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Fractal Design Define R5 FD-CA-DEF-R5-BK-W Black Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Amazing build quality 12/21/2014

This review is from: Fractal Design Define R5 FD-CA-DEF-R5-BK-W Black Computer Case

Pros: The Define R-series have been favorites among enthusiasts for years and the latest case from Fractal Design definitely follows the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". The case only improves on the design from previous generations and brings it even closer to perfection.
-The "modu-vent" system on top is a great compromise between having a completely open top or using a false top that has restricted air flow in many cases from other manufacturers.
-The fan controller is a nice touch just in case your mother board doesn't have enough fan headers.
-You can really feel the quality of the materials that went into building the case. The side panels are very heavy when compared to similarly-sized cases.
-Plenty of room to work in and it feels like everything has been though of. Every place a wire may need to pass through to the motherboard also has a hole allowing it without looking like a huge mess.

Cons: -I wish there would have been some sort of false floor or shroud installed to hide the power supply.
-The case is rather large, but at this level I'm sure the target buyers aren't expecting a mini-ITX footprint.
-With the higher quality metal comes a higher weight. I usually keep my system on a glass-top table, but I did not feel comfortable placing this one in the same location. It is currently on the floor next to my desk until I can figure out a better solution.

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Fractal Design FD-CA-NODE-804-BL Black Aluminum / Steel Micro ATX Cube Case Computer Case ATX PSUs up to 260 mm deep Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Great design
- Separate thermal zones
- Tons of mounting points for fans and radiators
- 3 good looking and quiet fans included
- Can potentially hold a ton of drives

Cons: - A magnet for finger prints
- Extremely cramped if you intent to SLI or Crossfire
- The slim ODD specifics should be covered in the description
- Cable management was a pain

Other Thoughts: I really enjoy this case. Moved all of the white fans to the window side and used Noctua on the opposite. The BeQueit! Dark Rock 3 looks amazing in the case, BUT its a space hog.
It would be great if the description would mention that to use a slim drive you will need a slimline SATA power cable converter of some sort. The options I found are slim SATA to Molex, slim SATA to standard SATA (in the form of a lead or a straight out converter), or Silverstone makes a power supply cable with 4 connections, 3 standard SATA and 1 slim SATA.
The Silverstone option seems to be the cleanest so I believe I will try it out.

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nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum Panel PRO-LCD-B Media Center Programmable LCD
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Outdated, but super neat 04/07/2014

This review is from: nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum Panel PRO-LCD-B Media Center Programmable LCD

Pros: Straight forward installation.
Does exactly what it says. No more. No less

Cons: No support for VLC (the only media player I use)
I think if there were an SSD bracket in the back of the unit it would sell more. As of now she is a mess

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Display Name: Mathew L.

Date Joined: 01/05/12

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 03/12/14
  • Last Review: 12/21/14
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