Date Joined: 03/05/09
Pros: The case has a cool exterior design. that's about it.
Cons: It's a cheap case. You get what you pay for. Poor placement of the lower ssd drive bays. Cheap metal feel compared to the Obsidian series. (Ordered the Obsidian series case and was much happier)
Overall Review: If you're making a cheaper build system it will probably get the job done. Make sure your PSU isn't too long. It will be a tight fit next to the drive bays at the bottom. Although the bays can be easily removed.
Pros: Initially I bought a carbide series case and had to order the Obsidian series. This is because the liquid cooler I bought didn't fit into the carbide case I ordered. I'm glad I ordered the Obsidian case because the build quality is much better and feels more solid than the carbide series. Thicker metal, better screws and the placement of the drive bays work much better. I haven't had any issues with the front panel of the case. however, I feel that the front panel could have been designed a little better at the hinges and snaps.
Cons: On the decoder ring page from corsair it states that the h110i fits into this 350D case. It does however I had to bend down one of the drive support rails to make it fit. The cooler does extend into the drive bay rendering it non-usable. Fortunately, there was a second drive bay and I didn't need both.
Overall Review: Intel Core i7-6700K CPU
Asus Maximus 8 Gene Motherboard
G. Skill TridentZ 64GB RAM
Corsair H110i GTX Liquid Cooler
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 SSD Main OS
Sandisk Extreme Pro 960GB SSD Storage
Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti Amp! GPU
Corsair Obsidian MicroATX Case
Corsair RM 850W PSU
LG Blu-Ray Drive
Win10 64-Bit OS
And a couple of 24" Acer Monitors
Pros: Very fast product. Not dissapointed with the performance at all.
Cons: I get a little worried that it gets too hot. It sits under my gtx 980 ti and I wonder if it has enough cool air to breath.
Pros: I'm using this drive as a secondary drive. I haven't ran into any issues so far and the speeds are great.
Pros: This board is great if you want a smaller footprint in your work space. I didn't want to build a giant computer this time around and this board fit the bill. i haven't run into any issues as far as any of the components overlapping anything. Good design and it looks good in the dark with the red lighting.
Pros: This processor is fast. I waited to upgrade from the Nehalem generation i7's (920) and I am not dissappointed. I got lucky in the cpu lottery and was able to clock to 4.9 using liquid cooling.
Pros: This is a good liquid cooler for those who don't want to mess with building their own. I like the clean look. It is easy to install and get going.
Overall Review: This thing is big. Make sure you have a case that will fit this unit. I went the safe route and bought the Obsidian 350D case. I went to their decoder ring page and looked at all the case that they specified would fit.
Pros: I've had the PSU for a few weeks now and it is still doing it's job. No problems so far. I Love the modular and the fact I only use the cables I need.
Overall Review: One thing to pay attention to is that this PSU is a little longer in length than other "normal" PSU's.
Pros: Overclocked the RAM to 3400 no problem. No hiccups or anything. Good RAM.
Cons: No Cons
Pros: I upgraded from a gts 250 1GB to this gtx 470. both were/are in an i7 920 rig. I purchased the card to get the support for the dx11 and hopefull see a difference in performance. There is a noticeable difference in performance. I play World of Warcraft and Starcraft 2. The most noticable difference I noticed were with high action raid sequences (such as ICC raids.) This card gave me 10-20 extra fps. In Starcraft 2 I was able to put more detail into my settings.
I would charactorize this upgrade from decent to noticibly better.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I also play on a 32inch LCD screen at a 1920x1080 resolution, stock settings no overclock. For the money this card does just fine.
Pros: If you want a fast processor this is definitely it. I was upgrading from a p4. You can imagine the difference and amazement that i experienced. i work with a couple of intel core 2 duo's at work and this is quite definitely the upgrade from those as well.
Pros: Good RAM out of the box, no DOA's. asus rampage 2 and i7 920.
Overall Review: In my opinion, there is no need to go with a higher mHz than 1333. It is still very stable. With today's generation of everyday gaming and production software, there is no need to spend any more money on non-supported RAM speeds. My system is very fast on the x58 chipset.
Pros: This is a good video card for the person not wanting to spend the extra 200+ dollars for the next generation of video cards. You won't be disappointed. I have stress tested my system with world of warcraft, media center playing a dvd, and watching HD streaming tv broadcast show on the other moniter. This card and my system was able to handle everything with good quality and frame rate without any issues at all.
Overall Review: buy a couple of DVI splitters and setup a 4-monitor display. SWEET!
Pros: This is a very nice board. Leveling up cpu or memory is cake from the bios and from within the operating system. It also has all of the manual overclocking functions any overclocker would need. The multi-phase power consumption options from within the operating system are nice as well. Going from environmentally friendly to flame throwing performance is as simple as click of a button.
A side note: I have overclocked this board both memory and processor-wise(i7 920 and 12G 1333mhz.) The system stock is so powerful that overclocking is not noticeble with everyday computing unless seriously stress testing the system.
Cons: I had some issues with the chipset and windows Vista Ultimate 64bit operating system. i have updated all of the chipset drivers from intel and the operating system still comes back with a suggestion to fix a chipset compatibility issue. I have disabled the alert, but what's the deal?
Overall Review: I bought this board open box from newegg. For those who don't know, you only get the board(OEM). This concerned me at first with all the extras that it came with, I was worried about not being able to make it work. But, none of the accessories are required for this board to function. Just download all the drivers and software from asus and make sure you have sata cables for the hd's. I was building a new system so everything else came with their respective parts.
Pros: This is a good case for those who have a need for plenty of bays and space. Like everyone says it's big. But, it doesn't lack in functionality. Everything fit just fine, the easy install brackets were self explanetory. Wires are labeled and all of the mounting wholes and brackets lined up just fine. It's not a replacemnet for high end cooling components, but it does keep good air circulation.
Cons: I have had no problems with this case. The only design improvement i would mention is the front door to the case could stand to stay wide open instead of closing towards the cd/dvd bays. Auto eject functions will make the trays hit the door, if your not watching.
Overall Review: Yes the manual is lacking in some descriptions, but for my first build the motherboard manual covered the wiring. Wires on the case are labeled.