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Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011030-WW) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Cube High Airflow Cube Case ATX Power Supply
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I like this case. It has a unique cube shape to it, and can fit all the same components as a mid-full size tower, yet still fit on your desktop easily. Also has a full size window on the left panel-the whole panel is a window.

Cons: Where to begin...first the high airflow aspect is overstated. It only has slots for 5 fans including the single exhaust fan I jury-rigged the bottom HDD slots to accomodate 2 more fans, but those are the only 2 spots for 3.5"HDD's, the other compartment only has a 2.5" SSD cage. So really its no more roomy/airy than a regular case with the removable HDD cages removed. Second, the case only has two 5.25" drive bays for optical drive-and they are SIDEWAYS. Kinda annoying. Third, dont even CONSIDER this case for an open-loop water cooler. There is NOWHERE to put a pump and reservoir. Luckily I didnt need that feature.

Other Thoughts: This case has a lot of woes, but it's still a decent case. If you need a case with a window and needs to fit on a desk (its only 17" long) yet still house a full ATX with 2 or more graphics cards and pretty much no size restrictions on internal components and want to show off all that beauty, this is the case for you . Outside those requirements, I would look for another case.

Cooler Master V8 GTS - High Performance CPU Cooler with Horizontal Vapor Chamber and 8 Heatpipes
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Really cool appearance. It looks like a small, compact 6-cylinder engine or something similar. If you have a window case, it WILL be the first thing people notice and compliment on.

Cons: Its so big, while any case outside of mATX cases will be able to accomodate it, it will be close to the cases side panel. More importantly, it will be close to blocking off the first PCI slot, and the first RAM slot-its that big. If you get RAM sticks without large heat spreaders, like Kingston HyperX sticks. it wont matter, just know its both tall and wide.

Other Thoughts: Overall, its nice and well worth the money if your case has a side window. However, I dont notice a huge difference in cooling over a smaller(cheaper) air cooler. Better off getting a closed-loop cooler for the current price point. Even without monetary considerations, no reason to potentially block off RAM slots without a good reason to show off this beast of a CPU cooler.

ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface 124 dB SNR / Headphone AMP Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Ok, so Im giving this card 4 stars cause it works great at what it does- amping high end headphones (+$220) or 2.1 speakers.

Cons: Needs not only a free PCI-E x1 slot, but also a free 4-pin molex adapter. Not a huge problem, just creates extra cabling to your mobo area (If you have a window like I do, its not as tidy looking).

Other Thoughts: So I bought this with a pair of AKG K701's for use with BF4 and other FPS. It works great in that regard, as well as making music sound awesome. That said, thats all it does. Its basically an amp and encoder for high-end headphones or decent 2.1 speakers. THATS IT! If you dont have that very specific requirement, this card is NOT FOR YOU. It doesnt have connections for 5.1 or 7.1 speakers. Heck, it doesnt even have a space for regular 3.5mm headphone jacks, you would need an adapter.


Shane T.'s Profile

Display Name: Shane T.

Date Joined: 08/22/13

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 10/25/13
  • Last Review: 10/26/13
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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