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This review is from: Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Dual Front Mounted USB 3.0 Ports, Three Preinstalled Fans: 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan
Pros: Easy to use rails, lots of room, built-in fans. It's a nice, lightweight yet sturdy case.
Other Thoughts: I bought 3 of this case (non USB 3.0 version) and was highly impressed and then found the USB3 version. The original arrived pretty beat up and smashed and bent (imagine it dropped from 10 feet up on a corner). Called up customer service and they got me a replacement on 2nd Day Air. Second one was perfect.
Highly recommend this case.
This review is from: Acer G235HAbd 23'' 5ms 1920x1080 WideScreen LCD monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1
Pros: -Great screen
-Resolution changed automatically when plugging it in.. Computer was already up, just disconnected the old one and hooked up the new one and Windows automatically set the new resolution (went from 1680x1050 to 1920x1080)
-Good buttons (may take some getting used to, but better then my old monitor)
Other Thoughts: I saw a lot of people complaining about the stand which is, admittedly, a bit cheap. However, it's pretty similar to the stand on my old Acer X193w+ (the one I replaced with this one). I had it for about 3.5 years with no problem. I could move it around just fine.
The glossy finish around the monitor adds a nice touch, though I can see it possibly being a problem for some.
I got this monitor as a replacement and am going to use the old one as an extra when working on other computers.
This review is from: ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Decent Graphics for general use, Gbit LAN, 6 SATA, compatibility, reliability, 6 core support.
Cons: None. Although, sometimes the LAN is a bit finicky after too many successive reboots or hibernate cycles. Sometimes the audio will cut out as well. Simple fix by shutting down and turning off the power supply (or unplugging it) for 10-20 seconds for a hardware reset. But the problem comes and goes and is not enough reason for me to dock off an egg. Added Asus PCI-E x1 Wireless LAN, which allows me to continue working when LAN issues arise.
Other Thoughts: I've had this board for over a year, though it sat in the case for a couple of months while I got the money to buy the RAM -- So I've been using it since April of last year. I gave a review back when I bought the board (and started using it), but figured I'd add extra feedback.
This board is great. I've currently got an AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8 GHz, 6 GB DDR2 800 (board supports 1200 OC and up to 16 GB), Win 7 Pro x64, 320 GB + 1 TB SATA (non-RAID).
The onboard graphics should be plenty for the average user. They were fine for me, until I started doing video conversions and playing on the CryEngine2. Upgraded the onboard with an HIS Radeon 4850 (also from Newegg), and increased conversion speed and FPS on CryEngine2.
Board supports 6-core CPU with BIOS update. Also fixed some sleep/hibernate stability as well.
All in all, definitely worth the price.