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carl p.

carl p.

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Most Favorable Review

RAID array? Gamer? You'll love it.

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Been modding cases for years, also own an antec 900, this 1200 is a great buy. It has enough room to be easy to work on, without being too big for your wires to reach. (If you have a PSU with good wires, my seasonic S12-600 and gigabyte GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L all reached no probs, but the P4 connector didn't have a lot of slack in it.) Fits 9 hard drives plus three 5 1/4" bays for dvd drives. You won't need a rheobus, all your front fans are controllable from the front panel., the inside fans are on 3 speed switches. The front jacks and USB ports are perfect. The drive bays are FILTERED!!!!!!!! and really move the air. Works well with the artic cooling freezer pro. (Wind tunnel effect.) You're still reading? Buy it now.

Cons: Cages aren't tool-less, it's pricey until you consider what you get (Any case that can handle nine 3 1/2" drives and three 5 1/4" drives will be more money once you factor in that you don't need drive coolers, cooling fans, etc.) and it wasn't out last christmas when I bought my antec 900.

Overall Review: Seriously thinking of upgrading my main rig's case after working with this one. The cooling is impressive. Kudos to the EGG!!! for having the case at my front door less than 48 hours from when I ordered it. Also, let me just say now that I've never had an incorrect order from newegg. Just that fact alone is impressive, considering the mountain of stuff I've ordered from them in the last few years.

Most Critical Review

hot case!

Thermaltake SHARK VA7000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Thermaltake SHARK VA7000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Toolless drive slots, but they need to be attached with screws onto the 5 1/4" drives. Just like an old antec 830s and 840s. I had a door laying around from an old 830 and it fit on the shark! Transverse drive mounts similar to antec sonata and super lanboy. Solid case for how light it is. The front panel looks really nice, being solid cast aluminum, thick stuff.

Cons: Blue LED in door is very annoying. Bad cooling in front, it has a 120 in there, but there isn't enough room in there for airflow, so your drives just cook. Also, there isn't any air vent with the front panel closed, so you have to keep it open when it's running, or your drives just roast like a thanksgiving turkey. It's also a dustbuster. Really.

Overall Review: Bought it locally when I needed a case that would take 4 drives in front, and had problems with my RAID array. The drives (Seagate barracuda ES) were 40-50c with a 120mm blowing on them!!! I put that hardware in an antec 1200, and the drive temps went down to 33-34c, and stayed there. Also, I assembled it about christmas time, and it's been full of dust for months. It needs filtration, but doesn't have enough flow for proper cooling. Looks impressive in the store. Pass it up and get the antec 1200, it's about the same size and price, and it has FAAARRRRR better cooling.

Good rig when it's in stock.

ABS Legend Gaming PC - Intel i9 10900KF - GeForce RTX 3090 - G.Skill TridentZ RGB 64GB DDR4 3600MHz - 2TB Intel M.2 NVMe SSD - ASUS ROG Ryujin 360MM RGB AIO Cooler
ABS Legend Gaming PC - Intel i9 10900KF - GeForce RTX 3090 - G.Skill TridentZ RGB 64GB DDR4 3600MHz - 2TB Intel M.2 NVMe SSD - ASUS ROG Ryujin 360MM RGB AIO Cooler

Pros: Runs good, cable managed well, set up logically. Good components, reputable company.Using the software utility, I cranked up the ryujin to 90% fan speed via fan curve.Case temps are now under control. CPU idles at 36c.System is reliable, games well, and feels responsive. Looks good, too.I like the OLED on the cpu cooler, it reads CPU temp and frequency.GPU temp at 60c when mining with GPU fans cranked to 90%.No, it's not a mining rig, but it can help out with the rent when I'm not gaming.The specified parts are included, and is fit for gaming.It's easy to work on, and everything works.It drives my Samsung G9 odyssey well, and I have no complaints.

Cons: Things I would like to have seen swapped out....Would like to have seen a 1000 watt Asus THOR, the included corsair RM850x works just fine.Already put a 980 pro 2tb drive for the OS, and re-partitioned the intel drive at it's nominal capacity as a D: drive for my ballooning steam folder. Samsung migration software is free and awesome. My next upgrade for it will prolly be a 1200-1600 watt PSU, just for overkill sake.A Seasonic titanium 1300, Corsair AX1600i, or a super flower Leadtex 1600 platinum, will go in there soon. Yeah, I don't need it, but the peace of mind is good.

Overall Review: Things to nit pick: The push button for the right side TG panel opened up during shipping, but it was packed well, so there was no damage. It arrived upside down, but the case is stronger at the top than the bottom, so, again-no damage.There are 3 inlet fans and 4 outlet fans (Plus the PSU) that aren't individually adjustable, so the PSU has to fight to exhaust hot air. When I replace the PSU I'll switch the wiring around so the inlet fans can be adjusted to 100%, and put the others to 75-80% so the new PSU will live longer and run cooler.All in all, operator level tinkering that needs to be done on pre-builts. I went to the website to look at the FAQ, and the first thing on the list was what I went there to find, how to get the key to activate windows. Kudos to them for putting that on their website and making it easy to find.The rig isn't exactly what I would have built, but that's irrelevant right now, impossible to find a 3080 or 3090 right now without giving up a kidney. It's not a bad rig, and it's just expensive enough so that it's in stock once in a while.Newegg/ABS you done good.

MSI vs Asus.

MSI Z77A-G45 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
MSI Z77A-G45 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: It's a good, solid, no frills board that seems to run fine. Good performance, good build quality for a lower price than a comparable Asus board.

Cons: Being a value board, it doesn't include a usb front panel drive bay cover, or - well, much of anything. If I need one, I'll buy it for the difference in price.

Overall Review: Got the coolermaster 212 evo, and I switched the fan to pull rather than push because it's just too close to the RAM sticks. I5-3570K, 16gb Ripjaws F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH, 4x4gb. Samsung 830 256mb. Rig seems responsive, inexpensive, and of high quality. The Last few Asus boards I've had didn't last very long, only averaging 2-3 years before they stopped being reliable. The last few boards I bought were MSI boards, and they had much higher build quality, heatsinks were straight, stuff lined up, etc. Asus is slipping in their execution, and MSI seems to be improving. I think asus uses better components, and includes more stuff in the box, but fails in execution, heatsinks, heatpipes, TIM, etc. Focusing on the basics, and getting it right. It's refreshing in the lower price market segment. Both Asus and MSI can design good boards, don't get me wrong, but I think I'm gonna avoid Asus for a while, and see if MSI can do better than 3 years.

Read on if you want 3 of these for eyefinity

ASUS VE247H 24" (Actual size 23.6") Full HD 1920 x 1080 VGA DVI-D HDMI Built-in Speakers LED Backlit LCD Monitor
ASUS VE247H 24" (Actual size 23.6") Full HD 1920 x 1080 VGA DVI-D HDMI Built-in Speakers LED Backlit LCD Monitor

Pros: Sweet monitors, they all were well packed, undamaged, included their stated accesories, and worked 100%. They have a genuine power button, and it clearly illuminates orange or blue depending on status, without being distracting. They play well with the powercolor minidp adaptors.

Cons: They are set up for a standard configuration, and if you want to use them for eyefinity there are a few things you should be aware of before you buy. 1. Those nice power buttons will be a pain in you want to use these in a 3 way portrait eyefinity group because the power buttons will shut the monitors off if you bump any of the monitors, because the power button touches it's neighbor monitor. Also, again, if you use this on a portrait eyefinity group the right hand monitor will have to be canted in a bit because the viewing angle will make it dimmer than the others if used in a flat aspect. Of you'll have to sit slightly right of center. Not noticeable in darker games, but in a bright windows environment you will notice it.

Overall Review: If you mount these on Lubic parts, 80/20 track, or a custom made channel they will be a fixed distance apart, (But they must have a flat aspect.) and the power buttons won't give you any trouble. I don't think they will work in portrait mode stock because the stock stand doesn't swivel. I'm using the VESA mounts, and they work fine.

Works with my XFX 6970

POWERCOLOR ACTIVE MDP TO SL DVI Active Mini DisplayPort to Single-Link DVI-D Adapter
POWERCOLOR ACTIVE MDP TO SL DVI Active Mini DisplayPort to Single-Link DVI-D Adapter

Pros: It works, no unforseen problems like monitors powering down, etc. Monitor able to initialize right away, unlike hdmi to dvi adaptors, which don't work until you're at the windows welcome screen.

Cons: It won't work with a dual link cable or a standard dual link adaptor, you need a single link cable with a single flat blade, not a cross or pins right by the blade. Some cables and dvi->vga adaptors are dual link, and won't work with this.

Overall Review: I wonder why newegg lists this as open box, it was sealed in a bag, NIB, with instructions. Works with a SINGLE LINK cable!