Date Joined: 05/10/06
Pros: I picked this up after trying out a few mice while focusing purely on the ergonomic feel. I have to say this is the most comfortable one I found, even better than the ultra-customizable RAT I tried, mainly because of it's rubberized grip surface. Buttons are nice and big, easy for clicking with knuckles instead of fingertips.
I can go hours playing with this mouse and not get any wrist or joint issues. Highly recommended.
Cons: Not many buttons, but for the games I play, I don't need a lot since I use a gaming keypad.
Overall Review: I have long fingers, so it's hard to find a mouse that fits well. If you have lengthy digits, this is a great mouse.
Pros: Lots of room inside. Excellent ventilation. I removed the fans from the top of the case (opting for front, back, and CPU to start with) and the opening at the top is right above the CPU/heat sink, allowing for plenty of air to flow and escape. Combined with a massive heat sink, it barely heats up at all. If it does, can always add another fan above it. This case as internal space for 7 of them.
Plenty of room for long graphics cards, cable management, etc. I almost feel bad that I have no external facing drives, but easy enough to expand. Even includes 2x 2.5" drive bays. Expansion is a breeze--all the card slots use thumbscrews.
Side panels are a snug fit, and the front is sleek and flat when closed. If there's any vibration or loose areas, I couldn't find any.
Power light is subtle, not hyper-bright. I don't use the HDD one, so it's very unobtrusive.
I don't see any problem using this case for years.
Cons: As previously mentioned, the front panel cables are all separate. Electrical tape really helps manage those. Also, with a hefty modular PSU (using a SeaSonic 1050w) the holes for cable management can get a bit crowded, and the rubber liners easily come off. (Also easily attached again, tho.)
I can see the fan hub being a pain given it's distance from the PSU, but since I took out the stock fans it wasn't an issue.
The top opening for fans does seem a little flimsy, could've been reinforced a bit.
All very minor things, not enough to remove any eggs for me.
Overall Review: I removed the stock fans to replace with Nexus PWMs, and it's even quieter. Used a 2.5" 7200rpm HD with Scythe silent enclosure, too. It's quieter than any other computer I've used, including a previous iMac.
Pros: I do 2D and 3D illustration and animation, and this card handles it all without breaking a sweat.
After doing some research and hearing some stories about Quadros and multiple monitor setups, I decided to go with the FirePro. I switched to a custom built PC workstation after about a decade of using Macs, and have to say that this card makes it as easy to use multiple monitors as on Macs. I have 3 monitors and it handles them all flawlessly, all using displayports. (It includes four single-link DVI adapters too.) Can arrange them any way you like, no matter what port they're attached to, drivers handle it all.
Also, I heard a lot of negative feedback about ATI/AMD cards and 3D packages compared to Quadros. I have no idea what those folks are talking about, I've not had a single issue in Maya or Houdini. AMD has been apparently working on their drivers with this past GPU generation, and it must be working. I couldn't be happier.
Cons: Barely many.
Documentation is a little sparse. AMD must be still transitioning to the new generation GPUs. Most documentation on their site relates to the ATI series of cards. I specifically wanted information on Crossfire setups, and it was all about the older cards. (If you have the PCIe lanes, they can support up to four. They all need x16 each.)
While super-quiet under normal operation, when it's under heavy load it's super loud. However, I only did this during a stress test. Under normal operation, I haven't stressed it out.
Overall Review: One of the reasons I opted for the this card is the Crossfire capability for future expansion. Using it for awhile however, I'm not sure I'd even need a another one! But, the option is there!
Pros: Solid board. Some of the nicest documentation that I've seen come with a motherboard (one big poster). Easy to install and setup. BIOS upgrade was straightforward.
It costs a little more than comparable boards, but I was looking for stability and good support. Includes internal wi-fi bluetooth adapter too, that sticks to the inside front of the case, which is nice.
Cons: It has a skull that lights up and flashes as the hard drive light. It's funny. First thing I did was turn it off in the BIOS. It does have a lot of other internal lights too, much of which are really unnecessary (save the BIOS code indicator.)
Overall Review: It was used in a build without an optical drive of any sort, so solid USB booting was required, and it works great even on USB3 ports.
Pros: This is a beautiful power supply. Completely modular, enough connectors for a workstation, and absolutely silent. The fan doesn't even kick on until it has significant load, and because this is a 1050w supply, that isn't often. When it is on, it's still near-silent.
Even the packaging is over the top, with the PSU coming in a felt case and a separate velcro case for holding every connector.
I'm converted. Every power supply I buy from now on will be SeaSonic.
Overall Review: Used in an Antec P280 case for a workstation build, focused on quiet operation. It fit the bill perfectly.
Pros: These fans are great and super quiet! Excellent PWM fans. Very little vibration, even on one I had connected directly to the case without the rubber connectors.
Overall Review: They do get quite audible above 80%, but it's purely the blades/high airflow. That's to be expected. Using motherboard controls or Speedfan works great with these.
Pros: These are pretty solidly constructed, you can tell Noctua cares about the details. Even the packaging is nice. They are quieter than stock fans.
Cons: I bought a couple of these for a build, to replace case fans that come with the Antec P280. They were quieter, and I would've been happy, had I not also bought some Nexus fans. At the same speeds, the Nexus fans are noticeably quieter. They do have a loud hum at max speed, too. Yes, I'm being picky, but one of the goals of this build was for it to be as quiet as possible. These particular Noctua fans fell short.