Date Joined: 10/12/08
Pros: - Does its job as a CPU cooler.
Cons: - The plastic bracket that must be installed to make the heat sink fit on Intel processors blocks the lever that lets you remove or insert a CPU! That would not be nearly as much of a problem if not for the fact that:
- The Intel installation bracket can't be removed (easily, anyway) once it has been installed. There's no "pin release" option for the 4 push pins used to secure the bracket to the motherboard. The push pins are pretty much permanent once they snap into place. Hope you picked a processor you like.
- The installation bracket for Intel CPUs is extra wide to allow you to install the fan in one of four orientations, but it's circular--wide on all sides--so that it gets in the way of other components on the motherboard. A heatsink on the motherboard prevented me from installing the heatsink/fan in a way that would push the air out of the case. I had to have it blowing down from under the power supply into the case.
- Noisy fan. I had to move the computer I used it in out of my bedroom so I could sleep.
- Fits loosely on an LGA775 CPU. Even after installation, I can shift it around with a finger.
Overall Review: I had decided to make a media server PC out of an old Core 2 processor and some hard drives that I had sitting around. As tends to be the case with computer builds, not all of the other parts I had ordered arrived at the same time. The last part to arrive was a core 2 Quad that I had bought online for 8 bucks to give the computer some more power and versatility. The problem is, once the new processor arrived, I couldn't get the old processor out of the motherboard because the plastic bracket that came with this heat sink/fan blocked the full motion of the lever you have to move out of the way to get the old processor out. So I have a mediocre-at-best heat sink/fan and a permanently-installed bracket that only works with this heat sink. And two processors--one I can't remove, and another one I can't install.
Pros: - Looks nice for such a cheap case. From a distance, anyway.
- 2 Included fans
- Space for more fans on the side
- Nice cable management
- SSD-friendly installation panel
Cons: - Flimsy build quality--this thing feels like it was made of metal and plastic that were just barely sturdy and thick enough for the case to stay in once piece. Manhandling it will probably break something--particularly the plastic on the front.
- Long graphics cards won't fit easily. This is one of those cheap cases where the drive enclosure comprises a solid metal panel that runs the entire height of the case and can't be removed. Unless you remove part of the panel with a Dremel tool or something, it's going to get in the way of bigger graphics cards.
- Front "intake fan" blows right into the hard drive enclosure. If you install 3 hard drives, they're probably going to restrict the case airflow.
Overall Review: DIYPC Certainly has a wide range of quality in its cases. This is definitely one of their lower-quality ones. The higher-end $100-ish cases feel sturdy and look great. Cases like this that you can buy on sale for around $25 feel as cheap as they are. I tried to pull it out of the shipping box it came in by its "front", unaware that the front was just a plastic panel that was secured to the metal case with some very fragile plastic "plugs." I ended up breaking off half of these securing "plugs" while trying to remove the case from the box, almost ruining the case. Fortunately, I was able to secure the front panel to the rest of the case by inserting some large screws through the holes that were left where the plugs had broken off. Since I'm just using the case for a media center PC, it's fine, but I wouldn't recommend this case for your "main" computer...or anything that other people might see.
Pros: - Textured backplate makes it easy to hold in one hand.
- Good battery life.
- ZenUI launcher is attractive and functional.
Cons: - Textured backplate makes your hand sweaty.
- Slow to charge.
- Space-consuming included bloatware.
Overall Review: I have been a fan of small Asus tablets since I bought the original Nexus 7 in 2013. Using this tablet, you get the impression that Asus has learned a few things about making tablet use enjoyable. The placement of the sleep and volume buttons lets you press them with your thumb while holding the tablet one-handed. The "close all apps" function also closes background processes to keep the tablet snappy and full of battery juice. Icons and text feel like they are the perfect size and typeface for the screen. Even the "photos" app seems more efficient and enjoyable than the stock Android version. In short, it is a small tablet lover's tablet. It is for people who use their computers and consoles for games and work, and use tablets for browsing silly websites, reading books, viewing comics, and watching pointless videos. A cheap time-wasting device that has no pretense about what it is for.
Pros: - Runs anything an everything at 1080p at 40-60+ FPS. GTA V, Shadow of Mordor, No Man's Sky, Rise of the Tomb Raider...even with a mediocre FX 6300 Processor.
- Low power demands
- Doesn't require any extra power connections - just plug it into the PCI Express slot and you're ready to game.
Cons: - 50% more expensive than the GTX 1050 for maybe 15% more performance and 2 extra gigs of RAM that most games will never need.
Overall Review: If you're looking for a card that can handle anything that you would play on an older 1080p or 720p display, this would be it hands down. Anything more expensive isn't necessary for 1080p, and would be MUCH more expensive right now given the price inflation that has affected higher-end video cards lately due to cryptocurrency miners. Until cards like the GTX 1060 and RX 580 get closer to $200-225, this is the most video card you can get for your money.
Pros: - Plug-and-play instant functionality!
Cons: - It wasn't free
Overall Review: - The onboard networking on an old LGA775 motherboard of mine stopped working, so I ordered this. It worked perfectly the moment I plugged it in! I couldn't ask for more.
Pros: - 3 Included fans are well-placed and quiet.
- Good air circulation.
- Good cable management.
- Convenient removable SSD mount incorporated into the back side of the case.
- Plenty of space for video cards. The entire length of the case if necessary.
Cons: - Both the case itself and its square plastic window look kind of cheap and boxy once you get the case out of the packaging.
- Only one front USB 3.0 port.
- No options for optical drives. I don't use optical drives, but including them makes the computer easier to sell to normies.
- The space for cables (especially for hard drives) is really tight on the back side of the case. You're going to have to cram them into little spaces to be able to get the back cover back onto the case.
Overall Review: I had a high opinion of DIYPC cases after I bought a somewhat higher-tier tempered glass case designed by them, so I bought this for an entry-level PC I was building. This particular case is really not very "cool" looking at all. It really seems like a generic boxy black case with a few LEDs added on to it. However, it has lots of room and functionality for a Mid-Tower case. Buy it on sale and don't let them sneak in that expensive shipping.
Pros: - Really nice visual aesthetic. The case shape and red-LED fans make for a very sexy case. Good cable management.
- Great air circulation. Cool air in the front, warm air out the back. Power supply is bottom-mounted in a completely different circulation area. Air in through the (filtered) case bottom, out through the back. Or you can mount the power supply upside-down to draw air from inside the case if you want.
Cons: - Side-panel removal. You have to use a screwdriver/drill on 4 different screws to remove each side panel, and the rubber bumpers that serve as a cushion between the glass panels and the case can fall off (and get lost) easily.
- Only has mounting room for 2 HDDs.
- Angles on the top of the case make it feel kind of "toy-like."
- A glass panel on both sides? You'd have to be some kind of wizard to make the _back_ of this thing look cool with all the cables strung about.
Overall Review: I almost wish I had an excuse to buy another one of these. I might still be enjoying the buyer's honeymoon, but I still find myself just stopping to admire how this case looks. If you can get it on sale (paid about $60 here), it's great for a secondary computer. If you already have a high-end case with a door on it, though, this case would be a downgrade sadly. Removing the side panels to change components is a nuisance, but if you don't plan to tinker with it after you've built it, this is perfect.
Pros: - Runs GTA V, Shadow of Mordor, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Hitman at 40-60 FPS
- Low power requirements
- Doesn't even need a PCI-express power cord
Cons: - 1050 Ti would be better but that is another $50
- 2 Gigabytes of RAM means most recent games will have low-quality textures
Overall Review: If you're looking for the best mid-level 1080p card for the money, you can't do better than this. Another $50 to $60 would get you a 1050 Ti, but that's like a 50% increase in price over this card for about 15% more performance. With a decent 4+ core processor, this will play any game out there and still look reasonably good. Until the insane inflated prices on cards like the RX 580 and company go down, this and the 1050 Ti are the budget cards to get. Indeed, they seem to be among the best cards you can get that haven't been affected by the coin-miner price inflations of Q3 2017.
Pros: - Plays all games out there at 1080P and most at 1440P with no problems.
- Lots of video outputs.
- Only needs one PCI-Express power connector.
Cons: - Fans become loud under heavy load. Much louder than my 2-year-old GTX 970.
- Not a 4K-level card. Expect < 40 FPS if you try 4K and latest games.
- Glitches with some games like Elder Scrolls Online (driver issue - devs giving favorable treatment to Nvidia I guess)
Overall Review: TBH I bought this when I was half-asleep on the date it launched, because I thought that it was one of the new Vega cards and would therefore sell out in moments. I learned afterwards that it's only slightly better than RX-400 Series cards. Oh Newegg and your replacement-only purchase policies. This card really isn't much better than the GTX 970 I had before that. By happy accident, it's useful for cryptocurrency mining, so miners were paying lots for even used cards and I was able to sell it for roughly what I paid for it. I've since gone back to my GTX 970. If you're on the fence between this and Nvidia 900-series cards, buy whichever is cheaper. The performance is about the same and the extra 4 gigs (or 4.5 gigs, whatever) of video RAM doesn't make a noticeable difference IMO.
If you don't need a new video card, then as of August 2017, I would recommend waiting until the inflated prices of cards like this go down. A lot of people who aren't using these for gaming are buying them up, and it's really driven up the price.
Pros: - Great price for the performance
- Runs cool and quiet.
- Can play ANYTHING!
Cons: - Didn't come with a cooler. The box literally just has the processor and an empty void where a cooler would go.
Overall Review: I bought this because my FX-8350 was starting to have problems running the latest bleeding-edge games like Playerunknown's Battlegrounds. Now that I have this processor, I'm back in the game on hardware that runs better than ever. This particular processor is the perfect choice for a gamer IMO, as compared to Ryzen 7 processors, it has fewer cores (that aren't used for gaming anyway) clocked at a higher speed. If I want to dabble with programming, video editing, or 3D modeling, this is more than capable of handling that stuff too. It feels good to know my computer is going to be able to handle everything out there for the next few years.
Pros: - Functional.
Cons: - It's old tech?
Overall Review: I bought this so I could troubleshoot an ailing motherboard without removing the processor from the computer that I'm actually using. The processor is not as powerful as I expected, but it certainly works. I'm not going to deduct any eggs because of my own lack of research.
Pros: - Bright. Lights up my case and a good part of my living room.
Cons: - Bright. Had to place it below the computer case window so it wasn't shining obnoxiously in my face.
- Looks kind of cheap.
Overall Review: It's a solid, foot-long, very bright LED light for giving your case some personality. It achieves the desired effect of generating lots of light, but try to have the stick itself out of view because it's not very cool-looking.
Pros: - Supports standard-clocked Ryzen processor with no problems
- Was able to get memory up to a stable 2667 MHz
- Pretty (If dim) red lights on the board.
Cons: - Only 4 SATA ports
- Only 2 DIMM slots
- Only 1 PCI-Express x16 slot (though how many games justify SLI really)
Overall Review: Bought as part of a bundle with my Ryzen 5 1600X for use as general-purpose computer and 1440p gaming rig. It hasn't had any problems after months of use. I'm starting to wish I had bought a more expensive motherboard with more room for memory and hard drives, but that's how bundles go.
Pros: - Easy installation
- Optical audio out (and in, too)
Cons: - Price
- Not a dramatic difference in sound quality compared to onboard
- No reason to buy it if your motherboard already supports optical audio IMO
Overall Review: My new motherboard didn't have optical audio-out, so I needed to buy an external card that supported it. I'm no audiophile, but even I could notice some slight differences in audio quality between this and the onboard sound. Google Play Music straight from my computer sounds nice with this thing. More importantly, it lets me use my TV Soundbar instead of lugging some unsightly PC speakers into my living room or using big, stuffy gaming headphones in the middle of Summer.
Pros: - Videos look great - screen resolution is slightly higher than 1080p
- Powerful, front-facing stereo speakers
- Mobile games like Minecraft PE run amazingly well
- Super-expandable storage. Buy a $25 Micro SD card and you've got an 80 GB tablet.
- Great size and shape. Large enough to be much more practical for videos than a 5-inch phone, but not so large as to be awkward to hold or embarrassing to have out in public.
- Upgrades to Android 7.0 as soon as you hook it up to Wi-Fi.
Cons: - Slow to "warm up" after periods no use, or when loading apps after periods of no use. "Ok Google" voice search takes 5+ seconds to respond the first time, but is fine afterwards. Possibly a memory issue. The difference is pronounced enough compared to my Android phone for it to be annoying.
- Absolutely nothing besides the tablet included with purchase. You're probably going to need to buy a powerful charger. And a case. And storage expansion. The fast charger for my Galaxy S6 did not work for this.
- Gets very hot when updating or doing processor-intensive things like playing mobile games. It smelled like it was overheating during the first 30 minutes of use, but that went away.
- Strange random clicking noises coming from the top sometimes. The noises do not seem to be coming from the speakers.
- Cameras feel cheap, though the absence of the fisheye effect from phones is nice.
Overall Review: I bought this to replace my 3rd-gen iPad. Given the power that this tablet has on paper, I considered using it to replace my $88-per-month Galaxy S6. That won't be happening, as the phone still is a faster and more useful device. This tablet is great for reading, watching videos, or playing mobile games, if those are your thing. Plex, Netflix, Google Play, Splashtop, and YouTube run well and look great on the device. I don't really see the appeal of the apps that Nvidia has included on the device, but those are easy to ignore. As a powerful and attractive Android tablet, this is great.
Pros: - Great performance, especially given the $150-ish price with rebate.
- Outperforms EVGA GTX 970 SSC that sold for $300+ under 2 years ago.
- Very quiet.
- Tons of outputs. 2 DisplayPort, 2 HDMI, 1 DVI
Cons: - This is a very long card. I bought it to use in a secondary mid-level gaming computer for my bedroom. It would not fit in the ATX Mid-Tower case I had bought it for. I had to swap it with the GTX970 that was in my main full-tower computer. By happy accident this has slightly better performance than the GTX 970 anyway. If I had to buy a new case for this non-returnable card, I would be furious.
- This was for sale exchange-only when I bought it, which would have been a big problem if I didn't have a case that fit it.
Overall Review: This is the mid-range card to have. The only reason not to buy it would be to wait for it to become even cheaper. Unless you have $1000+ to burn on the diminishing returns of 4K gaming. Just be sure you can use it. Buy it locally in a place with a good return policy if you can get it for a similar price.
Pros: - Response time and refresh rate makes a real difference in intense FPS games like DOOM 2016
- About as cheap as a quality 144hz, 3D-capable monitor gets. I tried 2 other 144hz monitors before this that were $100 to $150 more expensive
Cons: - Feature-light compared to more expensive 144hz gaming monitors
- No blur management, game-type modes, or blue light reduction
- The same feature-light, inconvenient menu navigation used by Acer monitors that are 6+ years older
- Cheap, wobbly, non-gamer monitor stand that doesn't rotate or angle downward at all. I had to prop the back of the monitor up with a book to get a good viewing angle.
Overall Review: - Great price for a gaming monitor. Another $100 would get you a more comfortable experience, though. If money is a restriction, though, this is the monitor to get.