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Barney L.

Barney L.

Joined on 05/09/05

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Solid, roomy and well made

iStarUSA D-400 Black Aluminum / Steel 4U Rackmount Compact Stylish Chassis - Black Bezel 4 External 5.25" Drive Bays
iStarUSA D-400 Black Aluminum / Steel 4U Rackmount Compact Stylish Chassis - Black Bezel 4 External 5.25" Drive Bays

Pros: My configuration required a rack mounted, high performance PC for professional video editing. The iStarUSA D-400 fit the bill and then some. It's solidly built with many configurable options for accessories, fan and cooler placement. The unit comes with all the screws and widgets you'd need for any kind of build. The D-400 came pre wired for all of the front mounted power and reset switches as well as the HD and power LEDs. The leads were well marked and easy to attach to the motherboard. My Haswell rig contains an ASUS ATX motherboard, Corsair water cooling, big video cards a 850W power supply, two SATA drives and Blu-Ray player. The build was easy and clean because of the roomy cabinet. The front hinged doors are handsome too. It looks great in the rack.

Cons: My only disappointment was the inclusion of two front panel USB 2.0 ports instead of USB 3.0.

Overall Review: My best build ever made easier by this case. Highly recommended.

Smokin' fast

G.SKILL TridentX Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 3000 (PC3 24000) Desktop Memory Model F3-3000C12D-8GTXDG
G.SKILL TridentX Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 3000 (PC3 24000) Desktop Memory Model F3-3000C12D-8GTXDG

Pros: Very fast memory, a snap to install

Cons: Accessory fan wouldn't fit in my rig

Overall Review: While I'm not an over-clocker, I do appreciate the blazing fast speed of this memory. Yeah, they're expensive, but my new 8GB Haswell rig is the fastest that I've ever built. Over the life of the computer, I figure that the premium price was worth the time saved in video encoding and rendering. The fan accessory didn't fit in my case because it interfered with the CPU cooler. I've been running my rig for a month without the memory fan and they're cool and happy.