Date Joined: 04/09/05
Pros: Usb port, s pen, The wacom style pressure sensitive screen used with sketchbook pro is a real game changer. and the reason I got this rather than a laptop. I can plug an asus xtion into the usb port and do a 3d scan of a room another game change when the software catches up with the hard ware. I'm gettng really tight point clouds.
I am able to plug in a keyboard and mouse at work and use it for emails and office stuff at my desk keeping the workstation free to do the heavy applications.
Cons: The video camera has some kind of smart blur dry brush effect that I am unable to disable. I've spent a lot time and I cannot figure out how to get normal looking video footage from this.
the wireless adapter driver is faulty , had to uninstall it so it defaulted to the windows driver. then I had to disable the auto update feature so it didn't keep coming back. took some aggravating hours to figure this out.
Overall Review: Oh yeah - windows 8 is such a nightmare. really bad. classic shell just makes things worse.
Pros: Nicest psu I've ever had- they either work or they don't right?
Pros: no problems
Pros: big quiet fan- lots of copper - Kept a 3930 in the 40s while it ran at 4.7 Ghz-
Cons: Its very large
Pros: works as advertised
Cons: It's not the one in the picture
Overall Review: I replaced a netgear switch because I was having network VooDoo - I don't know that much about it. I ended up disabling IPV6 on all of my windows 7 machines and rejiggered the order that the different switches and routers plug into the modem and I'm good to go. I really don't know if there was anything wrong with the old switch.
Pros: roughly twice as fast - based on 3dsMax render times- as my slightly overclocked 3 year old i7 860 Lynnfield
Overall Review: overclocking very cool and stable at +3.9 Ghz
I'm sure it could be tweaked faster.
Pros: Everything went together, configured and overclocked without any trouble. set the overclocking utility to "fast" and it's running the 3930 at 4Ghz with no hiccups.
Cons: It has more features than I'll ever use. not really a con.
Overall Review: tried the overclocking utility set to "extreme" was running the 3930 at over 4.7 Ghz. for a while but the system crashed while rendering in 3ds max so i switched to "fast" and that's fast enough for me.
Pros: it's a solid no nonsense steel case - looks really nice and has lots of big quiet fans- they even light up with blue glowy LEDs
doesn't have any mystery buzzing like cases in this price range usually get.
Cons: might too cool for a cad workstation
Pros: computer starts up fast, programs load fast. comes with a mounting bracket. Its a new system with lot's of ram and almost top of the line everything so I don't know how much of the speed is due to the SSD. but I am very happy with the new build.
Cons: 120G seemed like enough for a boot drive - Probably need bigger these days.
Overall Review: Using this as a boot/system drive. I've learned that the more ram you install- the more space windows uses for it's swap file/virtual memory. if you build a new system with loads of Ram you might want a size bigger, though there are work arounds to free up space.
Pros: Like looking through a windshield - huge vivid, crisp
Definitely worth it for professional design work. Huge change from my 10 year old VP201m
Cons: the first one came out of the box with the left half the screen out. I had to RMA- cost me 33 bucks to ship it back and it took a couple of weeks to get the replacement. Not happy about that. Viewsonic support was easy to get on the phone and they offered to replace it but for some reason i decided to RMA it back to NewEgg.
I have gotten a lot of stuff from NewEgg over the years, Always been really happy, though now,for larger items i may look at local retailers before ordering.
Overall Review: I've always been happy with viewsonic monitors.
Pros: Nice looking case, Ive built two systems with this case - I'll probably buy another.
Cons: It gets a buzz from time to time - I just thump it and it stops
Pros: It really goes well with the new viewport enhancements in 3ds max 2012. I replaced my fx3450 which I guess was around 5 years old - noticeable improvement with 3d performance in AutoCAD. and a whole different world in 3ds max - you need a card like this.
Cons: the display port to dvi adapter that came with it was defective, oh golly it gets hot. I know everybody said it got hot but this thing is too hot to touch and I used to work in a metal shop. It might not be hot enough to fry an egg - but it is hot enough to melt cheese. - though I guess it's supposed to be that hot -
Overall Review: When i got it hooked up, the second monitor (via the display port adapter) did not work. I monkeyed around with it for for over two hours - as i was about to give up and put the fx3450 back in I wiggled the display port adapter cable and the second monitor came on - took off the plastic cover on the cable end and kind of wrenched it around a bit and it works fine. I've gotten two other cables from PNY tech support and they were the same - they didn't work unless i took off the plastic cap on the end and wrenched it around. they work now-bad connections and the little latch things on the cable that keep it in the machine dont line up.
thus is my saga
Pros: Works as advertised. almost as fast as a similarly priced intel build.
Cons: the AMD bang for the buck theory may not hold up. Clearly not quite as fast at 3DS Max rendering as a lower end and slightly less expensive intel quad build.
Overall Review: I do renderings animations and I have 6 computers rendering frames in a render farm. i built this machine thinking for the money it would be almost as fast as a more expensive Intel build. FYI overclocked it by 7% and it's running about even with a core 2 quad 3.0 ghz (overclocked) box that I built a couple of years ago, and about 10-20
% slower than a i-7 860 quad 2.8ghz that I built in '09
all the boxes have 8G of ram. it may be that the 6 core could make use of 50% more ram.
Pros: it does what it's supposed to do. Affordable. Easy to expand system. Once I played around with it and got it to function I'm pretty happy with it
Cons: it took me a while to figure out the English as a second language instructions. Plan on spending a couple of hours figuring out how it works. The kids have to be out of the house.
It has kind of a cheap fit and finish to it - but the remotes are nicely fabricated.
Overall Review: It was frustrating at first to get it to work - It could use a function or mode where it just beeps or chimes when a sensor is triggered in stead of a full on alarm. Overall it's exactly what we needed.
Pros: really quiet
Cons: the cable is almost too short to reach the jack on the micro atx board.
Overall Review: the power cable is very short
Pros: I put this in my htpc cause the stock intel fan sounded like a little airplane taking off. I cant even hear this one unless I'm right next to it. It's very compact. there's a nice slug of copper on the bottom unlike the stock cooler. and it snaps right in with those weird little plastic pins
Overall Review: I also added a silent case fan. I can't hear that either
Pros: really easy on the eye. good fit and finish.
I'm very happy with her
Cons: there's a little buzz at the side panel when I first start it up- I could fix it but I'm getting used to it
Overall Review: Looks lke an 800 dollar suit.
Pros: We went from a mostly non tv household to a TV on all the time house hold. We were watching everything on a 19" viewsonic computer monitor - people thought we wre weird but we were pretty happy with it.
This thing is crazy - it's like being at someone elses house or something.
Really 37" is a pretty big tv for an average size room.
Cons: I probably should have gotten a 32 . I don't know what people are doing with these 50"+ screens.
nobody ever sits in the front row of a movie theater.
Pros: You can set up vista so it looks just like xp, and you can set up xp so it looks just like 2000. I just set evrything to classic. Presently I dont think there's any reason to build a 32 bit system any more.
I had a brush with vista about a year ago and it was a nightmare - this time not so much
Cons: I blame Vista for the current economic down turn -
Windows media center seems pretty buggy yet its very easy on th eyes.
Pros: start right up -runs down the road.
Pros: works nice, looks nice. doesen't feel like a cheap case
Cons: wire management is a little tight. Not really a problem
Pros: I use it as a CAD printer and it does do nice looking drawings. Almost looks like a lazer printer- and rendered images and photographs come out nice. It will print D sized sheets if you feed them manually and it will print C sized and smaller from the tray.
Cons: I've had this printer for about two years and I haven't used it that much, but it no longer feeds from the tray it makes a terrible clacking noise then it mocks you with a beep. I'ts a cheap printer I should have spent the money on a real plotter. And the ink it uses is water soluble -it smears easily.