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Thermaltake Core V21 Black Extreme Micro ATX Cube Chassis CA-1D5-00S1WN-00
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Large interior space.
Water-cooling friendly.

Cons: Very large footprint.
Build quality (6/10).
Rebate has unconscionable restrictions.

Other Thoughts: Ordinarily I"d give this case a solid 4 egg rating, but the unconscionably restrictive rebate terms require a 1 egg rating. If you don't care about rebates or the projected integrity of a company that uses rebates to encourage sales and then places severe restrictions upon their redemption, buy this case. In fact, buy any Thermaltake product.

All of that aside, without the rebate the case was 60 dollars, and, so, the question becomes, "Is this case worth 60 dollars?" I have to answer, "Yes." While this case is not without flaw it is the most water-cooled friendly case I've worked with. The WC options include multiple closed loop systems for CPU and GPU systems as well as easily customizable WC loops for SLI/CF GPU setups.

But, as stated above, the build quality leaves much to be desired. The precision of machined parts is of low to medium quality. However, having said that, the case is only 60 bucks so it is unreasonable to expect master craftsmanship.

For me, although it's only a 20 dollar rebate, I won't do business with a company that misleads customers or has bad customer service. While I have no knowledge of Thermaltake's quality of customer service, the fact that they employ such restrictive requirements on their rebate policy suggests that they would provide substandard customer service. And, for that, I won't do business with them again.

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold (SS-650KM Active PFC F3) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Hasw
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Fully modular.
Ninja quiet.
Built to last.

Cons: Not one. Zip. Nada.

Other Thoughts: I bought 3 of these for myself and my family. All three are still operating and none of them have made a squeak, a rattle, or any noise at all. They just work!

I'm only replacing mine because I'm going to Crossfire two of AMD's R9's which pull way more juice than this awesome PSU supplies. There's a nearly 100% chance that the new 1kW PSU will be a Seasonic gold series.

ARCTIC Accelero L2 Plus VGA Cooler - nVidia & AMD, 92mm Efficient PWM Fan, SLI/CrossFire
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Relatively inexpensive and quiet

Cons: Moderately fiddly installation procedures.
Takes up 3 slots installed.
Doesn't get the job done. Temps always above 70C.

Other Thoughts: This device was purchased to replace the defective closed loop water cooler, also made by Arctic, for my HD 7850.The first Arctic product failed within a few months and this one might have lasted longer if it didn't allow my Sapphire, a good video card maker by the way, to cook itself.

I know better than most that stock cooling on VGA cards is almost never adequate and so the VGA cooling aftermarket will thrive. But, Artic has failed twice with two different product lines.

Buy their stuff if you like but I'll pass, thank you.


Robert E.'s Profile

Display Name: Robert E.

Date Joined: 12/16/06

  • Reviews: 27
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  • First Review: 02/12/09
  • Last Review: 11/05/15
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