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Pros: The best looking case on newegg at the time of purchase. Looking around now, I still like it better than most of the cases companies are putting out now. Seriously, what's with all the ugly/weird cases on newegg?
Came with a power supply, which almost lasted 10 years before finally going out just recently
Cons: Top of the case got a slight bend in it at some point. Not the strongest metal.
Other Thoughts: I've gone through several builds in this case and it has held up great and still looks awesome. The free power supply that was included lasted almost 10 years! Easily my favorite computer case both in the looks and function department. Great case, I wish they still made these. I wish there were more stylishly subdued black cases with windows. So many ugly cases out there now.. I'd buy more of these if I could find them.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-M61P-S3 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 / nForce 430 ATX AMD Motherboard
Rock solid performance on Windows XP
Cons: Absolutely no cons in Windows XP. It doesn't get better!
In Windows 7 there's an audio chipset issue that I couldn't get resolved, which forced its retirement... almost 10 years after I bought it.
Other Thoughts: I originally bought this motherboard in 2007 with a dual core Athlon X2 5600+ and 2GB of RAM. This thing ran practically non-stop the entire time. With a PCI audio interface and video card, I was recording high definition 24bit/96khz audio all day long, and producing HD video on this thing regularly and it never gave me any issues whatsoever. An absolute beast!
I eventually upgraded the CPU to a Quad Core(!) Athlon II X4 635 and 8 GB of RAM. And it ran even better than ever!
Sadly, Windows XP has aged to the point that I was stuck using older versions of software on it. I tried updating to Win 7 but the audio processing never worked right. I tried several different PCI/USB/Firewire interfaces to no avail. The bottleneck was somewhere between the motherboard chipset and Windows 7. The writing was on the wall.. Because this machine served me so well for so long, I stuck with Gigabyte on my new build in hopes that their quality has remained. I've only had the new Gigabyte board for a couple days now, but so far I like it. This machine is now no longer my main production machine, but I've thrown my old XP drive back in it and it's still running strong, just like it always has. As long as Gigabyte keeps putting out boards like this, I'll be a customer for life.
Pros: Camera build quality, button location, flip out screen, the way it feels in the hand, high megapixel count, live view, it's a Canon.
Cons: High ISO means nothing when the result is garbage. I actually owned two of these, after returning the first one. It wasn't a fluke. The average consumer might not notice this, but a professional should. And manual mode only produced very average results at best.
Indoors with all the lights on, it would jump up to ISO 1600 (full auto setting). Yet, in a side by side comparison, my XTI would sit comfortably at 400 ISO. Why the difference? Manual settings with the exact same lenses between the two produced nearly identical images. The 60D was not perceptibly better. Actually, the 60D was still overly bright/noisy in comparison. For a brand new camera to produce results similar to, let alone worse than, a 6 year old camera is hugely disappointing.
Auto focus was not great either. Images weren't crystal clear. Colors not defined well.
Video is still not advanced enough yet to be more than a gimmick. Manually focusing video is frustrating. Makes the video feature almost useless.
Other Thoughts: For someone's first DSLR, I imagine this would do just fine.
But it's no upgrade.