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This review is from: DIYPC DIY-TG8-BG Black/Green Dual USB3.0 Steel/ Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case w/Tempered Glass Panels (Front, Top and Both Sides) and Pre-Installed 3 x Green 33LED Light Fan
Pros: Really nice looking. The green trim and highlights against the black case really pop. The fans are also very nice looking and seem to work well. The 33 bright green LEDs are almost mesmerizing. Plenty of space for customization, without having awkwardly large exterior dimensions. With the glass panels all around to show off the inner beauty of the rig, I really can’t say enough about how nice this case looks. If you like green as much as I do, this thing is pure eye-candy.
Cons: Unfortunately, looks aren’t everything, especially with this case. The build quality (and quality control) of this thing is horrible… the worst I’ve ever seen for a case in this price range. The first thing I noticed was the obvious (and mostly unrepairable) scuff marks, primarily in the green plastic parts, but also some on the glass and metal parts as well. The riveting was pretty bad as well. Several of them were only half-way in and/or popped in at a ridiculous angle. At least one of them appears to have “exploded” on the backside, and created big, ugly, and dangerously jagged metal remnants near the motherboard mounting area. Also, the fan mounting screws are in varying states of disarray. Some are twisted in at an angle and/or cross threaded. Some are stripped out from being cross threaded and/or over-tightened. Some are only twisted in half-way. And at least one fan actually has a small piece of the plastic frame broken. To add to my disappointment, the bottom dust filter is cut so improperly, it actually has to be bent in order to fit within its retainers. I could go on, but I won’t. I’ll just wrap up by saying this thing is a real structural mess.
Other Thoughts: I gave this two eggs, but only because it is a nice looking color and design. Based solely on build quality, this thing is definitely a one egg. If you're building a low-end rig and/or don’t care too much about structural quality, this case will provide a good looking shell for your build. However, I almost exclusively build high-end gaming/show rigs and do care a lot about structural quality. I don’t know if I just got a bad one, or if this is representative of DIYPC quality overall. This is the first time I’ve purchased a DIYPC product, so first impressions didn’t go so well with this one. I’d like to send it back, but not sure if I even want to risk a replacement, or just get my money back and buy something else of better quality.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: A fast, quiet, reasonably priced hard drive that appears to be of very good quality, with plenty of bang for the buck.
Cons: None so far. I'll update this review if I come across any.
Other Thoughts: Hands down the best hard drive I’ve ever owned in this price range. It outperforms every other spindle/platter type hard drive I own, regardless of price and/or quality. I own several other much pricier top of the line Western Digital RE Gold series hard drives, and absolutely love them. However, this Toshiba drive not only outperforms all of them in every category of Crystal Disk Mark, it spins up faster and is noticeably quieter. Don’t get me wrong, I like Western Digital very much, and will continue to use their products, but if you’re looking for a drive that has high-end performance at a modest price, you can’t beat this drive. Toshiba excels in everything they endeavor to produce or be involved in. IMO, you can rarely, if ever, go wrong with a Toshiba product.
Follow-up: I become more impressed with this drive with every passing day. One of the things that really continues to impresses me (and apparently a lot of other people too) is how quiet this drive is. Most of the time, I can't even hear it during spin-up or heavy operation. Fast, quiet, and reasonably priced... I couldn't ask for more!
Pros: Bright Rebel Orange. Definitely an eye-catcher if you like the color orange. Moderately sized, but big enough for most types of builds. Four built in SSD bays. Fairly good cable management options. Should accommodate some decent liquid cooling options and ample air cooling options. Orange LED fans seem to be pretty good quality and add a nice touch to the aesthetics.
Cons: Very cheaply built. What metal it does contain in the case is pretty thin. Front bezel, front port header, and entire HDD/SSD drive cage are 100% plastic, with very flimsy plastic tool-less locking mechanisms. Also has very flimsy tool-less locking mechanisms in upper drive cage, leaving the drive(s) with an unacceptable amount of movement when locked in. Front fans are mounted offset with each other, with the top fan mounted inset from the bottom fan on a flimsy ¾ circle open frame. Front fans also use two different mounting methods and hardware. Several spots on the inside either had defects in the black paint, or had little to no black paint covering the metal, which made for several unsightly spots inside the case.
Other Thoughts: I am a BIG fan of Corsair, and have bought countless products from them in the past. However, if this case had cost me even a few dollars more than what it did, it would be on its way back to Newegg. I’ve been wanting to build an orange themed rig, and had my eye on this case for a while now, waiting for it to go on sale. I have owned and built rigs in several other Corsair cases, and always been pleased with their quality. Based on its lower price, I wasn’t expecting as much from this one, but was sorely disappointed when I finally got my hands on it. I was particularly disappointed with the amount of plastic and flimsy metal used throughout the case. Also, the offset mounting method and mismatched mounting hardware used for the front fans is very unaesthetic. If you’re a stickler for quality, and have come to enjoy the quality and aesthetics of some of Corsair's better cases, this is not the case for you. I got this one for just over half of its suggested retail, so at that price, I’ll probably keep it. However, I’m still debating on whether I want to spend the time and money building an otherwise nice rig in a case with this many draw-backs.
Update: I’ve continued to find minor problems with the manufacturing and design of this case, which is causing even more of a ‘keep or send back’ dilemma for me. The good part is that unlike the vast majority of computer cases I’ve received from any internet vendor, this one was essentially free of the dings, dents, and broken parts that have become common-place with cases I purchase from internet vendors. Adding to the list of ‘Cons’ however, I am currently trying to touch-up several spots on the inside of this case where problems in the painting process have left bare metal showing through. While I’m pretty confident I can get it looking good, I can’t help but think of the mixed bag of emotions this purchase has been for me. As much as I like Corsair, this particular product has given me more than its share of disappointments.