Joined on 12/15/03
Pros: Blazing fast! And quite happy being clocked up to 5.0 Ghz. I look forward to many years of happy high speed power.
Cons: Gets warm when abused and overclocked, but is super happy with an AIO water loop like the Corsair 100i. Keeps mine frosty cool at 58c under maximum load. A bit weird, but it registers 30 degree temp spikes on all cores thru a fast updating program like Speedfan.
Overall Review: If your coming from the previous generation apparently its not worth the upgrade? Im coming from a dual core Windsor, so its a great big beautiful step into the modern era. I do wish this generation would stock support faster memory, but thats just picking nits...
Samsung SATA Burner
Pros: SATA! Fast, very quiet, cheap.
Cons: Hard hangs my entire PC as soon as I put a disk in. It installed XP 64 just fine, but now that Im in the OS, its useless. I keep hearing that it has problems with nforce chip sets. Im going to sit though a phone call, and if that dosent help, back to newegg it goes.
Overall Review: I was really thrilled to see one for the price with the features, but its so far been a hunk of junk.
Pros: Amazing level of comfort, for someone with big meaty mits like me, its just super comfortable to use. Loaded with buttons that can (eventually) be programed to do everything, making it a cad drafters best friend. Fantastic battery life. Except for initial wake-up, its very very responsive and very accurate. Love the free scroll toggle.
Cons: Ick, setpoint. Get uber options. Seems the free scroll feature let go on me after a month of non-use, which I hugely miss. Also very very hard to clean. Thumb scroll wheel 'just' out of casual reach, meaning it gets little use. Lousy receiver range.
Overall Review: I use it as one, but I wouldent recommend it as a gaming mouse. Get the corded version Logitech makes.
Pros: Vibrant colors, excellent response time, good blacks, reasonable cost.
Cons: Stupid annoying blinking power light when its in idle, should have bought the height adjusting model.
Overall Review: Switching from a 19" crt to this was a dream. It takes up roughly the same vertical space as the crt, but leaves me with FEET more desk depth. Never mind running far cooler. But it was a great deal for the money, no dead pixels, great brightness in dark basements. Only problem has been screen matching colors thru profiles for photoshop, but that's mostly minor.
Pros: Ghost BIOS. Second IDE chain, plus plenty of SATA controllers, means you can fill up a big case with drives. Great start up, gives you loads of info. Likes having a 3.5" floppy drive installed. Pretty easy to over clock. And of course SLI ready.
Cons: You WILL need to update the BIOS before the second IDE chain works. Tight layout if you want to use a good sound card. Little fan that is on the back plate is VERY noisy, and dosent seem to do much. I recommend just getting a better case and plugging a case fan onto its switch. Came with old flat cables. Boo hiss.
Overall Review: Came with a LOT of additional instructions, which where easy to understand, but seemed to be more for the first time builder, rather then the experienced user. Drivers that are included dont play the best with windows 64, but with enough updating it works flawlessly. Board really did come with everything I needed, 2x IDE and 2x PCIE. Just be warned thats its power hungry, and a long video card may have trouble fitting over the SATA slots.
Good for a rebuild...
Pros: Dirt cheep, flashy, fairly good amount of usable space.
Cons: Not sturdy at all, fan that was included was very loud, front usb bracket is a piece of junk, only fair airflow,
Overall Review: I gutted my primary PC and ended up building a second machine in this case, which admittedly I didn't buy via Newegg. Its a fair box, but has a tendency to rattle when you put it under load. I wouldn't recommend it as a case to put your new big iron components in, because its a tight working space, and its easy to warp the MB tray during install.