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      20.06.2008 12:50
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      Amazing bundle if the power supply lasts

      The Sonata II is a fantastic case and power supply bundle. Priced at around £70 it is fairly middle of the road in terms of cost, but don't let this put you off; its build quality is superb.
      The first thing you notice is the case, its sleek and in amazing black colour, however be careful as after a few months of use you'll soon notice the scratches appearing on your beautiful gleaming case! The outer side of the case is very practical, it has a double hinged door meaning that the door can go flat against the other side of the case, meaning it's less likely to break, which is useful when you're as clumsy as me! Behind this door there is space for 3 disc drives, and 2 floppy disc drives, this door is also lockable, I'm not sure how practical this is, I mean it's not a very secure lock, probably more of a gimmick. Also on the front of the case is a silver flap, this has the usual headphone, microphone and usb ports you'd expect on the front of a case, this is surrounded by 2 bright blue lights, I personally don't like them so I have them switched off!
      Inside the case is well thought out, there is space for 4 hard drives each has its own individual tray, making installation and removal so simple. Drives are also easy to install you just simply slide them in. Also the case contains a huge fan at the back of the case, this has three speeds, and provides superb cooling, but be warned it is noisy, and as the fan is only controllable from inside the case by a switch and not by your motherboard this means if you want superb cooling you're stuck with the noise! This case also contains an exhaust system to funnel hot air away from the CPU, this is fiddly to install, but a nice idea.
      The power supply might be the bundles down side though, mine broke after 6 months! But the case itself is a superb buy!

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