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GIGABYTE GM-M6880 Metal Black 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 1600 dpi Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I bought this mostly because it's not too expensive and I need a mouse with the forward/back controls on the side. I use this without a mouse pad and it works great on all surfaces I've used it (wooden desk, fabric, leg, etc). The mouse is ergonomic and comfortable, and the grips feel nice. I'm not a hardcore gamer so I can't really speak to the DPI settings or anything like that, but it really is a nice reliable mouse and you can't beat the quality for the price.

Cons: None, it's a great mouse.

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Rosewill RNX-N900PCE, Dual Band Wireless N900 Wi-Fi Adapter, IEEE 802.11a/11b/11g/11n, Up to 450Mbps(5.0GHz) + 450Mbps(2.4GHz) Wireless Data Rates, PCI E Interface, 3 External Detachable Antennas
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It plugged into the MoBo just fine? Three antennae are kinda cool?

Cons: I installed the drivers from the CD that this card came with, and I still couldn't get it to work for more than a minute. When it did work, it would (for example) load Google, and if I searched for, say, "puppies" it would populate a page of results. But then if I went to follow any of the links from that page, it would sit there and sit there thinking and not load anything. I couldn't connect to Windows Update to get any updates, it would start the download and sit at like 15% not doing anything after that. Couldn't download Chrome or anything else. If I reset the adapter through Windows it would work briefly but then nothing.

Other Thoughts: I ended up playing "computer doctor" and performing a transplant with my old rig I built about five years ago. The wireless card in that is a Gigabyte model. It's so old that there is no Windows 7 x64 driver for it on their site, but my first PC runs Win 7 x64 as well as the new one so I figured I must have got it working somehow. After popping that card in and installing the Vista x64 drivers from a flash drive, I have the old card working in my new rig better than this card did. So I feel like I've confirmed that it isn't my OS or the MoBo causing issues with networking, it's this card. Pretty bummed out. Gotta find a new one I suppose, since the old Gigabyte one is now discontinued. ):

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NZXT Phantom PHAN-003RD Red White Finish w/Red Trim Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The cable management capabilities of this case are out of this world. I love how both sides can be removed and cables can be routed behind and back through the panel where the MoBo is attached, makes for a super clean looking interior. One reason I bought this case was for the red LED's, since I'm sick of the standard blues on most custom cases. They certainly did not disappoint, they look amazing. Fan controls work great, and look awesome too. TONS of room inside. Love that there is so much space for additional fans, which I installed new glowing-red fans into all the places (after some working around for one of them...) and it looks sweet and performs super cool. The power button has some nice solid action and none of the fan controls or the power button feel flimsy. The case itself feels very well put together and is really heavy, which I think is a pro, and its large size and multitude of fans give it excellent ventilation.

Cons: Some weird compatibility/space issues. For one thing, the two 120 mm fans on the side of the case interfered with installing a hard drive in the furthest right drive bay. The fan pushed against the cables and the case couldn't close. I worked around this by installing the HDD with the power and SATA inputs facing the back of the case.
In addition, the rails for the HDD bays are super weird. When installing my Western Digital HDD, the little peg things that come with the case don't completely fit the HDD (don't line up with the holes on the side 100%), and they don't hold the HDD in well since they are pretty short. I ended up having to completely jury rig this thing using other screws that came with the case and screwing the HDD into the slide-out tray from the bottom. Also, and this could be an issue with OCZ too but the "adapter" that came with my OCZ SSD also didn't match up with the tray in the case and also had to be jury-rigged to work.
There is a secondary drive bay to the left of the main drive bay, and it's in a ridiculous spot. I had to remove it completely in order to install the PSU and plug in any of its rails. Nice that the case comes with so many HDD spaces but kind of silly placement. It wasn't hard to remove but it had me wondering why the designers placed it THERE.
The case comes with some fans, and there are spaces to install other fans if desired. I bought a 200 mm Cooler Master fan to place in the blank spot in the main case door. The space is 200 mm per the case specs and the little "grate" in the spot matches up perfectly with the size of the fan I bought, so I know it's the right size, but the holes for the fan in the case and the holes in the fan itself do not match up at all. Very frustrating. One corner matches up and the other three don't. Not sure if this is a flaw with the NZXT case or with the Cooler Master fan, but either way it was obnoxious. Ended up taking a power drill to the fan and drilling my own custom holes in order to make it compatible with the case. Not ideal but hey I really wanted to use this fan (:

Other Thoughts: All in all the problems I had with the case are easily worked around with some creative troubleshooting, so it's not worth dropping an egg for them. Just some frustrating silly things. But the case itself is solid and I love how it looks, I love the "pros" about it much more than I dislike the "cons".

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Lauren C.'s Profile

Display Name: Lauren C.

Date Joined: 12/05/07

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 12/15/10
  • Last Review: 05/27/14
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