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APEVIA X-DREAMER4 Series X-DREAMER4-RD Black / Red Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: >Plenty of room - I installed an HIS video card that was 1 foot long and it fits.
>lots of fans
>lots of drive bays
>front USB/audio ports
>hot swap SATA bay (2.5/3.5 both fit) for those experimental types :)

Cons: >Fans aren't the greatest quality. 2 of them have a hard time starting up, this started after about 2 months of ownership.
>No way of mounting SSD / 2.5" drives included. My SSD is kind of chilling in the bottom of the drive bay with no attachment.
>connectors to hotswap bay and temp readout are flakey, i.e. they disconnect easily when trying to manage cables.
>Doesn't fix my coffee in the morning?

Other Thoughts: Case is well-nigh bulletproof. I dropped it over 5 feet (fell off of the top of my computer hutch) and survived with minimal bendage. Would buy again, matter of fact I probably will get the pink case to build a system for my daughter.

AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-Core 3.5 GHz (4.1 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W FD6300WMHKBOX Desktop Processor
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: >Black version, so you can tinker with the overclock to your heart's content.
>Mine easily went to 3.8 GHz with no fiddling with voltages. That was plenty for me.
>All around great processor.

Cons: >AMD likes to change up their software a lot. The tuner software changed from a simple interface to a complicated mess over a few months. It works, but you better know what you are getting into. YMMV.

Other Thoughts: Good for anything up to moderately high gaming demands. Runs Metro: LL with no problems.
Makes you want to go out and buy the 8 core version just because you will want even more power.
Would definitely get it again.

HIS iPower IceQ X² Boost Clock Radeon R9 280X DirectX 11.2 H280XQM3G2M 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: >Darn fast card.
>Overclocks well, but it's overkill for many games.
>Looks impressive, if that's the kind of thing you go for. (mine was one of the gold-colored ones).
>Handles everything I've thrown at it with no problems - mostly Skyrim with lots of mods.
>Did I mention fast??

Cons: >Darn huge card. Almost exactly 12" long, from the flat metal tab to the tip end. Make sure you have plenty of room.
>Calls for a pretty hefty power supply, I had to upgrade.
>If high frequency noises get on your nerves, the coil whine from this card when under load may annoy you. The "Triangle of Death" test on MSI Kombustor 2.5 makes it squeal like a pig.
>Seems like it's a guessing game whether you are going to get a black or a gold colored card. Doesn't matter to me, to some people it might be a big deal.

Other Thoughts: You're not going to get much speed improvement over this card without spending way more than this card costs. If you use the overclock headroom and download the latest drivers, you should be well pleased with this card.


Robert S.'s Profile

Display Name: Robert S.

Date Joined: 05/24/09

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 12/22/12
  • Last Review: 10/24/14
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