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This review is from: RAIDMAX Seiran ATX-902WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Comes with large side fan
Tool-less assembly (kind of)
Many features of a much more expensive case -- say AZZA Solano 1000 of which I have 2. This is like a low lost cost version of that.
Nice front access design with lots of fan mounting holes allowing a bottom-mount 80mm fan for every hard drive; or you could add to the front fans or move the one they give you.
Cons: -- Rebate says you need to respond within 15 days, but we'll take 10-12 weeks to process your claim. This eroding ethic of less time to respond and more time to receive a rebate will go on until consumer protection laws are enacted, so let's get to it and write your congressmen!
-- When they say plastic in the description. They mean plastic.
-- The directions for connecting the fan and light controllers are missing.
-- Like a lot of cases, this one has a less-robust HD Audio patch cable for the front panel. It allows electrical noise from the computer to get into the headphone audio. The cable is too short to route intelligently, so there is no improvement possible except to extend the rear connection for use w/ headphones. Hopefully your speaker setup will have a headphone jack and you won't need the front panel.
Generally, all the front panel cables are too short for clean routing.
Other Thoughts: I got this on discounted w/ rebates, etc., so it was a pretty good value. It works OK for the money.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cooler Master GeminII S524 - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 5 Heatpipes
Pros: pancake design allows it to fit over mobo parts but still fit in the case.
Cools 140W CPU very well
Cons: Fan seems a little on the cheap side.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Good value. Nvidia GTX 660 is rated one of the best price vs performance values on passmark.com A 10% discount and $20 rebate raised this board to the top vs other contenders.
Nice performance. My unit has a stock G3D score from Passmark Performance Test 8.0 of 4156 vs 4107 for average GTX 660's.
Ultra quiet. Dual fan w/ heat pipe units like this one are very quiet. I had to manually control the fans to hear them even during performance testing.
Cons: Rebate. Rebates are always risky, so you may want to look for a product that is actually cheap, not just apparently so. Despite advancing technology, my rebate will take 8-12 weeks? Ridiculous. Write your congressmen and tell them we need consumer protection from rebate predators including minimum times to respond, arbitration for rip-offs, and minimum processing times. ASUS processed and approved my rebate already, but apparently I must wait many more weeks so they can continue to use my money interest free. I should be grateful since my application might have been rejected for any reason while I had little recourse.
This unit has 2Gb vs 3Gb memory available on some models (for more money.)
Other Thoughts: GTX 660 is the sweet spot for price vs performance value right now. This unit is a good choice if the price is right.READ FULL REVIEW