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Christopher H.

Christopher H.

Joined on 09/29/05

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Most Favorable Review

Awesome Board

ABIT IX38 Quad GT LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard
ABIT IX38 Quad GT LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Great board for overclocking, runs very smooth. External clear CMOS button is a nice touch. This is my 2nd Abit board and they are quickly becoming my favorite manufacturer.

Cons: You might run into some trouble fitting an active RAM cooler if you have a long video card in the first PCIE slot. The manual shows where two 40mm fans can be attached to the passive heatsinks on the board, but they don't come included.

Overall Review: This board is awesome and is the quality I've come to expect from Abit. IX38 QuadGT, E8400, 4 X 2GB OCZ Platinum PC2-8500, X3870 X 2.

Most Critical Review
iStarUSA TC-RAIL-20 20" Sliding Rail Kit for Most Rackmount Chassis
iStarUSA TC-RAIL-20 20" Sliding Rail Kit for Most Rackmount Chassis

Pros: They are fairly well made and aren't ridiculously priced like most rails.

Cons: Plastic rail lock, but I knew that already. Mounting hardware was not included with one of my rail sets. Not Newegg's fault. I'll try to contact iStar and see if they can give me a hand.

Overall Review: I bought two of sets of these for a home file server and firewall. As others have said, these are made to work with "square hole" racks, but not with standard cage nuts. The brackets are threaded and there's square washers that fit into the holes on your rack. When mounting you screw through the washer into the bracket with the rack sandwiched inbetween. Lose the washers(or in my case don't get them to begin with) and you'll have a very difficult time making these work.

Nice while it worked

SYBA CL-VEN-B6X6 60mm Case cooler
SYBA CL-VEN-B6X6 60mm Case cooler

Pros: It was reasonably quiet while it worked.

Cons: Lasted approximately 1 year of 24/7 use before freezing.

Overall Review: I replaced the heat sink fan on my Watchdog Firebox with this. Yesterday, the fan froze completely and brought my network to a screeching halt. Sadly, the much cheaper 40mm fans on the back of the firebox have lasted twice as long while running 24/7. I'll never buy a Syba fan again.

Nice Case

NZXT DUET BLK Black SECC Steel/ Aluminum HTPC Mid Tower/ Desktop Computer Case
NZXT DUET BLK Black SECC Steel/ Aluminum HTPC Mid Tower/ Desktop Computer Case

Pros: Very sturdy case, paint job is top notch, no nicks or scrapes at all. Looks great next to all my home theatre stuff.

Cons: As others have said, once you get everything in it's going to be quite cramped. You'll need to think everything out and use a very methodical approach to the order you install things. Also, how hard would it be to include a few extra brass motherboard standoffs? Most full ATX boards have 9 mounting holes however I only got 7 standoffs with the case. Maybe I was just the victim of some sick prank by the manufacturer.

Worthless

HIS Radeon X1950PRO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support IceQ3 Turbo Video Card H195PRQT256DVN-R-V2
HIS Radeon X1950PRO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support IceQ3 Turbo Video Card H195PRQT256DVN-R-V2

Pros: None - avoid this company at all costs.

Cons: Bought two of the 512MB versions of this card. First one died after a month, 2nd one looks to be on it's way out also.

Overall Review: With the help of newegg's customer service I was able to get an RMA after a month and 5 e-mails. HIS's North American distributor, Lexy Pacific notified me that my warranty was void because "the card was altered" . I haven't done anything to it whatsoever. Stay away from HIS, they are a sub par manufacturer.

11/27/2007

Absolutely Solid Performance

FSP Group FX700-GLN 700W ATX12V V2.2/EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready  Active PFC Power Supply
FSP Group FX700-GLN 700W ATX12V V2.2/EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Voltages are rock solid and four 12+ v rails. Plenty of plugs and length for most layouts you might run into. SLI and Crossfire certified. Powers all but the biggest multi-gpu rigs.

Cons: Would be nice if FSP made modular supplies in this price range to compete with the other guys.

Overall Review: This will be my 2nd FSP supply (first was a FSP AX500). Only upgrading due to the fact that my new crossfire board will be even more power hungry. For those who don't know, FSP makes the insides for several other big named supplies. FSP is easily one of the best.