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CM Storm Trooper - Gaming Full Tower Computer Case with Handle and External 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great case. Every case throughout PC hobby has been rated 4 and 5 stars. They all are rubbish. This case though is the first case I have had that is great. 2 video cards, and 10 hard drives. Still looks clean on the inside!!!
Temps are still good.
Quiet with fans on medium.

Cons: I have it 4 stars because I am unsure of the overall quality. If feels great, the handle is awesome and the paint looks and feels good. It even hides finger prints well.

My concern though is that the mess on the front, half of the drive pay panel covers are rushed up. I think they sprayed the paint over top the rust and the paint never stuck and has come off. So four panels are brown and two have cancerous rust on the. :-P

Other Thoughts: The PSU intake on the bottom of the case? Not that great if you have carpet. And the intake whole they give for your PSU is for like a 90mm fan. I'd be a little concerned if you have a PSU you push heavily during intense PC operation. I'd keep an eye on temps pretty tight.
Though I have a PSU way overrated for my specs and don't push the hardware much (more of a server) so Im not too worried.

DIAMOND Radeon HD 7790 DirectX 11.1 7790PE51G 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: TDP 85watts.
Benchmarks between 7770 and 7850

Cons: It being called a 7790. Won't be as popular when it is better than the 7770.

Other Thoughts: Their website says 99.2GB/s for memory bandwidth. At that rate with the clocks given, it is 128-Bit memory.

Foxconn nt-A3550-0H0WBANA AMD A45 (Hudson D1) Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I have had this system a short time, but is awesome. Don't listen to some of these newbs. No Offense.

It opens easy peasy. 4 screws and it comes with a tool to pop the lid open so you don't have to use you thumb if you don't want.

Yeah, it gets a little warm but only on the very top where the CPU is. CPU fan/heatsink is tiny tiny. It is quiet, these chips can get warm, so nothing to worry about.

Only one RAM slot, but I only need 4GB so not a con for me.

CPU isn't anything special, don't complain if you don't know what you are buying! I am going to use this to host an 8-Bay HDD enclosure so this CPU is PLENTY. As far as HD content for a media center, it can be borderline on playing 1080p smoothly. Depends on what app you are using and if it off loads to the GPU really. So know what software you wanna use first and it it supports GPU acceleration or not. For example, in Chrome Youtube 1080p is unplayable, but in IE Youtube 1080p is just fine as IE offloads more of the work to the GPU. The CPU alone is good for 720p though.

Looks like it has an additional mSATA slot. One is there for the wifi, and it appears there is a second free slot.

Has Intel My WiFi drivers so this thing can actually act as a hotspot. Nice bonus feature I will use. Won't be too powerful as the antenna is nothing speacial.

Packs a lot of punch for less then $200.

USB 3.0
Gigabit networking
SD Reader
Wireless Card
Wireless Hotspot
2-year Warranty

Cons: Nothing as of now. Will report if something goes awol.

Using Windows 7 64-Bit w/ 4GB RAM and 160GB 7200RPM HDD.


Luke D.'s Profile

Display Name: Luke D.

Date Joined: 09/21/03

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 10/21/05
  • Last Review: 10/10/13
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