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James M.

James M.

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Most Favorable Review

Great air cooling case, better than H500p, still could use some tweaks

Cooler Master MasterCase H500M ARGB Airflow ATX Mid-Tower with Quad Tempered Glass Panels, Dual 200mm ARGB Lighting Fans, Type-C I/O Panel, and Vertical GPU Slots
Cooler Master MasterCase H500M ARGB Airflow ATX Mid-Tower with Quad Tempered Glass Panels, Dual 200mm ARGB Lighting Fans, Type-C I/O Panel, and Vertical GPU Slots

Pros: Roomy work area for mid tower due to HDD cage under the shrouds Tempered glass is thick and slightly smoky Has all new USB 3.1 and Gen 2 type C to move forward from USB 2.0. Front and rear fans are good size to induce airflow at low noise. panels all fit with no skews, frame not bent or off line Optional tempered glass front instead of all mesh If you are air cooling, this case is what you need due to open front intake design and mesh top exhaust chimney effect Picking up the case assembled was sturdy

Cons: cable management area in the back should be about 1/2" wider. Too little room specifically for thickness of 24 pin cable Top front fan has slight wobble which makes a flutter noise at higher than "silent" rpm's which is annoying Cable feed area under the shroud to back of board is too minimal. Tempered glass wasn't protected with a removable film on any side, unlike all the reviews of the case watching people strip the film off before working on it. No 5.25" bay for optical. Yes I have a ton of games on disk. Need to buy CM Cosmos Flagship case for $400 to get one 5.25 bay Missing 2 standoffs, luckily had spares from my other build Instructions don't explain how to and what screws are required to remove the 2 PSU shrouds and HDD tray from the inside, I/O side and MB side of the case. USB 2.0 micro USB connector to rgb controller is extremely crimped between the panel and the board. Not enough clearance Newegg shipped in manufacturer colored box with NO OUTSIDE CARTON. Just slapped a label on it. Are you kidding me.... with glass NewEgg? Expensive for mid tower, price point seems too high...maybe.

Overall Review: Well, the case is awesome. Once put together the management was clean on the MB side for sure. Only can see 24pin, USB type C and 1 PCIe going into the grommets, with minimal visual appearance. The back of the case became a 3 hour OCD experience because I couldn't get everything to lay the way I wanted. Between long 2 usb headers, USB type C, front panel running lateral into the MB, then 12 pin PCIe and 24pin from the bottom up to the grommets, it looked stuffed/cross hatched. The area behind the case is ideally created for ribbon style cables. There is a indented area opposite of where a radiator would be that allows you tuck and curl cables into it. The left most panel took some minor, and I mean minimal pushing to close it only because the 24 pin wasn't ribbon and doesn't lay into the case enough. I will be re-doing the cables later. One fan wobbling and making noise isn't good for $200 case. CM has no fans at the moment to replace but they are helpful. Luckily none of the panels were scratched. Front panel comes off when opening the side panels. It's easy really. Coming from Uber Chakra case, removing side panels was required then, so not a big deal now. Going to get ARGB splitter from CM and bypass the RGB controller, which does work as a pass through to my ARGB header just fine. if you have ARGB header, you must install CM software for the front fans, then select "motherboard" as the controller so your mobo can take over. If you don't, the fans will stay on rainbow unless you want to use the CM software. I didn't use the reset switch option as the case fan rgb controller. The bottom cable routing from the PSU to the back is a really small opening. I had to S-bend the 24pin and PCIe to get the one PSU shroud to sit back and notch into the case correctly. They should open the area another inch. With the small niggles though, don't underestimate this case. It is perfect for air cooling. It looks terrific once together. It is solid and feels solid. The tempered glass will open and notch itself to open no farther than maybe a quarter of an inch so it doesn't fall right off, then you pull it out. After running Monster Hunter World and Rising Storm 2 for a few hours, I couldn't even feel hot air coming out of the case anywhere, so air is flowing smoothly. Letting the build settle in before stress testing. Shame you can't get a 5.2" bay for optical if you want a case that offers newer features. There are 3 other cases I saw with up to date USB connections and 5.25" for example, but all 3 were $400 including 2 cooler master. One Be Quiet case offered everything I was looking for as a full tower but it's cooling for air was terrible by many reviews due to a closed front panel with a thin strip vent along the front edges.

Most Critical Review
Rosewill RP500 500W ATX12V v1.3/ EPS12V     Power Supply
Rosewill RP500 500W ATX12V v1.3/ EPS12V Power Supply

Pros: Price. I read a few reviews of this model and the rp500-2, that state the voltage is very stable and consistent at load.

Cons: My first DOA unit matched the pics and description, my RMA unit was totally different. Had to inquire Rosewill. I assumed I had the wrong model or mismatched spec sticker. The 12v rail was important to me, so I needed to know what PSU I had. As you can see from the Rosewill reply to my previous post, they didn't know either. Factory in China doesn't communicate with Techs in the States regarding revisions, thus doesn't update the website or NewEgg with correct description. I know the 2x4 8pin can be used for both 8 pin and 4 pin CPU sockets on a mobo, between emails and calls, and no one knowing why the unit was changed, I was cautious to hook it up. It could have been wired wrong for all I know at this point. The split 8 pin didn't even clip to each other like every PSU I've seen. I've seen wires soldered to the wrong rails on lower budget PSU's. I wasn't about to take a chance after reading about others here, especially when getting 2 different PSU's

Overall Review: Rosewill's support in China had to ask the engineers if the unit had a revision. Reason I bought it was for 8 Molex and 2 SATA. I didn't need 4 SATA. Now I have to buy SATA to Molex adapters to make up the difference. Floppy's are wired with the Molex so they are hanging in the way, thus the need for SATA adapters now. The revision unit I received: Brushed silver gun metal case, not black. 6= Molex 4 pin connectors, 1 strand of 2 alone, 2 strands of 2 molex chained with a floppy each. 4= SATA, 2 chains 1= PCIe 1= (2x4) 8pin. There will be no separate 8 pin and separate 4 pin CPU connector as pictured. There are two 4 pin connectors zip tied together. Use one for the P4 and both to make the 8 pin. Also there is no 24 to 20 pin adapter, it is a 20+4 connection which is better. I bought this as a "just in case" PSU for my AGP rig so I'm not left stranded. It's not connected, but tested and powered a test pc. At least it worked.

Absolutely the best

be quiet! 250W TDP Dark Rock Pro 4 CPU Cooler with Silent Wings - PWM Fan - 135 mm LGA 1700 Compatible
be quiet! 250W TDP Dark Rock Pro 4 CPU Cooler with Silent Wings - PWM Fan - 135 mm LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: Super Silent Cooling is phenomenal for an I7 Keeps CPU under 80c with all cores stressed at 100% at 4.8ghz using OCCT Paired with a Cooler Master H500M for awesome air flow and cooling Tech Support was more than nice and willing to talk on the phone

Cons: Clipping the fans is a little tedious with the aluminum clamps and I have dexterity. It takes the coating off a little but that's expected scraping metal against metal, and I was extremely careful in trying not to scrape the fins. Unavoidable. Not a con but just a note: Inner fan is snugly fit for the pull config, I mean it's super flush to fins on both sides and you can't see it at all, unless you remove the push fan and clips( nope not doing it). Have no Idea if it fails or not cause it's recommended to use one header with the supplied splitter so both fans runs the same rpm, (naturally) .

Overall Review: Mounting was fine but there was this extremely minor play on an I7 9700k Phantom Gaming 9, only if you tried to wiggle it. Support confirmed is normal to prevent screwing down too tight. As long as tensioners were wrist tight it's fine. Moved twice since I built this rig with it installed and slid entire PC back in the case box. Didn't even budge using Styrofoam under it for support.

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Seasonic FOCUS GX-1000, 1000W 80+ Gold, Full-Modular, Fan Control in Fanless, Silent, and Cooling Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Perfect Power Supply for Gaming and Various Application, SSR-1000FX.
Seasonic FOCUS GX-1000, 1000W 80+ Gold, Full-Modular, Fan Control in Fanless, Silent, and Cooling Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Perfect Power Supply for Gaming and Various Application, SSR-1000FX.

Pros: Fully Modular Lower profile

Cons: 24pin cable should be ribbon style in this day and age 24pin not long enough to route to back of case to 24pin on top of AsRock z390. Had to bend the exposed wires of the male connection to form a C-Curve in order to reach the mobo. Stress relief on the cable prevents you from bending it, which is good but bad if it's not long enough. Not all 24pins headers lay outward from motherboards. Sata cables are 5 per cable. Not ideal when you need one connection for a specific need, like RGB controller on bottom left and it makes 4 other connectors useless cause their inches apart. Had to use 2 separate cables to power 1 RGB controller and 1 physical HDD on bottm right of cage, which now has 8 connectors I can't use. UPDATED 7/31/21: Thing still runs great and works very well with RTX 3070 TI FW3. I have been using a 1070 TI since this review until a week ago. The person with issues with the RTX 3080 maybe the result of using both ends of a pigtail PCIe cable for the 3 power connectors. 3070 TI has 2 PCIe power ports but Seasonic responded to my concern of using one PCIe cable like I did with the 1070 TI. They advised to spread the load better, use different cables for each power connector so it doesn't stress the wattage rating for each cable. This maybe why the 3080 reviewer is having power shutdown issues with this PSU, using shared connections on PCIe and maxing the amps per PCIe resulting in not enough power for the card, especially during load.

Overall Review: I did purchase 3 flat ribbon PCIe cables at 24", one 6+2 per cable for the 3070 TI as it was less bulky and ugly than the supplied pigtailed cables. Would have been nice for Seasonic to include them or ship them as a courtesy since pigtais are not recommended to use on high wattage GPU's since the 2080 series, but still included in the PSU. Their support phone only has an option to leave a message and no one calls back. Email support was very good though. PSU is solid, smaller form factor as well for what it delivers. Cables are good quality 18AWG

ASRock compatible

SAMSUNG 860 EVO Series M.2 2280 1TB SATA III V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-N6E1T0BW
SAMSUNG 860 EVO Series M.2 2280 1TB SATA III V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-N6E1T0BW

Pros: Works and identified fine in Phantom Gaming 9. Using in M.2 #3 slot and recognized as bootable as well.

Cons: none

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Seasonic FOCUS GX-1000, 1000W 80+ Gold, Full-Modular, Fan Control in Fanless, Silent, and Cooling Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Perfect Power Supply for Gaming and Various Application, SSR-1000FX.
Seasonic FOCUS GX-1000, 1000W 80+ Gold, Full-Modular, Fan Control in Fanless, Silent, and Cooling Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Perfect Power Supply for Gaming and Various Application, SSR-1000FX.

Pros: Fully Modular Lower profile

Cons: 24pin cable should be ribbon style in this day and age 24pin not long enough to route to back of case to 24pin on top of AsRock z390. Had to bend the exposed wires of the male connection to form a C-Curve in order to reach the mobo. Stress relief on the cable prevents you from bending it, which is good but bad if it's not long enough. Not all 24pins headers lay outward from motherboards. Sata cables are 5 per cable. Not ideal when you need one connection for a specific need, like RGB controller on bottom left and it makes 4 other connectors useless cause their inches apart. Had to use 2 separate cables to power 1 RGB controller and 1 physical HDD on bottm right of cage, which now has 8 connectors I can't use.

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Great quality cooler. Customer Service goes above and beyond

Installed on a 9700k, Asrock Phantom Gaming 9, H500M Mastercase. Assembly was straight forward. Cooler is of solid build. No issues with clearance using Trident Z memory. Didn't have to move the front fan placement either. Cores are 27-28c idle. Running OCCT large data just as a general bench, all cores were 62-65c. Cool down was very very fast back to normal temps. Had a little issue with center bracket not screwing flush to motherboard brackets. Tech and I talked while trying to figure out the issue. I realized it was the machining of the screws. They had bad, bumpy threads and wouldn't screw down flush. Tops of screws also out of shape, not level but wavy. Had issue with center fan rubbing up on the screw top trying to thread it through. Tech Support was awesome in helping me out though. Seriously, he was top notch. This seems like an excellent choice for the 9700k if planning on Turbo all cores to 4.9.

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