Date Joined: 02/10/07
Pros: Its huge! I read the reviews and everyone said it was huge, I didn't realize what they truly meant until I saw it. It dropped my temps down about 10 degrees C. And I am not using the 200mm side fan (because my heatsink doesn't fit with it and I got a clear side window).
The clear side window makes it look a lot better.
The build quality is amazing. Everything fit perfectly.
I'm glad this case doesn't have a removable mobo tray, the way they designed it it couldn't have a removable mobo tray.
It only comes with 3 fans (one intake on the hd cage, one top exhaust fan, and one rear exhaust fan) The stock fans are ok, they are not loud, but don't move a ton of air. My 10 degree temp drop was using only the stock fans, except I didn't use the side 200mm.
The tooless design for the drives works well. All of mine worked.
On the top of the case, you can mount the 3 exhaust fans on either the inside or outside of the metal.
Cons: This case has a touch sensitive power button, which is cool, but I wonder how long it will last.
The finish of the case is glossy, so it attracts dirt/ finger prints.
The doors are a little difficult to get on. The trick is to put them as close as you can to the side of the case, and they should slide down into the rails and then push into place.
I'm just nitpicking, this case is amazing. Everyone that I show it to is amazed.
At first I thought the handles were more for looks, but now I see that you need them to move this behemoth.
Overall Review: The case was packaged very well. (case handles have foam, whole case rapped in plastic, whole case in a bag, bag in foam, foam in box) It could have gone through a tornado without a scratch. But the clear side panel I ordered was in a 1/2 inch box with little foam pieces on the end, not rapped in plastic at all. What gives? Why package the case so well and the side panel so poorly? I had to rma my first side panel it was so messed up. But the second one was good.
You can't go wrong with this case. It has two uses, a computer case, or it can double as a bunker/bomb shelter.
core 2 duo e8400 @3.6ghz
Thermaltake v1 ax
EVGA 750i For The Win mobo
ocz reaper hpc 4gb pc2 6400 timings-4-4-4-12 2t
WD raptor 300gb 10k rpm hd
wd 250gb data hd
Evga 9800 GX2
Thermaltake 600w psu
Cooler Master Cosmos S
Pros: very fast! I upgraded to this c2d e8400 from a c2d e6400, and I am very impressed with the performance increase. My fps in GTA IV went from 15-20 fps with the e6400, to 35-40 fps with the e8400.
Cons: none, its a super fast reasonably priced processor that can easily overclock to 4.0 ghz and beyond!
Overall Review: I didn't use the stock Intel heat sink or thermal compound, so I can't comment on them. I use arctic silver 5 thermal compound and the thermaltake V1 AX heatsink.
Pros: this sound card is amazing. I went from on board sound to this. The drivers are great for xp, I don't have vista so I can't comment on that. The software that came with the drivers is really great, you can check it out on creative's website.
The x-fi crystalizer makes music sound amazing, it can make even the worst quality music sound great.
I can't get over how detailed the software is, you can tell the software where each of your speakers are, how far away they are. Its truly amazing.
Cons: price is a little high, but you get what you pay for. This card is amazing.
Overall Review: I have the logitech z-5300e speakers, and they sounded good before I got this card, but now they sound excellent.
Pros: This drive is great, transfers files fast, loads games insanely fast. I can load cod 4 in 5 seconds. Xp boots faster, no lag when opening files. Temp is great, about 4 degrees cooler Celsius than my previous hard drive.
Thought noise would be an issue, but this raptor is not as loud as my 7200 wd.
Overall Review: My old hard drive died the day that this drive came. now that's what you call perfect timing.
The price of this is steep, but if u think is expensive, look at ssd's, they are insanely expensive, and this is just about as fast.
Pros: I have owned this monitor for over a year now and let me say it is amazing. i have no dead pixels. The picture looks just as good as it did on day one. I was not sure about acer at first, but they are great!
Cons: the only con I can think of is that the monitor doesn't have height adjustment, although it does have tilt adjustment.
Overall Review: For the price its the best 24" monitor out there.
Pros: Blue led, love the silver fins, easy to install. I used for a core 2 duo e6400, took it from idling @ 55C to 35C. also the fan controller is nice, you can use it if you want or, it un plugs and you can let the BIOS control the fan speed.
Cons: size, measure and make sure it fits, it clears my psu by about .25 inches, and it sticks out so far, it is about 1 inch from the window on my case.
Overall Review: I was going to get the old copper V1, but it weighs about 637 grams, while this one weighs 420g, so this is awesome because it weighs less and looks better. Also the other review that says it did not make a diff on his cpu, I don't know how that could be, It dropped mine 20C, I think he may have put on too much thermal paste or not installed properly.
Pros: This card is a great card, it works flawlessly with my computer and xp media center edition. The card works well with windows media center. It picked up all of the cable channels, picture quality is great on SDTV, haven't tried HDTV yet.
Cons: The wintv application is very basic and slow to respond, the guide for it is really lame, its like a separate program and it didn't even have the right channels for my area.
Overall Review: remote doesn't work with windows media center, but you can buy one that does for about $30.
Pros: I like it much better then the original crysis, while it is a short game it is very action packed. Also once you install it you don't need the dvd to play, must be some new thing
EA is using.
Cons: the game is a bit short, but the multiplayer makes up for it, and its cheaper then crysis.
Overall Review: awesome game, I give it a 9.5/10.
Pros: This camera is amazing, the 6x zoom is great. My favorite feature about this camera is that you can use this camera wether u are a novice or expert. It has some modes that are preset, like "portrait, landscape, kids and pets" but then there a few modes that you can program everything. It is a camera you can buy and use right out of the box, but then when you learn how to tune the camera you can make it take some amazing pictures.
Cons: size, its a little big and heavy, but thats because of the zoom.
Overall Review: Use energizer e2 lithium batteries in it, they last for like 500-600 pictures, the stock AA batteries only lasted me about 100 pictures.
Pros: This mouse is very sensitive, and the on the fly sensitivity changing is awsome, don't really use any of the other buttons. I use this mouse 3-4 hrs/day and it has never given me any trouble.
Overall Review: the weights are a nice touch, logitech did it again!
Pros: Force feedback amazing, 900 degree steering amazing, and the coolest part, the H pattern shifter and working clutch.
Cons: Some plastic parts, and I was expecting all metal.
Overall Review: Hands down the most realistic steering wheel on the market, for the price. Gran turismo 5 rules!!!!!!!
Pros: This card is the best grsphics card ever. I can run crysis on high @ 1900X1020 w/ AA 2x and its playable! I stepped up through EVGA to this from an 8800 GT SSC. It was well worth it. If you have the means get this card.
Cons: Heat, this thing weighs 5 pounds, and is like a space heater. But just get some more fans in your case, because it is well worth it.
Overall Review: Get this card. My system: core 2 duo email@example.com, 3 gb adata ram pc2 6400, 320 gb hd, apevia x-cruiser, EVGA 9800 GX2, mobo Asus P5N-SLI, thermaltake 600w PSU, and 7 fans to keep it all cool.
Pros: Extremely accurate. Grest all around mouse. Buttons on the mouse let you change the dpi from 2000, 800, 400. Although I always have it at 2000 dpi
Overall Review: best mouse. buy it!
Pros: Lights! If you use just the case lights it looks amazing, add a cold cathode and its even better.
It has a chimney fan!
Cons: In the front, there are only grills for two 80 mm fans, u have to use a hole saw and buy a new grill if u want a 120mm up front. I replaced the stock 80mm exhaust fan with a 120mm fan, and bought one more 80mm from newegg for $x. Then I used the old 80mm exhaust fan and the new one and put them up front.
Overall Review: My idle temp is at 102 F with a core2 duo 6600, 2 gigs of ram, asus pn5sli, 7600gs 512mb, 2 75 gb raptors in raid 1, and a 250gb western digital data hard drive. I upgraded the stock psu to a 600 watt.
Pros: Great ram. I oc'ed them to 4-4-4-12, and 2.0v, and system is stable. They are more of a fusia than the red in the pictures, but I already had two, so this was my second pair.
Overall Review: I bought a computer from cyber power and they used this ram. I wanted to stay with the ram that they used, so I bought these. They work well.
Pros: very fast ram, works great on my p5nsli main board. Good heat spreading system. Great price.
Overall Review: plan on purchasing the 2gb kit.