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Dan S.

Dan S.

Joined on 06/24/09

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Antec NEW SOLUTION SERIES VSK-4000 Black SGCC steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec NEW SOLUTION SERIES VSK-4000 Black SGCC steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Great case for this price range!! Well-designed and very stylish!! Most builds for the average computer user would do very well in this case.

Cons: It would have been better if they had included a front intake fan. And. . . .I paid $39.99 for it. Then 2 days later it dropped to $29.99. Then the next day it dropped again to $19.99. (I'm guessing these are not selling very well)

Overall Review: Now for the main reason I'm writing this review: The last reviewer (who wouldn't even identify himself) obviously has no idea what he is doing if he had that much trouble simply trying to mount the board in the case. And, just to clear up some misinformation, top-mounted power supplies do not cause any significant increase in system temps! They work fine and have served the computer enthusiast industry well for many years. In fact, bottom-mounted PSU's have actually resulted in increased temps due to dust being sucked into the PSU thereby reducing airflow and causing the PSU itself to run hotter and therefore heating up the air inside the case. They have even caused premature PSU failure due to overheating. So, unless you are buying a higher end case with removable filters and you intend to clean the filters often to ensure good air-flow (which most average users would not think to do) I would recommend staying with top-mounted PSU cases. Any case designed for good airflow will keep your system cool and a top-mounted PSU will not adversely affect this. This case is a good product - better than most in this price range! The only thing I would suggest to improve this case is that you buy another 120mm fan and mount in the front air intake. This improves airflow by creating a push-pull fan design and it forces air directly across your HDD area to keep your HDD's cooler.

Most Critical Review

Disappointed

ASRock Phantom Gaming Radeon RX 560 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 (Uses x8) Video Card RX560 4G
ASRock Phantom Gaming Radeon RX 560 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 (Uses x8) Video Card RX560 4G

Pros: The specs are great and the price was right.

Cons: Had graphics issues with Windows 10. It installed OK but then in device manager the card was recognized only as a generic video card. Every attempt to install the drivers (either with CD or downloaded drivers) completely crashed Windows. After 2 days of fighting with it, finally gave up and installed Linux Mint 18.3 with minimal issues (later releases had no graphics display when loading live boot). As usual with Radeon cards, I found that Linux drivers were not available. It's working OK now but still has a few minor issues. Should have stayed with tried and true Nvidia video cards, but the great specs and lower price enticed me to try this one. What a disappointment!

Overall Review: I don't recommend this card. Spend a little more and get an EVGA Nvidia card. That's what I'm going to do next. My new ITX build has been awesome all except for this issue with the graphics card.

Very Noisy Fans!

Corsair CO-9050039-WW 120 mm ML120, 120mm Premium Magnetic Levitation PWM Fan (2-Pack)
Corsair CO-9050039-WW 120 mm ML120, 120mm Premium Magnetic Levitation PWM Fan (2-Pack)

Pros: Good cooling at a decent price.

Cons: The bearings have a vibration that is very annoying.

Overall Review: Got these as a gift for a new Mini ITX build. I hate them! They are very noisy. They have a vibration in the bearings that never goes away - you can hear it at any speed. Replaced them with Noctua NF-F12 fans. Problem fixed!

Not So Great

CM Storm Xornet - 2000 DPI Optical Gaming Mouse with Durable Omron Microswitches
CM Storm Xornet - 2000 DPI Optical Gaming Mouse with Durable Omron Microswitches

Pros: I liked it at first. Everything works well. The mouse is smooth and responsive. But after three months of continual use. . . . . . .

Cons: This mouse appears to be palm grip design with a unique rest on the right side for the third finger. It seems like a good idea and would make a comfortable mouse if it weren't so small. If I rest my hand on it like a palm grip, my fingers hang awkwardly off the end ( and don't have very large hands). It's so short that it just can't be used as a palm grip mouse unless you happen to have very tiny hands. If you like a claw grip mouse, you might like this one OK. But with the wide design and third finger rest, it's really not comfortable as a claw grip either. It seems Cooler Master couldn't decide what they wanted this mouse to be - palm grip or claw grip - so it doesn't really work well as either. I'm really disappointed with this mouse.

Overall Review: I'm going to try the SHARKOON FireGlider mouse. All the reviews I've seen (here and on other sites) are very positive and many users gave high praise for the way it fits the hand and is so comfortable. That's what I'm looking for!

Great RAM at a Great Price!!

CORSAIR XMS3 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TW3X2G1333C9A G
CORSAIR XMS3 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TW3X2G1333C9A G

Pros: First time Corsair buyer and I am not disappointed!! Always bought G. Skill and Kingston HyperX in the past, but this time the price and good reviews lured me in as I was trying to save on the cost of a computer rebuild for my church. This RAM is fast and our new MSI board recognized it and I didn't need to do a thing but plug it in!

Cons: None!

Overall Review: Just buy it!

Just plug it in & it works!

USB 2.0 to SATA Adapter
USB 2.0 to SATA Adapter

Pros: Had a customer with a burned up laptop & needed to recover her data off the SATA hard drive on it. I could have plugged it into a SATA port on my motherboard, but I decided to buy this little gem instead. It was much faster and easier!! Well worth the twelve bucks!!!

Cons: Not one thing!!

Overall Review: Glad I bought it! Will use this thing a lot I'm sure!!!! If you do data recovery, this is a great tool to have!!!!!!!