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SAPPHIRE Ultimate  Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready  Video Card (100326UL)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great while it lasted.

Cons: Died after 10 months of use.

Other Thoughts: In retrospect, the heat in my case may have been a factor. I checked the temps when I installed the card, and I don't remember them being high. But the spare card that's now in my system is running hot (100°C under load), so perhaps this one was too? However, there were never any warnings (reboots, blue screens, etc.) until the day it died. Also, I have subjected other cards to similar temperatures in the past without any issues.

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LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C33B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good Media Center Case, But Expensive 05/30/2012

This review is from: LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C33B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: I rebuilt an old PC in this case so it would fit in my media center. I picked this case because it was one of the few cases that would fit in my media center and accommodate a full ATX motherboard. Overall, I'm very satisfied.

Cons: My only complaint is the cost. This is definitely a $100+ case, but $150+ is pushing it. They could have removed the rack mounting hardware or the external 3.5" bracket to reduce the price, since I suspect most people will not use those. The included case fans were not very quiet, which is fine, but for the price paid I feel they should be quieter.

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Antec Sonata Series SOLO II Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Realize the Dream of a Silent PC 05/29/2012

This review is from: Antec Sonata Series SOLO II Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: For years I've been dreaming of a silent PC, and this case helped make that dream a reality. The system is 100% inaudible, and only has 3 fans (front intake, CPU cooler, and rear exhaust). It looks beautiful, and feels very well built. I was able to install my power supply without removing the retention bar.

Cons: For the price, there are a few niceties missing, like a front intake fan, being able to store extra screws inside the case, and only having thumbscrews on one of the side panels. Also, I have the case sitting sideways on my desk, and you can see the power LED through the side air intake vents, which is annoying. I really considered subtracting an egg, but I'm so pleased with the lack of noise, that I'll let it slide.

Other Thoughts: 2012 Silent PC. Completely inaudible.

Intel Core i5-3570K CPU
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H Motherboard
Sapphire Ultimate Radeon HD 6670 Fanless GPU
G.Skill Ripjaws X 2x8GB DDR3 1600
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 128GB SSD
Scythe SCMG-3000 CPU Cooler
Seasonic SS-460FL 460W Fanless PSU
Antec Sonata Series SOLO II Case
Scythe SY1225SL12L Case Fan
Windows 7 Professional x64

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Brian J.'s Profile

Display Name: Brian J.

Date Joined: 08/21/03

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 12
  • First Review: 09/04/07
  • Last Review: 02/20/13
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