Date Joined: 05/24/11
Pros: Plenty of room for cable management and 140mm fan support. It has a version without a translucent side panel which is hard to find at this price point. It is very easy to remove and clean the fan filters.
Cons: The included fans are underwhelming. If you are spending this much on a case then you will probably be putting in pwm capable fans. This is my only gripe with the case.
Overall Review: If a case costs this much then they might as well lower the price down and not include fans. Most people will probably want better speed control or some sort of RGB.
Pros: -Working flawlessly for 3 budget gaming builds I have put together.
Cons: -Chipset is very basic but perfect for most people who never even go into their own UEFI.
-Would not recommend installing windows 7 on this Board unless you have a ps2 mouse and a sata dvd drive lying around. I managed to do it on two of the builds but the USB ports wont work until you download the drivers.
Overall Review: -Some other reviewers have been saying this board is picky with ram so I will list the three different models of RAM I have successfully used with this board.
-Crucial 8GB 288-Pin DDR4 CT8G4DFS8213
-Team Elite Plus 8GB 288-Pin DDR4 TPRD48G2400HC1601
-Team Elite Plus 8GB 288-Pin DDR4 TPD48G2133HC1501
Pros: It have a very nice clean cut look with the material and build quality exceeding my budget case expectations. Can fit decent sized GPU's in it.
Cons: No optical dive options but I haven't been throwing optical drives in for a few years now.
Overall Review: Plan out how you will put your GPU and Hard drive in before you start building or you may have some headaches later
Pros: The 860k is a great budget gaming CPU (I've probably built 6-8 builds with them). The quiet cooler is a HUGE improvement over the old stock cooler. I decided to test it myself so I have two identical builds beside each other. I cant notice the quiet cooler over the case fans and gpu while the old cooler has a high pitch whine that is fairly annoying.
Cons: Not many cons besides the fact fm2 socket doesn't really offer and upgrade path beyond this CPU.
Pros: Bought 5 of these drives and they all passed inspection on crystal disk info. They were all manufactured from 2010-2011. Rung time was 2500-300 hours for each drive.
Cons: Nothing much besides the fact these are Hitachi drives and not HGST as advertised.
Pros: -Decent cable management
-Good air flow with decent acoustics
-5 fans that are of decent quality
-Fits a antec khuler 1250
-For the price, very well made.
Cons: -Material is thinner than what you would find in higher end cases but for the price I really can not complain.
Overall Review: -Rubber feet for 3.5 drive bays was a nice touch
-This is now my go to case for this price range
Pros: Well I have probably bought upward to 15 kits of Team Elite Ram and all I can say is that it works and it is cheap. I also really enjoy the look of the shroud.
Cons: Nothing really. You get what you pay for which is DDR3 RAM.
Pros: Well its a refurbished 2gb 750 that worked fine.
Cons: Nothing much. Comes in a basic cardboard box with a msi disk and a pamphlet.
Pros: I usually buy seagate barracuda's or western digital blue hard drives for most of the gaming computers I make and I haven't had a single one fail in the past 4 years ive been building computers. They have the expected speed of a basic 7200rpm hard drive.
Cons: I had one drive as a doa (it wasn't packaged in newegg's normal hard drive bubble cases for some reason). It isnt really a con because newegg took care of me and I expect it was caused by improper packaging rather than a manufacturers defect.
Overall Review: Buying both western digital blues and seagate barracuda's my advice is just to go with whichever one is cheaper at the time. They both have very similar quality, performance and are both backed by great companies.
Pros: Well it gives you the performance that you expect.
The blue fan is nice.
I got it for $10 less than the Cooler master 212 evo and at that price I was more than happy with it (if it is higher than the evo than look elsewhere unless you really want that blue fan)
Cons: It really needs to come with clips to mount a second fan on it.
Pros: For the price I was expecting a very flimsy case, what i got was far more sturdy than I expected. Yes the case is made of thin metal but i didnt feel like it was going to bend or wobble like other cases in this price range. The buttons feel sturdy and the material they use for the front peice feels like some sort of ruberized coating (dont think it is, but it feels like it). Cable management was actually ALOT better than what I was expecting for the price. I easily managed to get all the cords behind the motherboard and poking out where they were needed. Tons of 120mm fan mounting options and it actually came with 4 long fan screw (you may be surprised how many cases don't include that at this price range)
Cons: Considering the price there are none. (just don't expect the same quality as a higher end case.)
Overall Review: I actually really like this case. It has become my go to computer case for budget builds.
Pros: Wonderful card that can game like a 780 but consumes roughly 100 watts less. Maxwell architecture really makes high end itx builds a lot easier.
The metal shroud on this zotac is nice.
Probably one of the best value gpu's you can get at the time of this writing.
Cons: None that I can think of besides that the current game code it comes with requires you to jump a few more hoops than average.
Overall Review: Well it won Tom's Hardware Smart Buy Award
While this specific card is one of the shorter 970's (about 8 inches) I know that gigabyte ( and maybe more) have made some at 6.5 inches for itx builds.
Pros: Its a nice looking case with decent build quality. I really enjoy the amd logo and scorpion.
Cons: Nothing much as long as you realize that this case is made mostly for looks not cooling (but it does an ok job at it).
Overall Review: I love using these cases when I do intel and nvidia builds, the irony brings a smile to my face.
Pros: Handles a phenom 965 and a radeon 7950 just fine. Its fairly priced and 80 plus certified, so whats not to like?
Cons: So far i haven't encountered any.
Pros: Well they are decently cheap power supplies can can handle single gpu configurations. I usually buy 80 plus certified power supplies but for budget gaming builds I usually use these. I have had about 5 or 6 of these and none of them have died, (the earliest one I bought was about 18 months ago.).
Cons: The biggest con is the length of the P4 cord. If you have a bottom mount psu case ( like most cases these days) then watch out because the cord may not reach the terminal. If you have a top mount psu case then it shouldn't be a problem.
Pros: Its a great little budget gaming card that can play most games on medium and sometimes high.
Cons: Nothing I can think about
Pros: Since its gold I was worried it would look tacky when I got it. I was incredible pleased by the look of it when I finally got it. It has a real nice feel to it.
Cons: Plan ahead, you can't just order this case and expect everything to fit.
Pros: A decent ITX board with a lot of features for the am1 platform
Cons: None so far
Pros: I love the 7770. Great budget card that can handle 1080p gaming.
Cons: I ordered 4 of them. One did not work (kinda guessed I would have a DOA). Newegg is great with RMA's.
Overall Review: 3 of them came with sapphire stickers.
Pros: Well its awesome for a basic computer for web browsing, office, and even a bit of Photoshop. Great for ITX Builds.
Cons: Nothing much as long as you realize this is a low powered solution designed for basic tasks, do not set expectations too high.
Pros: - Its cheap
- Looks Good
- Come from a company who I have never had RAM die on me yet
Cons: - I can't really think any
Overall Review: -I was using these in my budget builds. I liked them enough that I have switched to buying Team Elite Plus 16GB (2x8GB) packs to save money
-Nice deep blue light
-Powers a I7-4770k and a 760
Cons: -Nothing I can think of
Overall Review: Looks really good in a NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL case
Pros: -It feels nice and looks nice
-Allows for basic cable management.
-Tooless design feels a lot more reliable than other cases with tooless design
-Love the deeper blue lights instead of those brighter ones other cases usually have.
Cons: -The motherboard side of the case does not have those tooless screws for some reason, this is a feature I have seen in $30 cases yet this one decided not to include them
Overall Review: The lights match the RAIDMAX RX-635AP power supply very well if you are looking for a power supply to match it
Pros: Doesn't seem to hold back a R7 250 on Battlefield 4 or Crysis 3.
Cons: For this price, there are no cons.