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This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
Pros: Kept an I7 3820 cool in the low 80s and after upgrading to a I7 4930k temps average in the high 80s. Does a good job with keeping processor cool under normal loads. Loading up a Server 2008 R2 VM and a Win 10 Technical Preview VM during review and temp only rose a few degrees. Never went above 111 degrees.
Cons: With the size of the fan the screws can easily get stripped. Zalman customer service.
Other Thoughts: When upgrading the processor I stripped the screws trying to remove the fan. Current one was out of warranty since I had bought it in February 2012. Ordered a new one while in the mean time I would reach out to Zalman to get or purchase some replacement screws.
Going to use the old CPU to build a server so I could still use the fan. Response took about 1-2 weeks and I got a Paypal invoice. I expected that and it was reasonable for a new kit. Paid invoice and never received item. After a couple of attempts to reach out to Zalman on the status on the order and with no response I submitted a dispute with Paypal.
So if you need to upgrade the CPU be careful, take it slow and avoid stripping the screws. If you have to deal with Zalman customer service hopefully it will go smoother for you.
Pros: A Display port to DVI adapter came in the box as well as an DVI to VGA adapter. The two I bought are licensed for Windows 7 pro and came with OEM Windows 7 pro media. Computer has 4 dimms inside and can support 32 gb of ram (The manual listed 32gb) should I ever need it. Saved money with buying the computers from Newegg. An available 5 1/4 bay to add an additional Optical drive or a media card reader.
Cons: It would have been nice if there was a description of what came inside the box. I bought two Display-port to DVI adapters along with the two computers and it turns out I didn't need them. I can find use for the adapters elsewhere so I have no plans on returning the adapters.
Other Thoughts: Bounced between this one and an Optiplex 3020. I ultimately decided on the 7010 since this particular one was on sale, had 2 USB 3.0 ports on the front an Ivy Bridge I7 and a dedicated video card.
I had enough with Dell's sales reps not quoting me the right items and the hassle of dealing with pre-configured systems. If they want to only deal with pre-configured unless you have a premier account then that's fine I will make sure I get the best deal and Newegg had the best deal for this system. I was able to buy everything I needed for my Windows 7 migration at work in one purchase. I ordered Sunday evening and I got the computers Wednesday.
This review is from: Thermaltake Commander Series Commander MS-II Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: The price. plenty of room for case fans. USB 3.0 on the front. Nice coating on the case. Room for several hard drives.
Cons: The same coating inside the case where the mainboard is mounted. Tried to screw in the motherboard mounting screw and I ended up having to use needle nose pliers to finish screwing them in. Pliers slipped and ended up pinching my finger and getting a blood blister. The case fan runs dim and slow (600 rpm).
Really not any room for Cable Management.
Other Thoughts: I would recommend using a case screw to strip off the coating for the main board screw holes. That way you would avoid a blood blister from the needle nose pliers pinching you. To use a 120 mm case fan you would need to use a standard case fan. The Antec True Quiet fans will not work in the front. They will work else where in the case.READ FULL REVIEW