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Unboxing the Lian Li PC-TU200 Mini-ITX Case

Lian Li has been releasing a lot of small form factor cases over the past year. There are so many small form factor cases that are just garbage, so why not let Lian Li in to the game since they are known for creating high quality cases with loads of features. The PC-TU200 is a Mini-ITX cases and features a large 140mm fan, hot-swappable hard drive cage that fits up to 4 hard drives, side panels with no screws, USB 3.0 support and did I mention that this case does fit a standard ATX power supply? Read on to check out our unboxing and overview video!

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Merry Christmas!

From all of us here at ThinkComputers we want to wish our readers and your families a safe and happy holiday! Did you want to know what we wanted for Christmas? Check out the <a href="http://thinkcomputers.wpengine.com/thinkcomputers-holiday-2011-staff-wish-list/">ThinkComputers Holiday 2011 Staff Wish List</a>! Did you get what you wanted for Christmas? Let us know what awesome tech toys and gadgets you got this year in the comments below! Also if you received money and don't know what to spend it on you can check out our <a href="http://thinkcomputers.wpengine.com/best-solid-state-drives-of-2011/">Best Solid State Drives of 2011 article</a> or the <a href="http://thinkcomputers.wpengine.com/the-best-cases-of-2011/">The Best Cases of 2011 article</a>. Happy Holidays everyone!

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Diablotek Fly Mid Tower Case Review

Cases are typically composed of aluminum or steel, but today we get to take a look at one of the first cases we’ve seen to have an aluminum-magnesium mix. These two metals create a very lightweight case, weighing in at only 7.7lbs! It also has a unique brushed finish, both inside and out, to make it stand out from the crowd of cases. Read on further to see if fits up to today’s standards.

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Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Supreme Motherboard Review

Small form factor systems are nothing new, but with the Mini-ITX form factor they keep on getting smaller.  Today we are going to take a look at a motherboard that is perfect for a small form factor or media center application.  The board is the Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Supreme and it features support for second generation Intel Core processors, discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 430 graphics processor, support for DDR3 memory, USB 3.0, SATA 6GB/s support and of course built-in WiFi.  Read on as we check out this tiny motherboard!

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Techbargains Deals for 12-20-11

<strong>OUR FAVORITE DEAL OF THE DAY!</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279937">24” Asus VS247H-P LED-Backlit LCD Monitor w/ Slim Bezel (2ms, HDMI) for $159.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $219 – use coupon code: <b>EMCJHHK29</b>). <strong>Computers & Peripherals:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279988">15.6” Lenovo G570 Intel Core i3-2330M 2.2GHz Laptop for $399.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $549). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279966">G.Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1333MHz PC3-10600 Laptop Memory + 4GB MicroSD Card for $29.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $69 – use coupon code: <b>EMCJHHK54</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279969">D-Link DGS-1008G 8-Port 10/100/1000 Gigabit Desktop Network Switch for $24.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $69). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279937">24” Asus VS247H-P LED-Backlit LCD Monitor w/ Slim Bezel (2ms, HDMI) for $159.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $219 – use coupon code: <b>EMCJHHK29</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279917">Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Cordless Keyboard/Mouse for $39.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $79). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279875">15.6” Samsung NP300V5A-A04US Intel Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz Laptop (4GB/640GB) for $499.99</a> (normally $699). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279878">13.3” Samsung Series 9 Intel Core i5 Laptop 128GB SSD + $100 MS Store Credit for $999.00 plus free shipping</a> (normally $1299). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279691">Dell XPS 8300 Intel Core i7-2600 3.4GHz Quad Desktop w/ 24in IPS LED Monitor for $949.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $1593 - use coupon code: <b>3PDC6CD87JFD9X</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279861">Newegg Coupon Code 15% off OCZ Solid State Drives (240GB for $250AR)</a> (normally $149 - use coupon code: <b>HARDOCP1214D</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279900">28” Hannspree ST288MUR LCD & Hybrid LCD HDTV (1920x1200, HDMI) for $199.99</a> (normally $399 - use <a href="http://static.highspeedbackbone.net/rebates/TD-5569.pdf">this form</a>). <strong>Home Entertainment:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279955">Acer K11 Pocket-Sized Mini DLP Projector w/ LED (800x600) for $279.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $499 – use coupon code: <b>EMCJHHK32</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279942">Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1CH Home Theater Speaker System for $149.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $349 – use coupon code: <b>EMCJHHK85</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279976">Roku XDS 1080p Wireless HD Streaming Media Player for $69.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $89). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279886">47” LG 47LW5300 3D-Ready LED LCD HDTV + Blu-ray Player + 4 Glasses for $839.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $1299). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279862">32” Westinghouse LD-3235 LED LCD HDTV (720p) for $229.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $329). <strong>Personal Electronics:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279991">$25 Apple iTunes Gift Cards for $17.50</a> (normally $25). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279980">Monster Beats Studio by Dr. Dre Hi-Def Noise Cancelling Over Ear Power Headphones for $159.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $299). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279983">Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens (Nifty Fifty) for Canon for $99.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $129). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279935">Sennheiser HD 202 II Closed-Back Stereo Headphones for $17.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $49 – use coupon code: <b>EMCJHHK53</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279887">Motorola MOTOROKR T505 Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone for $39.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $129). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279596">Sony MHS-TS20 8GB Bloggie Touch Video 1080P HD Camcorder (REFURB) for $69.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $129 – use coupon code: <b>REALJOY</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279874">Garmin nuvi 2350LMT GPS (4.3in, Text To Speech, Traffic/Map Updates) for $148.00 plus free shipping</a> (normally $269).

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Techbargains Deals for 12-19-11

<strong>OUR FAVORITE DEAL OF THE DAY!</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279792">Thermaltake TR2 750W Power Supply (80PLUS, Modular, SLI-Ready) for $59.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $114 - use <a href="http://images10.newegg.com/uploadfilesfornewegg/rebate/SH/Thermaltake17-153-136Dec19Dec2511ol66.pdf">this form</a>). <strong>Computers & Peripherals:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279846">Logitech Z506 5.1ch 75W Multimedia PC Speakers (New in Dented Box) for $54.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $99 - use coupon code: <b>logi_z506_121911</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279811">22” Samsung S22A100N LED-Backlit LCD Monitor (1920x1080) for $109.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $149 - use <a href="http://static.highspeedbackbone.net/rebates/TD-5567%20%28US%29.pdf">this form</a>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279797">Creative Labs Live! Cam Socialize 1080p HD Webcam for $39.99</a> (normally $89). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279794">Asus GX-D1051 5-Port 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Switch for $9.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $22 - use coupon code: <b>EMCJHJA33</b> and use <a href="http://images10.newegg.com/uploadfilesfornewegg/rebate/SH/ASUS6MIRsDec01Dec3111cd12us.pdf">this form</a>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279792">Thermaltake TR2 750W Power Supply (80PLUS, Modular, SLI-Ready) for $59.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $114 - use <a href="http://images10.newegg.com/uploadfilesfornewegg/rebate/SH/Thermaltake17-153-136Dec19Dec2511ol66.pdf">this form</a>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279786">Corsair Memory Force Series 3 120GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5in Solid State Drive for $119.98 plus free shipping</a> (normally $149). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279736">17.3” HP Pavilion g7-1260us Intel Core i3-2330M 2.2GHz Laptop (4GB/640GB) for $429.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $649 - use <a href="http://forms.young-america.com/124348_HP63-42-3950-2011-09-23.pdf">this form</a>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279753">15.6” Acer Aspire AS5750-6493 Intel Core i3-2310M 2.2GHz Laptop (4GB/500GB) for $399.99</a> (normally $599). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279650">14” Asus X44L-BBK4 Intel Core i3-2330M 2.2GHz Laptop (4GB/500GB) for $349.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $499). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279717">Logitech M315 Compact Cordless Optical Mouse w/ Nano Receiver for $12.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $29). <strong>Gaming:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279776">Best Buy Games Roundup (Rock Band 3 Wii Game $6.99, MORE)</a>. • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279696">Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect + $100 Best Buy Gift Card for $299.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $399). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279692">Sony PlayStation 3D Display Bundle (24in 3D Display, 3D Glasses) for $299.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $499). <strong>Home Entertainment:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279791">Klipsch Quintet SL Flat Panel Speaker System for $339.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $999 – use coupon code: <b>EMCJHJA49</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279831">Philips BDP3406 Internet Connectable Blu-Ray Player w/ Built-in Wifi for $69.98 plus free shipping</a> (normally $129). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279810">Western Digital WDTV Live PLUS HD Media Player (REFURB, Netflix) for $59.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $99 – use coupon code: <b>EMCJHJA34</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279733">46” Westinghouse LD-4655VX LED LCD HDTV (1080p, 120Hz) for $549.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $1999). <strong>Personal Electronics:</strong> • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279686">Canon PowerShot S95 10MP 3.8X Digital Camera (f/2.0, 720p Video, IS) $229 Free Ship</a> (normally $399). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279829">Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18MP SLR Digital Camera 18-55mm Lens Kit for $549.00 plus free shipping</a> (normally $899). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279815">Garmin nuvi 1350LMT GPS (4.3in, Lifetime Traffic & Map Updates) for $109.97 plus free shipping</a> (normally $279). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279798">Panasonic KX-TG6545B DECT 6.0 5-Handset Cordless Digital Telephone for $79.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $159 – use coupon code: <b>EMCJHJA55</b>). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279686">Canon PowerShot S95 10MP 3.8X Digital Camera (f/2.0, 720p Video, IS) for $269.00 plus free shipping</a> (normally $399). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279596">Sony MHS-TS20 8GB Bloggie Touch Video 1080P High Def Camcorder (REFURB) for $74.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $129). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279746">Sony ICF-CL75iP Alarm Clock Radio Dock for iPod/iPhone w/ 7in LCD (REFURB) for $69.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $149). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279718">Kodak EasyShare M552 14MP 5X Digital Camera (BLUE) for $64.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $99). • <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/279710">BlackBerry 7in Playbook 16GB for $199.99 plus free shipping</a> (normally $499).

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Unboxing the NZXT HALE82 Series 750W Power Supply

NZXT has recently announced a brand new Power Supply Series, the HALE82 Series. This series features an 80PLUS Bronze certification, 100% Japanese Capacitors, Strong Single +12V Rail, Modular Design and much more! This PSU should be able to handle the latest CPU's and graphics cards so let's up it up and see what all is inside. Read on to check out our unboxing and overview video!

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ThinkComputers Holiday 2011 Staff Wish List

Well it is that time of year again, Christmas!  Each year we always tell our loved ones what we would like for Christmas, but we do not always get it.  The staff here at ThinkComputers has compiled a list of products they would like for Christmas.  Even though we review awesome products all year there are still a few things that we want so read on to check out the staff wish list for 2011!

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<a href="http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=16846" target="_blank">SilverStone TS07 SATA3 Enclosure @ Phoronix</a> <em>"After recently testing the SilverStone RVS02 2.5-inch SATA enclosure, here is a look at the SilverSton TS07 3.5-inch SATA 3.0 SATA external enclosure."</em> <hr><br><br> <a href="http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1355/pg1/lian-li-pc-tu200-case-review-introduction.html" target="_blank">Lian Li PC-TU200 Case Review @ HardwareHeaven.com</a> <em>"The Lian Li PC-TU200 is a compact case which is designed to offer maximum flexibility, performance, ruggedness and portability."</em> <hr><br><br> <a href="http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/CoolerMaster/Silent_Pro_Hybrid_1050W/" target="new">Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050 W @ techPowerUp</a> <em>"Today we test the middle member of Coolermaster's fresh Silent Pro Hybrid series, which with its 1050W will easily power even the most power hungry systems and at the same time will save you some money from electricity bills, thanks to its Gold efficiency. This PSU will be loved by all silence fans out there since it goes fanless at low loads and on top of that you can control its fan speed."</em> <hr><br><br> <a href="http://xsreviews.co.uk/reviews/peripherals/corepad-keira/ target="new"">Corepad Keira mouse mat Review @ XSReviews.co.uk</a> <em>"A great gaming mouse is nothing without a great gaming mouse mat, which is why it’s important to buy a good one to match that fancy gaming mouse you just bought. You need a high quality gaming surface to make sure a high quality mouse lives up to its legacy. Corepad aim to please with a wide range of mouse mats and mouse accessories which they’ve been developing for the last eight years. Exclusively marketing at gamers has also given them a great feel for exactly what it is a gamer needs out of a mouse mat, an integral part to any competitive gamers ability."</em> <hr><br><br> <a href="http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/NZXT-HAVIK-120-CPU-Cooler-Review/1453" target="_blank">NZXT HAVIK 120 CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets</a> <em>"The NZXT HAVIK 120 is a smaller version of the HAVIK 140, which we tested some time ago, and reached a good performance level. The HAVIK 120 has four 8 mm heatpipes and two 120 mm fans. Let's find out if it is also a good performer."</em> <hr><br><br> <a href="http://lanoc.org/review/mobile/5552-everki-184-advance-laptop-bag" target="_blank">Everki 18.4” Advance Laptop Bag @ LanOC Reviews</a> <em>"When I picked up an 18.4 inch laptop I knew that I would deal with problems while traveling due to its size. What I didn’t expect was to have as much trouble finding laptop bags. While at CES last year I was visiting a company we had seen the year before called Everki and noticed that they had a whole selection of 18.4 inch laptop bags. With CES coming up soon I finally set aside the time to get in touch and give one a try. Maybe their Advance Laptop Bag for 18.4 inch laptops would make traveling a little more convenient for me in the future."</em> <hr><br><br> <a href="http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1802/1/" target="_blank">GeForce GTX 580 Showdown: ASUS Matrix vs.EVGA Classified @ Legit Reviews</a> <em>"After spending several weeks with the ASUS MATRIX GeForce GTX580 Platinum and the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified 3072MB we quickly discovered that both video cards are outstanding examples of what the engineers at each company can do. Both designs differ greatly from the reference NVIDIA design and that was fine with us as we didn't miss any features of the reference card..."</em> <hr><br><br> <a href="http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/mushkin_chronos/" target="_blank">Mushkin Chronos 60GB Review @ OCC</a> <em>"The Mushkin Chronos 60GB SSD still does offer good read and write performance for its price, especially when compared to mechanical drives. The drive also utilizes the SATA III 6Gb/s interface as well as a Sandforce 2281 controller. For those still using the SATA II 3Gb/s interface the drive is backwards compatible, although you will take a performance it. In the end I'd say that the Mushkin Chronos is a decent SSD, and well worth its cost."</em> <hr><br><br> <a href="http://www.pureoverclock.com/article1411.html" target="_blank">Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard @ PureOverclock</a> <em>"We've got the latest mechanical keyboard from manufacturer Rosewill, and it's called the Mechanical Keyboard. It's geared to gamers, and features the vaunted Cherry switches. At a price of $100, the Mechanical Keyboard is one of the more affordable mechanical gaming keyboards on the market."</em> <hr><br><br> <a href="http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/motherboards/15273-asus-sabertooth-990fx-motherboard-review" target="_blank">ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard Review @ Hi Tech Legion</a> <em>"The ASUS Sabertooth 990FX is another solid board offered from ASUS. The Sabertooth 990FX offers all of the same TUF features, but on the AMD platform. The chipset comprises of the AMD 990FX/SB950 with the newest AM3+ CPU socket. This will support all of the newest CPUs up to 8 cores and 140W. Memory support is up to 32GB and 1866Mhz DDR3 DRAM. The term TUF means "The Ultimate Force" and ASUS uses that to label a model of boards that goes that extra step to ensure total reliability and stability. All of the capacitors, MOSFETs, and chokes are comprised of a special alloy and are certified to meet military standards. In addition, this model includes a CeraM!X heatsink coating that allows 50% larger area for heat dissipation. Another feature of the Sabertooth is the thermal radar. Temperature zones can be set and fan speeds adjusted for total thermal control. Overall, the Sabertooth is built to last under any condition."</em> <hr><br><br> <a href="http://www.rwlabs.com/article.php?id=567" target="_blank">PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W Power Supply Review @ Real World Labs</a> <em>"The latest Silencer MK III 600W Power Supply by PC Power & Cooling is certain to win you over, if not thanks to its rock solid rails, white/black body and 80Plus Bronze Certification then certainly because of its very attractive price tag."</em> <hr><br><br> <a href="http://lanoc.org/review/cooling/5551-noctua-nh-d14-se2011 " target="_blank">Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 @ LanOC Reviews</a> <em>"Just a few weeks ago I had the chance to tell everyone about the Noctua heatsink that we have been running on our LGA 1155 test bench for almost a year. Because of how happy we have been with it we decided to give another Noctua heatsink a chance for our new LGA 2011 test bench. We went with the NH-D14 for the ultimate performance. We have actually taken a look at that same heatsink before in the past HERE, but with the special edition we decided to go over the new brackets and compare the NH-D14 to Intel’s water cooling. Will the monster air cooling outperform water cooling? Let’s find out. "</em>

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Unboxing the ViewSonic V3D231 3D-Ready 23-inch LCD Monitor

It has been a while since we have taken a look at a display, so this is going to be our first display unboxing video! Today we are taking a look at a brand new 3D-ready display from ViewSonic. The display is the V3D231 and it features polarized technology, HDMI 1.4 support, full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 2ms response time and much more. Read on to check our our unboxing and overview video!

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