Joined on 08/11/05
Best sound for best price!
Pros: This is the second set of Z-5300e's I've boughten and both are absolutely amazing. One set I've had over 2 years and still sounds crystal clear. The sub gives you plenty of thump and all 4 speakers give you great surround sound for gaming or movies.
Cons: Absolutely none.
Overall Review: You can't beat the price. Jump on it now, I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
Good but noisy drive
Pros: Quick, easy to install drive. Threw into RAID 0 with no issues. Doesn't vibrate and stays pretty cool.
Cons: It is quite a noisy drive. With 2x 4870's installed in the CoolerMaster HAF case, the WD10001FALS is easily heard over anything else. It does become annoying when watching movies or even just gaming. Those who wish to create a whisper quiet case would NOT want to choose this drive.
Overall Review: If debating between the WD Green drives or RAID'ing 2x 500's I would personally chose the latter. This drive is meant for large media storage performance without noise level in mind.
Great Gaming Pad
Pros: Right off the bat, I thought the texture had a great feel for long durations but also good feel for the mouse to glide over. The edgeless support provides the right amount of extension off the desk for a bit of extra forearm support. The clamp has worked flawlessly across multiple desks ranging from 1" to 2.5" in thickness. I know many say it is way too big, but with my IKEA corner desk, the huge surface area works great with an angled setup. Also, the extra 'give' the material has makes it that much better for your arm and resting hand.
Cons: I personally find it overpriced.
Overall Review: Perfect for gaming, 8+ hour use, and works in perfect harmony with my Logitech G700 mouse. The WarPad has a great design, but I suggest not throwing it around and constantly irritating the edges--as I could see why some complained of frayed material and glue problems. Again, mine has none of these issues and is working as intended. Not necessarily a con, but I would like to see a better XFX graphic redone on the pad. I own the XFX 3-monitor stand plus their cards and have always enjoyed the overall artwork--but this seems to be lacking on their WarPad.
Pros: The side panel spring screws are so nice! You never have to worry about screwing out your side screws and laying them around. The e-SATA port is very nice. But the best thing about this case is that the front panel swivels and allows for all 4 HDD bays to be pulled out! It also makes it easy to install any 5.25" drives.
Cons: Could make the mobo tray a little deeper.
Overall Review: For a great ATX case that still has great function. You can't beat Antec, and this case lives up to their reputation.
Best mobo I've ever built!
Pros: This motherboard is the best one you can get for the price, imo. It comes with every accessory you need, then more! For the new PC builders, the manual is actually helpful, which is a surprise. It comes with every cable you'd ever need. It looks great and the 24-pin hookup is in a great spot to hide cables behind your mobo tray.
Overall Review: When you're hooking up your case ports, make sure to read the manual because there are 3 sets of pins all close by. One of those sets is labeled on the mobo but it's flipped around and you could put the 'PW -' on the 'RESET'.
Great card, great price!
Pros: This is the second X1650 I've boughten and both have worked without a hitch. ATI makes everything easy from installation to the catalyst. It plays AoE III, WoW, CnC III all at the highest settings. It's one of the best cards you can get at this price range.
Overall Review: Even though it's not SLI, for the average PC user, this is more than efficient. Crossfire is great, but few mobo's actually support it so it's not that big of a deal. A stand-alone X1650 works great.