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BYTECC Bracket-525 3.5
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Solid construction, lots of holes for different mounting options, looks great in my black Antec case.

Cons: Plastic! For some reason I thought for sure this would be a metal bracket. I should have read the reviews. But that said, it's fine.

It took me longer than it should have to realize that the outer holes (for mounting it in the case) were meant to be threaded with the self-tapping screws. I was trying other screws and couldn't figure out if they were too big or what. You have to use the ones that were included with the big thread.

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Antec Mini P180 White Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Wonderful oddity 06/17/2010

This review is from: Antec Mini P180 White Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: Great airflow
Tons of room for additional fans and/or hard drives
Good cable management
Just about everything pops or slides out
No rough edges (well-machined)

Cons: It's huge, it weighs a ton, and the mATX motherboard bay is still somehow super cramped. You have to put this baby together in the correct order, and heaven help you if you ever need to change anything (e.g. add more RAM); the whole thing needs to come apart. (Fortunately, that's not such a big deal, thanks to all the Pros per the above, but it's still time-consuming.) Pay particular attention to the size of your video card; it took some effort to squeeze a GTS 250 (re-branded 9800+ GTX) in there.

Otherwise, I have the black matte version and fingerprints, scratches, and dust are very noticeable.

Other Thoughts: As noted in the Cons, I have the black matte version of this case. I fell in love almost immediately and it's been (mostly) a pleasure to build and tweak the system over the past 8 months. I cleaned the dust filters for the first time last night and I couldn't believe (1) how effective they are at capturing dust on the intake and (2) how easy they were to remove, clean, and put back in. Fun little surprises like that lead me to believe that I'll be using and enjoying this case for a long, long time.

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EVGA 512-P3-1153-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast, relatively cheap, great feature set, and of course, wonderful drivers.

Cons: First of all, the card is HUGE. I figured since it's an entry-level card, it would be more manageably-sized. Well, I was wrong, and didn't do enough research. Fortunately, I was able to cram it into my Micro-ATX case, and Newegg has a better picture up now, so hopefully future buyers won't make the same mistake I did.

Secondly, speaking of not doing my research, apparently this NVIDIA model is little more than a rebranded 9800 GTX, based on the G92 GPU. The GTS 250 model name is highly misleading. Not a big deal, the cost is about the same and it's a well-tested product by this point, but don't trick yourself into thinking this is a next-gen card. Look for a product based on the GT200 CPU if that's what you're after.

Other Thoughts: I'm happy with the product but am considering taking advantage of EVGA's "step up" program.

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Mike P.'s Profile

Display Name: Mike P.

Date Joined: 11/20/01

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 11/13/09
  • Last Review: 01/15/14
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