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This review is from: IN WIN GRone White 0.8mm SECC Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Pros: The case is the easiest I'd worked with in terms of installing drives. The locking trays to hold the hard drives have screw holes for SSD installs, which is really useful, no extra adapters. And being able to remove but also reinstall the front panels with ease is great.
Having a side window that extends slightly outward from the case is great for a little extra room with big fans. And there's definitely no shortage on ways to install the fans.
Cons: After I completed my build and used the power button on the case, my machine would start... and then immediately shut off and try to start again. What looked like some sort of power supply/motherboard issue turned out to be a problem with my case's reset button, which is a very awkward button in the first place but acts as if it is always pressed. Unplugging the case electronics let my machine function normally.
And while it's not a big deal, the little rubber-and-metal nubs used to install hard drives into the locking trays are really annoying. There doesn't seem to be an easy way to install a drive with them.
Other Thoughts: I would have given the case four or five stars if the buttons worked as they were meant to. I haven't tested to see if there are other issues with the front panel wiring, but it affects the operation of the rest of my machine in some fashion, so it's a fairly big deal.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Not only does this board seem to have everything I need and more, it's perfect in my Apevia X-Telstar case just for the color scheme. Installing the processor and heatsink was no problem, and everything looks good while functioning properly.
This also looks like a good board to use for learning overclocking techniques and such, which I plan to do after a few months of using everything at stock speeds. It's nice having an internal temperature reading (or so that's what I assume I'm seeing since I may have missed it in the manual) and all the onboard buttons and controls just makes the thing so incredibly useful.
Cons: Can't think of any.
Other Thoughts: Since my case has a window and there's plenty of room to see the board even through my gigantic heatsink and the video card and what-not, it's great that it's black and blue and fits right in. I can't imagine things coming together so well visually were the board green or brown or covered in strange colors for the PCI slots and all that. Black and blue was just right for what I needed, but it wasn't what sold me on getting this board--it was just an added bonus.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: APEVIA X-TELSTAR-JR G-Type X-TSJGT-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: This was for my first PC that I built flying solo, and I couldn't have picked better case-wise. The case was even better for me than I realized--in the little LCD gauge has a dB reading for microphone input, perfect for me to put to use for audio projects. The black and blue scheme looks great with my motherboard and blue-LED PSU. The fans are quiet and seem to give good airflow, and the case is indeed plenty roomy.
Cons: It is indeed a very deep case, which while it makes it easier for me to get around inside it, it wouldn't fit where my older PC could. That's not exactly a crisis, just a bit of a logistics issue.
The clips for holding the PCI brackets in place aren't the sturdiest all on their own, either, in some instances. With the USB socket plate that came with my motherboard, pushing in a cable into it causes the plate to pop inward since it's not braced by being plugged into the PCI slot. It's the price for convenience I guess, since it at least makes installing my video card and everything else a literal snap.
Other Thoughts: I think if I build another PC in the future, I'd buy Apevia again. Guys at Apevia, if you're listening, the LCD panel design on the Telstar is fantastic, and while your other cases are nice, I'd like to see this LCD display on more cases, like the X-Plorer or the Discovery which I think just has the temp gauge. I really like knowing what's going on inside my machine, and having it integrated right into the case is perfect for me. Or, sometimes it's just nice to show off since I don't know anyone else that has a case with anything remotely like that LCD panel.READ FULL REVIEW