Date Joined: 07/23/02
Pros: Get fast transfer speeds
Small and portable
Cons: 5400 rpm drive
Overall Review: I needed an external backup drive for my system and needed 5TB. This was on sale so I decided to pull the purchase. There was an issue where the shipment was lost in the mail but newegg sent a new replacement without issue.
I like how this is small and you don't need an external power connector, it's powered by USB. The transfer speeds are great too despite it being a 5400 rpm drive. I routinely get Read speeds over 100 MB/s and it goes as high as 140 MB/s. The write speeds are in that range as well. It's also very quiet and I can't even tell it's on a lot of the times.
I would recommend buying this whenever it goes on sale.
Pros: Good Price
Looks Pretty Good
Decent Build Quality
Easy To Build In
Cons: It's ATX but a bit cramped inside
Doesn't come with any case fans
Doesn't come with that many spare screws
Overall Review: I had some spare computer parts, and I wanted to build my father a new rig, so I just needed an affordable case to build in.
It's easy to build in, although it's a bit cramped in the back if you want to route the wiring and do cable management. It has RGB. It doesn't connect to your motherboard via an RGB or ARGB header. Instead, it's just powered by a Molex connector (make sure your power supply has one), and you cycle through the single colors along with a Rainbow color via the RGB button on the case itself.
It doesn't have any case fans, but luckily I had some spare ones. I put two 120mm fans in the front and one 120mm fan in the back for a push-pull configuration. Since two 120mm fans fit in the front, it has space for a 240mm AIO radiator. The build quality isn't the best, but it's not bad either. At this price point, I think it's a great value for a first-time builder.
Pros: Good Price
Has RGB and ARGB headers
Cons: Lack of OC features
Lack of System Fan headers
Overall Review: I was looking for some cheap ram and motherboard to give to my father as I had my old CPU (Ryzen 1700) ready after upgrading to Zen3. This is cheap, compatible with Ryzen 1000 series, looks to have decent VRM (not garbage), and has Wi-Fi so I decided to purchase it.
Put the Ryzen 1700 in and set the XMP Profile to 3200, and it posted fine without issue. The case and fans I had are a mixture of 12V and 5V RGB, so I'm glad this board has both headers. The downsides are that it only has 2 system fan headers (so you will need a splitter if you have more than 2 case fans). Also, I wanted to OC the 1700 using PState (so CPU can lower clock speeds at Idle), but this has no option for Pstate or some of the other advanced overclocking features. You can just set the CPU ratio (multiplier) and adjust voltages; that's basically it. Other than that, the Wi-Fi works well, and the motherboard is a great budget value.
Looks Pretty Good
Cons: No RGB
Overall Review: I was looking for some cheap ram and motherboard to give to my father as I had my old CPU (Ryzen 1700) ready after upgrading to Zen3. This was on sale, so I decided to purchase it.
In my old rig, my Ryzen 1700 and the SK Hynix G.Skill ram would never post past 3200 no matter how loose I put the timings or increase the voltage (1.45). However, in my father's build, the Ryzen 1700 posted without any issue after running the XMP Profile (3200, 16,16,16,18 1.35v). I found out that this Geil Orion is Samsung B-Die, which is much better for Ryzen first-gen. I did various memory tests, and it all passed without issue. I could try to tighten the timings, but why bother as it's for my father, who is just browsing the web, doing Microsoft Office work, and watching YouTube videos from time to time. I would recommend this ram.
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: I purchased this on Newegg back in 2016 to upgrade my father's 5400rpm hard drive Q6600 8GB DDR2 desktop. The 5400rpm hard drive was a major bottleneck but everything became zippy and fast after switching over to this SSD. I put it through benchmarks and everything was fine. He used to complain about his "slow" computer but after switching over to this SSD, he said his computer is "fast". Two years later, it is still working well. I don't know if I'm lucky but I haven't had any issues like the other people on here have stated in their reviews.
Pros: Great Price, Solid Motherboard, Whole bunch of SATA ports, Upgradeable with Quad Core.
Overall Review: This motherboard is pretty awesome. I haven't upgraded in years (my last rig being a P4 2.4C Northwood oc to 3.4 ghz) but that system & motherboard served me well for over 4 years so I was doing research to find something that could serve me well again. I have a E4300 in here overclocked to 3.4 ghz, 2 x 1 GB of G.Skill PC6400 Ram, ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Heatsink/Fan, MSI 8600GT OC (overclocked to 650 core and 850 mhz memory), 2 x SATA Raid-0 Seagate 320GB 7200.10 harddrives, 1 x IDE Maxtor 200GB harddrive, Xclio GoodPower 500W Power Supply in the CoolerMaster Centurion 5 Case. The overclocking features are great and gives you a lot of control. This board is very solid and with all the features you're getting, it's at a very cheap price. Another good thing is that it's upgradeable as well as I'm also pondering about the Q6600 G0 Stepping when prices go down & also buy a 8800GTS in the future. I wouldn't be surprised if this board becomes even more popular than the GA-965P-DS3.
Update: 10 Years later, I upgraded the system to a Q6600 overclocked, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR2 Ram, and a 240GB SSD and gave the rig to my parents. The motherboard is still running strong.
Pros: Good price
Better than average build quality
Easy to work with
Cons: You need excellent cable management skills to close the back
Overall Review: This is a very good bang for the buck case. All my components look beautiful behind the tempered glass and I like the RGB and free LED strip that comes with the case.
It was easy to work with and the materials aren't cheap, they're better than average. However, you need excellent cable management skills if you want the back side to close. I have a lot of cables with 2 SSD's, 2 Hard drives, AIO, RGB cables all in the back. If you're like me and a bit lazy on working on the side where no one looks (the cables) then you will realize that the back won't close. I had to spend the extra 15 minutes or so for cable management with the velcro straps in the back. After I did that, the back closes easily now.
Pros: Cools very well
Overall Review: I wanted an AIO that works with Ryzen straight out of the box and this was one of the few that offered that. It is really big at 280mm and I had barely enough clearance in my case to mount it. Anyways, install was pretty easy besides that and it cools my overclocked Ryzen 1700 @ 4ghz to 30c idle and low 60's in high load. At idle, the fans are really silent but at high load it is very loud.
It looks nice. Oh yeah, you also have to account for the usb connection to the header when building your case. I would recommend this cooler but let's see how it holds up long term, my last AIO lasted me 7 years with no issues.
Pros: Looks nice
Cons: For Ryzen, it won't reach the rated speeds.
Overall Review: I went for a black and white Ryzen build and this ram is perfect for that color scheme. Ram prices are pretty ridiculous right now so I wanted to get this knowing that I'm most likely getting Hynix instead of Samsung B-dies. It also doesn't help that 16GB modules don't run as well as the 8GB modules for Ryzen. Long story short, this runs fine at the rated timings in my Intel rig but in Ryzen, it won't go past 2666 no matter what I try. A bios update in the future might help but if you want something guaranteed to run past 2666 in Ryzen look for something else.
Pros: Good Price
Lots of inputs (3 Displayports, 1 HDMI, 1 DVI)
Low Power Draw
Cons: Card is big, so might not fit in some cases (barely fit in mine and I had to make adjustments to cables to make it work). Look at the card dimensions and measure your case beforehand if you're not sure.
Overall Review: The rig I built back in 2010 is still serving me well (i7 2600K at 4.4ghz, 32GB DDR3 Ram -upgraded from 8GB, Samsung 840EVO SSD - upgraded two years ago). There's no bottlenecks except for my video card, the 460 GTX SE was getting a bit long in the tooth. I recently purchased Starcraft 2 Legacy of the Void and I wanted to play the game on all Ultra settings at 2560x1440 resolution. Unfortunately, the frame rates would drop and there would be lag/stutter. I also do a little bit of video editing and the Cuda Cores were low on the 460 GTX SE... causing longer rendering times. The 460 GTX SE was also super power hungry, almost double the rated TDP value of this card.
I was close to purchasing the 970 GTX but I don't really game much so I wanted to purchase the 960 first and see if it'll work out (while saving some money). If it didn't I would sell this card and purchase the 970. Thankfully, it worked out! Starcraft 2 now runs silky smooth on all Ultra Settings at 2560x1440 and the rendering times on my video projects in Sony Vegas / Adobe Premiere Pro have nearly been cut in half with GPU acceleration. It uses much less power than the previous card and I also love that my monitor can now use displayport (previous card only had DVI ports). When you're not gaming, the fans are running so low that you can't even hear it (super silent).
All in all, it gets the job done. If you want to save $100 - $150 from the 970, try out the 960 first and see how it works out - it worked out well for me.
Pros: Great Value
Vibrant Colors, an IPS Panel
Display Port, HDMI, DVI cables included
Cons: The Stand is flimsy
Speakers are basically useless
Overall Review: If you're looking for a best bang for buck IPS panel here it is. My main monitor was a 27" TN 1920x1080 panel that served me well for 7 years before dying. Since I dabble in video and photo editing every now and then I wanted to find an IPS panel with nice resolution. This monitor provides that.
The colors are vibrant, much better than my secondary TN panel (24" 1920x1080) and much better than the monitor it's replacing. Comparing side by side my secondary 24" TN panel, it's just superior in every way (in terms of picture quality). Unfortunately, the panel stand is very flimsy and cheap. Whenever I turn the monitor on or off, the monitor shakes like crazy (feels like I'm gonna break something). Also, when I'm typing on my keyboard and the desk shakes a little, the monitor will shake as well.
I barely play games but I fired up Starcraft 2 Legacy of the Void and Counter-strike GO. The picture looks much better than my previous monitor and I didn't notice any ghosting. So if you're into gaming, this monitor shouldn't be a problem.
All in all, great monitor for the price. I doubt you'll find an IPS panel with a 1440p resolution that can beat this monitor at this price point.
Pros: Fast, easy to install, great software
Cons: High Price
Overall Review: Had a Raid-0 setup with two 10K rpm hard drives. Felt some lag when opening Photoshop and doing other tasks so I decided to get an SSD. After some research, the Samsung 840 Evo series seemed to be the best bang for the buck. I cloned the data over from my Raid-0 drives to the SSD (had to change msahci registry setting before cloning) and installed the drive, booted in extremely fast. All the apps load so fast compared to the raid-0.
Now that I've used SSD, I can't go back to HDD's.
Pros: Good price, does its job
Overall Review: My mid 2009 Macbook Pro was showing its age with a 5400rpm Harddrive and 2GB of ram, so I decided to upgrade it with an SSD and 8GB ram.
Easy installation, although the biggest difference was obviously made by the SSD, the ram also helped tremendously as well. Can load more applications and don't feel the memory lag like I used to. Too bad Apple limits you to only 8GB, otherwise I would've gotten 16GB.
Pros: Fast, good price
Cons: Not the fastest SSD out there
Overall Review: I have a mid 2009 Macbook Pro and after upgrading to Mavericks from Snow Leopard, the OS was almost unusable. Applications would load so slowly and I decided I had to upgrade from the slow 5400rpm hard drive.
Cloned the drive over using a USB2 to SSD cable (had to buy it separately), easy installation and booted right up. Wow, what a huge difference it made. Apps load instantly and the macbook pro has new life.
After enabling TRIM, I ran a speedtest and got around 170 MBs write and 270 MBs, these speeds are somewhat limited by the 1.5Gbps on the Macbook Pro. Anyways, it's really worth the upgrade, SSD made all the difference.
Pros: Cheap and does its job
Overall Review: The monitor at my parent's house broke (backlight out), so I decided to purchase them a monitor. They just use the computer to browse the web and check email's, so they didn't need a fancy one.
This Acer does the job at a cheap price, no dead pixels and easy setup.
Pros: Cheap & easy to use, Fast
Cons: If using Asus firmware, a lot of dropped connections
Overall Review: I purchased this router as my old D-Link that served me for 7 years was dying. Very straight forward and easy setup, however after a few weeks of usage I was really bothered by the constant dropped wireless connections and needing to reboot the router. Decided to put DD-WRT on there and after that it's been working great with no dropped connections. Speed tests have been faster after putting DD-WRT and I haven't had to reboot the router in 2 months.
So basically, it's a great router as long as you put DD-WRT on it.
Pros: Great Price
Good Picture Quality with Vivid Colors
2 HDMI ports
Cons: Somewhat Flimsy Stand
Overall Review: This monitor is great for the price you pay. I was a bit hesitant because the brand name is Hanns-G (never heard of them), but I'm happy with the purchase.
It's a TN panel so the colors don't match my previous IPS panel but it's still comparable. This thing is huge and I had to re-arrange my work area... get used to sitting a bit further back. 1900x1200 is a good resolution but you need a pretty beefy computer to play games at this resolution with somewhat high settings. I also hooked up my PS3 to one of the HDMI slots and loaded up G od of War 3, very pleased with the picture quality. For this price and size, I don't see any monitor beating this combination.
Pros: Cools Great at Cheap Price
Cons: So Hard to Install
Overall Review: This thing is hard to install, but there's a way to make it easy. For the life of me, I couldn't get this thing to mount. I probably spent a good hour and my thumbs were sore and I almost broke my motherboard. So I took out the fan and plastic thing holding it and guess what? It went in like a breeze! They should include that in the instructions. After it was mounted, I just put the plastic and fan back on and voila. Temperatures dropped about 10C idle and load compared to the stock cooler, so it's doing its job. Also I rubbed off the stuff that was on the copper and used my arctic silver 5 instead.
Pros: Quad Core at Cheap Price, Great Overclocker
Overall Review: I upgraded from an E4300 @ 3.4 ghz to this Q6600 (G0 Stepping), I overclocked this to 3.2 ghz because my system wasn't stable at 3.4 ghz. For most games, I actually got lower fps than the overclocked E4300 but that's not the reason why I got this. I do a lot of video encoding and this baby just blows the E4300 away in that department.
I also use my system as a semi-HTPC. When watching videos with FFDShow filters (Avisynth, resizing) it's much smoother as well. Where as the E4300 would have some stuttering on h.264/x264 heavy action, the Q6600 runs through it smoothly (thanks to the extra 2 cores). So I couldn't be happier with the purchase (maybe if it overclocked higher since I do have pretty good cooling).
Pros: Decent Price, Works
Cons: A little Noisy
Overall Review: My system consists of a Q6600 @ 3.2 ghz, 4 GB Ram, 8800GT 512 video card (700 core / 1000 memory), 4 Sata Harddrives, 2 IDE DVD-rw drives, a wireless card, and an external usb harddrive. My old 500watt power supply couldn't handle this (constant reboots) so I purchased this. I have to say that I've owned this for one week now and it's been working great. Where as my old power supply would reboot every 20-30 minutes, I would leave this on overnight doing memtest and it doesn't break a sweat. I'm a bit weary because people here seem to have bad experiences with this but johnnyguru (psu expert) reviewed this and thought it was pretty good so that eases my worries a bit.
Pros: Cheap Price, Pretty Good Cooling
Cons: A bit hard to install
Overall Review: I installed a Q6600 overclocked to 3.2 ghz and on the stock intel heatsink/fan I was getting an idle temperature of 59C which is way too high. I went to the store and picked this up the same day. It was a bit of a pain to install (I did the X method, put in one corner and diagonally across.) It took about 10 minutes and even now I don't know if it's completely in. The intel stock took about 30 seconds. Anyways, my temperatures are 39C idle now, so what a huge improvement. The only thing I worry about is if the heatsink will fall off because of the untight fit. Besides that it does its job for pretty cheap.
Pros: Detects as Airport on OSX86 OOB (Out of Box - no kext editing), Detects on Vista with no driver install needed, Great Price
Cons: Included Antenna is a bit weak, but once replaced it's great.
Overall Review: This is great for OSX86 if you're looking into that as it detects as Airport right after you install Leopard, no messing with kext (it just works). It's the same way with Vista, after Vista installation no driver install needed, it just works. On Windows XP you have to install drivers but that's understandable. Yes, the antenna isn't the greatest - picks up about 80% - 85% signal where my old card picked up 99% - 100% at the same location. But once the antenna is replaced it works great.
Pros: Worked for a year, Decent Price
Cons: Broke Down after a year
Overall Review: This worked great in my rig for one year. However, today I upgraded my cpu from an E4300 to a Q6600 and the computer won't Post. If I unplug the 12v rail it will post but shut off after a few seconds. I have a 550 watt power supply in my other rig took it out and plugged it in, everything works fine. I plugged this power supply in the other rig and it doesn't Post - so it must be the power supply. It was great while it lasted unfortunately it didn't last too long.
Pros: Awesome Price, good performer for the money.
Overall Review: Last year I built a rig e4300 cpu on p35-ds3r motherboard. At the time there wasn't many reviews for this particular ram, but I bought it anyways because of the cost. My cpu is at 8x multiplier and I ran this ram at 420 (3.36 ghz) 5-5-5-15 at stock voltage for over a year now. Not one BSOD or restart. I recently bought this again (for 4GB total) at less than half the cost of last year and now I have four 1GB sticks running at 420. It's running like a champ, great ram that I highly recommend!
Pros: Great Card, Outstanding Performance for the Price. Overclocked easily to 700 / 1000.
Cons: A bit large but all 8800GT's are large. I guess the default fan speed at 29 which is very quiet but I like it a bit faster.
Overall Review: Superb Video Card. I have a E4300 @ 3.36 ghz (8 x 420) with 4GB of Geil PC6400 DDR2 Ram on p35-ds3r motherboard. My previous videocard was an 8600GT, here are the scores of 3DMark comparing my old 8600GT to this new 8800GT. In 03, 16700 (8600GT) vs 41000 (8800GT). In 05, 10800 (8600GT) vs 21000 (8800GT). In 06, 5250 (8600GT) vs 13100 (8800GT). Almost every score doubled and frame rates in games as well. I can play on high settings with anti-aliasing. It's a great video card.