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Mike R.

Mike R.

Joined on 02/13/06

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Most Favorable Review

Great!

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

Pros: I just bought this drive to use as an internal drive, since 3tb internal drives are crazy expensive right now. Upon opening it up, I found a seagate barracuda XT 7200rpm drive!! Awesome!

Cons: Kindof annoying to open up if you ever want to swap out the drive with another one..

Most Critical Review

Vibrant, high resolution monitor, but bad light bleed

Acer K272HULbmiidp Black 27" WQHD 6ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor IPS DCR 100,000,000:1(1,000:1) Built-in Speakers
Acer K272HULbmiidp Black 27" WQHD 6ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor IPS DCR 100,000,000:1(1,000:1) Built-in Speakers

Pros: -Clear, vibrant picture -No dead pixels!! -Did not experience any noticable ghosting - tested Dead Space 3, Black Mesa, and Borderlands 2.

Cons: -Backlight bleed in bottom right corner, approx. 3" x 5". Made that part of the screen appear light yellow during dark gameplay/movies.

Overall Review: I was very excited that I received a monitor without dead pixels, but as soon as i started to use the monitor for gaming, the light bleed in the bottom right corner was too distracting. RMA'd the monitor.

The best case I've ever owned!

SILVERSTONE RAVEN RV02W-EW  All White reinforced plastic outer shell, 0.8mm Steel body ATX Full Tower Computer Case
SILVERSTONE RAVEN RV02W-EW All White reinforced plastic outer shell, 0.8mm Steel body ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Gorgeous - the pictures don't do it justice -Quiet - With the fans on low, you can barely hear it -Room for a radiator on the bottom of the case (brackets included with case) -Case lighting is extremely easy to do -Extremly easy to work inside, and cables are super-easy to hide -The coolest temps I've ever had in a case (verified using speedfan and tested with prime95) -Fixed the annoying issues from the first version of the raven02. The hard drive bays are now accessible by removing the side panel. -Fits the corsair H60 well with the radiator mounted on the top pushing air out of the case. Average temperature on stock core i7 920 was 31c at idle. Overclocked to 3.5, it's still a cool 39c at idle.

Cons: -One fan is faulty and constantly makes a clicking sound. Apparently this is a known issue, but contacting tech support should get the issue resolved quickly. -It's hard to find a white drive bezel! I color-matched and spray-painted one myself. -The drive bays aren't tool-less like they were in the first version of the raven02. Why did they remove that feature?

Overall Review: It will be many years before I buy another case.....this one is so well-made and looks amazing. Buy this immediately!

Fantastic case with a few nuances

SilverStone RAVEN RV01-BW Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
SilverStone RAVEN RV01-BW Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Looks gorgeous - After reading the reviews I was concerned about all the plastic, but it looks great and really adds to the style of the case Huge Size - The case is massive, plenty of room to work in Effective cooling design - The stack effect really does work with minimal noise. Make sure you don't block key airflow areas! Hard drive caddies - Hot-swappable (case comes with one adapter, one adapter needed per drive for hot-swap, CP-05). This is the first I've ever owed where I can't hear the hard drives at all (I have 4 500GB and they're silent) Rubber rails for power supply keep vibrations to a minimum

Cons: Front Door - No problems going up and down, but it's noisier than I'd like Case Window - Should be bigger to show off more of the inside Lighting - Limited places to put hidden >= 12" cold cathodes, 4" will be needed for parts of the case Only one not-easily-replaceable 120mm fan on top - the hot air doesn't escape as fast as I would like - top cover seems to trap hot air. Going from Antec900 to this case saw my temperatures increase about 3 degrees, though my overclock is still very stable. Cabling, Cabling, Cabling - If you're willing to take the time, you can make the case look amazing and hide most wires. However, it takes a while! The holes in the mobo tray aren't in the best places, especially the two holes at the back of the case. If you have an atx mobo, it will cover these holes up (though I still managed to sneak my sata, audio, front-panel, and usb headers through).

Overall Review: Fantastic case, I don't regret buying it. I was deciding between this and the Antec 1200. The Antec 1200 will cool better due to the fact that it's bascially a wind tunnel (not in noise, but in airflow), but this case had more tool-less parts, and the hard drive caddies rock! I'd recommend buying a 90 degree downward-facing DVI cable - it made cabling a lot easier and the dvi cable doesn't bend at all. Newegg didn't have any, but Provantage currently does for about 15.00. I'd also recommend 24" sata cables, which worked for me, though you will need 36" if you want to go all the way to the back of the case and up through the fan holes to connect to your mobo.