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Demond Penalver

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Demond Penalver last won the day on January 23 2014

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  1. Demond Penalver

    Case Review: Fractal Design Define R5 Review

    Awesome review and Walk-through! I definitely like what they have done with this case! Still yet a simple but elegant design with so much capabilities...great build Mosquito!!!
  2. Demond Penalver

    Hello and Introductions

    @BooglesMcGee welcome to the Zoo!!!
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    NocturneKittie. ModZooWin.

    A big Amen to that!!! Well said!
  4. Demond Penalver

    Sleek 707 and 703 towers from InWin

    Like everyone else seems to be saying, I like these cases, but not a fan of the pop out window. Would like this case a lot more if window was flush with the panel!
  5. Demond Penalver

    WoW "Horde" Themed Build

    Looks awesome!!!
  6. Thanks again for another awesome giveaway and good luck to all. This is a beautiful case! If I won this case, it would just be a case swap. Everything still works so might as well keep using it and don't laugh she's old... Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P LGA 775 (Rev 2.0) CPU: Intel CORE 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.00Ghz w/ Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Memory: Mushkin Enhanced 2x2Gb DDR2 800mhz GPU: HD 5870 w/ Arctic Cooler Twin Turbo Pro PSU: Ultra LSP 600W Atx HD: Toshiba 2TB SATA Well that's all she wrote. Maybe, just maybe paint the exterior of this case orange.
  7. Demond Penalver

    Thermaltake Core V1

    Thank you!!! The feet come off very easily and the holes are pretty big!!! Just couldn't believe solid plastic...slides all over the place!
  8. Demond Penalver

    Hadron Ghost - By Fusentast

    Awesome build!!!
  9. Demond Penalver

    Thermaltake Core V1

    Mod Zoo member Demond Penalver gives us a look at Thermaltake's Core V1. Thermaltake is no stranger to the pc world. They manufacture everything from pc cases, power supplies, top notch cooling devices, and hardware for gamers. This company is not afraid to try something new. With that being said, let’s take a look at their new ITX chassis, the Core V1. This ITX is made for every type of computing genre. It can be used for as an htpc, a high powered gaming pc, and the enthusiast crowd. This case has water cooling capabilities, has the room for GPUs up to 255mm, it can house a full size power supply with ease, it can fit a full size tower aftermarket cpu cooler up to 140mm in height, and has plenty of air cooling options as well. It also has interchangeable side panels for customization of your air flow and desired look. Specs from the website: The Packaging The box is very strong and has plenty of images, info and exploded views of this chassis. There is just enough foam to support the case, but I think a little more would be better since the case is so close to the inside of this box. Page 1 of 5 12345 → Last » Click here to view the article
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    Case Review: Thermaltake Mini Chassis - Core V1

    Thanks Bill!!! I hope it was Ok that I posted this!!!
  11. Thank you modders for your support!

  12. Demond Penalver

    Case Review: Thermaltake Mini Chassis - Core V1

    Thank you!
  13. Thermaltake is no stranger to the pc world. They manufacture everything from pc cases, power supplies, top notch cooling devices, and hardware for gamers. This company is not afraid to try something new. With that being said, let’s take a look at their new ITX chassis, the Core V1. This ITX is made for every type of computing genre. It can be used for as an htpc, a high powered gaming pc, and the enthusiast crowd. This case has water cooling capabilities, has the room for GPUs up to 255mm, it can house a full size power supply with ease, it can fit a full size tower aftermarket cpu cooler up to 140mm in height, and has plenty of air cooling options as well. It also has interchangeable side panels for customization of your air flow and desired look. Specs from the website: Model: Core V1 P/N: CA-1B8-00S1WN-00 Case Type: Mini Case Dimension (H x W x D): 276 x 260 x 316 mm (10.9 x 10.2 x 12.4 inch) Side Panel Transparent Window (Interchangeable) Color Exterior & Interior : Black Material: SPCC Cooling System Front (intake) : 200 x 200 x 30 mm fan (800rpm, 13dBA) Drive Bays: -Hidden : 2 x 3.5’’ , 2 x 2.5’’ Expansion Slots: 2 Motherboards 6.7” x 6.7” (Mini ITX) I/O Port USB 3.0 x 2, HD Audio x 1 PSU: Standard PS2 PSU (optional) Fan Support Front: 1 x 120mm or 1 x 140mm or 1 x 200mm Rear: 2 x 80mm Radiator Support Front: 1 x 120mm or 1 x 140mm Clearance CPU cooler height limitation: 140mm VGA length limitation: 255mm (Inner chassis) 285mm (Outer chassis) PSU length limitation: 200mm The Packaging The box is very strong and has plenty of images, info and exploded views of this chassis. There is just enough foam to support the case, but I think a little more would be better since the case is so close to the inside of this box. The Exterior The front bezel is made up of metal and plastic and sandwiched in the middle is a dust filter. It is removable, but only if you remove the metal front which is held on by folding metal tabs. Under the front bezel, which is easily removed by pulling on the bottom, you will see a 200mm intake fan! This is definitely a plus to keep the inside of the case cool. There are also options for a 120 or 140 mm intake fan and water cooling options respectively. I will discuss that later. The left side of the case has perforated holes for ventilation. You will also notice the I/O plate which consists of a Power LED, Hdd indicator LED, a nice sized power button, 2 USB 3 ports, a reset button and hd audio connections. I think it would have been a nicer touch if there was a dust filter included in this panel. On the rear of the case you will see 2 spots for 80mm exhaust fans. Below that is the I/O shield plate followed by the 2 expansion slots , and the power supply mounting hole. There is a total of 8 thumbscrews, 2 for each side panel. Underneath is the dust filter for the power supply. The right side of the case is identical to the left side of the case with the exception of the I/O plate. I also believe a dust filter would have been a nice touch on this side as well. The top of the case has a perfect sized window to view all of your pc components, which is covered by a protective film on both sides. This is a very nice touch to this case. This window is also removable. The bottom of the CORE V1 has 4 case feet which are completely made out of plastic. Without a doubt these feet should have some kind of rubber on them for anti-vibration purposes and to prevent it from sliding. There is also a dust filter for the psu which is removable and washable. The interior Let’s start with the front bezel again. Underneath the 200mm fan there are mounting holes for a 120mm or 140mm fan which you can adjust up or down depending on the position you’d like the fan in. There is also room for a either a 120 or 140 rad with plenty of room for a push pull configuration. I know some modders would figure a way to get a 240mm rad in there. It might just fit. On the left side of the 200mm fan is a cut out for the GPU to fit through if using a full size card. To remove the side panels, just simply loosen the thumb screws and the panels come off very easily. The panels are not too flimsy, but one of mine seemed to be a little twisted. Once the panel is on, all is fine. These thumbscrews are perfect. Plastic caps that cover almost the entire screw and will not scratch the side panels. I think this should be a standard practice for all companies. Thank you Thermaltake! Now you will see the 2 chambers. The bottom chamber is primarily for the power supply and cable management, the upper one is for the motherboard and all of its components. Also visible are the cables from the front I/O plate. The hardware and instruction manual will also be found inside the chassis as well. On the right side of the case, you will notice the 2 drive cages. Each cage supports either 1- 2.5” and 1- 3.5” drive or 2- 2.5” drives for a total of 4 drives. I like the location and simplicity of removing and installing these drives, but it would’ve been a nice touch of they were tool less. This is what they look like when they are removed. . Here are some pictures with all the side panels and the 200mm fan removed. This is a very well constructed case, strong and sturdy. Installation: I found this case extremely easy to assemble and install the components. The only extra step was to remove the bottom panel since the psu can not fit through the side. I thought it was a nice touch that included in the hardware package was rubber bumpers you can install in the bottom panel that the power supply rests on when the bottom panel is re-installed. Installation of the motherboard was a breeze and I love the elevated points on the motherboard tray, so no jack screws are needed to install. This was very well thought out. There is a large cpu out in the motherboard tray if you desire an aftermarket cooler. If you decide to install an aftermarket cooler you can either remove the power supply or just remove the motherboard if you desire or install it first. The motherboard I am using, unfortunately can not be accessed completely through the bottom. The hard drive cages are very easy to remove and installation of the drives was simple. The only part you have to watch out for is the routing of the sata cables depending mostly on the location of the sata port located on the motherboard. The GPU also fitted with ease. Just remove the expansion slot cover and install the GPU. When using the bigger sized gpu cards, which Thermaltake put some thought into, was the cut out in front of the case the nose of the GPU will fit through. Keep in mind that the max length is 255mm or roughly 10”. There is ample room for cable management. If need be, there are holes all around the motherboard tray if you find tying up your cables necessary. Final Thoughts! Pros: This case has so many capabilities. It’s very easy to disassemble and install all of your computer components. This was such a stress free assembly. There is plenty of room for cable management. Mostly everything that can fit in a larger case can fit in this one from the full size power supply, it can house a 140mm cpu tower cooler, a full size (2 expansion slot sized) GPU of up to 255mm, it can hold 4 solid state drives, and has water cooling capabilities up to a 140mm aio cpu cooler or radiator. It comes standard with a 200mm intake fan in the front with options for a 120 or 140mm intake fans which can be positioned in different configurations. And the simple things such as coated thumbscrews for all of the side panels are a nice touch as well. I also liked the rubber bumpers, that are included in the hardware package, that can be configured in different locations to support power supplies of all different sizes, but could have also been full length rubber strips pre-installed. I love the minimalistic look of this case and the interchangeable panels, especially the panel with the large window, which makes it customizable depending on what you want to see and where to concentrate the air flow. This is definitely worth every penny of its $49.99 price tag and then some. Cons: The one thing that bothered me the most was that the there is no rubber on the case feet. I was extremely shocked when I saw this. With the huge 2mm fan installed in the front, the dust filter does its job well. But after awhile seeing all the dust on the front bezel began to bother me. Maybe instead of having the dust filter integrated into the front bezel, have a recessed removable filter. That might help with not seeing all the dust collection in the front which will take away from the aesthetically pleasing front bezel. I really couldn't really anything else that bothered me. Future Add ons: With all of its positive and slightly negative facts, there are some things I would love to see to make this an even better case. They might also think of including their Quick Link Cable, Internal USB3.0 19 pin to USB2.0 10 pin adapter, since I don’t think everyone has converted to a full USB 3 system. It would be nice to see some kind of fan controller installed in the case. One day I would love to see some color options, an optional second window, or maybe even include the rear 80mm exhaust fans. AWESOME CASE THERMALTAKE This case definitely doesn’t disappoint!
  14. 99% Done with my review. Hope to post tonight as long as I get images to the right size

  15. Almost finished with my review. Hope everyone likes it.

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