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This review is from: Nippon Labs STK-7529SD30 30pc Precision Ratchet Screwdriver Set
Pros: Compact and useful; reasonably high quality. Broad range of driver fittings. The case features a belt clip.
Other Thoughts: Newegg emailed me a promotional code for $10 off a single item. I was topped off with tech gear and my usual selections of PC components. I had to search for a while to find something useful and inexpensive and this kit looked intriguing. It turned out to be a good choice. It was already marked down $1 and my grand total with the additional $10 off was $4.98. Super deal.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LOGISYS Computer CS369BK ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 480W Power Pupply
Pros: Price. Aesthetics. Extruded side panels for cable routing. Roomy. Recessed 120mm fan mounts on top. Dual fans on PSU.
Cons: Side panels somewhat flimsy.
Other Thoughts: I was seeking a relatively inexpensive chassis and PSU bundle at a local electronics retailer and this product looked intriguing. I had slight reservations about the power supply but for the price I took the plunge.
The PSU has enough connectors and adequate power to support all of my internal components. The 4-pin CPU connector *barely* reached the socket on the motherboard but ran across the face of the CPU heatsink fan. That didn't interfere with fan operation but an aftermarket 12-inch extension cable provided more than enough slack to reroute the connector. The PSU powers an AMD triple core CPU and XFX R7 360 just fine - despite XFX's recommendation of a minimum 600W PSU.
It has a roomy interior and SSD mounting and installation was nearly effortless. Screw in to the bracket and slide and snap to install. I like the recessed fan mounts at the top - I installed some aftermarket fans with plenty of clearance for the motherboard.
The side panels on the unit I purchased were rather badly warped and require a little massaging to remove and replace. For the price and the abundance of redeeming qualities I'll simply dock one egg.
My reservations regarding the PSU were happily unfounded. Overall I'd recommend it to house a mid-range component array.
ASUS M5A78L-M USB 3 Motherboard
AMD Athlon II X3 450 3.2 GHz CPU
16GB G. Skill Sniper 1600 MHz RAM
Enermax ETS-30 CPU HSF
XFX R7 360 2GB GDDR5 GPU
Patriot Blaze 60GB SSD
OCZ Arc 100 120GB SSD
SIIG Soundwave 5.1 PCI Sound Card
Pros: Price, form factor, passive cooling.
Other Thoughts: Built an inexpensive AM1-based system with AMD's 5350 Kabini APU displaying on an AOC 1600x900 monitor. Web content is sharp and smooth, and the card and drivers installed effortlessly. The Asus AM1-!A motherboard features a PCIe x4 socket but this card will work.
I understand that this GPU is not truly intended to support high-performance gaming - Diablo 3 was a little choppy (but playable) with the APU alone - so just for the Hades of it I tried this card and some other titles. Steam's free-to-play 3rd person shooter "Dizzel' is surprisingly sharp and smooth. This 5450 handles the MOBA 'Smite' much better than I expected when the game's settings are optimized with AMD's Raptr gaming app. Diablo 3's performance was noticeably improved after installing this card.
I guess this type of GPU is intended for multiple-monitor business applications (viewing spreadsheets and such) but it does a respectable job of handling some games too. I'd wager it won't satisfy the performance fiends among us, but if you want to take a break from coding or financial analysis this card should suffice.
Recommended for price, form factor, and ease of installation.