Joined on 01/20/03
Runs like a champ
Pros: Effortless overclocking, lots of features, rock solid under extended heavy load.
Cons: None at all in my setup.
Overall Review: This board has been problem free since the day I took it out of the box, and it has quickly become the backbone of my most stable system. I've been running an E6600 @ 3.6 GHz (400x9) under full load 24/7 for over two months now, and the system is rock solid. The overclocking was effortless; I spent a whopping half hour to get the 50% OC that I'm running. The only reason I stopped it because the next NB strap was about to kick in, and I didn't want to take the time to find the next sweet spot.
Decent case for the price
Comments: I performed an upgrade a few weeks ago, and I wanted to salvage my then current system and reconstitute it in a new case. My primary system is in a costly Lian Li case, and I didn't need that type of quality for a secondary PC. I settled on this case because it has a fairly bland design. The little alien power button is a bit goofy but not too far out there. The case is spacious, and the power supply is decent (I wouldn't want to overclock with it, but it's solid for day to day applications). I have noticed that the case runs fairly hot. My P4 2.4 Northwood runs around 50C under light load, and the hard drive temperatures are a bit higher than I care for. I'm going to add a front fan or two to help alleviate this. The side panel fan is a bit on the loud side, though the back fan seems pretty quiet. The power supply cables are a bit limited compared to some other PSUs I've used. If your system needs numerous 4 pin connections, you'll need to pick up some splitters. Finally, the metal blanks covering the PCI/AGP slots, drive bays, and motherboard template are difficult to remove. All in all, this case has been worth the price paid. It's not a top of the line item, but it's far from a piece of junk. If you're looking for a decent case with a moderate sized power supply included and are on a budget, this may be a good option for you (it also comes in two other colors on Newegg).
Comments: I have one of these cards running for nearly 2.5 years, and it has handled nearly everything that I've thrown at it in that time. I've played a fairly large range of games on it, and only the most intensive ones required easing off the maximum settings. My system is a P4 2.4B, Asus P4PE, 512 MB Corsair XMS 2700C2 RAM, in a Lian Li case with lots of cooling. I have also run an A-I-W x800xt on this sytem. The newer card benchmarks about twice as high as the 9700 Pro but at more than double the cost. If you're looking for a solid but not top of the line video card with some nice bells and whistles, this is a good choice.
Comments: I've been running a P4 2.4B on an Asus P4PE with one stick of this RAM for almost 2.5 years and have been very happy with its fast and stable performance. Without overclocking, I rarely taxed the system even during moderate gaming until I upgraded from an A-I-W 9700 Pro to an A-I-W x800xt. Corsair's excellent reputation is well earned if the memory I have is representative of their XMS line.