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Johnathan M.

Johnathan M.

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Affordable: Not a "Budget" Case!

NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: I want to start by saying; This is NOT a budget case. To me using the word budget would make you assume that the case is of lesser quality and that it is NOT the case. Very clean crisp look, black inside and out, plenty of room for cable management, more internal space than than what the photos might have you thinking. There was some concern on rather the Cooler Master 212 Evo CPU cooler would fit, it fits very nicely. With no room to spare however but, to me it makes it look as though the cooler was meant to be put into this case. With side panel on, there is no contact with the cooler unless you press gently on the panel. Only then can you feel the panel make contact with the cooler. Don't rest your head on it and it will be fine. Even with the larger cooler, there is plenty of space to have two top mounted 120mm fans inside the case. Does not look like a spaceship or a science fiction machine. That is a plus to me. You would think the side panels might be super flimsy from the look (in the photos) and from the pricing, again.. this is NOT the case. A gladiator's shield it is not but, it certainly isn't flimsy either. Came with one of those little adapters to tighten the standoffs with a philips head screwdriver but, the adapter also had grip on it like a good thumb screw. Very Handy! - (See cons)

Cons: A couple tiny Cons: With the inside being painted, seems to be pretty thick, a few of the threaded holes for the MB stand offs were slightly gunked with paint, just enough to notice it when putting the stand offs in but, didn't really cause any issue. It was just noticeable.

Overall Review: Before purchase, someone suggested that I spend a few more bucks to get something with "better air flow". This case has 7 places to mount case fans and most of the rear of the case is all open for ventilation and the grills for the fans are nonrestrictive. Just to ease your mind about cooling, here is my setup, cooling arrangement and temps: CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 Black OC @ 3.68 GHz (Done with Asus AutoTune) Cooler: CM 212 Evo Case Fans: 2 x 120mm top exhaust, 1 x 120mm rear exhaust, 1 x 120mm bottom intake GPU: Asus GTX 650 MB: Asus M5A97 Idle: 30-33c 2 hours with Prime95: 53c max Left it last night on it's own to encode a couple hours of HD video, this morning HW monitor said CPU max temp 43c I do however, have the case propped up a bit higher with the feet on a couple old peanut butter jar lids (don't laugh at me) for better air flow from the bottom. With it just standing on it's own four feet, with the fans I have installed I could hear a very slight "whoosh". Now it is whisper quiet only hearing the ordinary very slight electronics hum. Here is the fan kit I ordered. Includes 4 120mm fans. newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103052 If you don't like cases that look like spaceships.. order this case.

Eggcellent! (*Update your BIOS)

EVGA 03G-P4-3784-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Dual FTW w/ EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card
EVGA 03G-P4-3784-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Dual FTW w/ EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card

Pros: Insane! Comfortably running all games on Ultra in campaign modes (see other thoughts *1) and my other applications for video, image and 3D editing have smoothed out greatly. I now feel like I have a more than adequate to work and play, without frustrations. Just shut up and give them your money!

Cons: Before purchase there were some reviews here about a slight "coil whine" and at first it was there. (see other thoughts *2)

Overall Review: *1 - There are too many variables at play to put too much judgment on FPS when playing online, but I will tell you that most anything will be extremely playable if not impressive. Chews up BF3 (online and campaign) on Ultra online and campaign. Chews up BF4 (online and campaign) on Ultra, aside from the current issues the game itself has that those of us that play it know of. Vast improvement in Arma 3 (campaign and editor) on Ultra with some tweaks. Those of us that play A3 know there are issues when hooking up to MP, but vast improvement there as well. I came to this card from a GTX 650, just to give you an idea. *2 - As reported by others before my purchase, there was a slight "coil whine" at first. (those reviews are strangely gone now) After running the card for a while the "whine" went away. Roughly a week of gaming and several benchmarks putting an intensive load on the GPU seemed sufficient to break the card in and get rid of the whine, but I will keep an ear on it just in case. *Update your BIOS - Before purchase there were a couple reviews stating they received the card DOA. (those reviews are gone now as well) I don't care how new you MB is or if you think you always keep your system up to date. Update Your BIOS just before installing the card! *Benchmark - "Valley 1.0" (same creators as "Heaven" Unigine Valley Benchmark 1.0 Score: 2643 Min FPS: 26.0 Max FPS: 119.6 Platform: Windows 8 (build 9200) 64bit CPU model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2400 CPU @ 3.10GHz (3092MHz) x4 GPU model: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 9.18.13.3165 (3072MB) x1 Settings Render: Direct3D11 Mode: 1920x1080 8xAA fullscreen Preset: Extreme HD ****The *Min FPS (26) happens during transitions from one scene render to the next

Adequate

TOSHIBA Laptop Satellite Intel Core i3 3rd Gen 3120M (2.50GHz) 6GB Memory 640GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 17.3" Windows 8 C875-S7132NR
TOSHIBA Laptop Satellite Intel Core i3 3rd Gen 3120M (2.50GHz) 6GB Memory 640GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 17.3" Windows 8 C875-S7132NR

Pros: It's a laptop, sufficient for average use at a decent price.

Cons: As with any mass manufactured computer, there is annoying pre-installed software. I highly prefer to start with my OS and drivers only, then add what I want only. If you are like me there is some cleanup to do.

Overall Review: I ordered this for my father to replace another Toshiba he purchased in the middle east, that just put it in its time and the dust shortened it's life. Usage: Basic browsing, media and light office applications. As far as laptops go, if you aren't looking for a custom ordered one Toshiba is the way to go.

Oh Nooo it's Quadzilla!

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 125W Processor - HDZ965FBGMBOX
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 125W Processor - HDZ965FBGMBOX

Pros: Terrorizes applications with blazing speed! +1 The more you do at once, the faster it gets! +1 Easily Overclocked! +1 Runs cool with the 212 Evo Cooler I got for my build! +1 The cooler it came with is a nice upgrade from the older Athlon II coolers +1 (see other thought)

Cons: None = I Dubb Thee "Quadzilla"

Overall Review: Since I had purchased the 212 Evo to cool "Quadzilla" , I took the cooler included with this and used it to replace the old cooler on my Athlon II X2 setup and it dropped the temps on it by 3-4c. Not bad at all for swapping an old stock cooler with a newer stock cooler. I paired "Quadzilla" with 16G (2X8G) 1600 G-Skill Ares and everything is real snappy. Even though I am still running HHD(s). Once I pair this setup with a couple SSD(s) I don't see myself needing to upgrade my CPU for several years. Although I haven't dove into the FX series yet, I see the Phenom II series as still being a legitimate choice. [ I could keep going but, I won't ] Just shut up and give AMD your money for this processor.

10/17/2012

Eggcellent!

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151

Pros: Works extremely well, as compared to stock coolers. Super quiet.

Cons: It was my first time using an aftermarket cooler of this size and with it's own custom mounting hardware so I fumbled just a little with the install. As someone else said, I had to look up a video before I was confident I had it right. The included fan was throwing some wacky rpm readings ( 0 - 40,000 rpm(s) )however, the fan was actually running just fine. I swapped the fan with another 120mm left over from a 4 pack I had purchased for the build and all is well.

Overall Review: Someone else mentioned that the fan didn't mount flush to the heat sink, so I paid close attention to that and that is correct. I can feel the air shooting out from the gap at the top between the fan and heat sink. With this gap closed I could have a lot more air pressure on the fins but, it still cools just fine. CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black edition Cooler: Cooler Master 212 Evo Case: NZXT Source 210 Case Fans: 2 x 120mm top exhaust , 1 x 120mm rear exhaust, 1 x 120mm bottom intake Temps: Idle 32-34c Prime95 2 hours Max temp 53c Overall extremely happy aside from the faulty rpm readings from the included fan. To Cooler Master: Close the gaps with a revised fan mounting bracket on the next version of the 212.

Very Retentive?

EVERCOOL K8-AM2-RM AMD K8 Socket AM2 Retention Holder
EVERCOOL K8-AM2-RM AMD K8 Socket AM2 Retention Holder

Pros: What do you say about a Rentention Holder? It's red, it's plastic, rectangular in shape, smooth to the touch, holds my heat sink to my cpu which also applies pressure to my cpu to assist my cpu in staying snuggled with my board and it smells okay. These are the things innovations are made of.

Cons: Not very good on sandwiches, no matter if you use mustard, mayo or miracle whip. Kind of disappointing, but not worth knocking off any eggs. Wait.. maybe I should have tried it with an egg sandwich...

Overall Review: Might order another one to mount the spare tire under my truck.