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KEITH L.

KEITH L.

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Great Case

Fractal Design Meshify 2 XL Black ATX Flexible Light Tinted Tempered Glass Window Full Tower Computer Case
Fractal Design Meshify 2 XL Black ATX Flexible Light Tinted Tempered Glass Window Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Lots of room for elaborate setups. Plenty of room for cable management. Build quality is phenomenal.

Cons: Only comes with 3 not so great fans. At this price point they should provide more.

Overall Review: This is the highest quality and most thoughtful case I’ve ever owned, it was designed with all enthusiasts configurations in mind. You can put a home server in it or a large custom cooling loop in it. I put two 360mm (1 push/pull & 1 push) radiators and one 140mm (push/pull) radiator in it without any trouble. The manual says you can only fit a 120mm radiator in the rear but that’s not true. I put a 45mm thick in push/pull with no problems. It just limits what you can do with the top radiator. I took out the fans it came with and used my own, they wouldn’t have worked for my build. With 11 fans running through 3 radiators this air flow minded case is pretty quiet, I measure it at 39/40db from about a foot away. Those settings keep my OC’d i9 10850k in low 70’s during stress tests and high 40’s during gaming. I’m very happy with this case and would definitely recommend it.

Truth in advertising...

be quiet! SILENT BASE 800 ATX Full Tower PC Case - Orange
be quiet! SILENT BASE 800 ATX Full Tower PC Case - Orange

Pros: Be quiet! really did a great job figuring out how to lower the noise emitted from this case. I'm coming from an Antecedent P280 and the difference is pretty dramatic. I added 2 additional 140mm silent wings 2 fans to the top of the case for extra cooling and exhaust and at full tilt (all 5 fans at 100%) it is almost inaudible. I was floored by how little noise this case makes. The removable hdd cages and expansion bays are great for flexibility and customization. I don't use a dvd/bluray drive anymore so the option to make additional room in the case for a custom water loop, lighting, fans or whatever else you can think of is nice.

Cons: I wish the cable management area between motherboard tray and off side case panel was a little deeper. It's about 22mm deep and that's on the cusp of being too shallow. A few more mm's would be appreciated especially if you are picky about cable management like I am. I was able to make it work but the inside of the side panel case fan cover makes it a little bit of a pain since it is exactly in the area where most of the wires you are trying to hide are bunched up. Like I said I made it work but it's not ideal.

Overall Review: I did notice about a 2-3 degree jump in heat on my components but I am willing to sacrifice that minuscule heat increase for the sweet sounds of silence this case provides. I'll just add another 120 on the case floor in front of the PSU and see if that clears it up.

ZR2740W

HP Smartbuy ZR2740w 27" 12 ms (GTG) WQHD IPS Panel Height & Pivot Adjustable Widescreen LED-Backlit LCD Monitor 380 cd/m2 1000:1, Brushed Aluminum
HP Smartbuy ZR2740w 27" 12 ms (GTG) WQHD IPS Panel Height & Pivot Adjustable Widescreen LED-Backlit LCD Monitor 380 cd/m2 1000:1, Brushed Aluminum

Pros: $349.99 (on sale at the time of purchase) for a 27" 1440p monitor, that's a no-brainer, UHD for the cost of a mid-range video card. Noticeable difference over my old Dell 1080p monitor, I'll never go back to 1080p. No dead pixels and no bleeding from the edges. Besides the quality difference, the amount of desktop real estate you get from upgrading to 1440p is another huge bonus, you can put 2 full web pages side by side. I have 2 780 Ti's driving this and it's a thing of beauty.

Cons: No OSD, so there are customization features that are lost. The only options you have are power, brightness +/-, and the source (DVI, HDMI, DP, etc...). I also purchased a Spyder monitor calibrator so I could get the colors and brightness perfect; and it did. There was a distinct difference before and after calibration. The brightness and color depth are perfect now.

Overall Review: If you get this monitor I would suggest also getting a calibrator because without the functionality of an OSD you cant take full advantage of this beautiful screen.

bgeara b-blaster 120

Bgears b-Blaster 120 120 mm Case Fan
Bgears b-Blaster 120 120 mm Case Fan

Pros: They move a lot of air; I put 4 of theses in my case and it's like a tornado in there. I got these on sale for $5.89 each with a promo code and they were delivered in 3 days with free shipping. Newegg is awesome.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: At full speed these are fighter jet loud, but that's expected for a fan that moves over 100 CFM of air. If you use a fan controller you can get the noise down to a comfortable level and still move a lot of air with these.

Fatal1ty 750W

PC Power & Cooling Fatal1ty Gaming Series 750 Watt 80+ Bronze Semi-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ750FTY)
PC Power & Cooling Fatal1ty Gaming Series 750 Watt 80+ Bronze Semi-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ750FTY)

Pros: Has all the power I need to run my system. The semi-modular layout keeps unnecessary wires out of the case. The flat wires are great for circulation in the case.

Cons: The 12v CPU and 20+4 pin motherboard cables are very short for a bottom mounted PSU case. My case has cable management behind the MB so I had to get an extension for both of them to reach their socket.