Date Joined: 03/11/09
Pros: A place for everything, everything in its place.
All the components I wanted to put in the case fit.
The fan-mount template on the door made attaching my fans a snap.
It doesn't come with a power supply so I didn't have to find a place to store or discard a generic power supply when I mounted my 585w PSU.
All sides, front and top come off to make mounting components easy.
Plenty of room for everything I need.
Finished edges so I didn't bleed a single time (I have big hands) during assembly.
Cons: I just don't like the hard drive slots being located so far down the case, but they are right behind the included fan so it works out.
The drive door covers on the front are not really well mounted so they slip out of place fairly easily. Once everything is together though, they seem to stay in place though.
The blue LED in the front fan. Don't know why, just don't like it.
Overall Review: I don't expect much from a case, so I don't invest much in a case, so I don't get much out of a case...kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Seriously, this case does everything I need, is roomy enough for a family of five to live in (maybe a slight exaggeration), and provides me with more places to connect things than I have things to connect.
Would I pay $5 more for a case without the blue LED? Depends on my mood, but as far as down sides go, that's not too bad.
It stands up and holds the stuff I need held. That's what a case should do. That's what this one does.
Pros: Superb image quality.
Supports DirectX 10
On-board cooling works well.
Fast, fast card.
NVIDIA's System Monitor software is great for management - wasn't included, but was available as a free download.
Cons: It's a huge card. Blocked two of my SATA ports, but I should have done my research so I won't hold that against the card.
Overall Review: Ok, this thing screams.
It's been a while since I upgraded video cards and I was amazed by this card. It runs DDO maxed out, higest settings on highest resolution while staying in the safe cooling range at only 40-43% usage on the integrated fan.
Pros: Lots of air flow.
Lots of air flow.
Inexpensive but not cheap.
Lots of air flow.
Cons: It would be nice to have indicators on the fan showing the direction of the air flow.
Overall Review: OK, I was a bit worried when I read so many people saying this fan is loud. I have really good hearing so I looked up a decible comparison and 30db is approximately the sound a rain drop makes hitting the sidewalk. So I took a chance.
I installed three of these guys in my case - two intake, one exhaust. The two intake are connected directly to the power supply (full power) and one is connected to the motherboard (variable power). The fan on my graphics card at 40% power drowns out all three fans.
The other day we had a rain shower and I had my windows open (hey, in Texas, you can do that in the winter) and the sound of the rain outside the window from across the room drown out all the computer noise.
Put on your headphones - you're gaming anyway, right? - and the noise level is absolutely negligible.
Don't be afraid of how 'loud' these fans are.
I did notice the smell others talked about, but only for about the first 3-4 hours of operation.
I couldn't be happier.
Pros: Well, it holds all my components together and fits in my case.
Well marked for connections.
Performs as advertised.
Cons: 1. It seems there may be trouble with the on-board RealTek audio drivers and Windows 7. I couldn't get the microphone to work with Win7. Rolled back to Win XP and it worked fine through the integrated ports but still has problems with the front panel mic and speaker ports. Might be the case wiring there, but Win7 wouldn't even play with the integrated ports.
2. It is a *micro* board. I bought this with a large XFX video card (XFX GX260XAWFC GeForce GTX 260 ) and the card blocks two of the four SATA slots. So, if you are looking to use all four of your SATA slots.
Overall Review: The board is well marked for connections and I expect that a Win 7 service pack will correct the microphone isues I've had. Since I had never seen the video card nor the motherboard prior to getting them in combination, I wasn't sure that there would be a size problem with the SATA slots, but that was mostly my fault for not properly researching the config I'm using so all-in-all, only a one-egg deduction.
Pros: USB Powered, 500GB, silent and functional. Many external hdd's have backup software that tries to auto-install when you first plug them in. This one comes with the software but it didn't try to auto-install so I didn't even have to quit that. It just worked right out of the box.
What else can be said, it does what it is supposed to do.
Cons: I don't care for the flashing LED activity indicator, but hey, it sits under my desk so what do I really care? Seriously, I can't think of a con, but the space was here so I thought I'd write something.
Overall Review: I've been looking for a USB-powered external hard drive with at least 500GB for about a year now and decided to wait until they dropped under $100. Then I discovered (or rediscovered) Newegg. The price was right and it was just what I was looking for.