Joined on 02/22/02
Awesome power supply
Pros: I see now why it won a gold award from HardOCP.com. Just for fun and giggles I made sure it turned on and then proceeded to break the warranty by opening it. The workmanship extremely good and I was reassured that they weren't reviewing a cherry-picked sample. Anyway, it's completely silent and works like a champ. There really isn't much else to say. I will be using this for all of the computers I build for non-techie friends because they don't need more than 500W and the silence and quality are nice bonuses. They even give you a little pouch you can put extra cables in.
Cons: Documentation is sparse, but it's self-explanatory so I'm not deducting any eggs.
Overall Review: If you want quality, silence, and modular, get this unit. It's awesome.
Pros: Wow, is this fast. If you're like me and don't store a lot of movies or a million mp3s on your computer, get this drive. It is the single greatest upgrade you can make at this time unless you're stuck with 512MB of RAM and has enough space to be a permanent drive. Programs open as soon as your lift your finger from clicking. The computer boots up in 15 seconds or less if you tune it correctly. Multitasking becomes pleasant. Lag goes away. If you don't have a SSD, get one. Now that I have this drive, I will never go back to mechanical hard drive, even at gunpoint. This drive in particular has a reputation for reliability and Crucial fixes things very quickly. For those that are put off by their 5200 hour bug, you should instead be reassured by how quickly they responded once they became aware. For reference, make sure you update to firmware version 0309 - it's very easy.
Cons: I have no doubt that giving computers such quick access to their data will eventually help them overthrow humans.
Overall Review: Why the heck are people rating the drive as 1 egg when they get a defective model? Do you not understand the concept? You rate it after you get the new one so that you can also include customer service as part of it. Take out most of the 1-egg reviews and you easily have a 5-egg product which is what this drive deserves.
Can't beat it for the price
Pros: This card occupies the sweet spot in the sub-$100 market. For resolutions around 1280x1024ish (approximately up to about 1.5ish million pixels), you can run games at pretty high settings. Not maximum, but this card is not intended for that. If your video card is three or more generations old, this card will be a good improvement for a small price.
Cons: Doesn't make me bacon and eggs.
Overall Review: I upgraded from an 8600GT and am so glad I did. The difference is night and day, and in most games I can put on medium to high detail with 2x or 4x anti-aliasing.
Good budget gaming card, not HTPC
Pros: For the price, you get an all-around capable card that's also competent for home theater use. Note that there are interlacing issues if you're looking for HTPC use - Anandtech goes into these in greater detail. However, if your don't have a huge monitor, this card is much, much faster than integrated graphics.
Cons: For the price range of the card, there are no negatives. Some previous generation cards are still competitive price-wise and may offer slightly improved performance, though. In my case, I needed the reduced power draw and low profile so it wasn't a concern.
Overall Review: Can't go wrong for the price, especially if you're upgrading from integrated graphics and/or need a low profile card. It helps that it puts out very little heat and that the fan isn't very noisy (to me).