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TweakTown Holiday Buyers Guide 2009 - Chad's Holiday Picks - Casing and Cooling

The TweakTown team gets together and talks about what you should be looking at these holidays either for yourself or as a gift to others.

By: | Guides | Posted: Dec 4, 2009 3:31 am

Corsair Obsidian 800D Full Tower Chassis


Buy Now and Price - $289.99


Chassis recommendations are one of the toughest things to give, because every individual has their own tastes and the chassis is the most obvious statement of your personality in a PC. In general I tend to be neat and organized and try to make my time messing about with component replacement or maintenance to a minimum. I would much rather be spending my time overclocking, writing reviews and gaming versus nursing small cuts and bruises associated with putting large components into cramped spaces.




The Corsair Obsidian 800D is a chassis with ample room to do anything you can think of. It can easily hold an ATX build with SLI or Crossfire, the largest of PSU's and still leave you with a ton of room for an internal water cooling setup. Everything about this chassis is done right. Wire management? Check. Black interior? Check. Is there room for a triple 120mm radiator up top along with sleek and sexy styling? Check and check. Corsair covers all the major worries and wants and on top of that, still offers tool-less bays, fan filters and access to the CPU mounting via a drop down door.


I really love when a product makes life easy. Corsair even went as far as to offer four hot swappable hard drive bays. For me, building rigs constantly and doing testing on various hard drives, having this feature accessible through a door in the front panel of the chassis makes HDDs as easy to use as a USB storage device. For Corsairs first leap into chassis building, they sure left no stone unturned.


The Corsair Obsidian 800D offers what everyone wants and doesn't skimp on any of the ideas they implemented into their chassis. While the Corsair will set you back almost $300 USD, some e-tailers are sweetening the deal for the season and offering free shipping. Just one such e-tailer is Newegg who has the chassis for $289.99 with free shipping. Now, if you have a good boy or girl this year in need of a new chassis, be the hero of this Christmas season and by one of the best of the best and get them an Obsidian 800D from Corsair.


Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler


Buy Now and Price - Unlisted


Looking to give the gift of "cool" to get for any of your PC enthusiast friends or family? Look no further. While this cooler was just released, it didn't take long at all for it to win me over. Noctua's release of the NH-D14 to the masses hits just in time to make it into some very large stockings for Christmas this year. While the Noctua NH-D14 does command a fair bit of money, after my reviewing (of which will go online very shortly) and daily use, I can honestly say it is worth every bit of the $80-90 (depending on retailer) USD pricing.




Why does the NH-D14 come so highly recommended? For three reasons; first and foremost are the sound levels of the fans during operation, that's right, fans. This baby packs a NH-P12, 120mm fan, as well as an even quieter NH-P14 fan in the middle of the two towers. The second reason would have to be the shear amount of surface area to take on even the hottest of processors. The third and most important reason I have seen, I have yet to be able to saturate this cooler. I just acquired a new i5 rig and I got this cooler two days later. I can say I am really impressed at the low temperatures I get with even 1.5V to my processor.


As long as space isn't an issue, this has to be the best air cooling I have tested and used. I've been through the Thor's Hammer, the V10 and many countless others and in the end I'm running the NH-D14 on my own PC. While some of the coolers on the market may have flashy looks and nice bright LED's, Noctua doesn't need any slight of hand to make you think you are getting a good cooler; they just put out a superior product, knowing you are about to buy some of the best cooling technology money can buy. This gift of cool can't be beat this holiday season.


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