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Jonathan F.

Jonathan F.

Joined on 02/17/11

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Most Favorable Review

Awsome buy

Thermaltake Level 10 GT (VN10001W2N) Black SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Four Fans - 1 x 200mm Colorshift side fan, 1 x 200mm top fan, 1 x 200mm front fan and 1 x 140mm rear fan
Thermaltake Level 10 GT (VN10001W2N) Black SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Four Fans - 1 x 200mm Colorshift side fan, 1 x 200mm top fan, 1 x 200mm front fan and 1 x 140mm rear fan

Pros: After using and abusing my previous case for about six years, it finally came time to buy a new case. It was between this and the good old 800D. Considering how I have no water cooling and a insatiable need to stand out, I went with the level 10, and I'm quite glad I did. Never had so much room in a case before, and the cable management is great. Even though I don't personally use the hot swap feature, I do have quite a few HDDs, and the bays do help keep it all organized. The light show you can put on is quite cool as well, and you will certainly stand out from all your lan buddies if you haul this beast out. It seems sturdy enough, and it already survived falling off a table with nary a scratch, so I'm going to assume it will last me quite a while. Also, the dust covers are a godsend for me, as my roommates have two cats that just LOVE to rub up against the fan vents whenever I'm not there to chase them off.

Cons: Probably the only cons I have are with the directions, and the lack of SATA cables. The cables weren't to much of a problem for me, but for those who don't have extras lying about, not having them can be a bummer. Considering they cost a bit, I guess its probably good they didn't add them to keep the price down, but I digress. As for the directions, they really don't go into enough detail on the smaller features that the case comes with, like finding the dust filters or where you can install extra fans. You can call me an idiot for this, but it took me a bit to figure out how to get power to the HDD slots, as the cable end was shoved waaaaay up in the drive bays, and the directions offer no help in that area. Also, the USB 3.0 cables have to be plugged in to the back of your motherboard, so if anything it just acts as an extension for the ports. Not nearly as useful as they should be.

Overall Review: A lot of people seem to be complaining about the lights going back to blue after a restart and the fans defaulting to low. Honestly, if people are going to look at that as a major design flaw. All you have to do is push a button. A button that is almost right next to the power button. Also, if you have not built a case before, it can be a bit daunting to hook everything up, so keep that in mind if its your first time, or you haven't built from scratch in quite a while.

Most Critical Review

Elite 361

Cooler Master Elite 361 - Mini Tower Computer Case with 350W Power Supply and Rotatable Logo
Cooler Master Elite 361 - Mini Tower Computer Case with 350W Power Supply and Rotatable Logo

Pros: Cheap price, tool-less HD mounting, and as far as most Mini Towers go, not to bad looking. Also SURPRISE! One free power supply that wasn't mentioned in the specs! Although it wasn't necessarily powerful at 350W, it was only slightly less so than the one I originally bought for this build. Although there was some slight complications (I appeared to be missing some screws), installation was pretty painless for the most part.

Cons: Well, after a month of replacing some bad parts (my first "cheap" computer build), the poor thing just couldn't get itself to work. For starters, the screws holding the disk drive in had somehow fallen loose from their holdings, providing a very terrifying moment when the drive slipped out and fell into the case. Secondly, when finally turning on the case, it shorted out after a few seconds. After a few more failed attempts, it simply stopped working completely. In addition, the negative cable for the reset button managed to tear free from the switch. Finally, the Molex connector prongs for the top fan also managed to loosen themselves from their holder. It's possible that I may have caused some damage to the case during this build, what with all the additional work I had to do to it, but I treated it the same as every other build I have done, and none of those have failed like this.

Overall Review: Although not a good gaming case (some poor ventilation in my opinion), it would be good for a simple server or, as in this build, a studio computer. I just can't bring myself to rate this as a one egg product, as I don't know if all of the problems I mentioned were already present when I first received the case, or if I somehow managed to do the damage myself. Regardless, even if I had done the damage, it may just be an indication of a cheaply designed product. Cooler Master is a good company, and I have used several of their other cases before with good results. This one however, just wasn't the same quality as the others. If you do decide this on this case, treat it like the fragile piece of equipment that it is.

RAZER DeathAdder RZ01-00151400-R3U1 Black Wired Optical Precision Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor
RAZER DeathAdder RZ01-00151400-R3U1 Black Wired Optical Precision Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor

Pros: One of the best mice I have ever owned. I bought mine about 5, possibly 6 years ago, and it has held up until only just recently. Fast, accurate, and after the insane abuse it has endured from me, durable as well. Some might think the price is a bit high, but there are other mice that cost twice what this one does, and come nowhere close to how this one performs.

Cons: The black finish flaked off a bit after about 6 months of regular use, and the feet also started falling off after a year. I have also started having all the other issues the other commenters have been mentioning. Mind you, those problems have only started appearing within the past year.

Overall Review: I have more than got my monies worth from this product. Although it is now dying a slow death, I don't plan on replacing it untill it absolutely quits working all together.