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Most Favorable Review

Very good small form factor case

SilverStone Temjin Series TJ08B-E Black Aluminum front panel, steel body Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
SilverStone Temjin Series TJ08B-E Black Aluminum front panel, steel body Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: Overall it's a very good case.I have no problems with running 3 hard drives (1 SSD, 2 3.5" HDD), GPU, 92mm heatsink, CD/DVD drive, and 500w non-modular PSU. 1. Great cable management options. Just about everything on the case is well thought out. 2. I love the small form factor size. Big enough to store everything, small enough to really make a difference. 3. Well constructed and designed as with every Silverstone case. The interior design makes it a easy to have everything in such a small case. 4. You can take just about everything apart in this case. I would have loved to remove all the panels, but at least the top is fine. You can even individually remove the front LEDs, power/reset buttons, and USB 3.0 ports.

Cons: 1. I don't like how they mounted the hard drive cage. I only use the lower portion of the two HDD cages. It's mounted so you have to run SATA cables through the middle of the case. I decided to drill a few holes and mount the cage sideways so the SATA cables are nicely hidden away. The one trade off was I had to remove the HDD cover on the lower front of the case. 2. The interior paint scratches quite easily. If your screwdriver slips it's going to scratch. 3. You have to use a magnetic screwdriver otherwise you'll spend hours trying to screw in stuff. Have several different length/size screwdrivers as well. Like there is one mobo tray screw 4. There is all but one standoff built in for the mobo. I learned the hard way there was one missing after I've already got most of the mobo screws in. A little bit of a pain.

Overall Review: Expect to spend more time on this case than bigger ones. Often you have to remove parts to install another. Plan your case out as much as you can rather than jumping into it. You will still have to do some rearranging as it's a trade off of a small form factor case.

Most Critical Review

Died after a week

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4650 512MB GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card 100253HDMI
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4650 512MB GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card 100253HDMI

Pros: Good card for the week it worked.

Cons: A week after I had it it ended up dying. I thought it was my hard drive, but turned out it was this hard. My computer wouldn't boot and forced me to do a CMOS jumper reset so I could put my graphics back on integrated instead of PCI card only. I threw away the packaging, and now I'm trying to RMA with Sapphire to no avail. I've read terrible reviews on their RMA process, so I'll probably end up getting a different card and eat the $50.

11/13/2010

Works great

MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: The Marvell SATA controllers are actually really good. I'm getting about 530 MB/s read speed from my Crucial M4 SSD. I've read a few complaints against them saying that the Intel controllers are far superior. I don't think there are 4 Marvell controllers though (see other thoughts). I think it's 2 Intel and 2 Marvell. The touch BIOS is quite a bit different than I'm use to but it's quite nice. It definitely speeds up trying to get through everything just to make a small change. Currently running it at 4.5 GHz without any changes. I just bumped up the reference to 45. Runs stable as can be. I'm sure I can get it higher, I just need the time to sit down and really push it to it's limits.

Cons: Flimsy I/O board. But what motherboard doesn't come with one? It's nothing worth taking an egg for, but something I thought I would mention. The install CD didn't work at all and judging by other reviews I'm not the only one. You can download Live Update 5 from the MSI website. Which leads me to my other complaint. Live Update only downloads all the drivers and utilities. It doesn't install them. Why they didn't include that I'm not sure. It would be much easier if it was all packaged in one app rather than go through every driver/utility .exe to install them. Again, both of those are minor nuisances.. not worth docking an egg for. That's reserved for something that's a huge pain to do or doesn't work at all.

Overall Review: I could be wrong, but I think only two SATA 3 ports are Marvell. I had one SSD plugged into one of the bottom SATA 3 ports and one plugged into one of the top SATA 3 ports. Only the bottom SSD showed up on the Marvell controller post. When I switched the top to the other bottom SATA 3 port it came up on the Marvell controller. No where on the box or manual does it say there are 4 Marvell (it doesn't specify any controllers at all). Only on the Newegg specs does it say there are 4 Marvell. For those who are saying to use OC Genie... don't. Just bump up the reference to 40 and you'll be at 4.0 GHz in no time. You can bump it much higher with a good aftermarket cooler. If you want insane 5 GHz+, get a really good liquid cooler. If you are using the stock cooler, you are doing it wrong. Why drop that much money and not spend $25 on a decent aftermarket cooler?

Awesome hard drive

Western Digital WD Green WD20EARS 2TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD20EARS 2TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Incredible price to GB ratio. I bought the 1.5TB model about 4 months ago. I was very pleased with it that once I filled it up I bought the 2TB model. An extra $10 for .5TB is well worth it.

Cons: Absolutely none.

Overall Review: It's worth noting that it is a green drive with a high amount of cache. Even with being used purely for raw data, it can be slow at times. Write speeds are decent ranging anywhere from 50-75 MB/s depending on file size. It's has fast enough read speeds to play Blu-Ray rips without problem, so no complaints from me on that. The slowest part is Windows loading all of the thumbnails. I don't considering it to be a con or even worth docking an egg because it's expected with a green drive with that large of a size.

Great little USB wireless adapter

IOGEAR GWU625 Compact Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
IOGEAR GWU625 Compact Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Gets a better signal than my TP-Link wireless adapter that was the highest rated on on Newegg.

Cons: The Linux support is misleading, although that is more than likely on Newegg's end. It's only compatible for a certain kernal of Linux Fedora 10 (current is 14). My brother ordered it for his PC which has Ubuntu 10.10 on it only to find it out it was Fedora 10. If you want Ubuntu support, get the highest rated USB adapter, it is the TP-Link. It has plug and play support for Ubuntu 10.10 (no need for drivers). I ended up switching wireless adapters with my brother simply because my TP-Link works with Ubuntu and I don't use Ubuntu. You have to use their utility that installs along with the driver if you want it to remember the network every time you log-in. As well, you have to use the utility just to remove the toolbar windoiw, otherwise it will just stay there. While that was somewhat of a hassle (even though it's in the instructions I didn't read), it was worth having a better signal than my TP-Link.

Overall Review: I'm sure you can find something a bit better, but for the price it was pretty good.

Awesome CPU

AMD Athlon II X4 640 - Athlon II X4 Propus Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket AM3 95W Desktop Processor - ADX640WFGMBOX
AMD Athlon II X4 640 - Athlon II X4 Propus Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket AM3 95W Desktop Processor - ADX640WFGMBOX

Pros: You can't find a better processor in the $100 price range. I've pushed it to its limits and it handles everything wonderfully.

Cons: Overclocking is easy, but don't expect to see big gains. I've seen it pushed to 3.8 and 3.9, but I can't get mine past 3.55 for some reason. Results to vary in overclocking, but I was expecting at least 3.7 on it. I recommend spending the $40 to get the 3.2 Phenom. You don't know how much the unlocked multipier really helps until you have one that doesn't. With this chip you can only increase bus speed, which in the world of overclocking only can take you so far. If you increase bus speed, it increases everything else like RAM and NB. When you have an unlocked multipler, it raises the CPU speed without raising the bus speed, thus only affecting the CPU. This was my first custom build, so I wasn't really sure about what to look for in a CPU. Now that I've learned a bit, I figured I would share my knowledge and prevent someone else the disappointment.

Overall Review: Don't bother with the stock cooler, as with all CPUs that you intend to overclock. I have mine paired with the $30 Cooler Master Hyper 212 and I get idles around 27-28C with load at 40-45 (overclocked to 3.55).

12/28/2010