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Mitchell B.

Mitchell B.

Joined on 05/10/12

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Most Favorable Review

Not what I wanted

Rosewill RCW-310 - 12" Dual-Fan Power Y-Cable - 1 Male to 2 Female
Rosewill RCW-310 - 12" Dual-Fan Power Y-Cable - 1 Male to 2 Female

Pros: Can't think of any. This was not the cable I wanted.

Cons: This cord, as another reviewer stated, has no feasible use whatsoever. Connecting 1 fan to two Motherboard headers is useless and hazardous to the hardware.

Overall Review: Misread the product description. Was looking for a 2 fan on 1 header connector, not this. The actual build quality and craftsmanship of the product was top notch and on par with what Rosewill normally offers. I was impressed in that regard.

Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior and Windowed Side Panel
Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior and Windowed Side Panel

Pros: - Full featured case with a decent amount of room - Lots of drive bays - Tool-less mounting system is top notch - Thumb screws for side panels are always a plus - Dust filters for all intakes except side - 3.5" bay for hot swapping or media readers is always a plus in my book - Rolled edging everywhere - Motherboard cutout for ease of access to Heatsink fan mounting

Cons: - Minimal cable management area at best (could benefit from .25" more) - A little small if you're using a full featured ATX board - Tear away for all expansion bays with no replacement covers...means if you ever change configs and things don't match up you'll have open exposed expansion slots - Cables for front inputs and audio were almost too short - Cabling for power and reset were reversed for the case I received (Just switched their pin positions on the MB jumpers, easy fix)

Overall Review: All-in-all this case was a pleasure to work with. All of the cons listed above are pretty minor and did not fully adversely effect the quality of the build. If you need an inexpensive case with a few frills and decent features this is an excellent choice, However in the future I personally think I'm going to stick with my mainstay cases from NZXT. A little better quality, space, and features for about the same price.

Cooler Master GeminII S524 - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 5 Heatpipes
Cooler Master GeminII S524 - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 5 Heatpipes

Pros: - VERY easy mounting solution compared to other Coolermaster systems. When I first looked at it I thought it would be difficult but was actually quite easy. - Quite capable for a top->down cooler. Kept temperatures within 5°c of my Hyper 212+ - Tall enough to allow for memory with taller heatspreaders to fit underneath

Cons: - Instructions were a bit difficult to understand but with some extra time studying them I figured them out. Coolermaster's instructions could use some work as Heatsinks are such an important part of any system. - Doesn't come bundled with a 140mm fan. It has mounting holes for both a 120mm and 140mm fan but would benefit from being bundled with a 140mm for efficiency and acoustics. - Can be difficult to find a working orientation - if you orient the cooler over the memory banks you get efficient cooling of your memory, but you need to remove the heatsink to swap or change memory modules...extra steps can be frustrating

Overall Review: Used this for my Girlfriend's computer. It gave a nice little bit of flash for her system without being over the top. It keeps a heavily overclocked FX-4170 (4.8GHz) under 50°c and within 5°c of what my hyper 212+ was able to keep the processor at when I was using it. It is a very capable cooler that would benefit from minor reworks (similar to the 212+ -> 212evo) and bundling improvements, but as is, is an extremely good value for anyone looking for some more robust full system (memory, MB, and CPU) cooling.

Nice improvement from my Antec's

Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 - Sleeve Bearing 120mm Blue LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators
Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 - Sleeve Bearing 120mm Blue LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators

Pros: - Very strong performer in the amount of air that they move. - The LED lighting is a rich dark blue that is quite well enhanced by the semi-translucent blades - Mount very easily and are formed well - Can't beat the price/performance - Has kept all of my components 3-4°c cooler than my previous Antec Tricool 120mm LED fans

Cons: - Might be due to my fan controller but the fan motors click. this is not a huge issue as I almost always have music playing or my headset on, but when I'm just watching a movie, or surfing the web I sometimes need to turn off all but my CPU fans because the clicking is so bad. Not a huge con but for those looking for a silent fan, this can be an issue

Overall Review: The clicking really is the only noise I hear from this fan. I used to get a lot of air turbulence noise from my Antec's but these "sickleflow" style fans seem to have eliminated that. The clicking is all I really hear.

Amazing Card

XFX Double D Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card FX-785A-CDFC
XFX Double D Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card FX-785A-CDFC

Pros: - Easily overclocks well above CCC limits - Runs VERY cool - Low power consumption compared to other mid-range cards - Price/Performance that is out of this world!

Cons: - Because it uses the same PCB as XFX's 7870 it requires 2x PCI-e connectors instead of the one. - Also related to the PCB sharing: this card is a bit longer than other 7850's on the market which can cause issues in some smaller cases. Neither of these are enough for me to take off an egg as the value of this card just outshines any small blemishes.

Overall Review: Using Sapphire TriXX Overclocking utility I was able to clock my card at 1250MHz on the Core and 1500MHz (6000MHz effective) on the memory with some voltage tweaking. Even with this heavy of an overclock GPU-Z and Furmark were only reporting a power pull of 120 watts. The performance at that high of an overclock is within 5% of the 7950 benchmarks I have seen (reference design). If you're on the fence: Buy. This. Card. It's well worth the investment. System: - AMD FX-4170 @ 4.8 GHz :: Coolermaster 212+ (push/pull) - GA-990FXA-UD3 - XFX Radeon HD 7850 @ 1250/6000 - 8GB Corsair VengeanceLP 1600MHz DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 1T - NZXT Tempest 210 w/8x Antec Tricool Blue LED 120mm - Seagate 500GB HDD - Xtremegear 750 watt Crossfire/SLi certified PSU

Smooth Sailing

BYTECC U2CR-318/ Hub USB 2.0 3.5" Bay, CompactFlash/ Extreme CF/ Extreme III CF/ Ultra II CF/ HS CF/ XS CF/ CF Pro/ CF Txtra Pro/ CF Pro II. All-in-1 Card Reader
BYTECC U2CR-318/ Hub USB 2.0 3.5" Bay, CompactFlash/ Extreme CF/ Extreme III CF/ Ultra II CF/ HS CF/ XS CF/ CF Pro/ CF Txtra Pro/ CF Pro II. All-in-1 Card Reader

Pros: Rugged outer shell and locked (soldered) cable means the likelihood of disconnect or other issues within the module is minuscule at best! has read every card I've thrown at it so far including my MS PRO DUO for the PSP. Simple installation.

Cons: No way to turn off the indicator lights while idle. Doesn't show up as a recognized device in Windows 7 until you plug in a card. Cord could afford to be a bit longer. I have a small case and it was a little tight as it was.

Overall Review: A well built, robust card reader that performs flawlessly for less than $10: you can't go wrong.