Date Joined: 01/15/04
Pros: Nice computer, works well after surviving the usual setup hassle with Microsoft.
Cons: I didn't get a Dell 3020-T, but a small form Model D08S.
Overall Review: Well, it does work, and for the price point returning it is more trouble than it's worth.
Pros: For really short money, this mount frees up a great deal of space on my cramped little
Ikea-type desk. I'm going to move my rig to another room soon and these mounts will allow me to add a second or even third monitor without spending $500 to $1500 on another desk.
Cons: "Measure twice,cut once" The first time I did this it took me about two hours, but the results were so good that I don't regret it one bit. I'm ordering a second which will likely take a half hour. In my case I was going through vertical 3/4" particle board. Rather than the included screws, I went to Home Depot and bought 1/4"/20 1"bolts with capnuts. Around $3. Your milage may vary, but you just won't find a better deal.
Overall Review: Overall: Six stars if it were allowed.
Pros: Well, the M/B posted.
Cons: After the M/B posted it either went straight to BSOD or "startup repair" or a screen with various options, all of which led to BSOD.
Overall Review: For short money, you've got to know you're taking a chance. When this one failed, I got a similar one for even less money. It works well for what my wife does, after I replaced the dvd player and memory with spares that I had. Now if they'll do an RMA, I'll be golden. If they won't, well it was short money after all.
Just a word about "startup repair". In over twenty years and many PC's, I have NEVER seen it do anything useful.
Pros: I've had this PSU 7 months. It's quiet and efficient. No bells ,whistles or LED's, but what purpose would they serve anyway?
Pros: This takes much of the fan load off the M/B. It's powered with a SATA connector from the PSU. With the adhesive backing you can mount it wherever you like, but I don't even do that. It weighs almost nothing, so why bother? I currently have four fans hooked to it and I expect two or three more eventually.
Overall Review: This makes picking the M/B that suits your build easier, and possibly less expensive, since the number of fan headers is much less of a concern. You can work on more important features. EDIT: 3 months in, I just ordered a second one. I'm adding another top fan and going to push-pull on my 140 x 280 water cooler. That takes up all eight headers and who knows what I might want next. Better to have it ready when it's wanted, for short money.
Pros: Anything that won't fit in this case needs to be outside to begin with. You can hang water cooling radiators all over the place- lots of them. I only use a single SSD, but if you need a lot of HDD's, it comes with a number of bays. Nearly every thing except the motherboard can be moved if you don't like where it's at or discarded if you don't want it. I've had this about six weeks and I'm still looking at it and thinking "I could move this over there" or "I could water cool that GPU" or whatever. You're almost sure to have the room. In my setup, it's to the left of my desk, so I moved the power/USB strip to the right side. About ten minutes and the only tool needed is a Philips screwdriver.
Cons: As many others have said, it's HUGE. And it's 37 lbs BEFORE you start stuffing things in. Make yourself a cardboard template of the width and length and see if this is really going to work for you. When it's time to take it outside to blow the dust out I'm going to need a helper to carry it. Yes, it's really that big, heavy and awkward.
Overall Review: I put in an Enermax 140 x 280 water cooler and several 140 mm fans. If i were doing it again I'd go with a 120 x 240 cooler and 120 mm fans. The bigger units do work, but they're awkward as can be. Sort of like being in economy next to the 400 lb guy.
Pros: I run my computer 24/7 doing distributed computing, with all 16 cores at 100% (3.4 GHZ ). The CPU temps run 50C to 52C with a room temperature of 24.4C. That's about all the laws of physics could allow.
Cons: Even in a Thermaltake X9 case, placement of a 140 x 280 mm radiator was awkward. If I do another PC, I'll get either the 240 or 360 size.
Overall Review: Given the ease with which this AIO handles the heat load, either of the other two should do as well, so it's just what fits best in your case.
Pros: My GPU's are hot as firecrackers, but these fans keep them stable without sounding like chainsaws.
Cons: Dang! I only bought three of them!
Overall Review: Measure twice, think about it twice, measure it again. A 140 mm fan can be a great help, but if it doesn't really fit your case, your up the creek without a paddle.
Pros: This CPU works as advertised. I've not even considered yet trying to O/C. In Distributed Computing, the CPU works a problem per thread. Each GPU occupies a Core and displaces 2 threads. In my experience, a GPU typically does about 60 times the work of a single core.
Cons: All your old memory is junk. Your old power supplies are junk. So is a lot of what you used to know. ( Ask me how I know. )
Overall Review: If you take your time (and make a few expensive mistakes) you'll find yourself at a higher level of digital life, and be glad of it.
Pros: As you expect from G-Skill, it just plain works without headaches.
Overall Review: I did an all-out build with a Threadripper 1950x, Asrock Taichi x399, an AMD WX7100 GPU, etc.,. The GPU used 1 core and 30 threads were running work on the other 15 cores. This maxed out the 16 GB I had installed, leaving a few threads "waiting for memory". I put in another 16 GB and a second GPU and have no problems. It's just my opinion, but unless you're maxing it out like my build, 16 GB is more than enough, and easier on your bank account.
Pros: I do distributed computing (Science, Medicine, math,etc.). When I logged in to Einstein@home the site recognized the GPU within 1 minute and it was chugging away within another minute. No adjustments or fiddling around, it just went to work and very productively.
Cons: Not every site likes AMD chipsets. I tried to get this GPU to work on folding@home. Seemingly it can be done, but only if you're a tech guru, which I'm not.
Overall Review: I don't game at all, but as long as you are assured that your work is compatible with AMD chips, this GPU is a great value for the price.
Pros: My PC's Corsair 110 AIO water cooler is about 2 feet from my right ear. Over 5 or 6 years I've tried several different fans and none were even close to this. It was so quiet I actually used a small flashlight to look in the case to see if it was running. It was.
Cons: None. It's only my first day with it, but if it died right now, I'd get another one. Because of an OS problem I was unable to do a stress test, so for now I can only speak of basic surfing.
Overall Review: If you think I'm happy, my wife is twice as happy about the reduction in noise. Of course, that brings up the problem of the noise from the table fan on my desk. Oh, well... So why the water cooler on a basic surfer? Years ago I ran this machine 24/7/100% on all 8 cores. The electric company loved me, or at least they loved my money.
Pros: Loaded quickly with Ubuntu 16.04 , surfs, light games, etc. (That's all I do.) Very responsive in changing sites. 3 or 4 seconds to POST, 5 to 7 seconds to main screen, < 1 second to Firefox.
Overall Review: I've only had this a short while, but I'm quite pleased with it to date.
Pros: Produces video
Cons: The "video" is on a par with my granddaughters crayon work. I get much higher resolution and no distortion from the fanless single slot card it was supposed to replace.
Oh, well, I've generally had good results with refurbs,so I can write this one off and try another.
Pros: I've been running this cpu 24/7 at 100% load for about a month. It's O/C'd @ 4.427 Ghz (22 multiplier) stable as a rock. I could probably get more, but stability is crucial to me.
Overall Review: I swapped out an 8150 to go into another machine. Dropped in the 8350, updated BIOS,tweaked the O/C and made no other changes to the PC. I'm getting about 25% higher productivity for about 30 watts more electric usage. I'd guess that's about 50/50 between the cpu and the water cooling-but it's only a guess.
Pros: For an incredibly low price I got a well designed and built case. The power supply needed a bit of persuasion to get in,but not bad. This isn't a gaming case. It's suitable for a basic system.
Cons: This con's really on me,not the case. I wanted to put in a Corsair water cooler,and the case was never intended for that. If I'd measured and done my addition,I'd have saved myself a lot of grief.
Overall Review: Fortunately(or not),I can be very stubborn. After a lot of cutting,grinding,etc,I have a top-mounted water cooler. Much as I like this case and the price,I'll get a Xion Predator for my next build.
Pros: It moves a ton of air. I O/C my AMD 8150's to 4.1 or 4.2,depending on the board. I do distributed computing (BOINC) and run all 8 cores @ 100% 24/7. These fans pull heat out of the radiators so efficiently that temps seldom get more than 10~12 c over ambient. Ambient in my room has been known to exceed 42 c.
Cons: There are no cons. You do have to understand that A) They are thicker. B) They are somewhat louder. If you want the performance,this is how you get it.
Overall Review: I bought four of these last year.The last one was installed a week ago.Every one is still working,and when I finish this review,I'm going to order four more.
Screws for watercoolers: #6 x 1 3/4" can be found at any hardware store. I had one situation that needed 2" until I modified the case.
Pros: The board meets specs similar to others costing $30-$40
more. Installed with no unexpected difficulties.
Cons: BLOATWARE!! I wish I'd spent the extra money,rather than hours of tracking down and eliminating bloat. And I'm still going to end up paying somebody to get rid of an unwanted game site that pops up regularly on my monitor.
Overall Review: This board,as such, is a considerable upgrade from the one it replaced. What a pity then,that I hate the sight of it.
Pros: This cooler keeps my AMD 8150 @~48C. That's at 100% load,all 8 cores,24/7, O/C to 4.3 GHZ. What more can you ask? I could probably have pushed it further,but felt I had done enough.I added two more fans for push-pull,which brought it down about 2C,but I think it was more vanity than necssity.
Cons: For the price,they could have included actual words in the "instructions".
Overall Review: You need a case that has provision for dual-120 top mounting. I have the Xion Predator. The plastic top comes off,and the steel brackets are right there.
Pros: I run Einstein@Home 24/7 @ 100% load,8 cores. I'm not a gamer,and I wouldn't know a benchmark from a banjo. But I do know that I'm getting excellent throughput for a whole lot less money than others.
Cons: I'd bet I'm the 29000th person to say this-AMD's cpu coolers are only good for paperweights. At full load,stock speed,temps were in the mid-60's. Today I put in a Corsair H100 water cooler,and it stays in the upper 40's. Now I can see my guru for some O/C.
Overall Review: I have three of my four PC's on water cooling. (1 H100,2 H70's) I'll never go back to air.
Pros: Toolless 4-slot SSD bay. Ditch (or modify) the plastic top,and you find a steel bracket perfect for a Corsair H100 watercooler,or similar unit. The HAF 932,at over twice the price,doesn't have SSD bays,nor(from pictures) is it well suited for top mounted watercooling.
Heat? What's that? With four 120's blowing up and out through the radiator,and four blowing in(front,back,two side) you could catch a cold just looking at it.
Extra points; They inluded one extra of each type of screw most likely to get lost.
Cons: The exterior carton looked like it had been to a small war. Fotunately,the styrofoam prevented all but one small ding that I fixed myself.That's on UPS,which usually does better.
One small quibble: the SSD bay is too close to the left panel. I had to tke off the right panel,turn the SSD around,and hook up the SATA/power from the right.
Pros: This GPU is used 24/7 @ 70% on Einstein@Home. I put it in a machine w/a 6-core AMD 1090 CPU and more than doubled its productivity.
Cons: I had to fiddle a good while with it to get the drivers to install. I had exactly the same problem with a GTX 260 in another machine,so it would seem to be a problem with NVIDIA generally,rather than this particular card.
Overall Review: ANY recert item is a risk,but $140 was a number I could just stretch to,while $200 was out of reach.
Pros: I bought this 8 months ago. It's O/C to 3.81 Ghz,running 24/7 @ 100% on all six cores.
Overall Review: If you O/C this bear,you'll definitely want aftermarket cooling. I put a Corsair H70 waterblock on mine. Works the nuts,easy to install.
I'm not a gamer.I do distributed computing.
Pros: I tried a half dozen kvm's before this model.Dang near gave up on the concept.The TK801R changed my mind. It does what it's supposed to do without trying to run your life or sell you something you don't want.
Cons: I'm about 6 or 8 months into my third one of these. The first two lasted about 3 1/2 years each. So divide 42 months into the price,and even with shipping,it's only a little over $2 a month. That works for me,it may or may not for you.
Overall Review: I strongly recommend getting p/s 2 to usb cables. The newer motherboards are coming with no VGA or p/s2 ports.These cables are compatible with any m/b in common use.
If in any doubt,GO LONG! Taking up slack with twist ties is cheap. Being a foot short is expensive
Pros: Three of my six current PC's have this card installed,the oldest about 2 years,the newest put in yesterday. None have failed yet,and I'm going to get three more to have on hand. Drivers install in seconds.Put in the CD,be ready to take it out.
Overall Review: If your a hyper-gamer,this card may not be fast enough for you. But then it says "10/100" on the box.