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Althea R.

Althea R.

Joined on 07/05/06

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Most Favorable Review

Awesome Board!

Foxconn NF4SK8AA-8KRS 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
Foxconn NF4SK8AA-8KRS 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: The specs all rock, the board hasn't given any problems, it's excellent sound has thrived, it's including software comes with some rather nice progams, such as Norton Anti-Virus(not one of the better ones),and even sound editing programs, its SLI capable, comes with an excellent and easy to maneuver bios, and is an overall great board.

Cons: The only problem was the software that came with it, such as Norton was a pain in the... so anyway, the board itself has no problems from me, except for the placement of the capacitors around the cpu area but... thats because i gotta blue orb II fan. Otherwise, THIS BOARD ROX! ^^D

Overall Review: THIS BOARD ROX and I hoped this review helped you. Oh! also this board is very comparable to the Asus nowadays, only thing is the updating of the bios might take a while since its from 2005, unless of course they've changed the software. So I hope this helped your purchase decision! ^^)

Most Critical Review

It's acceptable, but not excellent, at all

3D Fuzion GeForce 7300LE 256MB(128MB on Board) DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card 3DFR7300LEE
3D Fuzion GeForce 7300LE 256MB(128MB on Board) DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card 3DFR7300LEE

Pros: It does it's job, can run an intensive game like World of Warcraft for about 5 hours. Also, it's was pretty cheap at my time of purchase so... ^^)

Cons: It tends to give out on me while im playing. It begs for memory, freezing up the screen, while I sit there waiting for it to continue. It's not comparible to higher, or even lower cards like 6800 or 7600, but you also have to consider that it is an LE, and if your looking at this, it probably wont matter. It also tends to turn hot, and its rather wimpy fan is quite loud. This card is a slave driver to the cpu, it works the poor thing till it cant push anymore, usually pushing the cpu between 90 to 100 percent usage. ^^(

Overall Review: You have to remember this is an LE, so therefore it's not as good as a GS, or GT, in just about all models. Also take into consideration the amount of memory on the card, and how much it borrows, which it will constantly ask for. Hope this helped your decision of purchase. ^^)

Best for Comfortable Building

Thermaltake Core V1 Extreme Mini ITX Cube Chassis, Compatible with Air and Liquid Cooling Builds (CA-1B8-00S1WN-00)
Thermaltake Core V1 Extreme Mini ITX Cube Chassis, Compatible with Air and Liquid Cooling Builds (CA-1B8-00S1WN-00)

Pros: - Easy to build in; quite roomy - No worries trying to fit everything -- ATX PSU, 10in.+ GPU, large CPU cooler - Massive 200mm fan (almost 8 inches!) for positive pressure - Lights on side of case, not front - PSU dust filter (only) - Top window for quick glances on the inside - Deathly quiet (i.e., silent) - Thumb screws for every panel (none of that "shell" business here) - Fits an unholy amount of HDDs/SSDs for an ITX case (2/2+) - Mounting rubbers and screws for all - Horizontal mounting and compartmentalized for easy swapping - Large vent holes

Cons: - Cable management still an issue for non-modular PSUs, but not as much as in other cases of categorically comparable size - USB front panel ports placed between (large) Power and Reset buttons makes for accidental shutdowns if not careful - Power and HDD lights fairly bright -- not really an issue, but could be for some - 80mm fan ports in the back seem rather useless; would've preferred one 120mm - Only one intake filter (not counting front grill). Could have used some on the sides, especially given large vent-hole sizes - HDD mounting bracket a bit awkward; had more space between bracket and HDD than intuition would suggest, but works out

Overall Review: I must say I am impressed. If I had to be perfectly honest, the case is larger than I think it needs to be. They could do with cutting down the total height of the case by 2-3 inches, but I understand this was the easiest way, given all else, to accommodate both a full-size PSU and GPU. Not to mention, this case was built by Thermaltake, a cooling company -- and it just so happens this case was built with the intention of harboring a full-size CPU tower. However, for my purposes, I'd rather a case be too large and accommodate its lofty goals than to fall short (no pun intended) and fail to do so. Would buy again. Built a Skylake i3 HTPC in it with future full-size GPU upgrade in mind. Believe it will get the job done (tested 10-inch graphics card will fit, no sweat; even has cut-out on the inside of the front panel for insurance). And, the best part is that I could build a full overclocking build in the case with 0 worries of cooling (even if it would likely just be air). Bottom line: buy it if you're looking for a pain-free, cool, quality build; but do expect there are other cases that'll be smaller/more suitable for whatever task you may have.

11/14/2016

Excellent

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Great drive. Absolutely no issues.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Take note, however, that hard drives are basically hit and miss. They either arrive DOA or fully working for the most part. Part of the reason is due to the bubble wrap it is packaged in and the recycled brown paper they use as packaging peanut- replacement in the boxes now. But the wrapping seems to have gotten better, so the drives tend to come working more than they used to.

Lovely Piece of Craftsmanship

Eagle Consus T-Series ET-CSTU2-BK 3.5" USB2.0 to IDE External Enclosure
Eagle Consus T-Series ET-CSTU2-BK 3.5" USB2.0 to IDE External Enclosure

Pros: It keeps the harddrive cool (tested with temperature gauge, runs at about 81 degrees, though varies from drive to drive, and workload), very portable, and very sturdy/durable. Has been dropped once (don't try this at home kids) and is still going.

Cons: Metal surfaces can easily scratch case, though it is not much of a con considering you should take care around these products in any case.

Overall Review: Take note: Hard disk drives are not meant to lay vertically! In many instances it might be required to do so, but the drive head itself moves horizontally and is working against gravity when spinning. Therefore, it shortens the life of the drive when it stands up. Don't blame short hard drive life on the case or on the drive, but on gravity. It is all gravity's fault. Not really, but just take care to ensure you do not shorten disk life by unnecessary terms of use such as this.

Never got the chance...

Western Digital Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: It came in bubble wrap?

Cons: I really hate it when this happens. Not so much the fact that it came defective, but the fact that I have to give the product such a bad review. Unfortunately, it arrived without being able to do ANYTHING. I thought it might have been my motherboard or cable. But, with several cables and motherboards (yes multiple computers), no go. Sorry to say, Defective On Arrival.

Overall Review: I really wish I could have tested it. In any case, just for people who might not know, OEM products from Newegg do NOT come with screws or cables. All they send is the hard disk drive (HDD) in bubble wrap. So don't expect anything else except packing foam and an add!