Joined on 04/29/05
Most Likely The Best P965 Board
Pros: Based on the proven P5B Deluxe. Feature-rich board with extra functionality designed specifically for Windows Vista such as onboard 512MB ReadyBoost, ScreenDUO SideShow LCD (LCD is included) and TPM support. Board now features 100% solid state capicitors for better stability and increased lifespan. The great feautres and bundled extras (LCD, Remote Control) make this board well worth the price. I almost went with the Commando board, I'm glad I waited and went for this one.
Cons: The JMicron IDE controller is back but this really isn't much of a con.
Overall Review: I almost went with the Commando board, I'm glad I waited and went for this one. Even if you don't plan on using Vista right away, in a year or so you'll probably have to if you want to run the latest apps and games and with this board you'll be ready for it.
Pros: -Was only 15 bucks with Newegg's awesome Guerilla Deal
Cons: -Feels very flimsy and cheaply made. -Very uncomfortable. Presses very hard against your head (against my head at least). -Very poor sound quality. Way too Bass-y.
Overall Review: Newegg was great with shipping time as usual. I guess I should have researched these more. I'm surprised to see so many people happy with them at 30 bucks because I feel cheated at 15. I'm not to upset though , I just gave them to my mom, she likes em, so it worked out in the end
Pros: - High factory overclock that makes the card faster than a stock GTX 680 - Metal backplate included and mounted (a $25 value) - Silent cooler even under heavy load - Runs fairly cool for a 670 - Only requires two 6-pin power connections - Fantastic 1080p performance
Cons: -Not free (same as always)
Overall Review: I decided to upgrade to this card after reading the great reviews from various tech sites but to be honest I wasn't expecting a huge improvement over my Radeon HD 6950, like maybe 1.5 times the performance. But I actually got double the performance in 3DMark11 and FFXIV Benchmark, and triple the performance in Unigine Heaven. Truly a much bigger upgrade than I thought, I don't even think I could beat this card with two of my 6950s. I have a 1080p monitor and I sometimes output the PC to my 1080p LCD TV to game on the couch and for 1080p this card is all you need, every game will run over 60fps on the absolute highest settings with anti-aliasing on, even Battlefield 3. The only exceptions would be poorly programmed games like the first Crysis or Metro 2033. Those games are old and not that great looking next to more recent games but they were not programmed very efficiently so their performance is always lackluster, even on the latest video cards.
Okay, but you can do better for the price
Pros: Looks fairly nice, decent cooling and good build quality.
Cons: No cable management, fans somewhat loud, can't install large CPU coolers, front panel ports on top, poor tool-less PCI slot securing.
Overall Review: While the aesthetics of the case are decent and the cooling offered is good, this case has been found wanting. I'll elaborate on the cons I mentioned. There is no cable management present aside for a few zip ties included. The fans are all 4 pin molex and can't be connected to the motherboard and therefor can't be regulated and must run at maximum speed at all times which is a bit loud. The 23cm side fan is perhaps a bit too big and placed a little too high, as such it will prevent you from installing big CPU coolers. I used a 92mm Hyper TX3 and there's less than an inch of clearance , I'm fairly sure that getting a 120mm vertical cooler in there would quite tough. Finally the tool-less mechanism for the PCI slots is junk the plastic pieces that snap on and hold the car in place will break far too easily. Thankfully you can still use screws the old fashioned way once they're all broken. It would be tough to recommend this case over let's say the similarly priced HAF 932.
Amazing Dual Core CPU
Pros: Overclocks like nobody's business (4GHz easy on air) thanks to unlocked multiplier. Runs extremely cool, even when overclocked. Has L3 cache. Has a chance of unlocking into a triple or quad core.
Cons: The flimsy stock cooler, but that's the same story with every CPU I've ever owned.
Overall Review: Sadly both of my extra cores were duds and I was unable to turn this CPU into an X3 or X4 but I don't care I knew there was a chance I wouldn't be able to. I'd rather have the L3 cache and unlocked multiplier than the 4 cores otherwise I would have just gone with an Athlon II X4 which is similarly priced. Thanks to the unlocked multiplier this CPU is an amazing overclocker; I was able to get 4GHz easily with my CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 (plus Arctic Silver 5) and even with that overclock the cores idle at 25C and only reach 38C under full load. I may try 4.2GHz and more down the line.
Best Wireless G Router I've Ever Owned
Pros: Fast, inexpensive, able to flawlessly handle heavy simultaneous traffic and doesn't require constant reboots.
Cons: The vertical stand is definitely worthless. It feels like it was originally made for a different product and TP-Link just decided to toss it in with this router because it sorta worked. This isn't enough to knock off an egg though.
Overall Review: I bought this because my previous router of a reputable top brand was giving me a lot of trouble. It would require constant reboots especially when wired and wireless connections were being used simultaneously. I was also never able to reach my maximum download speed on a wired connection with my old router. I decided to go with this model because it was inexpensive and I liked what I read in the reviews and boy am I glad I did. This thing is amazing, by far the best router I've ever owned. My max speed in uTorrent has gone way up from 1.7MB/s to 2.8MB/s. Downloads from Xbox Live and PSN are also noticeably faster. Even with different devices all using the connection at the same time (even multiple Netflix streams at once), everything is routed properly with no slowdown. The wireless signal strength is also way better than my old router. But the thing I love the most abut this router is that I've owned it for over 2 months now and I have yet to reboot it. TP-Link is made of win