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Video Review #832: Antec Sonata III Case

Generally, cases with a power supply are intended for the budget market. I believe Antec had this in mind with the Antec Sonata III Case. This product is mostly steel with a stylish plastic front bezel. There are 3x5.25", 2x3.5" (ext), and 4x3.5" (int) drive bays. Conveniently located at the front are 2 USB2 ports, eSATA port, a microphone jack and headphone jack. There is one included Antec Tricoool 120mm fan at the back and an optional 120mm fan can be installed at the front. Overall, this is a great case and they include an excellent high efficiency 500W power supply.

Video Review #833: Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W Power Supply

There's no surprise that the Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W Power Supply performs very well. With 1200 watts it's clearly not intended for the budget market, but rather the hardcore gamer. Having a multiple video card setup, lots of other hardware, and overclocking requires a power supply of this wattage to keep everything stable. This product also has a quiet 140mm fan, lots of sleeved modular leads, and looks excellent. It is fairly long though, so it might not fit in some mid-tower cases and it's pricey, which is to be expected.

Video Review #834: Psile Media/HTPC Silent PC

If you are in the market for a very tiny media PC that you don't want to do any gaming on, check out the Psile Media Silent PC. With an Intel T5600 CPU, 2GB of memory, WiFi adapter, Dual TV tuner, 500GB hard drive and more, it performs very well. The Psile case is unlike any others because it has a unique compact cube shape, which means 9"x9" and only weights 10lbs. EndPCNoise has done a fantastic job at selecting the correct hardware, so the system performs very well with no stability issues and it looks amazing. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.

Video Review #837: Thermaltake BachVx Case

When I first saw the Thermaltake BachVx Case I thought Home Theatre PC, because of its piano-black paint finish and brushed aluminum silver front. This case would look excellent next to audio/video gear. There are plenty of drive bays for a mid-tower case, tool-free design and excellent ventilation. I really like the fact they have a large 140mm intake fan at the front of the case. There are even two USB ports, a mic and headphone jack, as well as a eSATA port at the top of the case. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.

Video Review #838: Zalman 600W Heatpipe Power Supply

The Zalman 600W Heatpipe Power Supply is really not intended for the super hardcore gamer because of the low wattage, but in most cases this power supply will be fine. This power supply is really best suited in a Home Theatre PC because it's ultra quiet, even under maximum load. This power supply looks great, has a recessed quiet 120mm fan, blue LEDs on the inside, heatpipe and modular sleeved leads. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end.

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Video Review #839: Antec P190 Case

The Antec P190 Case is based on the original P180 case, but with many improvements. For one, it's a little larger so 12x13" Extended ATX form factor motherboards now fit. Also, there is no space issue fitting the newest very long video cards. The cases fans have also been upgraded. There are now a total of five TriCool fans; two 140mm at the top, one 120mm at the back and bottom, and a 200mm Big Boy fan on the left side panel. It has a cable management system, plenty of drive bays, a snake light, and much more.

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Video Review #840: Cooler Master Aquagate S1 Water Cooling System

Many people are intimated by water cooling because they don't want liquid spilling all over their hardware components. This is a concern, especially if you are piecing together a water cooling system yourself. If you chose to do that, you have to be 100% sure that it's not going to leak. This is not so much of a concern with the Cooler Master Aquagate S1 Water Cooling System because everything is pre-connected. This kit does perform reasonable well, it's affordable and installation is extremely simple. The only pitfall to this kit is the small pump which makes an annoying loud buzzing sound.

Video Review #843: Ultra X3 1000W Modular Power Supply

What separates the Ultra X3 1000W Modular Power Supply from the many other's that are on the market is it's completely modular. Some power supplies within the 1000W range claim to be modular, but the main motherboard leads are still hard wired into the power supply. This power supply comes with a very quiet 135mm fan which provides fantastic cooling and means this it can be used in almost any environment. I also like the fact that the Ultra X3 line of power supplies ranges from 600 watts to 1600 watts. So the user can pick a model for their power requirements.

Video Review #846: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad PSU (Crossfire)

With 20 years of experience building power supplies for the consumer and industry, it's no wonder PC Power & Cooling is THE preferred power supply. I personally have two S75Q models in two of my computer systems and have no issues whatsoever. So I really know first hand over an extended test period how excellent the Silencer model really is. The PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad CrossFire Edition Power Supply (S75CF) is really the same as the previous model (S75Q), except it has two 8pin (6+2) PCIE leads and its red.

Video Review #848: Thermaltake LANBOX Lite SFF Case

The Thermaltake LANBOX Lite SFF Case really stands alone in many respects. One feature that really sets it apart from the many other small form factor cases (SFF) that are on the market is it's capable of an NVIDIA SLI Video Card setup. This will attract hardware gamers because it means you don't have to sacrifice performance when building a small form factor rig. Another big draw is the modular chassis. The power supply mount, external drive bay cage, internal drive bay cage and motherboard tray can be removed.

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Video Review #1027: CoolIT Domino Advanced Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler

The CoolIT Domino Advanced Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler performs extremely well, easy to install and is affordable. As a matter of fact it's around the same price as a really good air cooler but performs better. This sealed liquid cooling system comes completely configured with the liquid coolant preinstalled. So theres no need for any extra installation like many other liquid cooling kits. By combining the waterblock, pump, radiator and reservoir together, CoolIt has simplified the traditional four-component loop into just one-component.

Video Review #1028: Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Case

The Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Case is the top of the line in the V9 series. It comes with two massive 230mm fans and two 120mm fans which provide excellent air circulation. It has great looks and is all black. There are plenty of drive bays considering this is a mid-tower case. They include removable dust filters on all intake fans. It even comes with a tooless design for installing drives in the drive bays and cards in the expansion slots. Bang for the buck, this case rocks! Although it's steel and plastic, not aluminum and the motherboard tray isn't removable.

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