Date Joined: 05/22/11
Pros: I needed 3 more 1920x1080 monitors for my gaming room for guest systems, and didn't want to spend an arm and a leg.
These monitors worked great. Cheap price tag. Completely bearable/'un-noticeable' refresh rate. Bright. Contrast is decent enough. Bezel is not ginormous (certainly isn't beautiful, but no complaints, again, especially for the price)
No complaints gaming on these puppies.
Cons: Stand is flimsy. Not insanely so, but it's not the most sturdy thing ever.
Black levels are not anywhere near true black. I would not recommend these for professional level graphic design, or if horror games are all you play. That being said, black levels are bearable.
Overall Review: If you are looking for a cheap 1080 panel to game on, look no further.
Pros: It does what I need it to do, in the form factor I wanted, without breaking the bank. Fits a 770, and 3 2.5" HDDs.
Cons: Not thrilled about having to use a low(ish) profile heatsink. Anything much bigger than the stock intel brick won't clear the PSU hanging directly above the mobo.
Tiny side fan is cute, but would have honestly preferred a normal fan over there.
Overall construction is pretty good, but the gap right above the rear PCI-e slots bugs me. Not a huge deal.
Overall Review: This is not a tiny case. It won't fit in a normal backpack if tote'n it around is your goal. That being said, you can fit a full size card in it, and it's still considerably easier to carry around then a normal tower.
Pros: Molex connector with no external power brick like so many other lighting solutions i've seen. Bright as hell. Cheaper than dirt. Fit PERFECTLY in the Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini-itx case, mounted to the 2 top support rails.
Awwwwww man, it's awesome. And CHEAP!
Cons: Like all the other reviews said, the mounting velcro/adhesive is a joke. Don't waste your time. Zip tie, 3M, or whatever you've gotta do. Don't use the stuff they give you. Not worth knocking an egg for.
Overall Review: :D :D :D :D Seriously probably my favorite sub-10$ purchase on newegg, ever.
Pros: Kept my CPU cooler by a few degrees than the stock intel one. Significantly less noise. It's cheap and it does it's job.
Cons: Did not fit in my mini-itx build. Using the Cooler Master Elite 130, the top of the fan won't clear the PSU mounted directly over the motherboard. Not a huge deal, I should have done my research. Swapped a stock intel fan and through it in the mini-itx, used this one in the older, bigger tower.
Pros: That single fan at the front does it's job. Everything in the case stays around 40C under load, never goes over 60C even after like 8 hour gaming sessions.
Build quality is fantastic. Layout inside is great. SSD+ 2.5" HDD. 750Ti. Haswell i5.
This case is seriously perfect if you're looking for something to tote around to LAN parties.
Cons: Nope. Nada. Nothing. Price I guess? But you get what you pay for. This is the perfect MiniITX case if you're not looking hor a huge GPU. The 750TI fits with room to spare.
Pros: I bought 5 at the same time, one started getting loud after ~14 months.
Reordered one. For some super cheap fans that match my color scheme, these worked well.
Cons: They're cheap. Not super high CFM or anything. But theres 5 of them in my microATX case, they do the job.
Overall Review: The grills that come with these actually look pretty cool.
Pros: Highest build quality of any case I've ever owned. A tad big for a MicroATX case, but not ridiculously so. It fits my 240mm radiator and dual GPUs no problem. Fantastic airflow, using 5 120mm fans. Sufficient space to wire everything behind the motherboard tray, leaving the inside of the case looking perfect (seriously the best wire management I have ever had in a case). Removable dust filter for PSU is a nice bonus too.
If you're thinking about buying this case, just do it.
Cons: Seriously can't think of any. I've had it for about 14 months. NOTHING has broken.
Overall Review: i7-4770k (cooled with Thermaltake Water 3.0 240mm closed loop)
Dual Nvidia GTX770 reference Cards
8GB Crucial Balistix Tracers
2 2TB 3.5" in RAID 1
1 240gb 2.5" PNY XLR8 SSD
Mobo - Gigabyte Z87MX-D3H-CF
Pros: Adequate power supply, doesn't run hot or terribly loud. Fits a GTX 660ti just fine. Was expecting a struggle to fit everything in neatly on build-day, everything came together with ease,
Cons: Not much room for beautiful cable management, but it is what it is. The handle hasn't broken yet, but i'm still not sure how much i trust it.
Pros: Absolutely awesome. Bought this for use with a Mini-ITX portable build, works great. Response time is a non issue. No ghosting, plays FPS games fine.
Cons: That being said, the neat little carrying case that is supposed to double as a stand, does not work very well as a stand. Typically have to prop it up against something else, which is kind of disappointing.
Also, listen to the other reviews. The USB3 cable is laughably short, and falls out relatively easy. Pick up a longer cable at point of purchase. Otherwise you're just going to have to use the monitor uncomfortably for 4-7 business days, as you order a new cable immediately after you see the one Asus included.
So I hate doing it, but i'm docking an egg for the cheapo stand and included cable.
Overall Review: If you need a mobile desktop solution, this should be in your cart.
Pros: Cheap and adequate for gaming. I've bought like 4 of these chips off newegg in the past year or two for different builds. Not one has been DOA. Performance is great for the money. Unless you are building an extremely high end, or any extremely low end rig. This should be the chip you use. Works great for the $500-$800 sweet spot.
Cons: Not as fast as an i6 or an i7 for benchmarks. Boohoo.
Pros: Exactly what you'd expect, and then some. Clipped this into my T430, using it in conjunction with the 9-cell extended battery it came with. 1 laptop, 18 cells. Awwwwww yeah. Using integrated graphics, and the CPU turned down, and full screen brightness, I got about 16 hours of use off of a full charge. On the other end of the scale: with the graphics card turned on, cpu chugging as fast as it can, fans screaming, brightness all the way up, speakers on max, I got about 4 hours of playing Planetside 2 before I had to find a power outlet. And while that doesn't sound like alot, it's certainly longer than i've ever gamed on any laptop without being plugged in.
Cons: Adds some weight, don't expect to ever fit your laptop in a neoprene sleeve again with this thing on. Who cares.
If you own a thinkpad, chances are you'll like the way it looks anyways. ;D
Overall Review: Download the Lenovo Battery firmware update tool, just to see if there was one available for this badboy. Sure enough. Took about 10 minutes. Wasn't having any trouble with it out of the box, but I figured it couldn't hurt.
Pros: This has been my go to power supply, for 10+ builds now. Cheap, modular, glowing fan that turns on or off, adequate power for most budget/mid-range gaming rigs. Quiet.
Cons: A couple of the cords could be a little longer, or a little shorter for cable maintenance purposes. It all depends on where you've got to run stuff on your motherboard. Always ends up looking clean anyways, so not even really a con.
Overall Review: Perfect.
Pros: Absolute killer speed for the money. Windows Experience Index sits at 7.8 out of 7.9 with it (sorry no REAL benchmarks done). After firmware update, installed Windows 7, Windows 8 Preview, and OSX10.7.3 with absolutely no problem! Boot time in OSX sits around 8 seconds from power button to desktop.
Cons: Purchased 2 identical drives, both required a firmware update (obtainable from crucial's website) or else they would hang at Windows Setup at install (Expanding files, 84% complete, and then some error code about not finding the necessary files for installation). The firmware updater is easy to use, burnable to a bootable disc, provided you have another windows machine laying around, and a blank CD...
Also, drives feel cheaply constructed, unlike the intel 320+520 series drives. These guys have cheap plastic housings, shouldnt matter too much though....
Overall Review: Would be a 5 star product if it wasn't for the dang firmware. The error code that both windows 7 and 8 threw at me pointed at bad media, so i burnt discs and tried reinstalling multiple times before thinking to update the firmware.
•Very spacious for huge graphics cards (something ridiculous like a 16")
•No tools required for 5.25" drives, but the PCI slot covers on the back of the case use normal screws (not those sh*ty tool-less doohickies some other cases use that brake in a matter of minutes trying to hold up fat graphics cards)
•3.5" HDD "Drawers" mount SSDs straight to them, no flimsy adapters needed!
Cons: •Absolute terrible cable management. My power supply cables are too fat to sit in the gap between the back plate (where the back of the motherboard is exposed).
•Stock fans are pretty noisy, not unbearable, just a bit more of a whine to them then normal.
•Although I like the look and functionallity of the 3.5" Hard drive bays, it's quite irritating trying to fish around to plug/unplug the SATA/Power cables into them once their plugged in.
Overall Review: Overall, this case is bad a**. Great value. My biggest complaint by far is the cable management, or lack there of. On the upside, while being a tad bigger than most other mid-size cases, for not being a full size case, the amount of space they created with the HDD Drawers is amazing.
Fits my Corsair H50, 2 of my Nvidia GTX460's, and assorted other PCI cards with room to breathe!
Pros: Not going to lie, I might have bought this just because it's XMP compatible to 1600, and because the heatsinks look awesome on my motherboard. Have had no memtest issues, and worked out of box.
Cons: Heatsinks get freakishly hot, even while not using XMP. So hot the glue on the actual RAM came loose and the heatsink shifted on one stick, and now the heatsink gets in the way of the clamp in the memory bank. Occasionally, and not even from heat, my gigabyte motherboard reverts it's speed back to 1300 after POST. Can't figure out why.
Overall Review: Good RAM for the money, but there is much better out there. Try to resist the awesome looking heatsinks....