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LOGISYS Computer CS369BK ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 480W Power Pupply
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

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
Patriot Blaze 60GB SSD
OCZ Arc 100 120GB SSD
SIIG Soundwave 5.1 PCI Sound Card

HIS H545H1GD1 Radeon HD 5450 Silence 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express x1 Low Profile Video Card with Eyefinity
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Price, form factor, passive cooling.

Cons: None.

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.

ASUS GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Powerful. Reasonably Quiet. Not too demanding wattage-wise.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I felt obligated to post this review to balance out my previous submission titled "Problematic in SLI".

These GPUs are equipped with two tabs for multi-GPU bridges. As the AsRock Z77 Extreme3 motherboard I used in this build only ships with one SLI bridge, and I was under the impression a dual-bridge configuration would boost performance, I set up using two aftermarket Crossfire bridges. They are not interchangeable. I finally rebuilt this rig with the included SLI bridge and all was well.

Furthermore, these things are durable. At one point I was trying to retrieve a PCI slot cover that had fallen inside the case on top of the upper GPU with a pair of tweezers WHILE THE SYSTEM WAS RUNNING. After the sparks and loss of signal to the monitor I thought I had fried one of the 760s beyond repair. Everything revved back up nicely after a shutdown and restart. These devices can stand up to some abuse.

Lessons learned:

1. SLI and Crossfire bridges are not interchangeable.
2. There is little or no gain in performance using two multi-GPU bridges instead of only one.
3. Avoid poking around the interior of your box while it's running with metal objects. Even if you're grounded it's still likely not a good idea.

Stay tuned for more adventures in PC building.


Ashley S.'s Profile

Display Name: Ashley S.

Date Joined: 07/16/11

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 10/30/13
  • Last Review: 07/23/15
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