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This review is from: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders
Pros: I HATE all the VISTA bashers! This OS is great, and yeah, I gave myself a 5 for tech knowledge because I have been in IT for 10+ years. 1st and foremost: I have found ZERO compatability problems! There are things (i.e. games that don't support muti-core CPU's) that work better on Vista than XP. Some older games (yeah I'm a gamer) have to be run as Admin... same as W7 that launched today BTW. Vista Ultimate also has Dreamscene which is pretty slick! And the User Account Control that everyone is complaining about, can be TURNED OFF!!! That's right kiddies. Anyway, a GREAT OS that got a bad rap.... too bad. :(
Cons: Everyone will tell you it sucks.... DON'T LISTEN!
Other Thoughts: Were any of ya'll in the tech field when XP launched? That was HORRIBLE! Every scanner in the world was instantly obsolete. Driver Signing was just introduced and was a royal pain! All DOS based utilities (like doing a virus scan in DOS w/out booting the OS) were instantly useless. What a PIECE! But now it can do no wrong, imagine that. All in all, I think the ppl who gave Vista a bad rap are clueless and should just box up their computer and send it back. BTW, I'm no MS fanboy... WinME was truly bad. It would place millions of 0kb .inf files in the INF folder so that when you tried to install new harware it locked up... among other huge problems. So listen: I would truly tell you if Vista was bad, but I haven't found that to be the case.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The best thing about this card is not having to worry about setting the sound to the best quality in all your games. There is no worry that the sound is going to slow anything down.
Cons: OK... Buyer beware! There is no way to hook your case's front audio to this card. I have a new Antec 900 case (AWESOME) and I would love to connect my front audio to this card and use it, but not happening. I think there is a part you buy from Creative to use their own proprietary front audio. There are forums on how to modify a connector, but that is rediculous. This high-end card should come with that feature, especially for the price.
Other Thoughts: Typing this made me mad all over again, and I changed the rating from a 4 to a 3. On a positive note, it seems to work well in Vista64 especially after installing Alchemy, but the glaring ommision of front audio connectors makes other cards much more attractive.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
Pros: There are plenty of configuration options on this case for doing almost anything you want, but I must say the biggest "Pro" is the fans. I don't know of any other case that you can buy (for such a great price) that already comes with 3 120mm fans and a "large" fan (200mm). The exterior is a very nice black color that is matte enough not to show prints, but glossy enough not to be boring. The blue LED's match my Saitek Eclipse keyboard.
Cons: On the inside it is easy to see several places that the black paint "over-sprayed" onto the gun-metal grey interior, resulting in an inconsistent, cheap-ish looking paint job. It's the same for the front bay covers. One of mine is solid black on the left side, but grey with over-spray on the right. I am in the process of painting the interior and all the oversprays black to get the look I want. This is something Antec should have already done in my opinion, especially since there is a window on this case. Not a big enough "Con" to lower the rating though.
Other Thoughts: It seems that this case has gone through many revisions since its inception, and the newest version addreses many of the Cons that you find on the internet like the video card in the top slot etc. Mine has two straps at the front to manage wires, rubber mounts for hard drives, two holes in the rear for external water cooling, wires for front HD-Audio, and black cables holding the fan-speed control switches instead of white. These features all seem to directly address customer complaints that I have seen, which seems to show Antec's commitment. Now if they could paint the inside and make it screwless... Newegg was perfect as always; the only thing they could do better is to update the Antec 900 pictures to reflect the new revision.READ FULL REVIEW