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Patricia D.

Patricia D.

Joined on 04/24/08

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Made of Win and Awesome

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: 1. It looks amazing. 2. Tool less design that actually works. Even the PCI slots! 3. Hole in Mobo tray for changing coolers. 4. Good airflow. 5. Fan filters. 6. Nice window. 7. Did I mention it looks AMAZING. 8 - PCI expansion slots. 9. Mostly good cable management, see cons. This case seems to have the best combination of features I was looking for. None of them were "perfect", but this was as close as I could find. It is a very very good case. Note that I am going to be incredibly critical of this case. Most of the issues are very very minor, but I figure everyone knows the good stuff. It's the little nags you won't know until you try it.

Cons: 1. Weight. It is HEAVY. A shame it didn't come with wheels. 2. Cable management issues. * 3. No collapsible motherboard tray. ** * An extra 1/4 - 1/2 of an inch would make all the difference. I had a very difficult time trying to feed the 8-pin power connector through the hole at the top/back of the case. Both the PSU's 8-pin and the extension I bought were too tall because of the clip, and wouldn't easily fit between the hole and the rail that holds the back door on. Just a little more space and everything would have slid in nicely... Needle-nose pliers and mucking around with it for a while prevailed. However, a new problem reared its ugly head. Now the extension won't "fit" with the door closed, unless I tuck its clip tab next to the CPU cooler mounting bracket. Again, that 1/4 -1/2 inch would have made all the difference. ** Mounting a Prolimatech MegaShadow while the mobo is in the case is no picnic. It gets cramped, and having the tray would help immensely.

Overall Review: The cooling in the case is good, but could be improved. By default it is negative pressure - more out than in. This allows dust to sneak into any unfiltered holes - like the PCI slots. This is easily remedied by adding a 140mm (or 120mm) fan into any empty bays. You can fit a 140mm in the top 3 even with a fan controller and BD/DvD/CD-rom. Or by flipping the front, top fan over and making it an intake fan. Either method might require you to adjust the top fan speeds to balance the pressure and make it slightly Positive. Doing either method should lower temps ~5 degrees or so. Note that I had only turned my top fans down - no reverse intake or extra fan - and I barely had any dust after 6 months. So it's not a big issue really. Wish the front filters were similar to the bottom filter. clipped onto the front mesh instead of slid in, it would make them a little easier to remove I think.

Great drive, gerat price

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: The drive performs quite well, is quiet, stays cool, and doesn't cost a ton.

Cons: Newegg was out of stock when I bought mine... Does that even count?

Overall Review: Whatever they ship these drives in rocks. I don't remember which company delivered mine - but we were just about to leave and we saw them deliver it. The guy literally threw the box 5 ft to my front door, because he was too lazy to carry a 3 lbs box up 2 steps.... ... Drive works fine, and has for 6 months. Simply awesome packaging.

BIG, but awesome

Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler

Pros: This does a great job of keeping my i7-920 cool. Plus it looks amazing. (Both this and the Mega Shadow look awesome really.) Technically, I got the MegaShadow from another site, because Newegg does not carry it - or did not have it in stock - when I made my purchase. But if I had to do it again, I'd probably just get the normal Megahalems, it's cheaper and the Shadow is no where near as "black" as the pictures.

Cons: Trying to install this in a Lian Li/Lancool Dragonlord K-62 while the motherboard is already mounted is not so easy. I had a tendency to bump the cooler while I was trying to bring one of the final screws down. Many times this would cause the cross bracket to dislodge from the cooler and I'd have to realign everything and try again. Eventually, I removed the back fan and after several attempts finally got it to work. Getting the fans on was just as frustrating. I think zip ties would have been far faster and easier in the long run. Both the cooler and fans would have been far easier to install if I had a removable tray, or did it before I put my mobo in my case. ( I recommend just buying this when you put the computer together, as opposed to getting it as an upgrade later.)

Overall Review: For those having issues with the mounting holes being miss aligned. Make sure the brackets look like this: --------------------------- | \ o / | --------------------------- | CPU | -------------------------- | / o \ | --------------------------- AND NOT --------------------------- | \ o / | --------------------------- | CPU | -------------------------- | \ o / | --------------------------- Both sides need to have the angle of holes going toward the processor. Otherwise the crossbar will not align properly. If you look really closely at the instructions you will actually see them in that orientation. It is however easily missed, and not clearly pointed out by the instructions. Aside from that, the instructions are very good.

Works Great

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850 W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850 W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: The velvet bag had a power supply in it. That alone is made of win and awesome. Oh yeah it works great too. It also looks very awesome in my case - too bad the lettering wasn't orange to match my new Xigmatech fans.

Cons: Cables are not sleeved all the way into the PSU. Cables are a mess all over the place. SO MANY CABLES ZOMG... Of course, I knew this when I purchased it, but I think if I were to buy a new PSU again it would have to be the modular variety. I've just been trying to wrangle all the cables lately and I never realized just how many I wouldn't need to use until I got my machine together. Granted, I might need them... eventually.

Overall Review: Despite the fact that the 8 pin is really long, I still had to get an extension because the Lian Li / Lancool Dragonlord k-62 has a really poorly designed TINY - blocked by the back panel rail - hole near the 8-pin on the ASRock x58 Extreme. I tried to split the connector and have a needle nose pliers battle, but I failed. The extension made it easier since the cable was no longer tethered to a rock.

Crashing Finally Fixed

XFX Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD-577A-ZNFC
XFX Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD-577A-ZNFC

Pros: Overall I give this card a 4/5 because when it is working properly, it has been great. It has a lot of good features and generally runs great, except when it crashes - see cons for more. It's a good card for its power usage and fits into cases with ease. I've read that it scales very well in crossfire mode as well, though I have not gotten two of them yet.

Cons: Crashing. Until I installed the 10.4 drivers, this card would randomly crash either displaying crazy colors, locking the screen completely still, or gray/black screen of death - depending on driver versions. Either way, crashes are annoying. Luckily, these crashes rarely happened while gaming - mostly while web browsing and occasionally while watching video. Note that the crashes were totally random. I could go for days without a crash, or crash every 10-20 minutes. Usually it wasn't all that bad though.

Overall Review: 10.4 drivers seem to have fixed it for me. There might be official firmware upgrades, but I have not looked nor tried them. It was something I had considered until 10.4 came out and the crashes stopped anyway.