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Timothy P.

Timothy P.

Joined on 11/08/10

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent professional looking case.

COUGAR MX410 Mesh Black Powerful and Compact Mid-Tower Case with Mesh Front Panel
COUGAR MX410 Mesh Black Powerful and Compact Mid-Tower Case with Mesh Front Panel

Pros: -Designed well -Looks good -Relatively compact -Has separate compartment for drives and PSU -Has room for 6 intake/exhaust fans. -Has removable dust filters on top, bottom and front of case. -Feels surprisingly sturdy for the price -Doesn't look childish or gaudy -Has two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports on the top front of the case -Has a headphone port and mic port on the front top of the case

Cons: -It could've used a few more motherboard mounting hole options.

Overall Review: I'm very happy with this purchase. Excellent deal, and perfect for what I wanted. It's doesn't draw unwanted attention to it's self in a room. I've never dealt with a case in this price range that was so well designed. It also looks mature, and not cheap or toy-like, while still being modern. EDIT: The reviewer named Kyle obviously didn't realize that the PSU goes in from the side of the opposite side of the case as the motherboard. smh Gave 1 star to a perfectly good case over his own inexperience.

Most Critical Review

I got unlucky.

BIOSTAR Z370GT6 LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
BIOSTAR Z370GT6 LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: The board looks nice. The board has a good feature set.

Cons: I received a defective board.

Overall Review: Unfortunately my board had problems from the start. Two of the Ram slots didn't recognize my Corsair ram,so I couldn't run the ram in DDR mode. Then he next day the board died completely for no reason. I tried troubleshooting every which way, I have been building and repairing PCs for 20 years. I wanted to like Biostar because the price is right, I hoped their quality had improved, but ultimately I just got a refund and spent a bit more money to get a more reliable brand. I am not so angry, I would rather receive a defective board than have a board die on me 31 days in. If the board goes on sale for a very good discount, try it. But I wouldn't pay full price.

Excellent quality card.

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 WINDFORCE OC 8G Graphics Card, 3 x WINDFORCE Fans, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR6, GV-N2080WF3OC-8GC Video Card
GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 WINDFORCE OC 8G Graphics Card, 3 x WINDFORCE Fans, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR6, GV-N2080WF3OC-8GC Video Card

Pros: -Overclocks well (slightly over 2000, but unfortunately throttles down to about 1985) -Only takes up two slots -Looks good -Less expensive than other RTX cards that will perform the same -Uses reference style PCB so you can add an aftermarket waterblock -Has a back-plate

Cons: -Doesn't come with a supporting brace

Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this. I bought it afte another famous website delayed shipping of an MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio and I cancelled the order. Sure this doesn't have as many fancy LEDs, but It saved me about half the price of a waterblock, which will cool better than the MSI 3-slot cooler.

The best case you can get for $40

DEEPCOOL MATREXX 55 ATX Mid-Tower Case Full-size Tempered Motherboard SYNC Control RGB Lighting System
DEEPCOOL MATREXX 55 ATX Mid-Tower Case Full-size Tempered Motherboard SYNC Control RGB Lighting System

Pros: -Looks Great -Actual tempered glass rather than plastic -Metal is thicker than other cases in this price range -Paint coat seems tougher than other cases in this price range -Fits various radiator sizes -Plenty of space to hide wires behind motherboard. -Front RGB looks nice without being gaudy -Sleek modern design

Cons: - Only two 3.5in drives fit in the bay, however the drive bay should have been designed to fit 3 as there is too much wasted space between the hard drives. -No 5.25" drive bay or mounting area.

Overall Review: I am currently 3D printing a few mods for this case, so it can fit my 5.25" drive bay reservoir and add an extra 3.5" drive. I'll upload them to thingiverse in a few days if they work out.

Excellent power supply

ZALMAN ZM750-EBT (80+ Gold) 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Active PFC Power Supply
ZALMAN ZM750-EBT (80+ Gold) 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Looks great, and appears to be high quality. Is more than enough to power my coming RTX 2080, many fans, water pump, CPU & hard drives. 80plus gold efficiency, should pay for it's self over the years compared to less efficient power supplies. Has only the essential power cables hard wired, like ATX, CPU & GPU. Comes with an extra pair of GPU power connectors just in case I ever want to give SLI a try. Quiet fan.

Cons: Had EU AC power cord in box which really confused me as I had missed the seller's message notifying me that they had shipped a US cord separately. After reading the email I opened up a separate mystery package that I received, and behold it was the US power cord.

Overall Review: For the price, it's pretty unbeatable. Nvidia broke the bank with their ridiculous RTX prices, so I'm glad I found this. I didn't want to go with the 650w minimum recommendation as I'd rather have a bit too much than too little.

Great for VR & 4K

MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GTX 1070 ARMOR 8G OC
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support ATX Video Card GTX 1070 ARMOR 8G OC

Pros: -Good stock cooling -Overclocks well -Good framerates in VR games even usually with high settings -Cost effective and gives the same performance or better than most GTX 1070 models -MSI 3-year Warranty

Cons: -Doesn't have a metal back-plate like the MSi Gaming models(but is otherwise basically the same hardware)