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ENERMAX OSTROG ECA3253-BW Black / White SGCC / SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX 12V (Optional) Power Supply
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Pretty spacious for a midtower, wider than a lot of them, with a ton of space for cabling in the back.

Overall comes with a lot of higher price point features. The window is pretty sturdy and perfectly clean. The fan the case comes with is decent. The tool-less design is very secure. The headers are neat, the front panel looks quite nice, the top plug-ins are practical and attractive.

There is a lot of space for fans.

Cons: All that space for fans leaves a lot of empty space without mesh. If you have a lot of dust and no fans to keep the air pressure, you WILL have to add mesh or face computer death.

Only comes with one fan. CFM probably isn't that good. That one fan also isn't the quietest.

The metal on the chassis is pretty sturdy, but the drive cages aren't the best. The back panel (not the door, the panel the motherboard attaches to) could definitely be thicker. That's probably where the money doesn't go for such a cheap case.

The punch-out expansion bays are a pain.

Pretty hard to get the front panel off.

Only comes with one fan. Major inconvenience.

Other Thoughts: Despite my griping, this case is INCREDIBLY nice. Rare to find windowed cases at such a low price. The overall look of the case is incredibly attractive, far more so than my old midtier case (the most popular one on the internet market at the moment). The metal isn't as thick and for people who need a computer they have to be able to move around a lot, this case wouldn't be at the top of my list, but you trade the steel thickness for all sorts of other useful features.

It's also not out-and-out flimsy or anything. Just not as strong as it could be. The only real complaint I have is a lack of fans and/or mesh. Be prepared to add your own of both.

SPARKLE Calibre Series GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) DirectX 11 X550 Ti DFL 1GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Has to be the best value for any card, ever. I am extremely surprised that this does not have more reviews.

-Extremely quiet
-Never passes 50C, even under extreme maximum load
-Very flexible in clocking
-Looks amazing
-Comes with mini-HDMI to HDMI cable, included
-Packaged with much care
-Reinforced PCB

This card also runs about as well as a GTX 460, considering the factory OC. Got Crysis on max with 2xAA at 1360x768 resolution, solid 40 FPS. Can't beat that.

Cons: The only real con is that Sparkle only really makes nVidia cards. Would love to see some Radeon soon.

Also, my motherboard doesn't support SLI, only crossfire. I will still use my old GT 220 for PhysX, though, so not all is lost.

Other Thoughts: Sparkle seems to put a lot more effort into their cards than anyone else, and their aesthetics are top-notch. Would recommend this to anyone who wants great performance for median prices.

Rosewill RK-7300 Black 105 Normal Keys 7 Function Keys USB Super Slim Unique Curved Design Multimedia Full-size Keyboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Really comfortable, light, moderately durable. Lasted a decent amount of time. Cheap.

Cons: Died after a solid 9 month's use- can't complain, so cheap that it was paid back by work done in a few hours, so... Didn't completely brick- the three bottom rows of keys work :)

Other Thoughts: Good for a solid, cheap keyboard. Doesn't feel bad just for typing or even light gaming- just don't expect it to last eight years.


Merrick E.'s Profile

Display Name: Merrick E.

Date Joined: 06/30/10

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 07/13/10
  • Last Review: 03/10/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 3 out of 5 eggs
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