Date Joined: 09/12/12
Pros: Looks cool and supposedly reduces temps by 3 degrees
Cons: $20 for something that should honestly be there with a $350 card. Seems like $15 of bogus profit for evga
Overall Review: Like an idiot bought the wrong model. I guess the 970 has two backplates available for varying models of the card. I assumed all 970's were the same size. My backplate is about a half inch short of reaching the appropriate screws.
Pros: Speaker sounds awesome. For this price it seems incredibly impossible to beat. Great build quality and overall high performing speaker. The lows are much better than expected and the mids and highs are pretty crisp. The speakers are also capable of bi-wiring. This is the ability to run two pairs of cable to each speaker to power the woofer and tweeter/horn separately.
Cons: Sometimes I do wish the highs were a bit more crisp as the lows seem to overpower them, but honestly I can not complain for the price I paid ($200 for the pair and fs). I simply fix this with my receiver settings and EQ on the computer and it sounds great. Also the high bass response I'm getting may be due to the position in my room. They are right in the two corners of my wall, which supposedly increases bass response.
Overall Review: I have them in a stereo setup with no subwoofer or surrounds. I was looking at getting a sub, but unless I'm trying to blast my roommates out of the house, I think these are actually just fine. The lows really rumble, almost to the point where I find myself constantly tweaking my EQ depending on the media I'm listening to. It's currently paired with an Onkyo receiver connected via Toslink audio cable.
Pros: -Was easy enough to install for a first time builder
-Looks pretty spiffy
-USB 3.0 and SATA 6 with plenty of ports to expand on
-I also have fallen in love with the BIOS. It's super simple to use and gives nice feedback on temps and fan/ clock speeds.
-Came with lots of software including the Asus Mobile thing that apparently can use your smartphone to access the pc. Have not tried that feature yet, but sounds exciting
Cons: None as of yet, everything booted up perfectly right off the bat. Even used memory not listed as compatible and its still flawless.
Overall Review: I spent a lot of time trying to decide which mobo to get. Finally landed on this one and am really happy. It was fairly cheap, yet still had all the features and build quality I want for my pc. Was terrified I would get a bad part, but so far so good. It's been stable for a month now. Will update if anything turns on me.
Pros: -Plays everything I own on max settings with few hiccups or lag (Mass Effect 2, Sins of a Solar Empire, Company of Heroes: TOV, Dead Space 2)
-Still have money to feed myself
-Worked out of the box
Cons: Nothing as long as it continues to work
Overall Review: I am really happy with the card as a whole. Worked on first boot, and once I got the drivers installed it cranked out the fps. I understand that higher end cards such as the 570/670 range puts out better graphics, but I really don't have that kind of money to drop on a video card. My games look well enough to still impress me and they play smooth. That's all I really care about.
Pros: -Really easy to work with. Took only an hour or two to get my entire rig installed in this case
-Took mere seconds to install my DVD-RW drive. It just slid right in and clicked into place
-HDD brackets have mounting holes for SSD that worked really well. No adapters required.
-The case is really well built and solid plus has all the options for air cooling and some slots for water tubes out the back.
-Fantastic cable management options as well
Cons: This is my first build ever so not sure if this is a mobo or case issue, but my ATX motherboard doesn't fully rest on one side of the riser pads, causing it to bend every time I had to apply force to install the 24 pin power cable or any sata cables. The board is installed flush against the i/o panel, but the right side is just short of the final set of support pads on the case leaving the right side of the board to bend quite badly when I try to plug cables in. No stars were taken off because it really isn't a big deal, just was an inconvenience for 5 minutes during installation.
Overall Review: Overall I'm extremely happy with my purchase. I like the pure functionality of the case as well as the nice quality. Corsair delivered just like I expected. There are cheaper cases out there that might seem flashier, but I'd rather have steel over plastic any day. All my components (besides slight mobo issue) fit and installed seamlessly. This case also has left me with plenty of room to grow my system in the future.