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Lukasz Z.

Lukasz Z.

Joined on 10/23/10

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Most Favorable Review

Can't go wrong with this case

Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow, Supporting up to Six 120mm Fans and USB 3.0
Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow, Supporting up to Six 120mm Fans and USB 3.0

Pros: Enough room for all components. Low price for such a great product. I fit a full sized 4870 radeon and a normal sized psu:560watt seasonic. If your video card is any larger-you can still take out the middle drive bay and make it fit. The lower bay fits 2 hard drives, and right next to it you have a ssd bay on the bottom.

Cons: Broken usb ports. I hooked it up right, they just dont work-minor flaw to me, but some may care. There are cables for hdd and power led lights but there are none on this case: so I hooked these up for nothing. Who cares as long as the power switch works. Minor flaws.

Overall Review: Since building my first system I wanted a new case that would allow great airflow and would be quieter, which with 2x200mm fans is accomplished. If you are like me and want to go for quiet/max airflow then you want the biggest fans this can take, in which case you would get 2x 200mm for the front and top and one 140mm for the side. There are 2x120 mm fans included and they are pretty quiet so I did keep the one left over and it sits at the back exhaust. There is an extra plastic adapter for 3.5 to 2.5 inch drives.

Most Critical Review

Not sure if it's worth it

XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 92mm HYPRO Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included dual fan push pull compatible LGA1150 Haswell Compatible
XIGMATEK LOKI SD963 92mm HYPRO Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included dual fan push pull compatible LGA1150 Haswell Compatible

Pros: I get 30C on idle with e5800 processor. Not as loud as a worthless stock intel cooler.

Cons: I don't know why but as soon as I put the processor through some tasks the temp instantly jumps 15-20C. There are visible grooves on the surface that touches the cpu. It stays pretty stable around 52c. At 50c the fan gets louder--I got a custom cooler to prevent that.

Overall Review: Install instructions were not as clear as they should be. INSTALL THE METAL PART SO THAT THE CUSHION IS IN BETWEEN MOBO AND METAL BACKPLATE. Otherwise the screws will wiggle and you may not make full contact with processor surface. When the screws are in the right place they will not be twistable.

Solid product

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC064D/AM 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)  Desktop Upgrade Kit
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC064D/AM 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit

Pros: Samsung makes quality products. This is my second ssd from them and no problems ever. Comes with the entire install kit.

Cons: perhaps the price.

Overall Review: Be mindful if your motherboard is older (not SATA III 6gb/s compliant) then the best speed you will get will be limitted by your older hardware not the drive itself

What??

SONY - Studio Monitor Series Headphones (MDR-XD100)
SONY - Studio Monitor Series Headphones (MDR-XD100)

Pros: Sound OK. Good enough. Bass is not excessive. Comfort: cups on ears are very light BUT..................

Cons: ..the plastic simply cuts into my head-it was so unbearable that I ended up using foam cosmetic pads to make cushions out of. Only one of the plastic wires even touches my head the other is mis-aligned. Weight rests on one thin plastic strip with no cushion..... NO VOLUME CONTROL. NO VOLUME CONTROL. Big surprise to me.

Overall Review: These are cheap for a reason. You get what you pay for. There are 2 plugs included: you can screw off the large one and use the small one for pc audio plug.

Works well, but must point this out

GELID Solutions WING 14 UV Blue FN-FW14B-12 140mm Case Fan
GELID Solutions WING 14 UV Blue FN-FW14B-12 140mm Case Fan

Pros: Decently quiet on low-noise mode (with included cable plugged in). All wires are braided.

Cons: VERY loud in power mode-it moves air and is louder than any videocard's fan I ever owned.

Very Decent for the Price

Foxconn G31MXP-K I7 LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Foxconn G31MXP-K I7 LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Not expensive. Many legacy connectors-the latest high end boards don't even include PATA connectors anymore. Has onboard graphics-of course you can't expect gaming on this type of hardware and see cons..

Cons: Tried playing 720p content using onboard graphics...don't bother- it can't handle high def. For HD playback, install a dedicated video card.

Overall Review: Recommended for low power usage: I put linux on this system and use it to save some money on electric bills-my gaming system probably consumes 3x the wattage of this one (and that's while idle).