Monthly Archives: May 2012

3 Cool Full Computer Tower Cases

A full computer tower case is the largest standard size you can get for a home computer.

It’s pretty tall and can fit an ATX motherboard, has plenty of space for graphics cards, optical drives, hard drives and still space to allow air to flow over all those components and keep them cool.

Although primarily thought of as the realm of gamers, these cases are good to look at and like the beautiful cases that Apple computers boast, can actually be brought out in the daylight without embarrassment.

Here’s three that I really like, for different reasons.

Cooler Master Full-size Computer Tower Case

Cooler Master HAF X – Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 Ports and Windowed Side Panel (RC-942-KKN1)

Price: $166.39

4.8 out of 5 stars (179 customer reviews)

61 used & new available from $158.98

Appealing to gamers, it features that “gamer” look. The big, red fan visible through the front mesh.

There’s a big fan positioned right over the graphics card slots.

A power button on the top, front edge (which), along with other buttons on that same panel, and a screen on the front.

Overall fine if you like something flashy.

Silverstone Full-size Computer Tower Case (Silver)

The color of this is important, and the main reason I picked it. This may seem a little silly, but Apple were the first ones to say, “Why do all computers have to be gray?” And damn right.

This case offers a minimalist design, with an easy-to-open side panel.

The airflow would not be sufficient for a gaming computer, but that’s not it’s primary role (although it does have a 120mm fan included).

It looks good. And it’s not black.

Lian-Li Black Aluminum Full Tower Chassis

Lian-Li PC-X2000FB Black Aluminium Full Tower Chassis

Price:

3.5 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews)

0 used & new available from

Reminds me of the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

But it’s just that simplicity that appeals to me. There is ample space inside and it is remarkably easy to get to all the components inside.

Considering it’s price, this case will not likely be replaced quickly. Continuous upgrades are likely, and that deep satisfaction from getting something that has been masterfully created can’t be beat.

Asus Motherboard Reviews Roundup

Well, time goes by and old posts slip into the cracks.

Here are all the ASUS motherboard reviews we’ve done in the past. Honestly, they’re a bit out of date, but hear me out. There’s a lot you can tell about our methodology and how it has changed very little over time.

Well, here they are, in no particular order.

Well, hope you enjoyed that little blast from the past.

5 Budget PCI Express Graphics Cards

Most new computers come equipped with a PCI Express graphics card slot. If your system is struggling in the graphics department and your system is only running on the built-in graphics, then even a cheap graphics card will give your system a boost.

For very new computers I would recommend a more expensive graphics card, simply to avoid extra costs in the future. But for a computer that just needs a little bit of help, these will do the trick.

  1. PNY Nvidia Quadro 128MB PCI Express graphics card

    PNY VCQ285NVS-PCIEX1-PB NVIDIA Quadro NVS 285 128MB x1 Graphics Card for PCI Express

    Price: $66.28

    (0 customer reviews)

    5 used & new available from $44.99

  2. EVGA e-GeForce FX5200 PCIe graphics card

    EVGA e-GeForce FX 5200 128 MB GPU

    Price: $37.99

    4.3 out of 5 stars (25 customer reviews)

    3 used & new available from $37.99

  3. Dell Nvidia Quadro FX540 128MB PCI-E graphics card

    T9098 NVIDIA T9098 NVIDIA T9098

    Price:

    (0 customer reviews)

    0 used & new available from

  4. ATI FireGL V5100 128MB PCI Express video card

    ATI Technologies 100-505087 FireGL V5100 128MB DDR SDRAM PCI Express x16 Graphics Card (5-Pack)

    Price: $44.00

    4.0 out of 5 stars (1 customer reviews)

    4 used & new available from $44.00

  5. Nvidia Quadro NVS 285 128MB PCIe card

    Nvidia Quadro Nvs 285 128MB Pcie Card.

    Price: $33.00

    (0 customer reviews)

    10 used & new available from $25.49

Those should serve to fill your graphics requirements for a little while into the future.