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Summary the case is not quite what i expected ,other less expensive cases are among this quality.the lining is neat , but doesnt do all that much , aluminium would be a better heatsink and sound deadener. the eco cooler is the bomb though , always keeps its cool , used a few times now and sandybridge wont get into 60 degrees with a healthy overclock, voltage below 1.35 4.3ghz. quiet too.asy to mount , but always mock up and see if back or top rad placement is best for hoses and case room.
Summary It was a great deal when I purchase this bundle. The coolit was almost like a freebie. The only problem I had was the case, the build quality wasn't what I expeceted. Some of the rivets weren't done properly (on an angle), side tabs bent, HDD cage bent and thumbscrews for sides aren't going in easily. Maybe I got a lemon. I had RMA one and got a second new one, but it looks the same.
Pros Great when on sale Case and watercooler are good
Summary When on sale, this combo is excellent, if just for the case alone. Cooling on air is sufficient enough for me (and quieter) so I was able to resell the Coolit reducing the price of the case even more.
Pros Define R3 Case - Quiet case performs as promised - Sleek matte black scheme with white accents - Small fan controller included with case - 140mm fans options also include 120mm mounts
Coolit Eco Liquid Cooler - Easy to install - Effective cooling - Quiet PWM fan included - Slim radiator leaves lots of space for parts
Cons Define R3 Case - Front plastic panel not the sturdiest
Coolit Eco Liquid Cooler - Not compatible with AM3 MSI boards
Summary Great bundle deal - I effectively saved 80 dollars from getting both of these together.
The R3 initially came damaged in shipping - so watch out for not-so-sturdy plastic inserts on the front panel The rest of the case however is very well built and feels like something from a much higher price range. Luckily NCIX quickly resolved the issue and yet again proves to have bar-none customer service.
The sound dampening material on the R3 is great, and I find is very effective so long as you have lower speed fans to complement the "silent" nature of the build. The included single fan controller even allows you to add a beefier fan, and tone it down in times where you don't want to hear a thing.
Plenty of cable management space for a mid-tower, and the option of adding four extra 120/140mm fans on the bottom, side and top of the make this normally airflow-limited case a serious cooling contender. With the possibility of upgrading to a dual 140mm radiator, that's not too shabby for a mid tower just over 100 bucks.
As for the Coolit Eco cooler, I've really taken to how easy this liquid cooler is to install (in comparison to other liquid all-in-ones out there). AM3 MSI mainboard users beware though, that if you have an MSI board as I first tested it on, it's nearly impossible to install. The fastening system is simply not long enough, and MSI's plastic backplates don't make it any easier. I've since added it to an ASUS AM3 board, and it fits without a hitch.
In terms of cooling, I'm a bit surprised at how well the Eco - with it's one fan and thin radiator fared against my Corsair H70 - two fans and thick radiator. The difference was a mere 5-9 degrees in idle/load, and I've since added a Feser Treibwerk 120x55mm radiator fan to the Eco, and it's nearly on par with the H70 at a fraction of the noise.
Even with the minor bumps both of these great products gave me, I would still highly recommend this bundle to anyone looking for a great starting point into silent computing, or even water cooling. And at only 115 dollars, it's hard to really say no to that.
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