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DIYPC Solar-M1-G Black/Green SECC ATX Mid Tower USB 3.0 Gaming Computer Case w/ 2 x 120mm Green Fans
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The case comes with two fans and a bottom-mounted PSU, which is great for airflow. The front USB ports, including 2 USB 3.0, are nice, and the SD card reader is a great bonus. Both sides come off easily, which makes installation and cord management great. The 5.25" drives have locking slots that make installation and removal of DVD drives a piece of cake. Looks pretty good too, if you like green. The left window looking into the interior is great. The included slot for a 2.5" drive is very convenient, though I only saw one slot (the description states two.

Cons: The screens for the external bays can be a (literal) pain to remove, as the edges are razor sharp if they snap off--and I can't see how to remove them without snapping them. I cut two fingers removing the first one. I would use a flat-head screwdriver to remove them rather than your fingers.
I didn't see a slot for a second 2.5" drive, but that wasn't a big deal for me as I only have one SSD and then a larger HDD.
There are four 3.5" internal bays, but if you use them all you will block the airflow of the front fan. Not a huge deal because I don't imagine needing more than one or two, but something to know.

Other Thoughts: Overall, a great case for what I paid ($40).

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Wii Game
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Home run! 09/12/2008

This review is from: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Wii Game

Pros: 1. You have a lightsaber.
2. Amazing Force powers and combinations that leave you trying out new ones just for fun.
3. Duel mode--endless fun with friends in which you face off as a variety of canonical and non-canonical Star Wars characters.
4. While the interaction with the environment is not as involved as the XBox and PS3 interaction appears to be, you can still Force push and grip things in the environment, throw things around, and just create general chaos.
5. You get to fight rancors. And AT-STs. And other cool vehicles.
6. Notwithstanding your lightsaber and Force powers, LA made some opponents that put up a very good fight.

Cons: 1. Lightsaber battles can be a bit unwieldy and you must be very precise in your swing to get the desired result (not that this is all that bad).
2. Targeting--your Force power targeting is based off the direction you're going in, not necessarily where you are looking. This makes it difficult when you are running and looking around and unleash a massive lightning attack.... only to see it go in the way you were running, not at the stormtroopers you're looking at.
3. Graphics are okay for the Wii, but nothing compared to the XBox/PS3 (but we all knew this when we bought it).
4. DMM and Euphoria are not on the Wii platform, so you don't see all of the *really* cool tricks and environmental interaction from the teasers.
5. Makes me dream of KOTOR 3 for the Wii.

Other Thoughts: At the risk of using hyperbole, this is the game the Wii was made for. There is nothing as exhilarating or memory-evoking of the battle between Obi-Wan and Anakin as entering duel mode and thrusting forth your hand as your friend does the same to push each other away before engaging in fierce lightsaber combat. This game is simply amazing! While the Wiimote does not give true one-to-one action, in all honesty the lightsaber is overshadowed by the plethora of Force powers in your arsenal. Previews made it seem like there were four powers, but in actuality there are literally a few dozen Force combinations that you can use to deadly effect. The story is interesting and engaging enough, though fairly cliche in its redemption story, but in my opinion the gameplay doesn't even need any real plot to keep you playing. While this may not be console-defining like Halo was, due at least in part to this not being a Nintendo-sponsored game, the game itself could be. Buy it. Play it. Be a Jedi!

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Galaxy 84SFE4HDFCXX GeForce 8400 GS 1GB (512MB on board) 64-Bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Low Profile Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I installed this in my HP s3100n computer. The low profile fits perfectly into the PCI-E slot, and the low-profile brackets, included in the box, were relatively easy to install. The hardware itself was simple to install and Vista installed the drivers easily (just make sure to disable the on-board video first). It has increased my Vista gaming score from 3.0 to 4.5, and a quick jaunt through Homeworld 2 showed a noticeable increase in graphics quality/performance. COD4 and Half-Life 2 are next on my list to try. Vista also seems to be running slightly better with more free memory from the now-unused on-board card.

Cons: None as of yet (I will update if any appear). NewEgg doesn't list the power requirements, which happen to be 350W, as the box states. You can hear the on-board fan when no games are running, but with music or game sounds it disappears into the backgroun.

Other Thoughts: Appears to be a great value for the money. I haven't tried any intense graphic games out yet, but the card holds a half-gig of memory at a reasonable speed for what my system. If you plan on using the VGA-out, make sure you have two available slots on your computer for the LP brackets. I had to take out my modem (no big loss), but if you only have one you will have to buy a DVI-VGA adapted.

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David G.'s Profile

Display Name: David G.

Date Joined: 03/21/08

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 07/30/08
  • Last Review: 01/22/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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