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Gizmos, Gadgets and Goodies Guide #3 - PC Case Gear Continued

It's time again for another Gizmos, Gadgets and Goodies Guide. Instead of bringing you a monthly guide which manages to continually put us in a bind, we've decided to post regular guides which aren't governed as being posted monthly. In our latest GGG guide, Shawn "Toxic" Baker takes a look at new products from Sunbeam, Crucial, Kingmax and Antec. Looking for products to spend your extra cash on? Read on then!

| Guides | Posted: Jul 7, 2003 4:00 am

PC Case Gear Cont

 

- Case Wrap

 

Case Wrap is the latest product to hit the modding market and for a very good reason. This product is fantastic; it is designed for people who would normally be interested in getting an air brushed design on their case but unfortunately this is out of reach for many people. Case Wraps are made by a company in Canada who originally started with a simple idea which has now grown to every modder's dream. Instead of air brushing a design on your case, why not use a sticker?

 

The particular case wrap we looked at today is the Eternal Flame. Some people may not like this particular pattern but fortunately there are many different designs to choose from.

 

Installation is not the hardest thing but we would definitely recommend downloading the installation movie as it makes it a lot easier when figuring out how to place such a big sticker on your case correctly. We didn't run into any hiccups when installing the case warp. The version we received is the full Case Wrap, side panel wraps can be purchased if you're interested in only doing one side of your case.

 

The full Case Wraps are quite expensive and can be purchased from a number of places; prices are around the $70 US (or $120 AU from PC Case Gear). Some people will find this too expensive or a flat out rip off. If you go and find yourself quotes on an air brush job, you will quickly see the value in these.

 

 

When looking through the Case Wraps website you notice that there are wraps for Playstation 2 or Xbox and while we haven't seen these in Australia yet hopefully they will hit our shores soon. The choices of pictures are excellent and you also have the option to submit your own design. It is nice to see another fresh idea for case modders and we think that people will start saving their lose change so they can get one for their own case.

 

 

- Antec True Control 550 Watt PSU

 

Power Supply Units (PSU) have come a long way in the past 2 -3 years. In the past we've never had to worry about purchasing a 300 watt + PSU as a trusty 250 watt $20 power supply did the job just fine. It wasn't till the introduction of the Athlon where beefier PSU's became important. With some AMD recommending a minimum of 300 watts for Athlon systems, enthusiasts started purchasing such branded PSU's as Enermax. Time has passed and we now see 400 watt + PSU's in a lot of enthusiast systems and those people who didn't mind spending the extra dollars are purchasing power supplies like the one we have here today which quite possibly could end up costing more than your CPU or HDD!

 

 

 

 

If you're serious about powering your system than the Antec True Control 550 watt PSU is what you're after. This unit doesn't just supply power to your computer normally, with the amount of features it contains it does it in style. Apart from your normal two fan design, we have gold plated connectors, low noise technology seen in a lot of Antec PSU's, dedicated output circuitry for each voltage as well as the most important feature - the 5.25" control panel.

 

 

 

 

The True Control panel lets you set your voltages for the most stable operation. While some people may be thinking that its just a waste of money, while the overclocker is sitting their thinking how when they hit 290 FSB their 12volt rail is moving too far away and causing system instability - with this panel they can adjust it to be perfect. You can also adjust the speed of the fan from the front so when you think you need a bit more airflow you can simply do so with a turn of a knob.

 

 

This is an excellent unit but take note that its is only recommended for the more experienced user as adjusting the voltages can be quite a dangerous task if you do not know what you are doing. If you're serious about your power, the chances are you're already placing an order for one of these power supplies.

 

 

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