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MSI R7950-3GD5/OC BE Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Awesome price, especially with the $30 rebate.

Cons: As mentioned many times the heat is crazy.

Other Thoughts: I thought some of the other reviews were just from people with small cases and bad airflow so when I saw this price I pulled the trigger to replace my ASUS HD7770-DC-1GD5-V2. I had planned on selling my 7770 on E bay to recoup some of the money as it is only a few months old. After running this card last night with Far Cry 3 at max and hitting temps of 92-95 I decided I was going to return the card and keep the 7700 until some of the other 7950s started dropping in price. I removed this card and when I was putting the Asus back in I looked real hard at the heatsink/fan and said "HMMM". long story short my Asus is now a back up card and with a little Arctic Silver 5 this card has been running the gpu burn in from MSI for an hour and has not exceeded 80 degrees. There is a warranty sticker on one of the heatsink screws so if you change the heatsink make sure you are willing to eat the cost of the card if you make an "uh oh".

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NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller w/ Five 30 watts Channels
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great looking and performing fan controller 09/16/2013

This review is from: NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller w/ Five 30 watts Channels

Pros: Looks sharp on my Silverstone RL01B-USB 3.0

Cheap

Works perfectly

Cons: The only one I can think of is the little white LED but it isn't that bad. A red one would match my case better.

Other Thoughts: This thing works as advertised. I think the people who have the buzzing problem might be using sleeve bearing fans in a horizontal position. All of my horizontal mounted fans are dual ball bearing (Rosewill RFX-120) and I have no buzzing at any slider position on any of the 5 fan positions.

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SilverStone SST-RL01B-USB 3.0 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Price, Fan options, fan filters

Cons: Cable management, doors hard to get on.

Other Thoughts: I ordered this case for a budget build and it fit the bill perfectly. Plenty of room and fan placement options. I like the bottom PSU mounting as well. The only thing that could be better is the wire routing. with the PSU being on the bottom there really needs to be a hole just to the side of the PSU to route wires behind the motherboard. This is easily fixable if you are handy with a drill, have a hole saw, go to a local hardware store for a grommet and are not afraid of voiding the warranty on your new case. I can't comment on the supplied red LED fan since I didn't use it. I used 4 Rosewill 120mm RFX-120's for supplies and one Cooler Master 120mm SickleFlow for exhaust. All without leds. The case doesn't have a window and I am not a fan of lit up cases anyway. The red on/off button and hard drive activity leds are pretty cool though. I also got a NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller to control the 4 supplies and 1 exhaust and it matches the mesh front panel very nicely plus I can run the fans at very low speeds when I am not gaming. One word of caution, the first time you pick it up do not grab it by the PSU hole as it is sharp and I sliced my thumb good. It bled for 2 days. One other con is the doors. They are hard to get on. You have to hold your tongue just right to get them on. I knocked one egg off for the wire routing and doors but I would suggest this case to anyone looking for a budget case. For under $50 it is a good deal and with the current $10 rebate it is a steal. Some of the other reviewers seem to think a sub $50 case should be top of the line. I didn't have such expectations.

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Clayton C.'s Profile

Display Name: Clayton C.

Date Joined: 03/14/03

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 11/18/03
  • Last Review: 10/25/13
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