Joined on 02/04/09
The perfect case? Everything in the layout just makes sense.
Pros: - Plenty of room for what you need, I have 9 120MM fans with one radiator, and plenty of room to spare. The best part is you can put your graphics card in the #2 PCIE slot and still fit fans on the bottom of the case, this is perfect for the X570 cases, so the graphics card doesn't cover the chipset cooling fan. - It's also the perfect configuration to have two full glass panels while retaining plenty of airflow - The power supply goes in the back, which is genius. You don't have a shroud covering your airflow, and you can buy whatever ugly PSU you want because it will be completely hidden - The latching system for the side panels is amazing, you have to take off the top panel to access any of the sides, but once you do they pop on and off effortlessly, with no screws needed at all, genius design - For RGB folks, the front RGB strip looks great and works flawlessly with ASUS Aura - The hot swap drive bays are awesome, one thumbscrew holds a slide that locks or releases both drives, and they can be popped out in less than 20 seconds
Cons: - I wouldn't necessarily call this a con, but as a heads up you will need 2 USB 3 headers to utilize all four front panel standard USB ports, would be perfect if all four used the same connection.
Overall Review: Worth the money, this was the easiest, and best looking build I have ever done, plan to keep and use this case for a very long time.
Very high quality, and works daisy chained
Pros: - thick sturdy cable jacket and high quality connector, rare in an LED cable -works perfectly fine when daisy chained, I have 2 fan LED controllers, an AIO and 2 LED light strips all daisy chained off a single MB header using these cables.
Cons: I wish you could choose which connector you need for the motherboard instead of having a useless length of cable hanging off when installed, but no big deal, easy to hide
Overall Review: If you need one 3 pin RGB header split into more than one, this will do the job.
Pros: For me what sold this was the customization options on the LED color. Keeps my 4970k under 60c at all times. It actually keeps it so cool that my case fans won't spin up (tied to CPU temps) and my GPU bakes a bit.
Cons: CUE software is functional, but I didn't like it, and I try to keep all background programs to a minimum. Luckily you can set the LED color and then never run the software again, no reason to uninstall it as it doesn't take up space, just have it not start on boot.
Overall Review: First water cooler I have owned, I can hear the pump very slightly, but mostly because my computer is near silent.
Pros: Quiet and cool. I did a lot of research about noise level for this card before purchasing and I made the right decision, all you can hear is the air flow, no rattle, no whine, and I've never heard the coil whine others have complained about. I get 30 FPS in Battlefield 4 beta with textures on ultra and everything else on high. It goes to 60FPS if I switch to 1920x1080. This card smashes Skyrim and Dark Souls @2560x1440. I've also never seen this card go over 60c, but I do have 5 120mm case fans.
Cons: I would prefer to have a card that vents out the back, but that usually makes for a louder card, so I can deal with this design (Make sure your interior air flow is good!).
Overall Review: System: i5 2500k (OCd to 4.0) 16GB RAM Win 8 Pro 256 Samsung SSD