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June 9, 2016

Review: Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Tempered Glass Edition

EVOLV, Evolved

Ever since Phanteks first appeared on the market with their massive PH-TC14PE CPU cooler, Phanteks has always been a company known for making some of the most innovative products in both the PC case and cooling markets. Constantly pushing the envelope in terms of features, build quality and value, Phanteks has achieved great success in the chassis market following their debut of the Enthoo Primo back in 2013. This then led to Phanteks’ introducing several more models in the Enthoo lineup such as the more budget focused cases like the Enthoo Pro and Luxe, and the stylish Enthoo EVOLV line.

Today, we’re taking a look at the latest of the Enthoo EVOLV [...]

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September 27, 2012

CM Storm Scout 2 Review

Second Generation Scout

When Cooler Master first introduced the CM Storm Scout, it quickly became one of my most highly recommended cases. Despite the case being oriented as a budget gamer case, it had been packed with tons of features which made it one of the best price to performance cases out there. While the CM Storm Scout is still a fairly competitive case, the design is almost 3 years old and it’s definitely time for an update.

This then brings us to our review for today, the recently introduced CM Storm Scout 2 gaming case. Like the original CM Storm Scout, the CM Storm Scout 2 is still a mid tower case, still features a windowed sidepanel (albeit a bit smaller), and [...]

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August 3, 2012

SilverStone Redline RL01 Review

SilverStone’s Entry Level Enthusiast/Gaming PC Case

Similar to Lian Li, SilverStone typically specializes in conservative, but functional high-end cases.  However, with SilverStone’s Redline series cases, SilverStone is taking a step out of their conservative case design philosophy and giving the cases a more modern, gamer-centric appeal.  With a glowing logo and HDD activity lights as well as a red 120mm front fan, the SilverStone Redline RL01 looks tough and ready for action.

You can probably guess then that today we’ll be doing a review on the SilverStone Redline RL01 mid tower case. For our review, we received the USB 3.0, windowed model of the Redline [...]

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July 21, 2012

CM Storm Stryker Case Review

CM Storm Trooper in White

Truth be told, when I first laid eyes the CM Storm Trooper last year, I wasn’t quite sold. Not because it wasn’t a good case, no, on the contrary, it was a great case; possibly among the best Cooler Master has ever made. But, compared to some of the other stuff on the market (some even from Cooler Master themselves), it just seemed a bit dull – a bit boring even.

Why? Well, it’s a high end gaming case designed to house some of the most beautiful, most expensive computer components in the world, and Cooler Master forgot to give it a windowed sidepanel. Oops! In addition, the outward appearance of the case seemed kinda dull to [...]

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July 16, 2012

Raidmax Agusta Case Review

Designed by Earth Federation Forces

Most computer cases these days follow a fairly standard formula. They are often rectangular in shape with the interior housing the the power supply mount at the bottom, the motherboard tray in the center, and the tower of drive bays to the right side. Some cases deviates from this style a little, but they’re often subtle changes in appearance.

Since there’s little deviation from this tried and true layout, when Raidmax announced the Agusta a couple months back, I was really interested in seeing what they had to offer. Unlike many cases on the market, the Agusta has two unorthodox design features that make it quite the [...]

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June 20, 2012

SilverStone Grandia GD08 HTPC Case Review

Nothing Quite Like It…

Home theater PCs have always been a popular niche PC and it’s not difficult to understand the appeal of having one. Imagine a typical AV stack these days. You’ve got your AV receiver, you’ve got your DVD/Blu-Ray player, you’ve got your cable/satellite box, maybe a separate PVR unit, a game console or two, and maybe even a hard drive or two with a media player device. That’s a lot of stuff.

Now if you think about it, with the exception of the AV receiver and maybe the cable/satellite box, a typical PC can do all of that and more – given that the proper hardware is purchased. That said, one thing about PCs is that [...]

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May 14, 2012

NZXT Switch 810 Gunmetal Hybrid Tower Case Review

Special Edition

5-10 years ago, NZXT cases weren’t well known at all. They had some innovative, but seriously crazy looking case designs such as the NZXT Guardian Green, which (may be due in part to its craziness) to this day is still a case I remember from the days when I was still in high school.

Over recent years, it seems like NZXT has gone a tad bit more conservative in their designs, but are still bringing plenty of innovation to the table. These days, NZXT is considered a top brand among PC builders with well many well known products such as the NZXT Phantom, the NZXT Sentry, and many more.

Today we’ll be taking a look at one of NZXT’s newest [...]

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April 23, 2012

NZXT Phantom 410 Case Review

The Storm Trooper’s Little Brother

No doubt many of us have heard of NZXT’s most popular case, the Phantom. It was one of the most popular cases when it was released back in 2010 and continues to be one of the most popular cases on the market today. What’s so special about it? Well, for starters it had some very unique, futuristic looking styling that made it look like a “Storm Trooper” out of Star Wars. Aside from that, it was also a full tower case with plenty of airflow, plenty of space, and it was supremely easy to work with. Not to mention, it was and still is one of the most inexpensive full tower cases on the market, currently priced at only [...]

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February 17, 2012

SilverStone Temjin Series TJ04-E Review

For the most part, it seems like SilverStone never rests in their ability to innovate. Over the years we’ve seen the chassis/cooling giant create some of the most uniquely designed products with some of the most innovative features such as the vertical exhaust, the inverted motherboard tray, removable motherboard trays, etc. so when I first saw this case through a YouTube video of somebody visiting the SilverStone booth, I wasn’t too impressed. I mean, it was boxy, basic and it looked like something that was designed in the early 2000’s. Been there done that, let’s move on.

If that was your first [...]

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February 7, 2012

BitFenix Outlaw Review

As more and more companies are focusing on cramming features into budget cases, sub 100 dollar cases are no longer the flimsy, boring, featureless enclosures that look like they’re better off serving as letterboxes. Today’s budget cases are packed with features and often look better and carry much higher end features than what their actual price tag suggest.

Today we’ll be taking a look at yet another entry in the sub $100 dollar case market, the BitFenix Outlaw.

Designed as a lower end case, the Outlaw is very economically priced at only $50. That however, does not [...]

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January 23, 2012

SilverStone Precision Series PS07 Review

Introduction

I like big cases. The bigger the better, but let’s be honest here. If you’re running a mATX board with the stock CPU cooler, a single hard drive, and no GPU, it may be a bit overkill to purchase a Cosmos II. At some point you just have to take a look at what you’re actually going to put in a case.

That being said, I like big cases so when Silverstone asked if I wanted to take a look at the new Precision Series PS07, a mATX case, I said “Why not?”. All joking aside of course, Silverstone is pretty famous when it comes to the PC case market for both their high quality and innovative design philosophy. After all, they’re the ones [...]

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January 23, 2012

High Speed PC Top Deck Tech Station Review

Introduction

Here at Custom PC Review, we do a lot of testing. Whether it’s a new graphics card, a new CPU cooler or a new SSD, we test it all. That being said, you’ve probably all built a computer before and you all know how painful it is to have to pull everything apart just to remove a component. We sure do and we wish there were an easier way…

Thankfully, our agony hasn’t gone unnoticed and the guys at HSPC (High Speed PC) have presented us with a solution, the HSPC Top Deck Tech Station. While the HSPC Top Deck Tech Station comes in many sizes to fit many different sized motherboards, we [...]

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