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Most Favorable Review

These are just what the doctor ordered

ARCTIC P12 PWM PST (Black/Black) Value Pack 5pack - Pressure-optimised 120 mm Fan with PWM and PST (PWM Sharing Technology)
ARCTIC P12 PWM PST (Black/Black) Value Pack 5pack - Pressure-optimised 120 mm Fan with PWM and PST (PWM Sharing Technology)

Pros: DAISY CHAIN all the fans together! so they run off one PMW header for fans. cool looking as basic non light fans get. come with screws and plenty long wires 4 pin Very Quiet PWM so they dont need to run full blast 24 7 only when your pc calls for it.

Cons: Only one tiny Con, screws are silver should be black because most cases are black or white. and they dont look good being all silver. But for the price its hard to complain

Overall Review: looks good ,plenty of wire, very quiet ,and they plug into each other meaning you don't have to buy a extra hub to plug them all in. and cheap price. cant beat it, will recommend and buy again! shadow wings 2 from Be Quiet are a tiny bit quiter but 1 cost as much as 5 of these and dont daisy chain. They can be compared to 1 Noctua NH-L9x65 SE-AM4 CPU cooler, Artics are a tiny bit noisier but only a little bit. 2 Be Quiet 120mm shadow wings PMW are a tiny bit quieter and blow a little harder also but alot more $ 3 Artic Accelero twin Turbo III makes just a touch less noise than the PMW fans. they would work well together. 4 Seasonic PSU's this fan is better isolated but likly about the same noise level spot on. 5 Wraith cooler, Artic is much quieter than the AMD cooling solutions. and it turns out CPU cooling solutions ramp up and down alot and when you got a quiet system otherwise you will be changing this cooler also if you want Quiet. If you plan to have a drop dead quiet system I would go with Be Quiet or Noctua but note if you have a stock cooling solution you will likley start hearing it and need to spend more money on a better cooling solution and likley a quieter PSU also, if you do not plan to change those out the Artics make a nice quiet noise that is solid enough to use. and if you have a noisy GPU there may be little since in Noctua or Be Quiet products unless you are going to make your own cooling solution for your GPU or get something like the Accelero. These Fans for the price are a great solution that will fit most needs and they will lower your overall thermals while being fairly silent. if you need negative 23 db fans at full blast these may not be quite there.

Most Critical Review

200mm NOT 230mm and connector wired wrong, just wow.

BitFenix Spectre PRO ALL WHITE Red LED 230mm Case Fan
BitFenix Spectre PRO ALL WHITE Red LED 230mm Case Fan

Pros: It moves reasonable air and is pretty average amount of noise for this size cheap fan. I bought it to replace a Antec 250mm bigboy fan that has the bearings going out, this fan I thought was the closest in size, I thought. I already own a 200mm thermaltake fan from a previous system that is the same size as this. This is not a 230mm fan if you want a 200 buy either a noctua or thermaltake.

Cons: This is a 200mm fan with some snap on plastic. Almost all fan size is measured at the edge of the outer wall area of the hub not the longest point from extra plastic sticking off. A 200mm fan blade to blade normally measures about 180 just as this fan does. The Molex connector even as seen in the pictures is wired wrong the black wire is put into the 5v side which will cause a short and can mess up your power supply. So you have to change it yourself with a screwdriver. I didnt want or need another 200mm fan. This fan is useless to me, and the pictures they show of this fan next to their own 200mm fans show a large fan difference so either their fans all run small or the picture is made deceptively to make the 230 look like a much larger fan. Also the LEDS dont add anything to this product the lenses dont spread out the light. Looks alot better and bigger in pictures.

Overall Review: I would not recommend at all get the Noctua or Thermaltake 200 at least they are honest. I am a (fan) or Quite brands like Noctua, Be Quiet and Artic. This fan is noisier than the list of 25.5 Db and noisier than any fan of these listed brands. I was really hoping for a solution to my Antec Skeleton case fan issues I will look elsewhere.

Pretty great for the price, but needs fans

DIYPC G3-BK-ARGB Black Steel / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
DIYPC G3-BK-ARGB Black Steel / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: I think DIYPC has come a long ways with this case,out doing themselves here. Generally good design nice RGB strip ,good hub for RGB keeps things tight. Great airflow and lots of fan options if you go with 120mm.

Cons: The rear fan is basic RGB trash and i got 2 sets of Inwin Sirius loops to fill the front top and rear. This brings up the price if you are looking at cases that come with fans so be careful here, fortunately i already had 3 of the mentioned fans so for me this was not a deal breaker.

Overall Review: It was fun to build in and is good for both seasoned builders and new comers alike

I love it, but hard to afford

GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card GV-N307TAORUS M-8GD
GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card GV-N307TAORUS M-8GD

Pros: it run everything at lightspeed on max settings! its Auros Great lighting and cool little screen! It runs VR like hot knife in warm butter, upgraded from a 1660 super is like 2 fold faster. huge and fills up my case like a glove!

Cons: the price, hard to find

Overall Review: if you like overpaying for hard to find cards, so you can play VR titles without puking, this is the way to go!

a great older card.

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 ATX Video Card GV-N166SGAMING OC-6GD
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 ATX Video Card GV-N166SGAMING OC-6GD

Pros: will run most games at high settings and new hard core games on reasonable settings. Very quiet and capable, nice looking 3 fan set up.

Cons: no real cons if you can get for good price.

Overall Review: i would recommend for budget gamers looking to built a nice system in the wake of GPU shortage , but if you can find a 3060 or better for the same price mabey do that instead.

Upgraded from a 3600

AMD Ryzen 9 3rd Gen - RYZEN 9 3900X Matisse (Zen 2) 12-Core 3.8 GHz (4.6 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 105W 100-100000023BOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 9 3rd Gen - RYZEN 9 3900X Matisse (Zen 2) 12-Core 3.8 GHz (4.6 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 105W 100-100000023BOX Desktop Processor

Pros: Well things to like: first thing you see coming from the 3600The box is fancy (even the inner boxes) and opens alot easier.The Prism is a better cooler, actual fin stack rather than Aluminum, Also has a con.If you dont have lighting on your CPU cooler the addition of lighting might be ok.The rest is your standard fair for AMD ,be careful with your pins drop in and click.I did see a small boost for starting and many programs and VR is way more stable.Im a Unity and Blender user and times for many operations go down just a little bit.If you want the extra cores and want to use a higher end GPU you want this.

Cons: The fin stack on the cooler is nice, but that loud fan is still to loud for a high end product, I did stick with my Noctua L9 which is whisper quiet, or choose a be Quiet! that fits your case.The uplift from a 3600 seems minimal unless you have something like a 3080 GPU where the 3900X wont be bottle necked until you go with a 3090 or 6900xt. so this will depend on your use case and future proofing . to me this is a con because you almost expect a 2x noticable change and for most operations you are looking at 1.1x to 1.3x difference which cant be felt as easy.

Overall Review: if you have a 2nd or 3rd series #600x, #700x or #800x you might not see large enough gains but i need the cores and thou future proofing is a fools errand ,i feel im there for a few years.I plan to get a High end GPU if i can win the shuffle or wait and run my 1660S till then.I am into quiet and you still need a different fan for quiet operation, my whole system is less than 21db when running full out and unheard otherwise. I'm happy to have upgraded without spending another C-note for the 5900x for a bit more performance. I would add pictures but im not using the stock cooler and there is nothing to see.