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NZXT Phantom 410 Series CA-PH410-B1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This case is solid, not easily scratchable, and I have seen worse dust collectors in my time.
Airflow is very good, lots of water or air cooling options, sturdy back plane for motherboard mounting, and plenty of cable routing options.

Cons: Only a few issues. The window is mounted on twisted clips that allow it to rattle, this is easily solved with some silicon or rubber. The power supply cable routing options are not quite up to snuff, larger holes would have made this build look a little cleaner and faster to put together. And the side air vent for GPU cooling seems to be benign, additional noise without cooling benefit.

Other Thoughts: Overall a good looking, sturdy case with few issues and should make the average builder pretty happy, but their are better options for this price range though they may not look as edgy.

EVGA Z68 SLI 130-SB-E685-KR LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Two Years and still strong 11/24/2014

This review is from: EVGA Z68 SLI 130-SB-E685-KR LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard

Pros: This board is still running strong coupled with an i7 3770k. Never once had any issues with it. 1866 memory, several CPU coolers, and cases later it has not had a single issue.

Cons: Only ones I can think of is the board is a bit dated at this point but there really isn't much reason to upgrade as of now, and the pin outs for case buttons and the E light in the center of the motherboard are very flexible, it's better than brittle but a little stiffer would have been nice.

Other Thoughts: A great board if your still running sandy bridge, first and still only EVGA board I have ever bought, but their customer service is excellent and their GPU's are strong without looking overdone.

Cooler Master Hyper T4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Not sure where this fits in the market 08/03/2014

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper T4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: Decent cooling performance, very low cost, supports push pull configuration, install on AMD is pretty straightforward.

Cons: Horizontal on AMD CPU only, no Motherboard mount for AMD CPU included, CPU block bottom not flush, see other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: Considering its size, the performance does not meet expectations. Considering the price, it does. However, many other smaller CPU coolers do as well. If you have an AMD CPU you have to get low profile ram (no extended heatsinks) or only install two sticks. To be honest this doesn't open up any real overclocking room, but likely at this price point your not thinking of doing that any way. Get a smaller cooler if this is what your looking at. They cost the same, sound the same, and most importantly, they do the job and are easier to install with out worrying about the size. Also, be sure your case vent out the top as well for AMD CPU's or this cant do the job right. Which brings me to my point, why so big if not for overclocking, sure is quiet, but so is my Zalman that works just as well, costs the same, and is 5x smaller. Go with the Hyper 212 evo for 5 dollars more, it fits better, installs the same, and has far better performance.


David W.'s Profile

Display Name: David W.

Date Joined: 10/05/13

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 12/01/13
  • Last Review: 11/24/14
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