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This review is from: CORSAIR CX series CX430 430W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply
Pros: Nice sleeved cabling. Heavy. Feels like it was manufactured with quality materials. Powered my wifes computer she uses for online college courses fine for 8 months.
Cons: Purchased this PSU on 4/11/16 here on the egg to build a computer for my wife to use for school work. This morning, 12/23/16, she turned it on and it made a noise she said she couldn't describe, then everything immediately shut off accompanied by a fried electronics smell. This has spent it's entire life connected to a Belkin surge protector and has only seen very light use.
Other Thoughts: This PSU was only powering the motherboard, CPU, one HDD, optical drive, and two fans. It is a very basic computer. I bought this PSU because I trusted the brand. I have a Corsair HX 750 in my rig that has been going strong since 2011. Based on my experience with this PSU, I cannot recommend it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I've built a lot of computers and used a lot of different CPU coolers. I've built custom water cooling loops and used closed loop liquid coolers. My experience is, you get what you pay for. This is a $20 cooler and that is what you get. SLIGHTLY better temps using Arctic MX4 than the stock cooler that comes with an Intel core i5 4690 (also using MX4). Fan looks cool.
Cons: The 3-4 degree drop in temp is not worth the time and effort to remove the motherboard to install this thing. Also, the craftsmanship is right on par for the price tag. The cooler looked like it had been crushed down from the top, but the packaging wasn't damaged. The pre-installed Intel mounting brackets were bent in to the point that I had to straighten them in order to get the screw studs aligned with the holes in the motherboard. The bottom of the fins on the upper portion of the were in contact with the top of the base plate. I had to carefully pry it up to level it out a bit. It still sits at a cockeyed angle. The machining on the base plate and the direct touch heat pipes looked like it had been done with a die grinder.
Other Thoughts: Overall I don't recommend this cooler. I took a chance based on the one and only review I could find(here on the egg). My recommendation is to spend a little more and buy something from a reputable company. Your decision though, it's your $20.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1100 Black MATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Pros: The finished product is nice. Clean lines with the brushed aluminum look of the front bezel make this case look like it would cost more than it does. The stock fan is quiet, and with the addition of a Silenex 92 mm exaust fan, the computer runs quiet and cool. The case feels light but sturdy when assembled.
Cons: The hard drive mount is the worst design I've ever come accross, and I've used a lot of cases in varing price ranges from a lot of different manufactures. I also had a hard time fitting an ASRock H170M Pro4 micro-atx motherboard in it because of the optical drive bay. Cable management is nonexistant in this case. Excess cables can be bundled and hidden behind the hard drive bracket however.
Other Thoughts: I will not use this case again, but I might give some of their higher priced offerings a chance in the future.READ FULL REVIEW