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LEPA Smok Series LPC309(U3) Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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5 out of 5 eggs Definite Value Here, Very Nice Little Thought Out Case! 05/16/2015

This review is from: LEPA Smok Series LPC309(U3) Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: It's quite small but has surprising room inside even for great cable management somehow. My bigger R9 280 video card fits no problem. With the smaller size and 4 fans (2 incl., plus I added 1 exh. & 1 int.) this thing is like a wind tunnel inside. Very easy to take front cover off for adding cooling & drives due to the wires and buttons being placed on top of this case instead of on the front cover. Plenty of internal 2.5" s.s.d. and 3.5" h.d. bays for several of each, at the same time, perfect for RAID or BACKUPS.

Cons: Zero Front 3.5" drive bays, one would not of hurt but not too big of a deal unless you absolutely have to have maybe an all-in-1 memory reader, fan controller or drive for some sound adapters and such, you can still make it work with an adapter.

Other Thoughts: AMD FX-6300 @ 4.1GHZ w/ Arctic Freezer A11 Cooler
8GB (2x4GB) KLEVV NEO 1866
Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P
MSI R9 280 Gaming Edition
Apevia 800W 4+12V rails
Corsair Force LS 120GB SSD
Win7 Pro 64-bit

ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Strong stable board once you get it running, supports quad sli/cfx, 8 cores, plus many other processors. THX TruStudio is a beautiful thing, XFAST LAN actually does improve internet performance, 32gb RAM supported supposedly.

Cons: Many. Period. No USB 3.0 header and on-board 3.0 controllers are a waste of time to even attempt to try, takes a lot longer to boot and restart if they are enabled anyways. So there are actually no working USB 3.0 ports at all. Bios will not select my Solid State Drive as boot with default bios, it has to be changed manually along with AHCI. Don't install any of their useless software but THX TruStudio and XFAST LAN.

Other Thoughts: I've even update the bios hoping it would correct the issues however all of them still persist throughout the updated versions so it's pointless to risk for most users, if you think it's going to fix your problems your wrong will just void your warranty so don't bother!

Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I've had mine running Win7 x64 for nearly 2 years through 2 builds now and couldn't be happier. Installations and updates are ridiculously fast. VM and Ubuntu run like Super Computers. Games and maps load nearly instantly as well, like BF2 & 3, Crysis 1 & 2. This and probably any SSD is the best performance gain any computer will see by far, just make sure you are properly in AHCI mode and you will have no problems. Seems as fast as the day I bought it.

Cons: None that I have seen!

Other Thoughts: If you can't install OS with BIOS in AHCI Mode, install in IDE but after you get to desktop find registry key to change from IDE to AHCI (simple google search will render good results) then reboot and change to AHCI or auto in BIOS and you'll have everything there is to brag about in your pc or laptop, you won't believe the gains a ssd will make. For T.R.I.M. to run all you have to do is put your pc in standby once in a while, never defrag a ssd!


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Display Name: stacey g.

Date Joined: 12/28/08

  • Reviews: 48
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  • First Review: 03/31/11
  • Last Review: 05/16/15
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