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Antec NEW SOLUTION SERIES VSK-4000 Black SGCC steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Looking for an inexpensive but relatively decent looking case to fit your super-long video card and other beefy components in? This will do just that. Pop out the removable tray and you're set for even the longest video cards (13" or so).

The side panel is also perforated in such a way that it accepts a 120mm side mounted fan, but you will want some rubber spacers so that the fan does not make major air turbulence noise pressed right up against the perforations.

The front intake fan grill is cut pretty well to allow plenty of airflow which impressed me for a case this inexpensive. Usually they are so restrictive that I need to cut them out.

Cons: The side panels of the case are very flexible which makes closing the case like playing a game of Whack-A-Mole, with one corner popping up after pushing another one down.

In general all the metal is pretty thin. As expected of a $35 case.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking to house all your large components in a case for the least amount of money possible, this is worth a consideration.

However, there are often cases that come in at this same price point after a mail-in rebate with better construction, so keep an eye out for those too and you may get a better case.

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Antec HCG M Series HCG-620M 620W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: When I think of the brand who produces the very most reliable power supplies without any frills or fuss, Seasonic has always been the name I think of. Why would I mention that on this Antec power supply? Because this is designed by Seasonic and sold by Antec. Just that fact alone and you know this is going to be a bulletproof unit.

Major reviewers are praising this unit for its excellent ripple suppression relative to other power supplies at this price, good voltage regulation under load and even expansion up to four PCI-E power plugs for two high-end video cards. The 5-year warranty is icing on the cake.

Running an R9 290 and FX-8350 (first foray into AMD land for me, by the way) is no problem at all, the unit stays cool and runs quiet. $40 after rebate makes it the same price as the Corsair offerings with an extra 120W of power to boot.

Cons: Seasonic quality for $40 -- no cons here.

Other Thoughts: I'd bathe myself in these if I had enough money to.

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Team Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TXD316G1600HC9DC-V
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Plugged it in, loaded the XMP memory profile in the BIOS, any away it goes. Running on an FX-8350 I get a 7.8 rating in Windows.

This is my first time using TEAM RAM, but I'm not worried about the reliability at all. For one, look at the other reviews. Also, RAM, as opposed to other components inside a computer, has some of the lowest failure rates; that's why nearly all RAM is sold with a lifetime warranty including this TEAM RAM.

I have no reason to believe these sticks will be any less reliable than any other RAM -- there is a good chance that the DRAM chips used are pulled from the exact same factory as more expensive RAM anyway.

Cons: No cons at all. It works at the rated speed and timings and it was very cheap ($80 on Cyber Monday).

Other Thoughts: Apparently TEAM is famous for high overclocking RAM in Taiwan and surrounding areas. Even the front of the package said in large print "Overclocking Memory". I'm curious to see what kind of speeds this stuff can do, but in reality memory speed does very little for gaming performance so I'm not in a hurry to OC it.

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