Joined on 11/24/01
A great value
Pros: This board is solid and comes at a great price of just under 100 bucks. It is stable and fast and i had no problems with it so far. Not a single crash, no slow downs at all.
Cons: If you plan on overclocking DO NOT get this board! This board has next to none OC capabilities. Only get this board if you do not care about overclocking and just want a good value solid board. Side note that the FDD connector is all the way on the bottom of the board, so you will need an extra long Floppy cable if you plan to install one.
Overall Review: I got this baby hooked up to a Q6600 with 4 gigs RAM, Radeon 4870, and 2 250gb seagates on RAID 0. Scored 5.9 on Vista rating.
Great Board decent OC
Pros: Great solid board, never failed me.
Cons: The OC ability is limited, but you can still get a decent overclock on your Q6600 to 3.0ghz
Overall Review: Just figured out on how to OC properly. In your BIOS, Enable overclocking and set FSB to 333MHZ. Then Set DRAM timing to 5-5-5-18. Increase mem voltage to 2.25V. That will get you 3.0ghz easy on the Q6600.
Pros: Good solid board.
Cons: Overclocking.... errrr could not get it to OC at all? Increased FSB to 333, set timings to 5-5-5-15, disabled auto spread spectrum, increased voltages on cpu and mem.... no luck not even a single Mhz increase.
Overall Review: If anyone was able to get this to 3.0GHZ with a Q6600 can you let me know how you did it? I have played around with the BIOS settings many times and followed many OC guides with no luck. I have not been able to overclock it at all!
Pros: Plenty of cables for everything i will ever need to power up my computer. The modular cable support is sweet and allows me to keep the inside of my case clean and organized. This supply has enough juice for 4870s in crossfire, 3 hdds ( 2 in RAID0, 1 nonRAID) , and more!
Overall Review: Seriously, modular power supplies are the way to go. I remember back in the days when i had to smoosh in the extra power cables into a 5.25 bay to get them out of the way, and even then it was still somewhat messy.
Why get anything else?
Pros: Gets the job done with no hiccups and noise.
Overall Review: I do not understand why people will spend the extra bucks for more expensive HDMI cables. From 1 foot up to 50 feet of distances, the quality of the HDMI cables does not mean much. Once you are getting past 50 feet, then MAYBE those more expensive cables will become worth it. People have to realize HDMI sends a digital signal not analog! A little distorition of a digital signal is not something to cry about as with an analog signal! It is either a 1 or a 0 for digital signals
Best Case I ever owned
Pros: A solid case with plenty of room while not being overly huge with ugly bells and whistles as some of the Thermaltake Armor cases. Was able to snugly fit in my radeon 4870 with no problems. The two 120mm fans are nice and quiet while keeping my system cool. The side air duct is awesome at ventilating the hot air from my cpu out of the case! The usb,firewire,audio ports on the top of the case is a big bonus too! I hated having to plug in my flash drives behind my case, it was a real pain.
Cons: The toolless PCI slot snap on doesn't fit with the radeon 4870, had to use screws to bolt in the video card to the case. A ceiling fan on the top of the case would have been nice. The front of the case is a little flimsy so take care when moving the case around. All these cons are negated considering the price!
Overall Review: The side duct is only useful if you have a heatsink that blows the hot air upwards and not to the side as some of the newer models do. I personally chose this heatsink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106087 A great quiet heatsink at only 16dbA and combined with the side duct, i have no problems with heat at all!