Date Joined: 06/07/04
Pros: - Plenty of connectors
- Multiple PCI-E and CPU plug options
- Comes with a tester
- Comes with mounting screws
Cons: - None
Overall Review: I would recommend this PSU to anyone looking to stick to a budget, it is good quality
Pros: Bought 3 (Me, Mother-in-Law, Nephew)
Easy to set up
Worked great since 9/21/2019 (See Cons)
Bios is easy, easy to upgrade
Cons: Mother-in-laws lasted from 9/21/2019 until 1/10/2021, M.2 Slot quit working, had to hook up her old hard drive so she could use her PC until new MB arrived
Mine lasted from 9/21/2019 until 01/19/2021, getting glitchy
Nephew doesn't use his PC regularly so his is still working
Overall Review: - Was great right out of the box
- Two didn't quite last 16 months
- Have several other ASRock products that are older and still work, this was seriously disappointing.
- Going with a different brand for replacements
Pros: - Bought two, both still working
Cons: - hard wired PCI-E is not sleeved (The additional modular PCI-E wires are though)
- no custom cables
Overall Review: - If you can find this NIB, it is worth it
-- Purchased new 15 Feb 2015 - Finally wrote review 19 Jan 2021
- At the time of this review it is powering a Ryzen 5 32GB RAM with a Radeon 5700 XT graphics card, two mechanical hard drives, I've reused the two I purchased since 2015 for every machine I've built for myself, and the other one is in the Wife's PC.
- if someone offers you one of these for free used, take it
- Avoid buying used PSUs
This PSU only works with the RAIDMAX Vampire cables though
Pros: - Made for NVME installation, not S-ATA installation
- Made for M.2 SSD, not S-ATA 2.5" drive
- Screw Driver works on other things and is handy (bonus)
- Perfect fit
Cons: - People trying to use this size screw to install a 2.5" SSD
Overall Review: - I highly recommend these screws for NVME M.2 installations
- I do not recommend using them to try and install a 2.5" SSD
- The washers are a nice bonus
- The screw driver is a nice bonus
Pros: - Runs a lot of games still
- Good performance even though it is old now that I'm writing the review
Cons: - that it can't update it self to the newest GPU
- too powerful for an older 8 core Dual Xeon Mac Pro
- too big to install in an older HP XW8400
- too big to install in a 2013 Dell Optiplex
Overall Review: - If you can find one for a decent price now, and you're on a budget, it will hold you over for the time being. Re-Live still works on it really well.
- I got a 5700 as a replacement, and my daughter is using this card now to play World of Warcraft and the Sims without issues.
Pros: - RGB is a bonus
- Runs smooth, FPS in most games is great
- Trixx software opens up its potential
- Video capture while gaming is nice and smooth
Cons: - Physical switch isn't marked very well to change modes
- 2.5 slots covered
- RGB is primarily on PCB side, not as visible when installed vertically
Overall Review: - I am happy with my purchase, I've had it for several months now without issues
- I haven't experienced any lock ups, freezing or anything else with this GPU
- Good value versus price
Pros: - Easy to use
- Works with many motherboards
- Works without a motherboard as well
- Magnetic no adhesive to fail
- Remote works well if you don't have a MB connection
Cons: - Have to use both strips with the same controller, can't use the strips in separate installations
Overall Review: Got my mother-in-law a much needed case upgrade, had replaced almost everything in her computer previously. Her original case didn't work, and I had to dig up a spare out of my stock of saved used part. She liked my ARGB built in to my case, so I got this to add some ARGB to her PC with an ASRock motherboard in it. At the time of this review, I ordered a second one to add to my wife's computer that I built for her in September. She had an old Antec case and it was in dire need of replacement as well, she has a new case, and wants some "bling bling" as well.
Pros: Works without driver CD in Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Cons: Have spent the last 2 days trying to get this thing to work on Ubuntu, the LiNUX drivers have errors when compiling, have tried other methods, just refuses to work. It shows up in terminal with lsusb. I have cloned several other drivers from Github, nothing seems to work, even though they compile. Same driver files as included on the CD, but without errors during the compile process.
Overall Review: Includes drivers for LiNUX, refuses to work in LiNUX, works good in Windows 10, but other users have complained about it breaking down after a few months of use.
I'd suggest reading all the reviews before purchasing this item.
If you want to use this with LiNUX, skip it, find something more reliable.
Pros: Space for components
Hidden Hard Drive Bays
Multiple Locations for SSDs
Tempered glass side
Cable management location
Front panel amenities
Cons: Cable area is too narrow (-1 egg)
No 5.25 bay (have an external USB Blu-ray drive to remedy this should I need it)
ARGB Front Fans the color change is choppy, not smooth
Removable panels in build area a bit finicky when reassembling after component installation
*edited* ARGB fans not staying in sync with other lights isn't the cases fault.
Overall Review: Fairly easy to build in
Looks awesome once finished
Good value for the price
Solidly built case
I built my nephew a computer in the white version several months ago, and forgot about the cable management issues; and ordered one for myself. I don't regret the purchase, any of the cons (except the issues with the RGB) are easily dealt with, and don't really affect daily usage (unless I was going to build a new computer in it daily). It cools well enough for the games I play (GW2, WoW, SWTOR, etc), and just looks awesome sitting on my desk.
If you bought this case, and are taking eggs away from the review because there is no external 5.25" bays, shame on you, if you look at the specs of the case, you can plainly read there are absolutely no 5.25" external bays. This is your fault, not Cooler Masters, or the case's fault.
Pros: Price, size, been running this drive in a media server with Plex for over a year now as the main drive with Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit since 1/19/2014
Cons: Refuses to clean my house or cook me dinner
Overall Review: Buying a few more of these to expand storage on server, server runs 24/7 with family and friends accessing it regularly.
Pros: Modular, easy to install, fancy packaging
Cons: Purchased 10/16/2014 it is now 01/19/2015 and this PSU is dead, the only thing working is the 5 volt, so basically all I can do with this is charge my phone
Overall Review: Stuck using my old old old computer to write this review because my main system is dead in the water.
Pros: Work out of the box, everytime
Cons: Won't make me coffee or dinner
Overall Review: Next time I'll get the adapter that makes my dinner and coffee
Pros: Bought this February 2013 for a mild gaming computer (Big Fish, Pop Cap, World of Warcraft) for my mother-in-law. It is absolutely perfect in every way for what we needed it for.
Cons: Absolutely none
Overall Review: I will continue to support AMD, someone has to, if it weren't for fanboys of the other processors, AMD would probably be further along. Back in the late 80's, AMD made processors FOR Intel because they couldn't get it together and produce enough chips for demand.
Pros: Features versus Price, additionally I would say the UEFI Bios is a bonus as well.
Overall Review: This has been a great motherboard
Pros: Easy setup, UEFI bios, works great
Had my boss order two of these for the shop back in May 2012, I picked the parts, made a wish list, he ordered the parts. Both of them are running strong to this day. One is actually being used as a server 24/7.
Cons: There are none
Overall Review: had to build two computers to run various tasks such as parts lookup, parts research, parts ordering, running Quickbooks and Quickbooks Point of Sale. Yes, we played SW:TOR, WoW, LoL, and Warhammer 40K on them during the winter months when OPE buisiness was slow, like one or two customers a day slow.
Cooler Master HAF 912 - High Air Flow Mid Tower Computer Case x2
ASRock A75 PRO4 FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) x2
AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano Quad-Core 3.0GHz Socket FM1 x2
CORSAIR XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 CMX16GX3M2A1600C11 x2
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) x2
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s x2
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM x2
Pros: Price, features based on price
Cons: purchased this board 9/23/2013, it is now 10/25/2014, just over a year and the board is failing. It runs fine for a few hours then freezes. Last night I swore it was trying to keep from ordering a new MB, because it would freeze as soon as I went to NewEgg to select a new one. Thought it was the video card, replaced it, thought it was the power supply, replaced it (power supply was very suspect after testing) Still getting the same results, determined that it is the motherboard after some research.
Overall Review: I've had pretty good luck with Biostar, this is the first board I've ever gotten from them that didn't last very long. This doesn't turn me off of Biostar really, but I'm aggrivated.
Pros: Free bonus for buying a decent graphics card
Cons: Game selection isn't very good, its like they took a bunch of games that people weren't buying and offered them up for free.
Overall Review: Previous offers usually entailed downloading newer games via Steam for free.
Pros: Fast, work even better in raid
Cons: Bought 6 of these 01/31/2013, it is now 8/23/2014 and one of them is completely dead, and another one is acting up. Will research a new brand, I HAD faith in Verbatim from all the years I used their Floppies [1988-Still using on retro computers] (5.25" SD, DD and HD, 3.5" DD and HD). I find it unbelievable that some of my 20 year old Verbatim floppies still work, and one not even 2 year old Verbatim SSD is dead, and one of them is acting up.
Pros: Price, holds two drives, has worked in everything I've used them in.
Cons: Nothing I can't live with or get around.
Overall Review: These are plastic, in one case I just drilled/tapped new holes for screws, worked like charm. Can't beat the price if you buy 2.5" drives that don't come with the adapters, and the case you are working with doesn't have 2.5" drive mounting. I will continue to purchase these until they quit making them. They have worked for everything I needed them to work in.
Pros: Price, works fairly well
Cons: For World of Warcraft at least, had to chop settings down quite a bit.
Overall Review: Okay, this is a wimpy card, would I buy it again, yes. The price is a huge factor, it does what it is supposed to. I wasn't sure that my mother-in-law would be able to play World of Warcraft with this card or not, but she is able to and that was all that mattered to her when I bought this card. Not a heavy duty gaming card, meant more for HTPC.
Pros: 1 - Inexpensive
2 - Comfortable
3 - Responsive
Cons: 1 - Wife used as gaming keyboard and a couple of the top row number keys quit working within a year.
Overall Review: Not a gaming keyboard, have another set hooked up elsewhere with no issues, normal non-gaming computer for work/school related type activities. If you aren't a gamer, I can honestly recommend this set. Bought two more sets from the Base Exchange this last Black Friday for non gaming systems.
Pros: Works, does exactly what it is supposed to do, even works with some of my non-PC devices.
Nice and sturdy, have used it often with no problems, even as a blu-ray player with my laptop on trips for my grandson.
Overall Review: Very useful, with today's computers able to boot from USB, this has been a life saver on many occasions as a CD-ROM and DVD-ROM. The blu-ray capability is a nice bonus for this price range.
Pros: 1-Comfortable for medium to big hands
2-Once you actually log in to Windows it tracks great
3-A lot of customization options
4-Great for Windows gaming
Cons: 1-Have to wait for windows to load, it tracks really slowly, the test to see if its the drivers causing tracking issues is to not use the drivers. It failed
2-Buttons don't always do what you program them to
3-Does not track in LiNUX, its slow slow slow, and L/R click doesn't work.
Overall Review: Updated drivers, tried it on multiple computers with and without drivers. I'm tired of the Logitech run around with this and the G13.
Pros: 1. Price
2. Runs games that I play (SW:TOR, WOW, Diablo, and others)
Overall Review: I have read where people are using this processor for much more graphics intensive single player games. I have been using it for MMO gaming without any issues. SW:TOR was the real test for me.
-BIOSTAR A960D+ AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
-LOGISYS Computer CS301BK Black solid 6.0mm SECC metal ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 480W Power Supply
-Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
-CORSAIR XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
-Razer Naga Hex MOBA PC Gaming Mouse
-Logitech G15 KB
-Logitech G13 Controller
-Verbatim 47378 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (x2)
Pros: 1. Price
2. Easy to use
3. Looks Good
Cons: 1. Finish is difficult to dust
2. Included rear fan failed after a few months
3. Kind of flimsy with sides off
Overall Review: I gave this case 5 eggs, even though there are some cons, I don't know what anyone is expecting for the low price.
Order an extra fan and replace the Logisys fan that comes with it.