Date Joined: 03/17/09
Pros: Heatsink to help dissipate heat
Overall Review: Worked great for RAM upgrades in a couple HP Probook 6475b
I've used these for RAM upgrades in several other notebook PC systems, never had any problems with them
Pros: Actually fit under the heatsink (Arctic Freezer 7 pro v2)
Programmed with the AMD AMP Profile!
Cons: Should advertise the AMP Profile
Overall Review: I've built A LOT of systems and though RAM is pretty easy to setup these days by just setting the right voltage and timings in the bios, the XMP Profiles make things even easier. I was pleasantly surprised to find this RAM was also programmed with the AMD AMP Profile! I normally go with other brands of RAM but I'm going to start looking at Patriot more for future builds if they program AMP profiles on their products.
PassMark 8 Memory Mark Score: 1444
Database Operations 51.7
Read Cached 15376
Read Uncached 7296
Available RAM 7097
Pros: Forgot some Pros in the first review
3 Year Warranty from Acer (Make sure you register it, some companies only give you the full warranty period if you register it within 30 days)
Comes with a HDMI cable with ferrite cores! (more expensive cable) Ferrite cores are supposed to help remove interference. Pretty much not needed for a short cable but nice of them to go the extra mile :)
Overall Review: :)
Pros: Awesome suction
Still works just as good after 18 months
Pretty easy to clean and replace filters
Actually gets up cat hair!!!!!
7 Year Warranty (Make Sure You Register It on their website!)
Cons: My cat still doesn't like/trust it
Again, the only con I can think of is that it works so good that it fills up the kind of small dirt compartment pretty fast. Not really a big deal.
I noticed in some reviews people complained that it only has an 11in. base, works fine for me, it fits perfectly under and in between some small places like the feet of my stools which are 12in. apart.
Overall Review: Update review here.
Had it for over a year and a half now and it's still awesome. I clean the filters once or twice around every 4 - 6 months, then I replace them with new ones from Filter Kit part# XF22.
It still totally gets my cats, and wife's, hair. I recently shampooed my carpets and that was what proved to me that it still gets up my cat's hair. With my old vacuum there would be massive clumps of cat hair every few feet while shampooing, With this vacuum there hardly any cat hair noticed while shampooing the carpets.
Like that its also black on the inside which is important for a windowed case IMO, specially if you put lights inside
Plenty of room for long GPUs
Love the dual docking station
USB 3.0 port
Bottom mounted PSU
Cons: EXTREMELY HARD to get a dual slot GPU inserted! It's kinda hard to describe so here's my attempt, the tool-less locking mechanism for the PCI slots rest on plastic walls that slant inwards, so at first glance I thought TT knew what they were doing, right? They must have tested this with GPUs and figured out how to angle it so the GPUs would slide right in. I WAS WRONG! IT IS A NIGHTMARE to get a dual slot GPU in. It may be easier with a single slot card, I don't know. Finally, I took some small visegrips and just broke off the plastic slanted areas that were causing the issue. They broke off easily and did not affect the locking clamps at all
Wish it had a dedicated SSD slot, or 2
Not a seamless design. You can see the internal lights through various gaps where the front panel meets the case.
There is no mention of cable management but at this price point, and it being the V9, I feel like it should have some cable management features. I did achieve some cable management though
Overall Review: Breaking off the pieces blocking the GPU made it Much easier to install the graphics card. You should note how many SATA ports your mobo has before buying this case. If you use both docking stations and the GoFlex drive, thats 3 SATA ports already. I work on PCs so I really wanted the docking feature. I'm using all 5 of the SATA ports on my mobo so if I add another drive I'm going to have to disconnect one of the docks or add a SATA controller card. If you read the specs you'll notice it has 3 external 5.25" drive bays, but I think you can fit a fan controller in the top (4th) bay. I bought the TT 3.5" HDD converter for SSD/2.5" since my SSD didn't come with one. Overall I do like the case but I do not recommend it for anyone that intends to install a dual slot card. My optical drives were easy to install and the tool-less locking mechanisms worked fine for me. Install PCI cards After you put the case on it's feet, otherwise the red clamps will slide down and block the card.
Pros: Cools our computer room in the summer
Helps cool the entire 1100 sq. ft. apartment when we have guests over on hot days
Helps warms the apartment through the coldest parts of winter
Dehumidifier works great
I tested the fan just to see if that mode worked but I never use it on fan mode
The wheels seem very sturdy and make it pretty easy to move it, even on carpet.
It blows very cold air
Can be modded to look like a Class M-3 Model B9, Robby, or a Dalek
Cons: The louvers open automatically when the unit is turned on but mine gets stuck about half way open. The top louver catches on something inside the unit on the right side so I have to help it open every time. It closes all the way with no problem. It does not evenly distribute air through its opening, about 75% of the air it pushes out comes from the right side. The vent exhaust hose gets Very Hot and should be insulated. The Window attachment for the hoses should be more sturdy and should also be insulated. The intake/exhaust hoses should come with some kind of screen to help filter bugs. IMO the louvers should aim the air up more. I don't like/use the oscillate mode. Even with all these cons I've listed I still like the overall effectiveness of this unit, so I took off one egg.
Overall Review: The central AC in my 2nd floor apartment, which has HUGE windows and a black roof, just isn't enough for hot days. We have gaming sessions at least once a week with up to 8 people, and the computer room has 2 gaming systems which produce a lot of heat while gaming, so we put this AC in the computer room. This unit totally cools the gaming room and helps keeps the entire apartment cool when we have guests over. Our complex does not allow window units and the windows slide open from right to left anyway so this kind of unit was our best option. The computer room has a balcony with sliding doors that stand just under 7 ft. tall and the window attachment still fits with a few inches to spare. Had this for over a year now and it has never leaked. I had to put weather striping on the sides of the window attachment to get rid of gaps. I bought the foam strip but still had to use duct tape to get a complete seal. I recommend a more flexible weather strip like rubber with the D Profile.
Pros: Supports my AM3 CPU, easy to upgrade to AM3+ CPU
USB 3 & SATA III support
Supports AMD OverDrive
SLI & CrossFireX support
Unlocked my old Athlon II X3 435 Rana to a Quad-core
Comes with decent software, specially AFastLAN which is really cFosSpeed's traffic shaping software
Solid State Caps all around (those of us who have heard that ladybug firecracker like pop inside your case when an electrolytic capacitor cap fails on you, know how important this is)
XFastLan software - Recently I had some lag while having 2 systems gaming on the same internet connection, the system on wireless was hogging most of the bandwidth, so I gave ASRocks' XFastLAN software a try, which is really cFosSpeed's traffic shaping software rebranded to ASRock. It allows you to set max down/upload speed, optimize ping, and set program priorities. I installed cFosSpeed's trial version on the other system. It has totally solved the lag! It only uses between 1-2% of CPU & 8,816k memory (task mana
Cons: This will not be a true con for many people, but the only con I can think of is it only has 5 SATA ports. I'm currently using all 5 with one HDD, 2 DVD burners, and 2 for the HDD docking station on the top of my case.
Overall Review: I've considered trying out ASRock for about 6 or 7 years. I had read many reviews that praised their mobos, stating how stable they were and boosting about overclock ability. I did some research into the company and learned how they were created by ASUS to compete in the OEM market. ASRock was under PEGATRON, a subsidiary of ASUStek, and PEGATRON was later merged with Pegatron International Investment Co., Ltd. and is now it's own independent company. I build & repair PCs and eventually ended up building a few systems with various ASRock mobos and that's what convinced me to try ASRock in my own gaming system. I'm very pleased with this ASRock mobo after over 6 months of use. I use my system to game, and to fold GPU & SMP work units for the Folding @ Home project. The UEFI is a nice improvement over the old Bios screen. I still haven't tried the XFastUSB or XFastRAM software. XFastLAN did save me from having to get a new router that allowed me to set max down/upload speeds.
Pros: It's lasted me over 3 years!
And I'm talking heavy usage. System usually left on 24/7. When not gaming system was folding work units for F@H project. SMP work units on a quad core @2.9GHz and GPU units first on a GTX 260 Core 216, then on a GTX 560 Ti FPB
Never had a PSU Issue!
Love the modular cables!
Sturdy Modular Cables
Cons: At time of this review there are much better PSUs available in it's price range.
Overall Review: This PSU is now in storage as an emergency backup. I've upgraded to a PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W. This ModXStream would run very hot under load compared to the new PC Power & Cooling PSU which only gets a bit warm (but is so well built)
I went through several upgrades, and times where I would have to disconnect/re-connect power cables, including 2 PCI-X power cables, never ran into an issue with the modular cables. They have remained sturdy. Overall, for what i paid after rebate, I would say I've gotten more than my moneys worth. I actually expected it to fail. From the day I first installed this PSU it was almost never turned off. Only to make a upgrade/component change, or to clean out my system. It has served me well.
Pros: 100% Japanese 105°C capacitors
7 Year Warranty
continuous power output at 50°C ambient
Great Customer Service from PC P&C!
While most other companies were trying to sell you on gimmicks, PC P&C was a small company keeping things honest on their site. Educating people on things like why one powerful 12V rail was better, why they wouldn't make modular units, and what good PSUs were made of. Now they're owned by OCZ, and they now make a modular unit too(after OCZ bought em,) but what matters is that the PC P&C product is still extremely well built.
PC P&C still has their own dedicated customer service line, and they took good care of me.
Cons: The "Warranty Void If Removed" sticker was mutilated and mostly missing. I started to RMA this PSU to Newegg but called PC P&C customer service and they took care of things. They had me email them the serial # & pics of how it looked when I got it, and said they would still honer the warranty if anything ever happened! Awesome! PC P&C Rocks! (that means you too OCZ people)
Overall Review: I really didn't need a new PSU but I've always wanted a PC P&C PSU. After rebate and a Newegg gift card I had this was too good a deal to pass up. So I upgraded my now over 3 year old, but still works great, OCZ600MXSP (now a backup PSU) with this one. Put this in a TT V9 BlacX Flex Edition case and managed some cable management. I knew it wasn't modular and that's fine by me. The OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular would get pretty hot while gaming or folding work units for the F@H project, both CPU SMP & GPU3 WUs. This new PSU only gets lukewarm to warm under the same loads. I now have plenty of power to add a second GPU (one day) for more folding points.
Current Setup Specs:
TT V9 BlacX Flex Edition case
ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ mobo
AMD Athlon II X3 Rana @2.9GHz unlocked to X4
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2
EVGA GTX 560 Ti FPB 01G-P3-1561-AR
OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III SSD
G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) 1600MHz
Pros: -800 Stream Processors
-40nm Runs Cool (Nice big fan too)
-Nice frame rates in games
-Full sized HDMI port, no need for adapter
-3 Year Warranty
-Dual slot card BUT only sits in one slot, the fan & housing sticks out making this a dual slot card, but the bracket that is used to seat it only sits in one slot.
So even if you have an older/non gaming case that wasn't meant to fit a dual slot card, this GPU may work for you. I remember the first Dual slot card I used in my old case, I had to "Mod" the case (use visegrips to break off a piece of the slot) to get it to fit, and it's still a pain every time I have to take the card out or put it back because the card sits in two slots. A card like this Gigabyte 6770 that sits in one slot would've worked just fine with no "mod" needed.
Cons: -No Crossfire support (doesn't bother me though) The box does NOT mention CrossFire support Anywhere on it. But the picture for this model in the manual Does point to where the CrossFire connection Would be, which I thought was funny. I did see in the pics here on Newegg that there was no XFire connection on this card. and the friend I was building this for didn't care about CrossFire support anyway. Newegg just needs to adjust it's title for this card
-Heat is expelled in your case, some may not like this. Using a well vented case solves this.
Overall Review: Just used this card to build a friends gaming system (on the cheap) Even though this card is clocked a bit lower than the average 6770, I have played games on it for the past few days and it is great. I have a HIS HD 4870 IceQ 4+ 1GB GDDR5 in my system and this card is just as good AND runs Much cooler. At 15% fan speed it runs about 31c. During 90-100% GPU usage I never saw it get hotter than 53c and the fan speed went up to 25%. Am using MSi Afterburner software to monitor temps & fan speeds and have set a custom profile for auto fan adjustments based on rising temps to keep it even cooler. I am very pleased with the card and so far my friend loves it.
AMD Athlon II X3 455 (forth core unlocked and running stable)
MSI 760GM-P21 (FX) mobo
Raidmax Quantum ATX-798WB Mid Tower Case Item #: N82E16811156241
Corsair CX500 PSU Item #N82E16817139027
Hitachi SATA II (3.0Gb/s) 500GB HDD Item #N82E16822145299
Team Elite 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Item #N82316820313097
LG DVD Burner 24X
Pros: ASRock is owned by PAGATRON!
Cons: Possibly related to Megatron, maybe a cousin, uncle, half-brother from anotha motha, I dunno. Or Megatron got a leg blasted off now he's Pegatron?
Overall Review: forgive me, i couldn't stop myself. But seriously, they really are... PEGATRON!!! Could it just be a business savvy robot?
Pros: They're Quiet, Move a decent amount of air, Come in a convenient easy to open box, Little baggy with screws included, the cable matches the fan casing making these a good choice for windowed cases, overall great deal on a 4 pack.
Cons: They wont happily jump in the case and install themselves...
only con I can think of is that there were no molex adapters, would have been a nice addition, and not those ugly black,red, and yellow colored adapters. But I'm not gonna take an egg off for that, I knew these were 3 pin fans and was prepared for that.
Overall Review: Used these as replacements in a friends Antec 900 case. After a couple of years the fans were getting noisy, one was clicking. I was skeptical at first, thinking these fans might not look right in the case. They look just fine. Used a 3 pin Y-cable then a 3 to 4 pin adapter to plug the two front fans into the PSU, and plugged the rear fan into the motherboard.
Pros: 64MB Cache
Great Deal(@$40w/free ship,)
It's Quiet, Fast boot times.
Spindle speed of 5400-7200RPM (Intellipower)
Supports AHCI mode
Cons: They list a feature as the rotational speed(RPM,) There should be a Number here! This almost stopped me from buying this really great drive. It was almost Mission Impossible to find out what the actual spindle RPM was. I ended up calling WD, even their own rep., really nice guy who wanted to give me a number, was stumped for a while. Finally after he did some searching, he found out that it's capable of 5400-7200, which was good news to my ears.
Overall Review: I cloned a 100GB HDD 16MB cache onto this one. Major improvement. Faster Everything. Very happy with this HDD. Win 7 score went from 4.2 - 5.9 If your booting windows off this HDD, before you install windows, make sure you have your motherboard Bios set to AHCI mode to benefit from all it's features. This can usually be found under Integrated Peripherals, On Chip ATA Devices (or similar.) If you already have windows installed and are in legacy compatibility, IDE mode, you have to activate the proper driver Before you can switch to AHCI. Microsoft has a Vista/Win 7 wizard to do this here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976
Pros: It's Corsair, It works, lifetime warranty, it was on sale, can now multitask on vista laptop that came with 2 GB
Cons: it.....will not make pies for me?
OK no cons!
Overall Review: Upgraded an HP laptop, for a friend, that has vista 32-bit on it and came with 2GB (2 x 1GB) vista was allocating some of the 2gigs to video so there wasn't much left over to work with. Laptop is now more responsive and can multitask.
Pros: Very good sound, smooth transition when raising or lowering volume,
Cons: Totally interferes with my wireless internet, USB adapter is too big, any time there's USB ports right on top of each other, this headset's USB dongle will cause you to lose access to the other port or risk bending/breaking something, a USB extension cord I have did solve this problem, after about 45 minutes this headset turns into a torture device (squeezing my head) making my ears hurt, USB charging cord is only 30 inches long, Very thin padding, swivel for mic is too loose and moves itself with almost every other head movement, full charge last about 4 1/2 hours, Way too many cons
Overall Review: Got it for my birthday, was really excited, charged it up, put it on and thought it was a kinda squeezing my head a bit but I went to a music site, it sounded good for about 15 seconds then lost sound. I thought maybe the site was having issues so I loaded a Steam game, began chatting with friends, sounded good, then lost internet connection, connection came back, I got in game & again it sounded good, then lost connection again, and again, and again. I tried different USB ports, our other computer, same problems. I unplugged everything rebooted my modem and got back in game. Everything was fine until about 45 minutes later when my right ear started hurting and my left ear was then feeling uncomfortable, then the internet connection dropped again. I did some internet speed test & noticed that with the headset turned on it was slowing my connection, sometimes by about 95%. Turning the headset off always returns it to normal. I will be exchanging this headset.
Pros: 8GB at a decent price
Worked great for file transfer/storage
Cons: It doesn't have GPS tracking, it got Flash Jacked!
It can't call or email me :(
Overall Review: I loved it, now I miss it
Pros: Adding to my review on 1/26/10:
On the box of my mobo it says it supports DDR3 1600MHz (OC,) MSI install DVD comes with MSI Overclocking Center, & AMD OD (OverDrive) software. AMD OD supports AMD RAIDXpert software. Bios allows for settings to be saved to profiles within the Bios itself and has a "M-Flash" feature that allows bios settings to be saved or loaded, and/or bios flash through Flash drive
Cons: not compatible with the K-Cup system?
Overall Review: Now using 2 Samsung 320GB SpinpointF3 in RAID 0. I don't think AMD RAIDXpert will work without having AMD OD installed. Having both installed allows amazing access to my RAID array via the web browser, and can be viewed remotely! Each page of settings has question marks that can be clicked on for info. RAIDXpert is 1st accessed by using the default username And password: admin
It allows you to setup access for multiple users with permissions. You can have the program send you email notifications of events, setup a "Media Portal" to run, on the fly or on a schedule, on one or all drives, that checks the media for what it calls suspect sectors, if one is found it tries to regenerate and re-write the data, reports to the Bad Sector Log, and sends you a email(if it's configured to do so) This was pretty easy to setup. Install AMD OD, then RAIDXpert, bookmark or shortcut to the RAIDXpert log-in screen and your set. RAIDXpert is available at AMD's site.
Pros: 216 nVIDIA cores, 448-bit memory interface, lifetime warranty from EVGA, possibility for OC, EVGA Precision very nice GPU tuning program w/ stats, fan control, profiles, etc.
Cons: Couple of things I think worthy of at least mentioning here: Originally I tried this card on a 939 mobo w/ PCI-X16 slots (not 2.0 compliant) and it would let me get all the way to full OS & programs installed, but once a game was loaded up....forget about it. So, I told EVGA about the issue, it was also a EVGA mobo, they RMA'd the card with the quickness. New card, same issue. I tested the card on a friend's AM2+ mobo w/ a PCI-E 2.0 slot and it worked like a champ. I had to wait many months before upgrading my system to use this card but it's worth it. If you have a PCI-X16 speed slot (not 2.0 compliant) this card May not work. Also this one goes out to the video card industry as a whole: Please do something for all of us with windows on our case. Can you maybe die the PCB in UV Reactive die, primary colors are a good start. I think that would be cheaper than redesigning the fan so that it's on the opposite side (so that it looks better in our cases :) now if you can do both... =)
Overall Review: This cards gets a 6.5 in gaming and graphics on Win 7 Ulmt.It completely dominates most games I play. In Aion I can play on all max settings, 8X AA, & all added game effects on, everywhere on every map, except when engaging in PVP with more than around 15+ players, then FPS begin to drop dramatically depending on where you're at. Overall Awesome card! The GPU of the replacement card came clocked @ 675 MHz! The place I got mine from delayed my order a month. I forwarded EVGA the email I had received and they made it so I could still register my card for the lifetime warranty (normally has to be done within 30 days) EVGA has proven to me time after time that they value their customers. I recently discovered Folding@Home & started folding for team EVGA. I'm still rocking a 6600GT 256MB AGP card in what's now a HTPC.
Pros: Native: Digital Visual Interface (DVI,) High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI.) AND VGA (older analog video signal) ports all onboard. 140 Watt CPU support. 128 MB DDR3 1333 MHz video memory onboard, FireWire, Gigabit LAN, eSATA port, optial SPDIF out, 4 slots of DDR3 support up to 1600 MHz, PCI-E 2.0 slot, solid state caps, Allows you to attemp unlocking additional CPU cores
Cons: it...wont.....make me coffee? No, no cons. Well it comes with one PS/2 port, so if you're still using that kind of mouse/keyboard be prepared ahead of time!
Overall Review: Make sure you have enough SATA cables (one included) I use Win 7 Ult 64-bit, Windows Classic theme @ 1680x1050 Resolution in 32-Bit color, and the most video memory i use is about 24MB, even while streaming a netflix movie with 6 tabs open. A movie site using Flash Player 10 was the most demanding coming in at 122MB, would still be under the 128MB sideport memory. My gaming systems end up as HTPCs so i like this board. Lots of options in Bios.
AMD Athlon II X3 435 2.9GHz 95W Retail (Unlocked 4th Core thanks to mobo)
EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 SSC
OCZ ModXStreamPro 600W
4GB (2x2GB) Patriot Viper DDR3 1600MHz CL7 @ 8-9-9-25-34 1T (Have not tried better timings yet)
WD Caviar Blue 320GB SATAII HDD
Pros: 2.9GHz stock, 3 cores, & 2000MHz HT for a AM3 CPU under $100 with great overclocking potential. I was able to unlock the 4th core and it's running stable. CPU-Z now reads this CPU as AMD Phenom II X4 B35 Processor, code name Denab, and yes that is the letter B in there(not a mistake) The HT Link speed was brought down to 1600MHz when I unlocked the 4th core but I was able to set it @ 2000MHz manually. What's even more interesting is that according to 3DMark Vantage this CPU has a L3 cache that's being disabled at boot. After a bit of research online I learned that with a Bios update I may be able to unlock the L3 cache as well. I was very happy with this CPU's performance as a Tri-Core. I will post again if I get the L3 cache unlocked.
Cons: it doesn't clean my cats kitty litter.........no, no cons here, oh wait I do have a con to list.
I didn't buy it from Newegg.
Overall Review: Specs:
AMD Athlon II X3 435 (unlocked 4th Core)(possible L3 cache)
MSI 785GM-E65 (AM3 mobo)
EVGA GTX 260 Core216 SSC 55nm
4GB (2x2GB) Patriot Viper DDR3 1600MHz CL7 @1T
WD Caviar Blue 320GB SATAII HDD
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W PSU
Win7 Ulmt 64-Biit
5-80mm LED Fans
1 Vantec Spectrum PCI Dual Fancard
I'm EXTREMELY happy with this setup as an upgrade from my old socket 939 3800+ X2 CPU with a 7600GT 256MB DDR3 GPU on a nForce 4 mobo that used SATA 150. My old system just couldn't play HD content without buffering, new system plays HD content with no problems. Playing Aion is now much more fun as the old system went down to about 10 FPS, or less at times :( at pretty low settings in 16-bit color. I can now play at high settings in 32 bit color, 8x AA, am getting a minimum 40 FPS and upwards of 140 FPS in some areas. CPU load during gameplay is now 30-35%, old system was 65-75% and would lag badly when McAfee installed updates while i was gaming.
Pros: Active PFC, Very sturdy modular connections, GPU power connections are colored red to help avoid possible confusion, All cables are sleeved, On/Off switch on PSU, warranty states you can return defective units for a tested, working PSU without having to wait for the diagnose & repair of the returned PSU, I like that :) Nice slotted heat-sinks.
Cons: The electrolytic capacitors used are rated at 85°C, the good ones are rated @ 105°C BUT @ this price point I did not expect the 105°C rated caps. Most companies have another company handle their rebate processing which appears to be what OCZ does. Whenever there's a rebate involved I feel like the company is saying, "Please buy our product AND loan us some money," with the hope that we will not complete, or incorrectly complete, the loan(rebate) process. Everyone who has read rebate rules knows that one mistake, because we are only human after all and we do make mistakes, can end the rebate process. I scan all my paperwork, before mailing it and keep a digital copy for myself. I challenge OCZ to be the first company to step-up and truly simplify this process. Most companies will just make blanket statements about how other companies use the same process and it's industry standard..........
Overall Review: PC Power & Cooling is my favorite PSU company & it's now owned by OCZ. I couldn't afford a powerful single 12V rail PC P&C PSU so I felt the this was the next best option. A power supply unit(PSU) is like a tiny power plant inside your computer case that has to provide & regulate 3 different voltages, depending on the component, on what are called "Rails," there is a 3.3V, 5V, & a 12V rail. This is no small task, if there is a power surge, the PSU is the last line of defense, if it fails it can kill components in your computer. I use an uninterruptable power supply(battery backup w/surge protection) One of the most important features of a PSU is the Amps each rail outputs This PSU outputs 25Amps on each rail & has dual 12V rails.
AMD Athlon II X3 435 (unlocked 4th Core)
MSI 785GM-E65 (AM3 mobo)
EVGA GTX 260 Core216 SSC 55nm
4GB (2x2GB) Patriot Viper DDR3 1600MHz CL7 @1T
WD Caviar Blue 320GB SATAII HDD
5-80mm LED Fans
1 Vantec Spectrum PCI Dual
Pros: Very long antenna, at least 6 feet or more, easy set-up, great product here, I've setup many wireless networks but this my my first experience with Edimax. They have a new dedicated customer. I will recommend their products from now on and I can't wait to check out one of their wireless routers
Cons: I used to get and recommend and buy Buffalo because of the Aoss feature, but it's really hard to find their lineup in America now. Edimax has the same easy set-up features.
Overall Review: Had a friend buy 2 of these because he was moving into a pretty big house in the middle of no-where. I thought being able to position the antenna would be a nice feature and it was, it worked great. I had noticed with my own wireless network that having the antenna stick out the back of a desktop is just too much of a pain when it needs adjusting and there is just too much noise (interference) back there. This allows you to find the best spot to place the antenna. Both desktops I setup in the house were getting 95-100% signal! The router is near the center of the house, one desktop is in a corner room, and the other desktop is upstairs in the opposite corner room. Very easy setup here, if you are a first-timer needing a wireless setup I suggest you buy this. You simply power off your system, install the card into a pci slot, screw in the antenna, turn on the system use the disk provided in the box and follow the steps provided on-screen.
Pros: i've used this in more than a few systems now and everyone has been happy with it.
Overall Review: it works fine, what more can i ask for.
Pros: Nice overall look, easy to work in, comes with decent PSU, sturdy
Overall Review: used this case for a customer's new system. it was easy to work in. at this price you can easily but the fans you like for it.
Pros: Out-Of-The-Box HDMI, DVI, VGA, DX 10 support, S/PDIF, e-SATA. Came with SLI Bridge.
Cons: If using a video card with a long profile the IDE may become unusable. XFX did not provide SATA RAID drivers, needed them for Vista 64-bit to find the HDDs setup in RAID 0. xfx support said they would send them to the email address used to register the mobo, or a link to them, but never did. Solution was going to other companies site for 750a SLI mobo and using ones they provided (version 10.3.0.21 nvidia_mcp72_sataraid_v64_floppy) setup was a breeze after that.
Overall Review: Great all around mobo. This is a great choice for a combination gaming/HTPC system. Used as a HTPC or for light gaming it would be great. Mid to Intensive graphics based games I suggest adding a video card. If you intend to take advantage of features of the mobo like Hyrid SLI & Hybrid Power make sure your choice of video cards supports these features. I used this mobo for a friends gaming PC with a 7750 BE CPU, GTX 285 SC GPU, 4 Gigs of 1066MHz DDR2 @ EPP 5-5-5-15 @ 2.1V, & 2 320GB SATA II HDDs in RAID 0. He absolutely loves & has been using it for a few months now with no problems. If using PC8500 1066MHz memory, there is a setting in bios that adds the proper amount of voltage up to 2.1 making it work flawlessly. I had this system hooked up to a 19" monitor & a 62" HDTV in a dual monitor setup, to test game and HD content performance, it performed perfectly.