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This review is from: CASE ROSEWILL|BLACKHAWK RTL Configurator
Pros: -Big for a mid-tower case, but not nearly as big as some of the monster gaming cases out there.
-Wide enough to fit tall heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
-Plenty of USB ports on the top front of the case
-Great cable management - was able to rout most cables through holes to get better airflow
-Tons of fans with nice blue LEDs, but the case is actually very quiet since it doesn't need to run them at very high speed most of the time
-Plus I got good combo deal on a Rosewill PSU with it.
Cons: -I don't like that the panel screw in. I would prefer just slide or lever release.
-Metal of panels feels a bit thin flimsy. Not a big deal, but I had some trouble fitting the right side panel back on after routing cables through that side. The panel flexed a bit too much and nearly didn't fit back in. Would be nice to have a bit more clearance there for cables and sturdier panels that don't bend easily.
-The plastic rails to fold in 3.5inch drives are a bit cheap and flimsy. Not nearly as nice as the ones Dell uses. But it's better than having to screw the drives into the case.
Other Thoughts: -My Asus Z170-E ATX motherboard doesn't have standout holes on the last two inches of the board. Not the case's fault, but it does mean the board flexes worrisomely when inserting RAM.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Hanns-G HL227DBB 21.5" LED monitor 5ms Full HD 250 cd/m2 X-Contrast 15,000,000:1
Pros: 1. Cheap ($109, free shipping)
2. Good size
3. Good resolution
4. Very bright (had to turn down)
Cons: 1.Stand: It was pretty wobbly, though likely manageable for the price. But I instantly just swapped it with a sturdy monitor stand I had that used the 10cm x 10cm VESA mounting holes. It looks funny, though, because you can't get the "stem" of the original stand off. Also keeps the monitor from pointing less than slightly upward (which is fine for my desk height). Original stand is also super short.
2. 60 Hz refresh rate max. I can't get it to go above this, even though most cheap LCD monitors I see these days can do 75 Hz. The 5ms response time would be equal to 200Hz, so why the limiter?
3. Gaming: There is significant blurring in games when using first-person and quickly looking left or right. Much more so than my junky old 15-in lcd display. But I also experience the same thing on my 32in TV. So maybe it's an effect on the higher 1080p resolution, or maybe it has to do with the 60Hz refresh rate. I'm not sure, but it's a little bit disappointing.
Other Thoughts: For the price, size, LED brightness, and resolution, this was still a worthwhile purchase despite its faults. I would not recommend it to hardcore gamers. It doesn't say so anywhere in the specs, but this tops out at a 60Hz refresh rate. For normal use, though, this is a great deal. Especially if you are unlikely to bump into the desk and set the thing wobbling.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Nexus CFA-300 80 or 92mm to 120mm Fan Adapter
Pros: It does its simple job.
Cons: You can't really blame this device, but in my decrepit old case the place for the fan is a metal molded shelf for an 80mm fan. Thus, the screw holes in this line up but I couldn't fit in because it tapers out immediately from that point. I considered using the old fan casing just to hold the adapter, but then the whole assembly runs into the CPU heat-sink and fan. I ended up actually attaching this to the outside back of my case. Worked like a charm! Though I'm sure it's not nearly as efficient. Going to put some caulking around this thing to get it totally flush with the case.
Other Thoughts: Make sure you have room for this first, though I doubt many will face the same challenge. It would have been easier for me to get a new case, but this was much more fun.READ FULL REVIEW