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Antec P280 Black Aluminum / Steel Super Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • neweggOwned For: less than 1 day

Pros: -Lots of space
-Included fans need one molex connection only
-Bottom PSU
-USB 3.0 on the front(!!!!)
-Visible, but not blinding Power LED
-Fancy little door to cover the front
-Power button is reachable but still out of the way to prevent unwanted pushes
-I can't hear them fans

Cons: -Included HDD screws leave more wiggle room than I'm comfortable with
-Generic stats about what fans can be installed make it confusing
-USB 3.0 connection for the front panel is bulky and gets in the way (my first experience with USB 3.0 on the front panel so take that with a grain of salt)
-HDDs need to be mounted in reverse, IE you need both panels off to install and uninstall HDDs

Other Thoughts: I'm using this case for my ESXi server. For all the cons, it's not because the CASE is bad but that it doesn't fit MY need, so I only took off one egg.

The HDDs going in connections first means cable management is a breeze, but makes adding and removing HDDs a pain in the rear. My previous Antec case had them facing front which meant I didn't need to move the computer much to drop another one in there.

The included paper says that two more 120mm fans can be included in the front, but I can't for the life of me see where this is supposed to be.

If you want a spacious case, with quiet fans and a subdued look, this is the case to get. Easily fit an ATX mobo in here and had enough wiggle room to get lazy with the cable management. If you are into it, there are the standard holes to help with cable management.

Good case.

ZALMAN SF3 120mm Shark's Fin Blade ELQ (EverLasting Quiet) Bearing Case Fan
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Quiet
-Pushes a lot of air
-Not hard on the eyes
-Silicon plugs instead of metal screws

Cons: -Silly little nubs on the blades are sharp :(

Other Thoughts: This fan pushes so much air that it actually forces my other fans to move a little faster. On max RPM, I can't hear it. I don't know what other users are talking about.

It comes with a resistor plug, but I'm not using it.

Rosewill RCX-Z775-LP 80mm Sleeve Low Profile CPU Cooler
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs When quiet matters 05/30/2012

This review is from: Rosewill RCX-Z775-LP 80mm Sleeve Low Profile CPU Cooler

Pros: -Tiny
-Quiet, even at max speed
-Dirt cheap

Cons: -Aluminum blades bend EXTREMELY easy
-Does a poor job of cooling

Other Thoughts: When it's more important for the computer to be quiet than cool, and you don't have a lot of money, this is adequate. It is no joke when I say the blades bend easy, I bent three getting the box open.

Because its tiny, it does a very poor job of keeping it cool. I'm using this in a home server that sits next to my desk, so I wanted it to be quiet. I do not overclock my server, nor do I demand much in the way of CPU use from it, so it's okay. My operating temp jumped 2 degrees Celsius after I put on this cooler (compared to stock) but even when it's on the max, I can't hear it over other fans.


Alexander P.'s Profile

Display Name: Alexander P.

Date Joined: 11/06/08

  • Reviews: 26
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  • First Review: 01/04/10
  • Last Review: 02/23/15
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