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This review is from: Antec Gaming Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case
Pros: I've had this case for about 2 years now. It has plenty of room for as many cables as you could need, a back panel to run your cables through that keeps the body of your computer cable free, allowing your wind-tunnel to cool the machine more effectively.
Also, the number of fans keeps this machine running nicely. The dust filters do their job amazingly, keeping the core of your computer relatively dust free which is extremely nice. Between these two, you have a nicely air circulated dust free case to prolong the life of your hardware.
Cons: There are a few issues I have with this case. The dust catch filters on the front of the case are not easily accessible. You must take the side panel of the case completely off and unscrew the docking stations of each front fan to get at the dust catchers for cleaning. This hassle turns what should be a once a week chore for me into a once a month chore because otherwise it's simply too much of a hassle to deal with as getting at the filters is a pain. A problem that could have easily been resolved with a simple window style access to the dust filters.
The case is also steel and as a result, extremely heavy. Once everything is inside, transporting or even simply moving the computer itself to adjust it's position can be troublesome. A minor con but worth noting.
Lastly, the cost of this case is a bit extreme for my tastes. I picked it up on sale for approx $60.00 cheaper than it is currently. (I paid about 100 bucks for mine)
Other Thoughts: In spite of it's faults, this truly is a great case. I would definitely recommend picking one of these up if you can find it on sale and you're in need of a nice roomy case. It's a very solid and well made case that you won't be disappointed with.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Garmin Nuvi 255 3.5" GPS Navigation With Lifetime Map Update
Pros: Extremely accurate maps.
Great satellite signal.
Points of Interest are extremely handy and fun.
Has lots great features and you can't go wrong with unlimited map updates.
Nice loud clear voice that tells you where to go and keeps you updated so you don't accidentally miss your turn.
Very easy to setup and get going.
Cons: Nothing major that I can think of. You do have to download Garmin's addons for your browser and follow their instructions, all of which were incredibly simple and don't seem to interfere with regular browsing (using Firefox).
The map update process for my slow internet took about 3 hours, a sacrifice I'm willing to make.
Other Thoughts: This is my very first GPS and I have to say I love it. I've only drove around town with it, basically just playing and getting a feel for it. I was surprised at how extremely accurate the road maps were on the go. Living on the far outskirts of town in the country, the map had pretty much every little twist, turn, even just the minor curves in the road my little country road has.
The accuracy surprised me more than anything. When on a highway, when there's a change in the speed limit, it's not even 1 full second after you pass the speed limit sign that the GPS updates you with that new speed limit. I'm sure this is all pretty standard on many GPS systems anymore, but I feel like I've been living in the dark ages for not having one until now and even the most simple features impress me at this point. I do love it and am going to have lots of fun planning trips with it.
This review is from: ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: A great buy. Easy to understand/use BIOS. Clocks my memory correctly at 6,6,6,20 which is better than my old Mobo. The mobo cd comes with some excellent features. I particularly like the CPU level up that auto OCs your processor to what you like. It's capable of taking my phenom II 955 BE 3.2 to 3.8 stable with just the click of a button, no second guessing voltage settings or anything. A great feature for overclocking beginners (like myself).
LCD poster is nifty. Will notify you of any hardware problems with the digital readout. Fortunately I haven't had any, but if/when something does go wrong, can keep you from having to guess what.
16x crossfire that actually runs at 16x, unlike my last mobo that says it will run at 16x but in reality only does 8x.
Easy installation and everything boot up smoothly with the first flick of the switch. Highly recommended, you won't be sorry for spending the extra bit of cash for this quality mobo!
Cons: The ONLY con I can say I have with this product is when I was installing cables, one of the pins was slightly bent. I had to very VERY gently bend it back into place. Everything works flawlessly, and a bent pin is pretty common among Mobos. Not worth taking down an egg as everything else about this Mobo is wonderful.
Other Thoughts: The mobo cd comes with a LOT of extras such as Winzip, dvd burning software etc. However, what is strange to me anyway, is I have a 3D Mark06 Advance Edition S/N on the back of my disk sleeve, but I did not see a 3D Mark install on the disk itself. I may try downloading it and see if I can get a full version with this S/N. On the flipside I have a winzip 11 software of the disk that asks for a S/N but I can't seem to find the S/N for it anywhere. No big deal as I prefer Winrar anyway.
That being said, nearly all of the extra software asks for online registration and can end up being somewhat of a nuisance. To me though, just having access to some of these features (CPU Level Up for instance) more than makes up for it.