Joined on 02/25/06
Good Starter Case
Pros: 1. Good looking starter case! If you're going from a standard beige atx to this, your gonna love it's looks. Nice looking LCD's 2. Good Cooling, room for 5 fans. Runs my amd 64 3700 with stock HSF at 30C idle, 35C during gaming. 3. Removable mobo tray is a nice feature. 4. Sturdy enough case if you're not traveling. 5. Online manual at apevia.com is okay. It shows the two trickiest features of the case which are removing the front face plate, and removing the mobo tray. 6. Thermometer is nice to have 7. There's adequate room for wiring
Cons: 1. Case dosen't come with enough fans. 2. Didn't include enough mobo brackets. I can't stand it when companies don't include enough one-cent parts. 3. Thermometer line isn't long enough. I attach mine to the HSF and I had to simply streach it directly to it. I wanted to route it around the edge. 4. There are some damm sharp edges inside. Beware especially careful around the 5.25 drivebays 5. It's not tooless. 6. Fingerprints do show up quite easily on the case exterior. Just use a damp cloth. 7. I had to bend the case mobo bracket a bit to get it to fit nice once the mobo was installed
Overall Review: I highly recommend purchasing two extra 80mm and one extra 120 mm fans. Move the two included 80mm fans to the front, and install the 120mm fan on the back and the new 80mm fans to the side and rear. The front and top fans are for intake, and the side and rear fans are for exhaust. Make sure you know which direction the fans blow BEFORE installing :) The side of the fan with the wiring on it is 'out'. Also make sure you purchase extra mobo brackets and new fan screws (the included ones are pretty cheap). Also make sure you have a small phillips magnetic screwdriver. The four screws that hold the front faceplate are recessed and tough to get to. When you remove the front faceplate be sure to switch the thermometer from F to C if that's your prefrence. F.Y.I. The plastic front plate drive bay covers are replaceable. The steel pci slot covers in the rear are not. Bottem Line - This is a fine first build case and will accomodate your low to mid range gaming system nicely.
Incorrect Factory Settings
Pros: Card pumps out nice FPS for the Price. Runs at 39C at load.
Cons: I had some intermittent 'driver' failures where the screen would go black and recover after a few seconds. I tried all the drivers and knew that overheating wasn't the issue. After some digging I noticed that the Core Voltage was set at the factory waaaayyy too low (988mV). I used MSI Afterburner to pump up this value to 1050mV and the problem went away. I feel that the card should work correctly out of the box and I'm concerned about my warranty now becoming void because I changed the faulty factory settings.
Overall Review: I'm not sure if I will buy a factory overclocked card again.
Pros: Good signal range for my small apartment. Drivers installed easily.
Cons: No 5 GHZ support. I have an E4200 from Linksys and I should have bought a wireless card that supports 5GHZ frequencies. My fault for not looking.
Overall Review: Check out TP-Link TL-WDN4800 Wireless card if you are looking for 5GHZ support. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704133
Horrible product. DO NOT PURCHASE!!!
Pros: Newegg's customer service has been exemplary through this nightmare experience.
Cons: The first drive I purchased had constant freezes and lockups. On rebooting I noticed that the mobo BIOS would only recognize the drive about half the time. I looked into OCZ's poorly organized website and forums and noticed that they wanted you to perform a firmware update on the SSD. The kicker is that if you have windows installed on the drive, and chances are you do since this is a SSD, you cannot install the firmware update. I RMA'd the first drive and received the second one. In the mean time I had to install Windows on my storage drive, so I could install the firmware update. The second drive, like the first, would not accept the firmware update. The second drive was right out of the box.
Overall Review: This was a very frustrating experience. OCZ's forums are poorly designed and clunky. It is interesting to note that on their forums they have a thread asking people to post if they are having problems with this SSD so they could collect data. In other words, THEY HAVE NO CLUE HOW TO FIX THEIR PRODUCT. This is my first and last OCZ purchase.
Pros: Finally a video card with some teeth. I upgraded to one of these from two ATI 5770's and increased my FPS in Age of Conan 500%! Running on High in the DX10 AOC client I get around 50-60FPS with my rig.
Cons: It's hot. You'll need plenty of power from your PSU and a decent case.
Overall Review: Asus PQ5 Pro Turbo, 8GB ram @1333, Win 7 64bit, QX6850 Core2 Extreme.
My first and last try of ATI
Pros: Runs games great...on low settings.
Cons: I ran two of these in Crossfire and only managed to get 10-12 FPS in Age of Conan on DX10 High client settings. I admit is was an 8X Crossfire board. XFX doesn't include the Crossfire bridge like everyone else does. You have to order them, which defeats the purpose of buying the cards at a store in the first place. These cards simply have no muscle for modern gaming.
Overall Review: I substituted two of these cards for one Nvidia GTX470, saved fifty dollars and now my average frames are 50+ on the same settings. Asus PQ5 Pro Turbo, 8GB RAM @1333, QX6850 Core 2 Extreme. I've always ran Nvidia cards and just once I thought I'd try ATI. Never again.