by design so this type of operation isn't possible. After getting the old fan out I got the new one out, cut the connector, stripped the wires, slapped on some wire nuts and zip tied the fan & grill into place (since the screw holes no longer lined up. I was surprised at how well it worked and its been trouble free since. This isn't really a big con because lets face it, fans go bad all the time. I found my redneck work around for it.
Other Thoughts: Why wait 3 years to review this power supply? 1st I was bored and drifting through my newegg account marveling at how much money I've spent here over the years and came across the invoice. It dawned on me that this is the oldest component in my current rig and has never given me trouble. It speaks to the outstanding quality of this power supply. 2nd I appreciate reading reviews of products that others have used for a longer time period. Most feedback comes after a month or two of use. It gives me more comfort in knowing that I'm purchasing a quality product that will go the distance.READ FULL REVIEW