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

4 out of 5 eggs Great case, but with two design flaws 07/19/2013

This review is from: CM Storm Stryker - White Full Tower Gaming Computer Case with Handle and External 2.5" Drive Dock

Pros: - Very nice cable management
- Lots of fan mounts
- Hot-swap SSD bay
- HDD bays can be rotated to face the front (gives better airflow than the standard side-facing bays on almost every case)
- Filters on every possible intake
- Small drawer to keep tools or spare parts
- Very nice window
- Integrated fan controller
- VERY strong carrying handle. You could use the case as a weapon and the handle (probably...) won't break off.

Overall a very solid, very practical, but also very nice looking, aggressive case with nice angles and lines.

Cons: There are two major design flaws that keep me from giving this case 5 eggs.

1) The carrying handle. Yeah, it's a con too. The top of the case supports 240mm radiators. The problem is that the top handle overlaps the right-side 120mm fan mount on the top of the case. So you can't run 4-fan push-pull without modding or getting a low-profile fan. There's about 17mm of clearance under the handle, while most fans are 25mm in thickness.

2) The front of the chassis doesn't have fan mounting holes. To mount fans on the front you have to have hard drive bays, and the bays themselves have holes for mounting the fans. The case comes with two bays, which assumes that you will use the remaining top 1/3 of the front space for an optical drive and maybe 2 other 5.25" devices. However, that space is the exact right size for a 120mm fan, which you cannot mount to the case without modding or glue...or buying a third cage from the Cooler Master store. The case should come with either 3 cages to mount fans OR a 5.25" fan mount adapter.

Other Thoughts: Other than that, it's a solid case. An extra hard drive cage will set you back $10, so take that into account if you're thinking about mounting a third front-intake 120mm fan. If you're interested in running a push-pull 240 rad setup on the top of the case, take a look at Gelid's slim 120mm UV Blue PWM fan. It's one of the only slim PWM 120mm fans I could find. It has an LED, but you can switch it off.

GIGABYTE GM-M8000X Rubber Black 7 Buttons USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs A great mouse with some notes 05/27/2013

This review is from: GIGABYTE GM-M8000X Rubber Black 7 Buttons USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse

Pros: - The DPI rocker is just makes sense. Its placement and use feel so natural. It's almost as if you were born with the instinct to use it. That's how simple and intuitive it is. And that's all you can ask for in a mouse - that it feels natural and thoughtless to use.
- The finish on the top and sides of the mouse are a smooth rubber that has just enough tactile friction - not too slippery, not to grippy - and is textured on the sides. Unlike glossy plastic or grippy rubber, this surface lets your hand breathe, which is important if you use the computer a lot and for extended gaming sessions.
- DPI LED indicator makes it easy to tell what setting you're on
- GHOST logo can be set to different colors for different profiles. You can even set it to "off" if you wish.
- Onboard memory. Install the GHOST software, set your profiles, and uninstall the software. Your macros and lighting settings are saved and your computer doesn't have to hold onto the deadweight software.
- Braided cord. This allows the wire to slide more easily across whatever surface you use and makes the wire more resistant to forming a memory
- Weights. You get 3x6g weights and 1x20g weight. Configurations are as follows: 6g, 12g, 18g, 20g, 26g, 32g, 38g. The holes are set in a "dog's paw" pattern, with the large 20g weight hole underneath 3 "finger" holes for the 6g weights. This means you can customize what direction the weight of your mouse leans toward.

Cons: - You can't set custom DPI for each profile. Your sensitivity settings are shared across all profiles.
- DPI LED indicator is set to red, no matter what you set the GHOST logo color to

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a great mouse. At full weights it feels substantial but not too heavy. At no weights it's slick and light but won't fly out of control. It feels very durable, and despite the 2 cons mentioned above, it's a very well designed mouse. The biggest seller is the DPI switch. I feel that Gigabyte is fairly underrated/unknown when it comes to gaming mice (compared to giants like Logitech, Razer, and Mad Catz). I gave this a shot and ended up liking it. Better than any other mouse I've ever owned.

If you're coming from generic optical/rollerball mice, this will be a HUGE upgrade. I can't at all begin to describe the difference you feel with a purposed gaming mouse. It's a great feeling. Makes gaming awesome and improves your overall PC-using experience.


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Date Joined: 05/07/12

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  • Last Review: 07/19/13
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