Date Joined: 08/05/09
Pros: Big and sturdy and very roomy. I built an LGA 2011 build fully water cooled in it. Fits a tri 120 radiator up top with 6 scythe gentle typhoons in it with no clearance issues anywhere. Massive 400mm frozen Q liquid fusion reservoir in it as well.
Cons: One of my vegas 180mm fans leds went out. Sad because I had high hopes for these. Im planning to mod the front to hold all 3 so I can install a big window on the side panel. Hoping I can get a new fan from enermax. Also sometimes one of the fans leds doesnt want to come on from time to time.
Overall Review: I researched for over a month on a giant case for this build. I hope enermax will follow up and offer a new fan or a rma for just the fan. It would be ridiculous to ask me to RMA the entire case now.
Pros: Excellent. I got the C2 stepping from another vendor (sorry newegg, im usually loyal to you) after waiting countless weeks for it to resurface anywhere. Fantastic upgrade from my old Phenom II 955. Im at 4.8 ghz with little effort on a custom water loop EK full copper block EK tri 120 mm Radiator with 6x gentle typhoon 1450 rpm fans. This cpu is ridiculously fast. No reason to waste the money on the 3960x as most users wont ever realize theyre lacking that extra 3mb of shared cache.
Cons: None. Price maybe but there are plenty of other platforms if price is an issue.
Overall Review: I decided I wanted a future proof build and didnt want to run out of cpu power for quite some time. Im mostly an average to advanced user. I game alot and do alot of file compression. Honestly my new build was complete overkill for my needs but then again im set for at least a year to two years which is exaclty what I wanted. To those who complain that its to expensive there is always LGA 1155. Ive been a long time AMD fan and user but after the dozers failure I had to try intel. Wont be going back anytime soon. AMD is great for the value and most gamers love them but for the "Other" guys who prefer to have power in all areas stick with intel.
Pros: As promised I will now write a follow up, All I can say is wow its fast. I feel like a DA bc I had my system in IDE mode instead of AHCI so anyone getting this drive please take note that it performs max speeds in AHCI. Sorry OCZ but thanks for the great tech support they determined my problem in less than 1 min. I now have 2 of these in raid 0 getting aroun 420 MBS read and 380 MBS write. Not double like I had hoped but no complaints here.
Cons: None at all.
Overall Review: OCZ has wonderful tech support and was able to resolve my issue with ease. Will buy again. On another note they also informed me that HDtune is NOT a ssd benchmark and can indeed provide unreliable results. They told me to use atto instead and it was much more accurate.
Pros: Wonderful power supply, 1000 watts is more than enough for my setup. Looks great in my antec 1200. plenty of connectors for sli-crossfire.
Cons: comes with an 8 pin cpu and a 4 pin cpu power connector that cant be removed. not really a con just a thought. would be nice if we could remove the one that we didnt need.
Overall Review: Great PSU at a good price
Pros: It looks good, and it comes with a nifty sticker and a mounting bracket
Cons: Max read speeds of 180 MBs and max write speeds of 75 MBs? The specs clearly state 285 read and 275 write with a sustained write of 250. My OCZ solid 2 series ssd will outrun this thing all day.
Overall Review: Maybe its only a bad drive, Im RMAing it back and i will write a follow up review if the new one performs as it should.
Pros: fast cpu at an unbeatable price, cheaper than the 965 which everyone says is no better for overclocking than the 955 ( building a friends system with a 965 so we will see). Easily overclocked, im currently running @ 3.7 ghz gonna try to go to 4 when i get some better ram
Overall Review: I have yet to max this processor out, running multiple apps and surfing the web while listening to music the highest I have seen is a 50 % load, if your a budget builder then AMD is the way to go.
Pros: Very nice motherboard with great onboard graphics and plenty of features. Dual Bios is nice and so are the solid capacitors. ddr2 1200+ support
Cons: None, everything worked fine straight out of the box
Overall Review: Wonderful board for overclocking, OCed my Phenom II x4 955 to 3.7 ghz with no problem at all, gonna go higher once my ram comes in.
Pros: Great all in one cooler, keeps my phenom II x4 955 OC to 3.7 ghz at 25-26c idle and 42-43c max (prime 95 for 2 hours) Antec 900 case with 3 extra 120mm fans
Cons: None at all
Overall Review: Very easy to install for anyone with common sense. The video on corsairs website is also very good for those who are first time builders.