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REBECCA E.

REBECCA E.

Joined on 03/20/06

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Most Favorable Review

Beautiful. Perfect Budget Build Gaming Case

Phanteks Eclipse P300 Tempered Glass PH-EC300PTG_BW Black / White Steel / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Phanteks Eclipse P300 Tempered Glass PH-EC300PTG_BW Black / White Steel / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - BEAUTIFUL end result. I'm delighted. - Great, clean cable management. - Separate section for the power supply and hard drives is an enormous plus. - Glass side panel covers the full side *minus* the separate power supply and hard drives container. - Very easily accommodated my entry level liquid cooler (Cooler Master MasterLiquid Lite 120 All-in-one CPU Liquid Cooler with Dual Chamber Pump). - Black/White model looks super clean. - Case top panel wiring is already routed, set up, ready to plug into your motherboard. - Comes with some ties. - Glass is thick enough to help keep noise inside.

Cons: - Would be nice if there was a bit more air intake on the front panel, say, on the front aspect of it, not just the top and bottom intakes. - Dust filters could be a bit finer mesh. After a month, some dust had gotten in; so, I attached fine mesh fan filters (2 x Silverstone FF143B 140mm Ultra Fine Fan Filter with Magnet) on the front intake fans to solve. - There is space for three SSDs but Phanteks chose not to use it. Can be easily solved with velcro. - Included fan is a fan, probably not often used by most PC builders, so it is just needless added cost. I replaced mine with a high pressure white LED fan, matching the rest of my build, attached to my liquid cooler radiator in the rear outflow position.

Overall Review: - Yes, this case is a bit smaller than other mid towers—which I like, very much. But I would have liked the case a bit better if it were *just* large enough for three hard drives so I could set up RAID 5. - I used a compact size 150mm modular power supply to ensure the hard drive bays were not overly snug and so that I only had to use the cables I needed. It was still very snug in the back. - It accommodated my huge 750 Ti GPU but when I replaced it with a small form factor 1050 Ti GPU so the card did not take up so much space it all looked PERFECT. - I don't use the included top fan dust filter, because in my build that fan flows out. - Good fan strategy: 2 front, in; 1 back and 1 top, out. - Some older reviews say you need a Phanteks LED wire. You don't. It comes with it, installed. - SATA cables with one end at a 90 degree angle works best for the hard drives.

Most Critical Review

Fragile as an Egg

ViewSonic VX2370Smh-LED Black 23" Full HD 1080P IPS Monitor, 1000:1, 250cd/m2, HDMI&VGA&DVI-D, Build-in Speaker
ViewSonic VX2370Smh-LED Black 23" Full HD 1080P IPS Monitor, 1000:1, 250cd/m2, HDMI&VGA&DVI-D, Build-in Speaker

Pros: Price. Display looks nice.

Cons: This monitor is as fragile as an egg. I realize its bevel is designed to be thin, but the construction is flimsy, the plastic of a very thin grade around the LED. It seems they should have made the edges with much thicker grade plastic, especially if the bevel was made to be thin. I'm returning the two I got for a dual monitor setup because I will otherwise have two short-lived monitors on my hands.

A bunch of zip ties for dirt cheap

8" Plastic Cable Zip Ties 100-Pack (Black)
8" Plastic Cable Zip Ties 100-Pack (Black)

Pros: - 100 zip ties for dirt cheap

Cons: - None

Overall Review: - A 100 zip ties for dirt cheap

Inexpensive and Perfectly Functioning Liquid Cooler for a Mid-Range Gaming PC

Cooler Master MasterLiquid Lite 120 AIO CPU Liquid Cooler, White Led Pump, FEP Tubing, 120mm Air Balance MF, Dual Dissipation Technology
Cooler Master MasterLiquid Lite 120 AIO CPU Liquid Cooler, White Led Pump, FEP Tubing, 120mm Air Balance MF, Dual Dissipation Technology

Pros: - Inexpensive. I got mine new on sale here at Newegg for $39. - Looks great! - Great temps. I have mine atop an AMD FX-6350 Vishera 6-Core 3.9 GHz (4.2 GHz Turbo). - Tubing is TOUGH. - Mine came with a small tube of Corsair thermal paste.

Cons: - The installation directions are poor, pathetic even, which is unfortunate for an ENTRY level liquid cooler. After some trial and error, I did figure out the correct bracket for my motherboard and realize it was simple all along...if only I'd done this before. - Fan does the job but that's it. I replaced it with a Corsair High Airflow fan that matches the rest of my case. - Tubing 𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘺 is TOUGH. Took some diddling to get it to not scrape the top fan in my small mid-tower case.

Overall Review: - The directions need to be much less mysterious, made very plain, and should assume that PC builders using this product have never before installed a liquid cooler. - With its functionality coupled with the price I paid, this is a 5-star buy.

Simple. Perfect. Inexpensive.

Silverstone FF143B 140mm Ultra Fine Fan Filter with Magnet (Black)
Silverstone FF143B 140mm Ultra Fine Fan Filter with Magnet (Black)

Pros: - Inexpensive - Easy to install - Fine mesh, will do the job very well while not straining my fans - Did I mention they are inexpensive?

Cons: - At least how I have installed it, I will need to unscrew my two front case fans to remove it to clean it. There's probably a better way to install it using only magnetism, so that may just be me.

Overall Review: Straightforward no-frills fan filter. Super easy to install. Will work with any case. Perfect. Very pleased. Does exactly what I want it to do.

Wow for the Money

Pack of 2 Pairs Metal Stereo Mega Bass Multipurpose Earphone Headset with Microphone
Pack of 2 Pairs Metal Stereo Mega Bass Multipurpose Earphone Headset with Microphone

Pros: - VERY inexpensive - Overall great sound - Not a 12 mm driver but impressive bass for the price - Earbud parts are metal, beefy, yet fit very well and tight and are perfectly comfortable - Microphone sounds fine - Did I mention they are VERY inexpensive?

Cons: - Wire connection areas are molded, not extra beefed up. They may not last if you foolishly pull on them but seem fine, normal - Wires are normal size, not extra thick

Overall Review: A really great purchase for the price! I'm glad I risked this purchase. I am pleased. They have sound comparable to many $20 headphones I've purchased. I've repeated my purchase of these for family members and just to have them around the house. This is a perfect product to have a surplus of for whatever reason someone may need earbuds: they are inexpensive yet sound really good, so just give them away--kids, guests, conference attendees, whoever. These are VASTLY, VASTLY superior to what you can buy for the same price at your local BigBox store. Direct from the Chinese manufacturer, these earbuds are a commentary on how much imports by Western companies are actually marked up compared to the quality and price of these when coming direct from China. You cannot go wrong with these for the price!