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This review is from: HEC 7106BB Black 1.0mm Thickness ATX Desktop Computer Case
Pros: Should fit everything you would need
Plenty of room to route cables
Uses ATX Power Supply (easy to get good & cheap ones)
Cons: Has room for 1 80mm front fan and 2 60mm rear fans, with no real way to mount a larger fan in any of those locations. There's tons of room where the 80mm fan mounts - a 120 should fit....except the fan grill is all the way at the bottom of the case, so a plastic "funnel" adapter won't work - not even for a 92mm fan. And even if you drilled new holes for a 120mm, the front of the case is solid so it would only suck air from an 80mm opening without the "funnel" to help it along.)
A lot of work to mount front fan (You have to remove the front bezel, which is [harder than] expected, and then unscrew a large boxy bracket to access the fan screwholes. Maybe they could have moved the bracket over a bit?)
No USB ports
It is ridiculously large
Power LED is the "old style" 3-pin connector. You could modify it or buy an adapter, but it would be nicer if the manufacturer made it like the case I bought around 2000 - have the lead come with both 2 AND 3 pin style connectors.
Other Thoughts: This thing is BIG...too big. Nobody in their right mind would put a 95W processor in this thing - the air flow is so limited you would likely run into heat issues. I bought it for a HTPC and the external drive bays are great - I have all the goodies I want (3xUSB 2.0, 1xUSB2.0 Card Reader, 2xUSB3.0,Optical Drive) AND could add a floppy! I'm running a mATX board with a 25W APU (Athlon 5350 Kabini) & an SSD, so heat shouldn't be an issue, but I wouldn't want to run anything too power-hungry.
Honestly, looking at this, with minor modifications it could make a great case. With other moderate design changes it could be a fantastic mATX case. I didn't see a single mATX Desktop/HTPC case I liked, so I went with this. I don't regret buying it, but it requires a bit of ingenuity to get a good build out of it.
This review is from: ADATA 128GB UV128 USB 3.0 Flash Drive (AUV128-128G-RBE)
Cons: Not recognized when plugged into USB 3.0 port, poor support
Other Thoughts: I purchased this on sale in December for future use. I popped it in to a (more conveniently located) USB 2.0 port and it seemed to work fine. I finally got around to the real reason for the purchase (backup) and it is not recognized when plugged into a USB 3.0 port. Mind you, it's not that it's slow, it's not there. Windows 7 called it an "unrecognized device" and Linux, using the lsusb command, got the device ID right, but nothing else came up.
So I sent it in for warranty. Adata seemed OK, everything went along fine, then I got my replacement it. This was a different device (I don't care, but the blue one I bought was replaced by a yellow one) with the same exact problem. Only worse - Windows 7 still shows it as an "unrecognized device" but Linux doesn't even register it under lsusb. I have another request in with Adata about this.
I don't mind playing ping-pong with Adata over this thing until the end of time, but I don't want to pay postage on it any more. I did my bit, but they sent me something that failed first time out. Not acceptable.
Needless to say, this will not be a backup device (how can I trust it?) but it can serve (if it ever gets fixed) as a high speed high capacity non-critical file transporter.
This review is from: CORSAIR CX series CX430 430W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply
Pros: Inexpensive, quiet, works
Cons: SATA connector seems cheap, only one floppy connector (two would have been nice), could use more 4-pin and SATA connectors also. But for the price, I can't knock off an egg.
Other Thoughts: I bought two of these in the past few months. Both times they were on sale and had a rebate - total cost about $20 each. The first one was for my father's PC, and it's been running great no issues whatsoever. The second one is for an older PC I'm playing with (how old? It has ISA slots). On that PC, part of the plastic on one SATA connector broke off. I MAY have been handling it a bit too rough since it was a tight squeeze. I'm using a 4-pin to SATA adapter I had lying around for now and the drive runs fine. I'll probably put in some sort of SATA extension (from the broken connector) at some point. Or else a splitter from the unbroken one.
With a rebate, I wouldn't hesitate to use this on a low end build.