Joined on 12/27/08
Great budget case with quality
Pros: Quality build and easy to install and remove drives. Can hold video cards up to 288mm long (just over 11 inches) which will be perfect for my GeForce 285 (10.5 inches) when it arrives, although just barely. Three super silent 120mm fans. Fans have dust filters on them which is also great.
Cons: Not as light as I expected but its a hybrid steel aluminum construction. About the same size internally as my previous mid tower, but slightly larger than my previous mid tower from the outside.
Overall Review: Velociraptor 150, XFX 285, Lian Li (lancool) PC-K7B mid tower, Corsair 850watts.
Good and Terrible
Pros: Crisp display, vibrant colors, a much better visual upgrade from out name brand 32" we had previously. The price was right. Comes with 3 HDMI ports while most TVs of this size only had 2 HDMI ports. The lack of it being a Smart TV is most likely why the price was lower than competition. That and being relatively an unknown brand.
Cons: Because of being an unknown brand, was unable to pair with DirectTV remote. While the TV recognizes a USB flash drive or external drive, so far I have been unable to find an actual video format that the TV supports for playback. HDMI2 and HDMI3 do not send a good signal to the BluRay player. We actually replaced a BluRay player before we realized it was the TV causing all the problems and not the player. This is very unacceptable and you have to play with the connections for a few minutes every time you want to watch a movie. Sometimes while watching a movie from the Sony BluRay player, the BluRay screen saver will come on in the middle of the movie.
Overall Review: At the end of the day, it ended up not being as good as we had hoped because of the HDMI and USB connections. Not sure I would buy this brand of TV again. However, the picture quality is still really good so this could be perfect as a display screen but not so much for a home entertaining solution.
Nice picture but
Pros: The price is pretty good for a DVD combo in 720p. Not crazy about the color though, I mean, who has a white TV?? Anyway, my son is happy to have it for his bedroom.
Cons: No Audio Out, only Audio In. This makes it very tricky when trying to hook up an external receiver for surround sound in the absence of an HDMI jack on the receiver. This might become tricky once we hook up the Xbox 360.
Overall Review: As of right now, it looks like surround will only be an option while playing the Xbox, but not watching regular TV/DVD
Best and worse NBA game ever
Pros: The gameplay takes some getting used to if you are used to playing NBA Live. This however feels much more realistic and graphics wise, is second to none. It has a nice soundtrack and I have never played a sports game with better commentators. They not only talk about your players and team, but also other teams, other big games on TV, and reference past games.
Cons: Menu navigation is clunky and quirky at best. I often find myself fumbling around to find menus I may have just utilized a day before. The BIGGEST CON that I cannot believe has not yet been mentioned is the lack of support from 2K Sports. Guys, this game has ZERO free agent access. This means you cannot sign free agents during your season because the free agent pool is MISSING. There is still NO UPDATE that I have found on the 2K website. What sports game manufacturer would leave that portion out, then fail to provide a patch?
Overall Review: I have no issues with the game play but I do have a quad core processor and a GTX 285. I found it unfortunate that I had to purchase an xbox 360 controller for windows because my other 3 controllers were not compatible with this game.
Best Racing Game since original Gran Turismo
Pros: Extremely detailed graphics and ranking system. Graphics are almost lifelike in replays. The sponsor system is pretty awesome and the game provides a good variety of race events and decent variety of cars of which to choose, although it could use more. The progression of licenses is very reminiscent of Gran Turismo 1 and 2 (sorry, I never had 3 or 4). The flashback feature is very cool and you really do have to learn how to drive different cars if you want to continue to win. You have the option at the end of each season to participate in the 24 hour lemans. You can enter your team, or you can drive for someone elses, or you can skip the event and advance to the next season.
Cons: Although some courses have up to 20 cars on the track at the same time, this game does lack in vehicle variety with some races. Cars are not customizable as far as upgrades, but then again, in the real world, your car has to be a certain spec to race. Not all control pads are supported. I can play NFS all day with my PS2 style pad, but I have to use the keyboard for GRID until I get a new controller. The Porsche RSR GT3 is in the game, but you cannot purchase it to race with. Requires a higher end system to run smoothly.
Overall Review: Many people have complained about the crashes and realism, and also the controls being too touchy. Since I do not have a controller that this game supports, I have had to use the keyboard. At first it was difficult but growing up, I always used a keyboard for games like the original Test Drive series as well as the Need For Speed series so once my old self kicked in, it has been relatively smooth sailing. I have had this game for a couple of weeks now and I am almost finished with it as I have only a few more trophies to collect now in my 23rd season. I am running AMD Phenom Quad X4 9550 8 GB OCZ Fatal1ty PC8500 DDR2 XFX G-Force 285
Works with Windows 7
Pros: Combination of FPS and role playing game.
Cons: Expected some action packed FPS... played for a few hours and havent played since. You literally start as a baby by choosing your gender, then you attend your 10th birthday party, and its pretty much like that.
Overall Review: I have this on Windows 7 RC 64 bit and it works fine.