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Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Case Review

A couple of years ago Thermaltake released the <a href="http://thinkcomputers.wpengine.com/index.php?x=reviews&id=866">V9 gaming case</a> and later the V9 Black Edition. Today we are taking a look at another case in their V-Series the V3. The V3 is designed to be very functional, but at a very low cost. You can pick this case up for $50 online! This is an extremely low cost for any case, especially a Thermaltake case. This case features an all black design, mesh front bezel, and a 120mm blue LED fan. Let’s see if this is the perfect case for your next budget build.

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Weekend News 2-27-10

Another busy week has gone by here at ThinkComputers and we sure have A LOT of news, but before we get into that make sure you take a look at the review of the Corsair Flash Padlock 2 8GB USB Flash Drive! Now onto the news... <strong>Cases</strong> <a href="http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=14630" target="new">SilverStone Fortress FT02</a> @ Phoronix <strong>Cooling</strong> <a href="http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1797" target="new">Noctua NH-D14</a> @ Bjorn3D <a href="http://www.pureoverclock.com/article920.html" target="new">XSPC 5870 Razor GPU Water Block</a> @ PureOverclock <a href="http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2500" target="new">Zalman CNPS10X Flex Heatsink Review</a> @ Frostytech.com <strong>Memory</strong> <a href="http://www.modders-inc.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=314" target="new">G.Skill ECO DDR3-1600 (PC3 12800) Memory</a> @ Modders-Inc <strong>Motherboards</strong> <a href="http://www.motherboards.org/reviews/motherboards/2018_1.html">ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review</a> @ Motherboards.org <a href="http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1218/1/" target="new">ASUS P7H57D-V EVO Motherboard Review</a> @ Legit Reviews <a href="http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=458&Itemid=69" target="new">Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 Motherboard</a> @ Benchmark Reviews <strong>Notebooks and Full Systems</strong> <a href="http://www.hardwareoverclock.com/ASUS_G73_Notebook-G73JH-TY033V.htm" target="new">ASUS G73JH Gamer notebook</a> @ Hardwareoverclock.com <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/buying-guides/laptop-buying-guide-2010/" target="new">Laptop Buying Guide 2010</a> @ Digital Trends <strong>Power</strong> <a href="http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/937" target="new">Huntkey Balance King 4500 450 W Power Supply Review</a> @ Hardware Secrets T<a href="http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/thermaltake_tr2_rx_750w_power_supply_review/" target="new">hermaltake TR2 RX 750W Modular Power Supply Review</a> @ Tweaknews <strong>Storage</strong> <a href="http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1796" target="new">Kingston SSDNow V+ 128GB (SNVP325-S2/128GB)</a> @ Bjorn3D <a href="http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1230/1/" target="new">Toshiba HG2 43nm 256GB Solid State Drive Review</a> @ Legit Reviews <a href="http://www.testfreaks.com/blog/review/review-of-unitek-2-port-usb-3-0-pci-express-card/" target="new">UNITEK 2 Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Card</a> @ TestFreaks <a href="http://hothardware.com/Articles/WDs-1TB-Caviar-Green-w-Advanced-Format-Windows-XP-Users-Pay-Attention/" target="new">WD 1TB Caviar Green Hard Drive w/ Advanced Format</a> @ HotHardware <a href="http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3156/raidsonic_icy_box_ib_318_and_ib_250_usb_3_0_hdd_enclosures_video_review/index.html" target="new">RaidSonic Icy Box IB-318 and IB-250 USB 3.0 HDD Enclosures Video Review</a> @ TweakTown <a href="http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/corsair_padlock2_8gb/" target="new">Corsair Padlock 2 8GB USB Flash Drive Review</a> @ OCC <a href="http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/29176-silverstone-hddboost-review.html" target="new">SilverStone HDDBoost Hybrid SSD / HDD Device Review</a> @ Hardware Canucks <a href="http://www.cluboc.net/reviews/tools/dock_master/1.asp" target="new">Kingwin Dock Master: 2.5 and 3.5" SATA Hard Drive Docking Station</a> @ ClubOC.net <a href="http://www.techwarelabs.com/sans-digital-towerraid-tr5ut-b/" target="new">Sans Digital Towerraid TR5UT(-B)</a> @ TechwareLabs

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Corsair Flash Padlock 2 8GB USB Flash Drive Review

Four years ago Corsair introduced the Flash Voyager USB drive, a USB drive that was practically indestructible. A Year after that they came out with the Flash Padlock, u USB drive that had a keypad on the front that allowed you to lock and unlock it to protect your data. It seems Corsair has put the two together and released the Flash Padlock 2, which is basically the Flash Voyager with the Padlock keypad on the front. So not only can you protect your data with a key code you get the awesome protection of the Flash Voyager design.

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OCZ Alchemy Series Elixir Gaming Keyboard Review

The OCZ Elixir keyboard has been out for just about 2 years now. We were lucky enough to win one during CES at OCZ’s party. We normally would not review such an old keyboard, but looking around online we found this keyboard for $20 brand new, which for any keyboard is a great deal. So let’s take a look at the Alchemy Series Elixir Gaming keyboard and see if it’s the perfect keyboard for a gamer on a budget.

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Gigabyte X58A-UD3R Intel X58 LGA 1366 Motherboard Review

Then just last weekend I was chatting with a friend that had attended <a href="http://thinkcomputers.wpengine.com/tag/ces-2010/">CES</a>, who told me that Intel was working on a new LGA 1366 processor line, a six-core monster using 32nm...yeah, I know, I’m behind the times, the gossip about the new processors started back in Nov-Dec, but I was busy “fixing up” a “fixer-upper” house and moving during that time. Anyway, I got a little excited, hoping that maybe LGA 1366 wasn’t dead, just in hibernation. The very next day, lo and behold, our friends at Gigabyte placed a cool little gem into my hands…a brand new LGA 1366 motherboard, complete with onboard SATA 6GB/s and USB 3. Today I will be looking at the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R, the entry-level model of their three new X58 motherboards, which appear to be designated differently from the older models by an “A” after the X58 in their name, and ending with an “R” rather than the usual “P”. Will this be the board of the future? Read on to see!

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Razer Orochi Mobile Gaming Mouse Review

<center><img src="http://benchmarkreviews.com/images/reviews/input_devices/RZ01-00300100-R3U1/Razer_Orochi_Main_Small.jpg"></center><br> High quality gaming peripheral equipment is a speciality of Razer. In this article Razer brings us a new product, a first for its kind, the Razer Orochi mobile gaming mouse with both USB-2.0 and Bluetooth capability. Traditional mice suffer from poor mobility, often adding a huge lump inside of your laptop bags. Long wires and the need for a "perfect" surface often make setting up a hassle. Benchmark Reviews tests and inspects the Razer Orochi gaming mouse (model RZ01-00300100-R3U1) to see whether it really is the solution for gaming on the go that will revolutionize mobile gaming.<br><br><br> Via [<a href="http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=456&Itemid=65" target="new">Benchmark Reviews</a>]

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Thermaltake Element T Case Review

<center><img src="http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/thermaltake_element_t_case_review/img/email.jpg"></center><br> With a budget chassis like this, we can overlook some minor shortcomings due to the low price. There is room for lots of hardware in the Element T, with three big bays and six HDD mounts with a placement for a 2.5-inch drive. It is lightweight but sturdy while being relatively easy to work in.<br><br><br> Via [<a href="http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/thermaltake_element_t_case_review/" target="new">Tweaknews</a>]

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Coolermaster USP 100 Mid Tower Review

One of the companies named in the upper paragraph is Coolermaster. Coolermaster is one of those companies that no matter what range of case you are looking for they have you covered. From the budget Sileo and Centurion to the awesomely nice ATCS 840. I myself have been a big fan of the HAF 932. But Coolermaster right now is considering the budget minded individual with their next offering. The USP 100 is a mid tower that offers a change in styling that is gamer towards the enthusiast not over-the-top appearance but want some that is not plain and simple. The new red and black design bungled with a 550 watt eXtreme Power Plus PSU even made me thinking about using it in my next build. But is that enough to get you to consider the case? We will see.<br><br><br> Via [<a href="http://www.pro-clockers.com/cases/1222-coolermaster-usp-100-mid-tower.html" target="new">Pro-Clockers</a>]

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Build A Top-Notch Gaming PC Designed for Overclocking for $700

<center><img src="http://www.ocia.net/images/icons/496.jpg"></center><br> With the flood of parts available on the market, along with new ones coming out at an insane rate, it can be hard to keep up with all of them and figure out which parts are truly worth your money. This is where this article comes in, by showing you what parts will give you the most performance and allow you to build a top-notch Gaming PC out of a $700 budget. When done properly, overclocking is a relatively easy way to get a nice performance boost without additional costs. This build features components that were picked in part due to their ability to overclock well.<br><br><br> Via [<a href="http://www.ocia.net/articles/700gamingpc/page1.shtml" target="new">OCIA.net</a>]

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SilverStone Fortress FT-02 Case Review

<center><img src="http://silverstonetek.com/images/products/ft02/FT02B-W-3-4-2.jpg"></center><br> For several years now, SilverStone has been one of the top names in computer cases, standing alongside companies like Lian Li and Antec. From the introduction of the Temjin series, it’s been clear that SilverStone’s main target has been the PC enthusiast who wants a solid, refined chassis. Their Fortress series, begun last year with the Fortress FT-01, took several of the lessons learnt with the Temjin series and applied it to a new mid-tower form factor. Today we’ll be taking a look at the Fortress FT-02, a case that combines the unibody construction of the Temjin and Fortress series chassis with several cooling tricks first developed with the Raven series.<br><br><br> Via [<a href="http://www.techwarelabs.com/silverstone-fortress-ft-02-case/" target="new">TechwareLabs</a>]

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