Date Joined: 06/05/06
Pros: This fan is very quiet.
Cons: Not very high CFM, but thats OK on most modern setups because they run so cool. Only has 3 prong system connector, no molex adapter.
Overall Review: Makes a great quiet replacement fan. Make sure you get a molex adapter or make sure you have a free system fan port if you are planning on using this as an addon.
Pros: This PSU is nice and quiet with a 120mm fan. It doesn't look half bad either with the nice shiny finish. All the leads are properly done, without any tangled wires - this makes it easy to isolate and/or tie back one rail without making a big mess of wires.
Cons: nothing yet
Overall Review: I've only had it for about a week, but it seems to be doing great. I can't honestly say whether it is going to last a long time or not.
Pros: Nvidia drivers rock! This card will do a dual monitor setup without problem.
Cons: Turbocache (yuck)
Overall Review: This is a great work card with support for dual monitors that I would recommend for any office type of setup. I would not recommend this card for gaming or 3D applications.
Pros: MUCH cheaper than a retail copy of this OS. It's the exact same thing as retail, minus that pretty blue box.
Cons: Well ... its windoze ....
Overall Review: Save yourself some big bucks and buy this instead of a reatil copy. trust me.
Pros: LiteOn makes some of the best drives I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Wow, they sure are getting inexpensive these days.
Cons: None whatsoever
Overall Review: Burn CDs or DVDs very reliably all at top performance speeds ... nice :)
Pros: WD has always been good for me, this is no exception. Plugged it in and it just works great.
Overall Review: SATA2 is rather pointless with 7200 RPMs considering how you are still limited by the physical speed of the device ... But i guess it will ensure that you will get maximum bandwidth from the drive.
Pros: The price is nice. This is a great little dual-core that runs nice and chilly
Cons: Socket 775, but thats impossible to get away from these days with intel.
Overall Review: Make sure you get at least the Smithfield 2.8 when buying Intel Pentium Ds (the slower ones have a slower Front Side Bus)
Pros: I've always been impressed with Patriot. This is good stuff here, with a decent price and built-in heat spreaders. It had no problems whatsoever in going dual-channel and tested all the benchmarking with flying colors!
Cons: No cons, this is just good memory.
Overall Review: Patriot = Good budget performance memory
Pros: This is a great monitor! 8ms response time is super nice, no ghosting whatsoever. Color, brightness, and contrast are all just awesome. No dead or stuck pixels.
Cons: You really can't expect much out of these tiny little speakers, but I don't think they're designed for much of anything but hearing dings and whatnot.
Overall Review: Buy it! For the price its worth every penny, and then some!
Pros: Floppy and Flash cards in one 3.5" bay.
Cons: Card reader doesn't look like it supports anything above 2GB cards (at least with the SD cards that I tried). It should have internal USB mobo block connectors instead of this stupid rig of looping an A-type USB plug out the back of a slot and into a USB port (thats a stupid rig, and kind of negates the point of getting an internal card reader).
Overall Review: Its really not worth it. It probably would have been cheaper just to get the floppy drive and internal card reader separate (and I would have gotten internal hookups for the card reader). I guess if you're building a media box or something that only has one 3.5" bay then this would be useful.
Pros: This is a very simple and easy to configure mobo, and with a name like gigabyte you can't go wrong! Gigabyte's website is very easy to navigate and find updated drivers/BIOS.
Cons: The BIOs revivion that comes with the board DOES NOT allow you to use the Pci-Express Graphics (PEG), but Gigabyte's @bios utility and their support site make this an easy fix. There is only 1 system fan plug on the board.
Overall Review: This board is great for the office environment. I probably wouldn't get this board (or any MATX/cheap board) for a high performance or gaming rig.
Pros: This case just looks sleek, very nice for my professional office. Case is nice and sturdy, and very easy to work with. The door on the front looks very nice and seems like it would be pretty durable. You can access the power button from the front with the door closed, which is very nice. The air flow is designed properly, and the CPU intake funnel extends nicely to fit over the heatsink fan. Removable and vibration-resistant hard drive cage is easy to work with, as is the rails for the optical drives. The front bezel is very easy to remove. PCI slots have the click-down place holders. The jumper blocks for the front USB and Audio are nicely configured in a solid block (no individual pin-jumpers). Basically, after initial configuration this case is practically toolless, heck it's almost toolless during configuration.
Cons: The fan this case came with was a little loud, but I replaced it with a 22db fan and its great now.
Overall Review: This is a great case, especially for the price. It really isn't missing out on anything.