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Eric W.

Eric W.

Joined on 05/22/07

Product Reviews
product reviews
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Most Favorable Review
Thermaltake Armor+MX VH8000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Thermaltake Armor+MX VH8000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Very good looking case -Solid construction and great quality -Plenty of fans -Cable management is nice

Cons: -The removable hard drive tray takes up a good bit of room, I had to fit a GTX280 in the case and it was almost right up against it. I took the drive tray out and bought a thermaltake icage(sold separately) to place farther up and it worked out perfectly for the graphics card and hard drive.

Great, small case

Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support
Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support

Pros: 1. Variable mount places for 2.5/3.5 devices (which are needed) 2. Full size GPU support 3. Full size ATX PSU support

Cons: No cons

Overall Review: I was impressed this case was able to fit a 5.25 OD, a 2.5 SSD, a push/pull H80i, 2 sticks of RAM, and a Gigabyte Windforce GTX 970. It is all very cramped, but cable management can be achieved. The 2.5 mount under the 5.25 bay is not usable with the radiator from the H80i, but that is fine, as the mount on the bottom of the case near the MB works great. Looking towards the front of the box, I had to have the radiator mounted with the pipes running from the left to avoid conflicts with other devices. With a full size ATX PSU, I would not recommend a 5.25 OD, as there is almost no room, but you can make it work. Don't overtighten fan shrouds with the h80i, the fan will rub the shroud (I usually am not prone to overtightening). It didn't look like the Windforce GTX 970 would fit, since the backplate is so long. The backplate support actually rests against the radiator at the front of the case. Supposedly Gigabyte is coming out with a GTX 970 for mini itx very soon (Nov 2014). I will probably be making the switch and re-purposing my current one in my larger rig. System: EVGA Z87 Stinger Mini ITX Intel Core i5 4670K Corsair H80i, push/pull configuration Gigabyte Windforce GTX 970 EVGA 750W Supernova PSU 16 GB DDR3-2400 G-Skill 500 GB Samsung EVO SSD 5.25" Pioneer BD/R

11/10/2014

Awesome cooler

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: 1. Excellent cooling of CPU 2. Pretty easy installation

Cons: Nothing significant

Overall Review: Keeps my Core i5 2500k idling around 32 C in an 80 F room. If you have the previous generation Antec Nine Hundred case, it will not allow enough clearance to mount the optional side fan. I found the installation pretty easy, very pleased.

Works well

Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT064M4SSD2
Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT064M4SSD2

Pros: 1. Easy installation 2. Extremely fast

Cons: None

Overall Review: Installed with Windows 7 Ultimate. After all driver installations, leaves me only about 30 GB left. In the future I will go with a larger drive

EVGA 132-YW-E179-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA 132-YW-E179-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -Great overclock ability and voltage controls -DDR3 board that costs less than the ultra (at time of buying) -EVGA lifetime warranty upon registration

Cons: None so far

Overall Review: Board posted fine on first try. Seems to be a very solid and stable board, I have been very pleased.

ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro - Compact Multi-Compatible Tower CPU Cooler | 92 mm PWM Fan | for AMD AM4 and Intel 115x CPU | Recommended up to 115 W TDP
ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro - Compact Multi-Compatible Tower CPU Cooler | 92 mm PWM Fan | for AMD AM4 and Intel 115x CPU | Recommended up to 115 W TDP

Pros: -Excellent cooling -Easy installation -Not too big -Comes with thermal paste already applied

Cons: None

Overall Review: While the push tabs can be a little annoying, once you figure them out the installation is a breeze. Keeps my stock Q9550 around 32C-36C at idle. Couldn't be more pleased.