Date Joined: 03/14/10
Pros: Last one is 4 years old and still going, it's now my mother's computer
Overall Review: I purchased the first one in 2013, my mother's computer just died so I gave her that one and bought new parts, the MSI is already dead, 3rd one to die quickly as I switch between MSI and Gigabyte. Replacing the MSI with this old workhorse.
Pros: Being able to route the main power leads from the PSU behind the CPU mounting board to get to their destination clean up the visual wiring inside this case nicely.
The HDD mount cage slides are very nice. I have another brand and the pins always fall out on it, the pins for these mounts do not fall out.
Cons: The side mount fan has a mini 3pin connector designed to hook to a motherboard and is only about 1 foot long so you have to install the side panel and crack it open slightly then reach in through the crack to hook it to the motherboard. There was not an extender in the package like I have seen with other cases. You may want also order jumper to hook to the MB where you can disconnect the lead from the fan and the jumper when removing the side panel so you can monitor fan speed, or get a large molex to small fan pin jumper.
The power button does not stand out visually or physically, if I do not have bright lights on in the room I have trouble finding the button to boot up the computer. A slightly raise ridge around the button would make it easier to find.
Overall Review: So far I really like this case, my FX-8350 cpu is running sub room temp at idle with the stock cooler.
I haven't installed any water cooling at this point which is why I bought this case, but it runs so cool I will probably just put fans in the top and skip the water cooling.
Pros: Plenty of connectors, looks like this can handle 6 SLI video cards with dual power inputs each.
Has 8 pin MB power connection built in.
Cons: Not really a con but the wire thickness makes routing the main power conduits a pain without strapping them down.
The plus side is the thicker the conductor the less voltage/power drop per foot.
Overall Review: This PSU has modular connectors and some built in connectors. I was able to hookup my my with both built in cables for large and 8pin as well as hook up my single video card without installing any of the modular plugs.
The only modular plugs I installed were the 2 HDD cage power connections, one to the side HDD section and the other to the front slot CD/DVD/Blueray cage.
This couple with a new tower that allows me to rout cables behind the right side panel the MB mounts to mean this is probably the cleanest wire free computer I have built since I put together my first 386dx66!
Pros: Runs very fast and very cool, with the stoxk heatsing and no overclocking.
ambient room temp is 77f/25c, processor is idling right now at 53f/12c
Cons: The cooler is a little tougher to snap into place.
You have to it aligned perfectly for the first side or the heat pipes touch the cpu socket and make it had to hook. But once it is on there it holds very nicely.
Overall Review: I just upgraded to this and so far I love it.
I have it paired with 8 gigs of ram and an SSD. Windows boots extremely fast.
Pros: Fast installation! I had this installed in my super small and tight case in 20 minutes. (Old Antec SuperLanBoy)
I set the fan up to push through the cooler and out of the case and my idle temps are 39 on my stock i7 920.
I downloaded and ran Prime 95 and my temps max out at 59, some cores bounce 58-61.
Cons: I had to remove my motherboard to install the backplate, but if your case allows access to the back of your motherboard you will not have to uninstall it.
Overall Review: I would have to say that of all the products I have purchased since 1995 this is the most impressive one, due to the level of ease for installation, compactness, and level of performance provided.
I have been on the edge of going over to water cooling but as I get older I prefer a system that I can build and forget not tinker with constantly, this fits that bill nicely, now to find a similar cooler for my video cards.
Pros: Runs quiet with default fan settings, Good quality video, other than the heat I enjoy this card.
Cons: This card has three air exits, 1 in the rear of the case, one towards the front of the case and another towards the mb, The one towards the mb is rather large so probably 45% of the air going through the card exits towards the mb on the bottom of the card. On my system with 2 120mm fans, one fron one rear my case heats up pretty bad, make sure you have a good case airflow as 2/3 of the hair heated by this card goes into your case not out the back.
Overall Review: You might consider watercooling for this card to get the heat outside of your case.
Pros: Easy setup worked great with windows7 32 bit and 64 bit editions. I like the setup menu and was concerned when my new SSD did not show up in the bios but it loaded up just fine. This MB runs both of my XFX 4890 cards in crossfire at 16x! Windows 7 Home Premium boots very fast even on my older slow IDE drive.
Cons: Could not get the USB 3.0 driver to work on Win7 32 bit.
But since I have 6GB of ram I am running 64 bit edition to make full use of all the memory since 32 bit is limited to 3 GB of ram.
I am unsure of the way the ram is listed, I was going to get 2000 but it is in parenthesis with OC next to it so I bought the 1600.
Pros: This card is very quiet, I upgraded from an X1900XT and at first was concerned that the fan was not running since the old card roared like a lion and I was used to that noise. I can barely hear this card running even with the side cover off.
Overall Review: Decent card for the price, I already had one of these I bought 2 weeks ago when the X1900XT fan quit working and got a second one as my first venture into crossfire.
Pros: All I can say is wow, as soon as I opened the box it had this funky almost christams tree smell that I have learned is the smell of raw power! I have been computers since my first 486dx66 and this is by far the best PSU I have ever owned. I like the modular cord management. The wiring harness for the CPU has bigger gauge wires so that the PSU doesnt choke when delivering wattage to the MB. If it cant deliver the wattage your voltages will fluctuate so this addresses that issue nicely. All of the cords come in a small (shoe shine) bag so no more cords all over the place.
Cons: Larger gauge wiring harness to the MB, Yes I listed this as a Pro but it is a con if you have a smaller case Like I do (Antec Super LanBoy) and the larger wires are a little hard to manipulate onto the MB, as a matter of fact the first time I went to fire up my new system it wouldnt boot due to the fact I had bumped the release and the wires pulled up.
Overall Review: The Silk Bag is nice so is the shoeshine kit to hold the extra cords but once the PSU is out of the bag it isnt needed, While it is a nice touch I could do without the bags, Hey I have a SuperLan Boy cas that has a drawer for cords in it anyways.