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ASUS VH236H Black 23
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Supports HD Audio through DVI cable and HDMI. Has Aux audio input when Video Card does not support SPDIF over HDMI or DVI. Picture clarity is excellent and color depth is amazing! Size is perfect for most work and gaming I do.

Cons: I couldn't buy more than 1

Other Thoughts: I have been very pleased with this monitor and will be sad when I have to replace it. This replaced a 38" LCD TV as my monitor and I haven't even thought about going back.

Foxconn nt-A3500-0h0WWAEQB AMD A45 (Hudson D1) 1 x 204Pin SO-DIMM AMD Radeon HD 6310 White Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small form factor, easy setup, VGA mount, built in HDMI and internal speaker, USB 3.0, 64-bit support with drivers!

Currently using one as a web server and a second as a mail server. Both perform very well with Ubuntu server software installed. Windows installs did well for general web browsing and light weight video watching.

Cons: Not strong enough for 1080p mkv files and 1080 streaming with Netflix or Hulu.

Other Thoughts: My initial purchase was for an HTPC build with the expectation of constant Netflix use or 1080p downloads. The unit handles MP4 files very well in consideration of it's limited power. It is capable of using 64 bit OSes and 8Gb of RAM. The driver support for 64 bit is the primary selling factor for me. I was unable to use this as an HTPC because it can't handle 1080 Netflix streams but I was able to convert to servers easily and use a third as a regular desktop for simple web browsing. The VESA mounting brackets are awesome and work very well with standard monitors. Very satisfied overall and would recommend for lightweight internet or server use. ( I caught a deal on this with an ADATA 64Gb SSD which was just icing on the cake!)

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Interior Paint, Good Airflow, Tool-less (somewhat), plenty of room for larger Video Cards.

This case looks great, inside and out. Has great airflow, even with limited fan options (see cons below), and has been able to accommodate some larger Video Cards (my current is an EVGA GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB GDDR5 = N82E16814130909) with comfortable room to connect PCI-E power connectors and hard drive connectors. I was able to do a lot of cable management because the case is wide enough to route power cables behind panels and zip-tie out of sight and airflow paths.

I have had the front panel off this unit several times for cleaning and upgrades during the 2 years I've owned it and the clips still feel new.

Cons: Top Fan Mounting, Front Intake Fan Mounting, 5.25 Drive Bay Fillers, Too Few Tool-Less mounting hardware pieces.

The case has several 120mm fan mounts (2 on top, one in front of HDD cage, 1 rear exhaust, 1 bottom intake, 1 power supply intake). The bottom intake is useless because cables from the power supply will likely interfere with fan operation. The top front exhaust is usually unable to accommodate a 120mm fan because the RAM release clips touch will not open with a fan in place. There is no mount option for a smaller fan that would avoid this. This could be easily overcome by raising the fan mounts higher than the rest of the case top, creating space between the fans and main board. I was able to mount 2 fans on top of the case and route the cables back inside the case through the exhaust holes (not exactly something a novice should attempt). Front Fan mount is interesting at best as most 120mm fans fit exactly between the front of the HDD cage and the front port. It gets difficult to mount if you are using rubber shock mounts to keep vibration sound at minimum I was able to accomplish this but it wasn't easy by any means. Screw mount would be less difficult but still require some work.

The Metal Mesh Front filler spots break easily (which I'm sure was the least of their concerns because most people would be using at least 1 DVD drive) so be careful removing them if you want to use them in the future.

The case came with tool-less hardware for one 5.25", one HDD mount, and one floppy position mount. I've been using at least 2 HDD's for several years now and I think there should be at least one more HDD tool-less hardware piece included.

Other Thoughts: This case is a decent budget build case with some good concepts that weren't thought all the way through. It will withstand typical home user needs for years with no serious problems. If you are running hot hardware and NEED fans that will mount without complication look elsewhere. I have used many cases that do not have the fan mount problems this case seems to have.

Overall I am satisfied with my purchase for the price I paid for it, especially considering that the case is still in like new condition even after 2 years of room swaps, LAN parties and moving houses.


Aaron S.'s Profile

Display Name: Aaron S.

Date Joined: 04/18/06

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 09/12/06
  • Last Review: 11/29/13
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