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James C.

James C.

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Most Favorable Review
Cooler Master COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Cooler Master COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Big enough to fit a family full of illegal immigrants! 23.5" tall x 10.5" wide x 24.7" deep. Very good soundproofing. Great cable management. No cut fingers! The bottom rails support the case nicely and the top rails allow you to move it without much trouble (although the case is heavy). The rails also help support the case on it's side making it very stable for mobo installation. The easy to remove side panels made my installation and cable mgmt. even easier especially when the case is standing upright. Tons of screws, tie-ups, etc. Makes for a clean build even with the VGA wind tunnel installed. My system: Asus P5E 2x150 Raptors 2x500 Samsungs 8GB Patriots 2 DVD Writers/Readers 2x3870's 1 TV Tuner 1 Audio card Intel 6850 2xAeroCooler 140 3xScythe 120 1xAC Freezer 7 Too many USB devices to count I read many reviews on CNET on this case and I hope my review can return the favor. I love this case!

Cons: Not cons, just annoyances: 1) Removing the 3.5 metbrackets in the last exposed 5.25 bay (the bottom one above HDD's) is tricky due to the tiny screws that go into the mounting rails. Make sure you have a small magnetized phillips on hand. 2) Any 5.25 accessory that has knobs (i.e. fan controller, SpundBlaster Audigy 2) will not allow the front door to be closed. The case is not so bad with the door removed but it definitely looks better with it shut plus it's a tad quieter with it closed. 3) There are 5 exposed 5.25 bays, however, you do not want to use the bottom bay for anything but a fan to draw air out from the HDD cage. In fact, you really lose two bays if you install the fan shroud. 4) The top middle of the case has a black felt like material that is nice to touch but holds dirty fingerprints easily. 5) A cover for the top case power button and port area would be ni. 6) See-through front door panel would of been nice. 7) Can't find addt'l fan shrounds to buy.

Overall Review: Not sure what the recent reviewer is complaining about the heat for; he's running 2xFX-74 (try water cooling). The case uses negative airflow. My system is running cool (38C). And cable mgmt? With 4 HDD's and 2 devices, the holes in the case allow for great mgmt and I can close the door easily with all those cables "hiding" back there. All of my cables are literally out of sight. Replaced stock fans with 2 x AeroCool Streamliner-Silver 140mm Blue LED fans at the top and 3 x Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120mm Case fans (adding 1 fan to the optional spot above the HDD cage. I moved the fan shroud from the bottom fan on the case to the top of the hard drives with the air directed to the top exhaust fans. The box comes shipped with an outer shipping sleeve and the case is well protected with styrofoam protection. A carrying case is included that has enough screws to build a new house, a screwdriver key ring, cable ties, tie mounts with adhesive, and diff size mobo standoffs.

12/23/2007
Most Critical Review

Mixed bag

Antec LED80XFAN 80mm Blue LED Case Cooling Fan
Antec LED80XFAN 80mm Blue LED Case Cooling Fan

Pros: Blue LED. Clear plastic.

Cons: Sometimes stock fans are better. Gets a little noisy (not bad) at around 60%. 100% sounds like a vacuum cleaner (not as loud as one obviously).

Overall Review: I replaced my working stock case fan (AVC C8025212M) with this one. It is my fault for buying this fan. Had I looked up the specs on my stock fan before I bought this one, I would of noticed that it is a little quieter and puts out roughly the same airflow as the Antec. Live and learn. Next time, I will go with something that has a very low noise dba rating and decent CFM.

So far, so good.

Western Digital WD Green WD10EADS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD10EADS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Runs cool and quiet. I have 3 of them stacked up with the stock Seagate drive running in a EX-485. No problems so far after about a month.

Cons: I/O performance is not that great although read transfers are pretty good - making this an ideal drive for a NAS, DVR, etc. I wouldn't consider this drive for a server or gaming PC.

Overall Review: For the last 18 months, I have 2 WD 10K Raptors with one about to die. My other 2 Samsung Spinpoints are running flawlessly. I'm optimistically hopeful that these drives will last a while and I think they will considering the lower wear and tear. Power savings components need to include chipsets, graphics processors, etc. Green drives are cherry's on top. Time will tell....

Lots of promise, but fails miserably

Logitech G7 Black 6 Buttons Tilt Wheel Cordless Laser 2000 dpi Mouse
Logitech G7 Black 6 Buttons Tilt Wheel Cordless Laser 2000 dpi Mouse

Pros: 2 swappable batteries, good form factor, programmable buttons, works great when it's working

Cons: I hate this mouse! It locks up all of the time, I called Logitech and they told me to use the Connect Utility which I've had to do numerous times. The mouse will just freeze randomly and it's beyond frustrating, it's a pain in the ***! I've tried everything from driver re-installation to changing my wireless channels. A mouse that costs this much should NOT be this frustrating.

Overall Review: Everything about this mouse is great from the battery docking wireless station to the form factor. But even as I was writing this review, the mouse locked up for a couple of seconds. Needless to say, I'm getting rid of it and looking for a new mouse. I knew I should have paid more attention to the negative reviews. Whenever there is a common problem as mentioned in the reviews, then it's just time to stay away. Fooled me once, but not again. I really did want this product to work.

ATI HD 3870 Crossfired

ARCTIC COOLING Accelero S1 Rev.2 VGA Cooler
ARCTIC COOLING Accelero S1 Rev.2 VGA Cooler

Pros: Easy to install on 3870. Removed 4 screws, the stock Sapphire 3870 fan w/case and wiped/cleaned the original thermal compound off Placed a small drop of Arctic Silver 5 on the chip, put the Accelero on the G-board and secured with the provided new 4 screws with washers. Very easy. I didn't use any the heat sinks or plastic things that were provided. Dropped idle on one card from 55 to 40 (other card dropped from 55 to 45). See the other thoughts section on why. Dropped load temps from 78 to 58 using COD4 as a test. Previously, cards were heating up too much and causing artifacts and reboots. The temps now drop very quickly after a load. In less than a minute, temps drop down from 58 to around 48. That is very quick. Overclocked cards from 777 to 872 core clock, 1126 to 1301 memory clock with stress tests bringing temps up to 63.

Cons: Fairly big (tall) but my Cosmos 1000 case handled it easily. Didn't bother with the instructions :-)

Overall Review: System: Core Duo 6850 3Ghz, 8GB RAM, 2x150 Raptors, 2x500 Samsungs, Vista Ultimate, 2x3870 x-fire OC'd, Enermax Galaxy 1000 Crossfire Edition. I used Arctic Cooling Dual VGA Fans on one of the cards which is why I'm seeing lower temps than the other card. I couldn't use my other set of VGA fans because there was no room left for fans between the Accelero and my PSU. The fans do work well and are much quieter than the stock fans. The room where the computer sits is around 80 degree's most of the time. I do keep a ceiling fan running most of the time and try and keep the room cooler when I can. Crossfire cable bridge works and fits fine. You have to bend out a metal tab on one of the slots at the very end (or front depending how you look at the cooler) and you can slide it through. If you use fans, it's easy connect the bridge connector as they will not be in the way. I wouldn't say my system is very much quieter but there is a slight noticeable difference.

Same as etempest on 5/28

Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD3200BEVT 320GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD3200BEVT 320GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Notebook Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: My review is the same as the one etemepest left on 5/28. Upgrade to original 40GB HD in my PS3. Easy to install. Easy to copy over data from old drive. Quiet drive although I can hear it chugging away when copying large files like video and thousands of MP3's over :-) No loss in performance that I can see. Installed YDL6 on the drive without any problems. Works like a champ.

Cons: Took about a 20GB+ hit right off the bat from the format.

Overall Review: Make sure you find the appropriate instructions online to upgrade/copy your PS3. It's amazing how some people out there don't have a clue about changing out this hard drive but try to tell you how to do it. You will know when you hit the right instructions and whether it will work or not. It's a very easy swap and some people convolute the setup. It's probably 5 steps or less. etempest is correct on the screws in the HD cage inside the PS3. Be very careful!!! They strip very easy and I had one screw that barely made it.