Joined on 02/23/05
Good case for good price...
Pros: Well, everything fit in it... I only cut myself twice during installation. I think that the overall look of this case is great.
Cons: I accidentally leaned into the case while working on it and folded it slightly... It was not a bend, the case FOLDED. The steel in this case is very thin and sharp. I cut myself twice installing the I/O panel of the motherboard. Also, the 80mm fan hole on the side panel isn't necessary (If you have a large CPU cooler you won't be able to put a fan there anyways). Vent holes would've been better. 120mm fan placement is also in a weird position. The only strength this case has is the drives that are installed. The retention mechanism for the add-on cards is very thin also... It popped off after I opened it. Just bent it back and it is OK now.
Overall Review: I don't really know if I like the red HDD activity light on the front panel... I kinda wish case makers would go back to green lights... Red just makes me think there is something wrong. When I purchased this case I looked at the picture and thought that the blue lit power button would be gaudy... I was mistaken. Overall, I am pleased with the way everything looks. I don't think this is a bad case - It's just a cheap case.
XIGMATEK, I have a question for you.
Pros: This seems to work very well. I haven't done any extreme gaming, but I have watched some DVDs on this machine (while downloading files in the background)... And after 1 and a half to 2 hours this computer doesn't miss a beat.
Cons: This is a personal con... I have a motherboard that supports 2 PWM fans. I just can't seem to find the same XIGMATEX fan that came with this cooler. I would like to run a push/pull configuration without having to mismatch fans. Buying one fan is okay... But I don't want to buy 2 of them. Can I get an additional PWM fan like the one sold with this cooler?
Overall Review: My con is just a issue I have... But Newegg doesn't seem to offer any XIGMATEK PWM fans except those that come with the coolers themselves... I won't take any eggs off for that.
I wanted a P67 board, so I got's me a P67 board...
Pros: For my needs, this motherboard seems stable. Plenty of USB 2.0 ports. The front audio header supports both HD and AC'97 (my case supports both, but only the AC'97 plug would reach). I didn't need onboard video because I already had a GTS 450 laying around. Also supports USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s, which is fine, but since I have nothing that supports either standard, it really doesn't matter to me at this time.
Cons: For some reason, my wireless network adapter would not work in either of the USB 3.0 ports (these ports are supposed to be backwards compatible). Memory was defaulted at 1066 Mhz... but had correct timings and voltage. Had to manually change it to 1333 Mhz. Got random restarts at first. Used F7 to set optimized defaults and it seemed to take care of the problem. System has been stable ever since.
Overall Review: I wish that this was true UEFI... I mean at least add some background to the realitively plain, standard BIOS screen... UEFI is supposed to be something NEW!!!! WHY CAN'T I USE MY MOUSE? Case - NZXT EVO BETA PS - Antec 520 watt CPU - i3-2100 w/ stock cooling VID - Gigabyte GTS 450 1GB MEM - Wintec AmpX 2 X 2GB @ 1333 Mhz CD - Asus DRW-24B1ST HD - Seagate Baracuda 500GB SATA 3Gb/s
It works for what I need it for.
Pros: I just wanted a NEW video card and this one fit the bill perfectly... I am not a hardcore overclocker and actually play very little games on my system.
Overall Review: This video card is very quiet in "silent" mode, but after a week of running it that way, I moved the jumper back... I just prefer better cooling. Besides, the fan in my power supply is audible anyways so it didn't really make that much of a difference.