Date Joined: 07/12/05
Pros: -Loads of great features for the price.
-Slightly smaller size than most ATX, making slightly more room in case, but no problems with anything fitting.
Cons: -This board doesn't work perfectly upon first installing it. For instance, the USB 3.0 ports will not work until you install the drivers. So the problem I had when installing windows was that I had to plug my mouse into a USB 2.0 spot in order to use the mouse. If I didn't have UBS 2.0 on my case, I honestly don't know what I would have done. I ended up plugging an old ps2 port keyboard in, and that solved the keyboard issue.
Overall Review: I really thought the board was DOA, because I tried everything and nothing would happen when I hit the power button the mobo itself. I'm experienced and could tell everything was set up correctly, and my PSU works perfectly. I thought it was possible that there simply wasn't enough power to turn on, so before I boxed up the mobo to RMA it, I tried turning the system on without the video card. It worked! I thought a 650 w power supply would be plenty, as I had a pretty normal amount of hardware hooked up, but apparently not. So I'm getting my computer set up without the video card now, waiting for my new, larger, power supply to come in the mail.
My advice: If you're planning on using a mid-range or higher video card on this mobo, don't use a PSU below 800 with this board, even though it says 650 is sufficient.
There are a lot of reports of DOA boards, but I'm wondering if many of them really were DOA because I had to do a lot of work to get this board to work properly. Now I love it!
Pros: It is the fastest standard hard drive I've ever owned, no installation or compatibility trouble (Windows 7,) and 500 gb is more than enough for storing all my music and installing several games on. This has been a very reliable hard drive. It's also silent, as far as I can tell. (I can't hear it over my GPU and case fans.)
Cons: Can't think of any.
Overall Review: I wouldn't want every HD in my computer to be an SSD, because SSDs have a tenancy to wear out much more quickly. I expect this HD to last me for many many many years, whereas I expect to have to replace my SSD someday. I build computers to last 6+ years at a time, but have the power to handle most games and software the whole time (even if only on a low setting.) This HD will serve me very well for this purpose.
Pros: Final Fantasy meets Disney in a really fun and inventive adventure. Fun story, fun characters, fun game play, and fun experience.
Cons: The combat system is annoying - more so for me because I have a repetitive stress injury, and it's hard to play games that require button smashing like this one. Combat quite seriously involves aiming Sora in a general direction towards the enemy and smashing X over and over until it's dead. (Okay, there can be more to battle than that - but playing lazily because you're sick of the constant monsters and you're just trying to get through an area means lots of button smashing.)
The game isn't always good about helping you figure out where to go. I've required a walk through a couple of times just because I couldn't figure out where to go next, even after exploring an area super thoroughly several times.
Overall Review: I know the 2nd one improved the battle system, and I'm looking forward to be playing it instead of the first one.
Pros: Most ear buds simply don't work for me. They either hurt my ears if they're going to stay in place, or they fall out. I have always preferred sport clip kinds, that wrap around the whole ear. These pleasantly surprised me, because they not only stay in, I can hardly feel them!
The sound quality is above average. They offer a very clean sound with a full range. In fact, I prefer listening to music through my headphones than through my computer speakers (which are decent 2.1 speakers.)
The noise cancellation is average. They block out a lot of noise because they fill up the ear, but this is most helpful for a better listening experience. They won't replace ear plugs if you need to block out the world (though I have used them as ear plugs a couple times when I'm trying to fall asleep and someone in the house is being loud, and they're helpful.)
Cons: They're not a $200 pair for the $50 price. But I wouldn't feel the need to buy a $200 pair when I have these.
Overall Review: They're PINK. They're loud and they're proud about being pink. If you don't like pink, you'll hate these. I don't mind pink, so I'm quite enjoying these headphones.
Pros: *The changable DPI settings are awesome for the very low price.
*The mouse fits very comfortably in my hand. It's more ergonomic than a standard mouse, taking less effort to grip and use.
*It's rubbery in all the right places, aiding grip.
*It is great for web surfing (two extra buttons, forwards and backwards) and casual gaming.
Cons: *Fits my hand perfectly if I'm not using a wrist pad, but the grip is off when using a wrist pad.
*The rubber on the side is a little loose on the bottom, and I have a bad habit of playing with it with my thumb. I know the rubber will fall off.
*The two extra buttons are right above my thumb, and they're set back a little too far for my thumb. It's easy to hit the one button, but it takes concentration and effort to hit the other one. This problem isn't as bad as I'm making it sound, but I still needed to be honest. It causes a bit of inaccuracy in gaming, but I think I can adjust with more time.
Overall Review: Way better than the average mouse! Not a high-end gaming mouse, but borrows good elements from them. For the price, I'm extremely happy.
Pros: Gorgeous picture: 1080p and 20,000:1. The screen looks great from anywhere I stand around it. The sound quality is pretty decent and I really don't mind it, but I still use my surround sound speakers. Channels change quickly. It stays cool after hours of use.
There's really no way of telling it was refurbished. It came out of the box looking brand new and it's acting brand new! I can't believe I got this for only $250 - what an amazing deal! I love you Newegg!!
Cons: I really hesitated to only give this 4 eggs, and I think it really deserves 4.5 eggs. So don't be fooled by my 5 egg rating!
I'm docking a half egg because my TV seems to be missing a "zoom" feature (the manual says it should have one, and I am in contact with Vizio about it. Great Tech Support so far!) The problem I have is that I watch a lot of DVDs, which have a low resolution. What that means is that the picture is really small because this is a high resolution tv- it fills maybe 19" of the screen, and I'm missing the feature that allows me to blow the image up so it fills the whole 32". Vizio is currently walking me through different steps to try, so we'll see what the end result is.
The only other con is that there's only one RCA input, and I have 3 devices that use RCA. I know it's standard to only offer one RCA input these days, though, so I wouldn't dock an egg for it.
Overall Review: I wanted a 1080p TV since half the reason I use a TV is with my computer for gaming or streaming movies. This is a fantastic TV for that! LOVE it!
But if you plan to mainly just watch tv or DVDs, don't buy a 1080p. Go for the 720 because most TV stations have not updated their resolution (most are at 480p), so you will not use the high resolution of this tv. Only Blu Ray takes advantage of 1080p, so this is not necessary if you only plan on watching DVDs. In fact, if you're also missing a zoom feature with this TV, then DVDs are bad on this tv!
Pros: Speed is good enough to handle games at good enough quality. I played Skyrim on medium high with just 4 gigs of this RAM. It did its job well, considering Skyrim demands a lot more power of of a PC.
I bought an additional stick last week to improve my computer's speed, since what I'm trying to do on this computer requires a better computer for. It's helping enough. 6 gigs is better than 4 gigs!
Cons: It's not DDR3, but who am I to complain when I don't have money?
Overall Review: I've actually been using this exact RAM for about 4 years, but I just bought another stick last week so I could have 6 gigs instead of 4.
I've been very happy with this RAM for 4 years - that says something! It's played both Oblivion and Skyrim, amount countless other games.
Pros: -Set up was very quick. (Except that I had to take out my extra USB port PCI drive to make room for this. Oh well.)
-Speed is excellent (The modem and router are downstairs and far to the left, and it's as if I'm plugged in to the router.)
Cons: The antennas feel a bit flimsy, but I'm not worried because I didn't have to spent any time adjusting them to get a great connection.
Overall Review: I don't have to think about this product. It does what it's supposed to very well. Out of sight, out of mind, and a fantastic internet connection.
We're about to upgrade our router to an N speed, because our connection is too fast for our current router. (It's one of a few benefits of living in Bismarck, ND: internet prices are some of the lowest in the country, and there are a TON of amazing jobs available so that you can actually afford it!)
Pros: The quality is very good for the price, (but if you don't consider price then quality is just okay.) I'm a gamer and the sound doesn't draw me in like my old 5.1 Logitech set did (obviously), but I'll just use my awesome headphones for gaming. For watching movies, listening to music, and general computer use this set is excellent for the price.
Sleek black design looks good on my desktop. They look more expensive than they sound.
Cons: The reason I'm giving this set only 4 eggs is because of the volume control. The control is not on the speaker like normal, it's a separate small (and cheap) circular unit. You swivel the top of this unit to adjust volume. To me, it's just another part to take care of and find a place for. I'm also afraid that it's going to break long before the speakers do.
I wouldn't attempt to "blast" these speakers. They can get louder than I would want them to be without losing quality, but I also don't like loud things.
Overall Review: If you need something of decent quality for a low price, I do recommend this set.
Pros: It's simple! It syncs with Windows Media Player with no trouble at all. It does shuffle music, but you have to dig for that option. It's extremely small and light so it's great for exercising. It has a lot of features for the low price: EQ, audiobook, radio, shuffle, expandable memory, etc.
This product would get 5 stars if not for my con listed below.
Cons: Organizing your music can be a bit annoying. When I loaded all my music on, then went to "Artists" I found that a lot of the composer names showed up, not band names. I'm too lazy to re-organize that.
The biggest con, though, is that my product is faulty. I read a lot of reviews warning about this, but I took the chance because all the good reviews were really good. For the first 3 days the player worked, but almost every time I wanted to turn it on I had to reset it (hold down the power button for 30 seconds.) That was annoying. Yesterday I tried every means of resetting it and it would not turn on. It's totally dead now. I'm really annoyed because I bought it for a road trip and I'm leaving for it today. So I don't have any music for my car at this point because the player is dead. I'm going to contact Sandisk for a replacement.
Overall Review: I spent a week researching which mp3 player to buy and this was pretty much everything I was looking for. There are not many good quality players like this on the market right now. Kudos to Sandisk for filling in a gap in the market! Now if only they could product a product that doesn't die so easily...
I owned a Sandisk player about 10 years ago that read straight off of a flash drive. The player was awesome, but it broke (the casing on it actually came apart) after about 6 months of use. I wonder of Sandisk always releases delicate products?
Pros: -It's the best Elder Scrolls game, in my humble opinion. I'm level 16 and I feel like everything is still really fresh and interesting, and I've got loads of quests to complete with more and more new ones coming all the time. None of the quests have been boring - I've loved them all.
-The story is true to reality. It's not obvious who the good guys or the bad guys are. You get to pick your side not because it's good or bad, but because you believe in the cause. It's open, character driven, and very interesting.
-A dragon attacked me while I was wondering around the College of Winterhold. It landed right in the courtyard, where I killed it. Now there will be a dragon skeleton there for the rest of the game. I like how unpredictable the game gets!
Cons: -I don't care for the item/magic/map/skills window. I wish I could see my character when equipping things, like in Oblivion and Morrowind.
-My computer barely handles this game, and it's because I'm a very poor college grad who can hardly pay my bills. The game recommended I play it on "High," but it only handled it for about an hour before it overheated my comp. It runs much more smoothly on Medium. So just be careful about what setting you actually play it on.
Overall Review: Totally worth spending $60 of my hard-earned money on, instead of putting it to groceries or rent, lol.
Pros: Good amount of space, price, sturdy, great cooling, mesh screen on front to help prevent dust from getting inside, PSU mounted on bottom, able to remove back panel and get to back of motherboard...
It's pretty much everything I was looking for in a solid, yet affordable case. It would get 5 eggs if not for the cons (which aren't a big deal)...
Cons: -My medium-sized heatsink and motherboard is a sliver away from touching the fan on top, but I have spare room on the bottom of the case. I really have no idea what they were thinking when they put the motherboard mounts up as high as they did. But then, it's also nice that I have two huge fans really close sucking heat away from my heatsink.
-The "cable management system" isn't what it sounds like. It's one little plastic clap up on top.
-The USB ports on the front panel are finicky. I plugged my printer in to one (I pushed in firmly) and my computer kept beeping that the usb was going on and off over and over. I won't be relying on them.
-The PSU is mounted on bottom, which I prefer, but there's no ventilation for it. You'll either have to cut a hole in the bottom of the case, which I don't recommend because the bottom of the case isn't raised up high enough for airflow) or flip the PSU upside down. Flipping the PSU upside down means hot air blowing onto my sound card...
Overall Review: -I wish it had a side panel.
-It does not come with fans in the front, but can fit 2 large fans. I only had one large fan, though, so I ended up using twist ties to install a spare small blue led fan. It wasn't necessary, but I figured I might as well blow some extra cool air on my hard drives and give it some color.
-It feels surprisingly heavy. I don't remember my old case being that heavy (I just transferred my hardware into a new case - I didn't install anything new.)
-It hums, but not too loudly. I'll hear it while I'm playing Skyrim, but I'm not bothered.
Pros: Great rubber casing on it, nice small size, and great price for the product.
Cons: It only has 14.9 GB of space on it.
Overall Review: It's USB 2.0, but it's not as fast as it could be. It's a reasonable enough speed.
Pros: It's a good size and weight, lots of connectors, and there aren't too many cables. It's quiet and well built as well. It comes with cable ties. It's very trustworthy so far! I know that if I upgrade my computer (crossfire, i7) that I'll have plenty of connectors and power.
Cons: I'm trying really hard to come up with anything, but I can't. I wish it were a little lighter, but my old power supply was just as heavy so I can't complain.
Overall Review: The cables were more than long enough for my mid-sized case.
I used to be loyal to Antec, as my last PSU was an Antec and it's been working beautifully for 6 years now, but I needed more wattage in my power supply and this Corsair was a very good buy. So far I'm just as happy with it as I was with my Antec. I like the cable management on this PSU better, though =)
Pros: Does what it needs to and it does it very well. It's very sturdy too.
Overall Review: Probably should have gotten a longer cable, but the Black Friday deal on this cable was AWESOME. =)
Pros: It's long, sturdy, and it works.
Overall Review: This cable is about as basic as you can get, but it works very very well.
Pros: Both 32-bit and 64-bit DVDs are included. It installs in your operating system and it is unnecessary to boot from the CD. It runs VERY fast compared to Vista. Aero looks great and runs very smoothly. It's not as paranoid of every program as Vista was (you can control the security alerts, unlike with Vista.) It has XP mode, which has already made itself useful to me. It utilizes my hardware better than Vista and is much more compatible all around. I LOVE it!
Cons: It's basically Vista, but everything works a lot better. This is a good thing, but don't expect a brand new product. The User Account Controls are still fairly annoying, but much more manageable. The task bar is still the same format, which I never liked from the start, but it's at least a bit cleaner.
Overall Review: See, Mac, Microsoft can release an OS without problems from the start!
Pros: Wow! It's a lower-end card, but it delivers. It stays cool enough and handles most games with no trouble. I'd recommend a card with more memory if you want to do a lot of gaming, but for most people this card is excellent.
Overall Review: You won't be disappointed! It's a sturdy card.
Pros: It's mostly designed very well. The power supply rests on the bottom of the case, the airflow is fantastic, and it's exceptionally roomy. It's also very sturdy and very easy to open up. Overall I really like it. Did I mention how good the airflow is?
Cons: The harddrive slots are annoying. They're a screw-free design that makes the harddrives sit sideways. The back end of the harddrive where you plug into faces the backside of the case (the side the motherboard rests on), so you have to remove both sides of the case. If your sata/pata cable is too sticks out too far when it's plugged into the harddrive then you won't be able to put the side panel back on as it allows very little space for the cords.
The case has a bunch of holders for your cables, but they run intbetween the motherboard and the front of the case. They can get in the way when you're trying to plug in hardware. It can also restrict airflow from the fan on the front of the case. This isn't a huge deal since you don't have to use them if you don't want to.
Overall Review: It's BIG. Much bigger than I was expecting. They were not trying to be compact with this case. They wanted to make sure you have all the room you'll ever need.
Pros: It's not huge and it works very well. It doesn't get dangerously hot.
Cons: The only big issue is that dust gets trapped inside the metal plates and you can't see it. Otherwise, it idles at around 30º C and my last heatsink got it down to 27º. For the price I think it's a great value, but I wish it did cool just a little more. I can't complain though, I'm very happy.
Overall Review: I used Arctic Silver with it and I blow the dust out of it regularly with a can of compressed air. I've been using it just over a year now and it's performance is still great.
Pros: Works just like it's supposed to. It starts up fast, has a clear image, and the controls work very well. It's very simple to adjust the image - I love the "auto set" button. For the price it's wonderful.
Cons: The stand is not adjustable and it's too short. I had to put the monitor on top of an old phone book to make it tall enough. That's not much of an issue for me, though.
Overall Review: I couldn't be happier. I took a chance on this since there were few ratings on it and I wasn't sure how good LG was with monitors, but I think I chose wisely by buying this monitor. I would buy this product again if I needed another one.
Pros: Great brand name, great cooling system, great results for the price. It installed very fast and easily and runs all my games on high with no trouble at all. It could be faster, of course, but for the price it's quite speedy. I have no complaints!
Cons: It's not as quiet as I would like it to be, but it's not too loud either. It's ATI and not Nvidia, but I'm impressed with this card nonetheless.
Overall Review: I got the drivers from the website instead of the CD since the drivers on the CD are already outdated. I have not tried it with cross fire. Some people mentioned that their cards didn't come with an S-video port, but mine did. It's running beautifully!