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Rebecca A.

Rebecca A.

Joined on 04/18/08

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Most Favorable Review

Fits everything I had in my HAF 932

CM Storm Enforcer - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Water Cooling Support
CM Storm Enforcer - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Water Cooling Support

Pros: I really like the design and size. Fit my Classified (E-ATX) admittedly it is covering the cable management holes, but I was able to route wires really well anyway. It also fits my Xigmatek Thor's Hammer with about .5" to spare. Love the modular hard drive cages. I took it out, put my two 3.5's in the lower cage and mounted the SSD cage on top of that. Works perfectly for my needs. 200mm fan in the front pushes a fair bit of air. The window is *perfect*. It show off exactly what you want.

Cons: Graphics card temps can get a bit high since there isn't a fan directly blowing on it (but I obviously knew that going in). It would have been nice for the area under the SSD cage to fit an optional 120mm fan. I think a mod might be in order. =) Speaking of fans, it doesn't come with any fans up top, which is fine since I have loads of 120mm's laying around, but seriously? 120mm it comes with in the back is really weak. Also has USB 3.0, but no adapter for 2.0, and I couldn't find an adapter anywhere, so two useless USBs for me til I break down and buy a 3.0 card. More my motherboards fault for being old, but still USB 3.0 is pretty new, and I feel it should have come with some sort of adapter. Audio cable from the front I/O is incapable of reaching the back of my motherboard without not hiding it at all. I use my sound card, but I can see some people not liking that. Getting to the front fan filter requires removing both side panels. Still, nice that it has a filter.

Overall Review: Decided to downsize from my HAF. Dimension wise it doesn't look that much smaller, but it seems a TON smaller to me. First case with a door, I like it. There is enough space above my bluray drive to hide the front I/O cables I didn't/couldn't use (see cons) The bulk of my complaints are very minor and easily excused by the cheap pricetag. I'm really, REALLY happy with this case. Core i7 920 @ 3.8GHz EVGA E760 Classified 24GB G.Skill Ripjaws (too cheap to resist) EVGA GTX 560 Ti 384 cores Soundblaster Audigy SE 60GB Corsair Force 3 2 1TB Western Digital Blacks Corsair AX650 Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Ridiculously fast and stable system.

Most Critical Review
Steelseries Qck Gaming Mouse Pad (Black)
Steelseries Qck Gaming Mouse Pad (Black)

Pros: HUGE. Doesn't seem like it will slide around or anything

Cons: The mouse pad is in a tube packaging. When I received it it had lots of ripples in from being rolled up. My DeathAdder 3.5G doesn't seem to respond to it nearly as well as on an old Dell plastic mouse pad. Could be a result of it not being entirely flat.

Overall Review: Its under some text books now - I'm hoping that will flatten it out a bit.

10/13/2009

Good atx home server case

Corsair Carbide Series 330R (CC-9011024-WW) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Quiet Computer Case
Corsair Carbide Series 330R (CC-9011024-WW) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Quiet Computer Case

Pros: - Good size for an ATX case - Quiet! I immediately replaced the fans with x3 Noctua np12's, the whole build is virtually inaudible except for an old, loud 1TB Western Digital Black. - Everything stays cold, barely above room temp, but then, nothing really generates heat anyway. I think my hard drives produce more heat than my i3 4130T - Its really hard to find a decent case that doesn't have a window/side vent and top venting, which was desirable for this particular build (home server) to keep dust out/noise down. If I do decide to use the case forbsomething else, I can easily remove the top cover and put 2 120mm or 2 140mm fans up there. - Awesome dust filters! Really nice feature, just open the door and pull out a magnetic dust filter for cleaning. Psu filter just attaches on the bottom. The 300R had a better psu filter in my opinion, its held in my plastic and slides out the back, nevertheless, what the 330R has, works.

Cons: - It sort of fits an EATX (EVGA E760). The board itself fits fine, overlaps the cable routing holes a little bit, not a big deal, but goodluck plugging in any satas. Pretty standard for smaller, not EATX specified cases though. - No easy method for mounting 2.5" SSDs. I have several screw on 2.5-3.5 rail converters though, so no big deal. - A tad on the flimsy side? But then, I've used a lot of Cooler Master's HAF and Storm series for builds. Those are about 20lbs+ empty. I have done a build in a 300R and the sides are much sturdier, although not dampened. - More hard drive space would have been nice, but should be sufficient for most applications.

Overall Review: I had tons of parts lying around and decided a home server would be nice for Minecraft, Plex server, OwnCloud, etc. I only needed to buy a case and power supply. I tossed together an old i7 920 with an EVGA E760, needless to say, consumption was too insane for it to be on 24/7 (about 120w on idle underclocked/undervolted). So I ended up selling the CPU/mobo/RAM to a family member and purchased newer, lower power components. Had I known I was going to be buying a new motherboard, I likely would not have purchased this particular case, I would have gone the ITX/MATX route and purchased a MUCH smaller case. But whatever, the size isn't an issue for me. Overall, I'd probably do it again, just wish I'd decided to sell my old components and get new ones first. CPU: 2.9GHz Intel i3 4310T Heatsink: Arctic Freezer 13 CO RAM: 8GB DDR3 2400 G.Skill 2400 Mobo: Z97SSLI Krait MSI SSD: 60GB Corsair Force HDD: 3TB Western Digital Green HDD: 1TB Western Digital Black x 2 PSU: 500w EVGA Bronze Case: 330R Corsair

Great

Rosewill RNX-N150UBEv3, Wireless N150 Wi-Fi Adapter, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, Up to 150 Mbps Wireless Data Rates, USB 2.0 Interface, 1 x 5 DBi Detachable High Gain Antennas, Win 10 Support
Rosewill RNX-N150UBEv3, Wireless N150 Wi-Fi Adapter, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, Up to 150 Mbps Wireless Data Rates, USB 2.0 Interface, 1 x 5 DBi Detachable High Gain Antennas, Win 10 Support

Pros: Fast, works well with Windows 7

Cons: Why is it so large up by the USB connector? Can't connect anything next to it.

Works great

Patriot Xporter XT Boost 16GB Flash Drive (USB 2.0 Portable) Model PEF16GUSB
Patriot Xporter XT Boost 16GB Flash Drive (USB 2.0 Portable) Model PEF16GUSB

Pros: Works great for ReadyBoost.

Cons: Loves dust so much it starts collecting it as soon as it leaves the packaging.

Overall Review: Works like a champ for ReadyBoost in a system with a hard drive bottleneck.

Okay mouse

Logitech Wireless Mouse M505 (910-001321) Black 3 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Mouse
Logitech Wireless Mouse M505 (910-001321) Black 3 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Mouse

Pros: Wireless, good battery life

Cons: Little heavy for a portable mouse, doesn't like reflective surfaces.

Overall Review: My husband liked this mouse for his laptop so much he had to purchase another for his desktop. I prefer the slimmer Logitech Nano personally.