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COUGAR QBX Mini-ITX Computer Case Standard ATX PSU Compatibility Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Amazing ITX case, although with flaws. COUGAR PLEASE READ THIS. 12/29/2015

This review is from: COUGAR QBX Mini-ITX Computer Case Standard ATX PSU Compatibility Power Supply

Pros: + This case breaths
+ Fit ridiculously long video cards in (I have a Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 which is around 12.28")
+ Build quality on par (even comes with a nice cover of some type)
+ Full ATX PSU compatibility (Although the socket orientation affects whether you can fit a slot-loading drive in the front or not. I removed the tray for mine and ran my cables through there.)
+ Great use of space by placing a HDD and two SSDs on the hanging metal piece with its removable cage on the main side.
+ Fits a decently sized radiator (Do not try to fit a radiator larger than a single 120mm fan.)
+ Panels aren't super flimsy, but I promise that the flimsiness doesn't matter in this situation
+ Feels solid, doesn't scratch easily
+ Panels interchangeable
+ Space used well, generally speaking
+ Looks good (And I'm sure the sticker on the front is removable. Hopefully it's easy to remove because I haven't tried yet.)

Cons: - Rivets (I want to be able to remove the bottom and screw on the fans with the GPU already installed because of the tight space)
- PSU "compatibility" (Just go with an SFX PSU. I fit a 140mm Coolermaster ATX PSU and it was an absolute nightmare to install with a long GPU. Cougar could have easily pulled the GPU upwards about 3 or 4 full millimeters which would be enough space for the cable and a modular PSU. If you buy any PSU, do not buy one that is fully modular.)
- Air filtration (The included "dust filter" is a poor excuse of a dust filter. The sides are simply metal grates so they will not filter the air. My solution was to buy a large, quarter inch thick, dust filter for an AC unit and cut it to proportion.)
- Bottom airflow (Without at least one 120mm fan below your GPU, it will starve for cool air. The bottom feet limit cool airflow to the back of the case and need revision. Otherwise, the feet are easy to add and remove and well designed.)
- Plenty of space for larger fans overlooked (A 140mm fan can easily fit on the bottom, and with a bit of work, the top. The back could also house a larger fan, but it doesn't. Instead it comes with a tiny little fan that barely moves any air and is louder than anything of the computer.)
- Potential HDD spots (front of the case, and top; I don't believe these spots have the right holes for a HDD)
- Not enough screen (Could be and should be taking more space than it already does for better cooling. The panels would feel flimsy, but I know for sure it would keep my GPU way cooler.)

Other Thoughts: Building any ITX case is going to be a long nightmare, but this was one of the more interesting nightmares that I came to appreciate in the end. This case does not get enough recognition or criticism, and I feel as though Cougar will be unable to improve on the QBX because they seem disconnected from the community. Cougar should collaborate about a revision. Other than this, I can easily recommend this as a powerful gaming build or for a power user without a GPU. Airflow can be worked to cool really well, or keep the case cool. Both have their pros and cons, neither very detrimental. Buy this case, be sure to get a motherboard that allows clearance for a top 120mm fan, buy an SFX PSU, fit nearly any GPU inside, and be sure you can fit one or two 120mm fans in the bottom. This case offers plenty of portability and cooling together for a fair price. If your GPU isn't ridiculously long and you can fit it and your PSU into a smaller case like the NCase M1, do it. I have also happened to look (in real life) at other ITX cases that are more like the shape of a console, and I personally prefer the QBX. I give Cougar a thumbs-up for this case. They definitely have a ways to go on marketing, because the airflow allowed in this case does not make up for the heat it can still trap all while maintaining positive pressure. I'll play around with setups and see if I can get it any cooler. I like this case and that means a lot; so if you're remotely interested, buy it. This review is probably lacking, but it could easily be substituted with community involvement. We need to make the next case great enough to get YouTube channels like HardwareCanucks on board.

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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs mmm this thing is F*CK'N delicious! 06/06/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 4GB G1 GAMING OC EDITION

Pros: - Comes with two Molex adapters for poor people (seriously, who uses Molex for anything besides a fan splitter these days?)
- Sexy
- Nice packaging
- Fairly quiet
- Keeps cool
- Gigabyte
- Plenty of VRAM
- Overclocks better than a champ
- Uses surprisingly very little power to run
- Amazing price to performance ratio
- Hurts so good when I jam my fingers into its fans

Cons: Okay really, there isn't much so I am over-exaggerating

- Can't change the WINDFORCE logo from blue to red or other colors
- Makes a bit of noise
- Fanless mode disabled and can only be enabled by flashing
- Doesn't have more VRAM
- Hurts when I jam my fingers into the fans when they're moving at full speed
- Uses energy

Seriously, there isn't anything I can think of.

Other Thoughts: The performance I am getting surpasses my expectations for poorly optimized games and comes at a very fair price. The build quality of the card is amazing and the backplate tops it off so well. I also got a $30mir and two games that I only slightly care for. This all seems good enough to keep me happy with what I paid for.

WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD10EZEX
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: + High capacity
+ 7200 RPM
+ Made by WD
+ Cheap

Cons: - A bit on the loud side

Other Thoughts: When the HDD is writing it is the loudest component in my computer with three Fractal fans and a stock Intel cooler (which happens to be the second loudest) but this isn't enough of a detriment to take off an egg. This is totally worth $50 and I'm glad to see WD offering a decent drive at such a low price. I doubt this drive will die on me and if it does then I can easily get a replacement, rest assured. Do buy this HDD.


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