Date Joined: 06/11/09
Pros: - Installation is simple and flexible
- Size is right - low profile and no overhang outside the processor zone on the motherboard
- Keeps the processor cool
- Great build quality - this thing is not going to break after a couple installations like the stock Intel coolers could
- Air cooler - won't leak liquid in my PC
Cons: - It's a bit expensive (the well-loved and decently monstrous Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo was cheaper than this).
Overall Review: I installed this on my i5-4670 in a Cooler Master Elite 130 mini-itx case, directly under the full-size ATX PSU. Anyone who's built with one of these cases knows the space is tight. There are just a couple of millimeters of clearance between the fan on this cooler and the PSU. There is no overhang outside the CPU zone on the motherboard either. Perfect fit. Performance is great. The PC is used for regular office tasks and occasional gaming (GTX 560 TI) and nothing ever overheats.
Pros: -Quality construction
-Does the job as needed
Cons: It's bright silver in color so may not match the interior of your case. But you can tell this from the picture. :)
Overall Review: I recommend this as a bay converter for standard 3.5" bays to hold 2.5" drives.
Pros: -Fits Macbook Pro 15" 2011
-Works as expected
Overall Review: I recommend this RAM for MBP users who need 8 GB of DDR3.
Pros: -reliable (nearly a year of continual usage)
Overall Review: I have this cable connecting my cable modem to my router. It works perfectly.
Pros: -Tough flash drive
-Holds up to 16 GB of data
-Reliable (5 months, rides everywhere on a key ring in a pocket)
-Solid metal hole for key ring, lanyard, etc. (no plastic/glue here)
Cons: -Poor relative price/GB ratio
-32 GB models are already about the same price
-Slow transfer rate (I know it's only USB 2.0... it's still a little slow)
Overall Review: This is a great flash drive. I don't mind its relatively slow transfer speed. I formatted this drive exfat so I could use it with Mac and PC and store files larger than 4 GB (FAT32 no like >4 GB). The hole for your key ring/lanyard/etc is solid metal and plenty large for whatever you're hooking it on. It's a little slow at transferring large files (500 MB and up). If you need 16 GB on your key ring right now, get at least 32 GB instead. If you need 32 GB on your key ring now, get 64.
Pros: -Works at least as well as the 5 db antenna I was using before, if not better
-Simple to use--just screw it onto your existing wireless card/router
Cons: -Does not provide a huge jump in signal strength (no clear advantage over 5 db antennae)
-Rather long, so sticks out
-No major signal fluctuation (very stable connection).
Overall Review: This antenna works for me. I have it attached to an old wireless G card (no N or AC here). I had cannibalized a 5 db antenna from another newer card, which was good, but wanted a stronger signal since my router is at the opposite end of the house. If you're coming from one of the stubby little 3 inch antennae, this will be an improvement. If you already have a 5-6 inch antenna, this may not get you much more signal.
Pros: -Works as advertised
-Video and audio in one wire
-Reliable so far (6 months, regular usage)
Overall Review: I have had 2 of these cables for about 6 months. I use one for my blu-ray player and one for my pc. Both work great. 10 feet is a perfect length. 6 feet seems to always be just a little too short. I have ordered more for family because other cables are so expensive.
Pros: -Higher than average RPM at full power, blows good amount of air
-Nice blue LEDs
-Comes with a fan controller that fits in a rear expansion slot (optional to use)
Cons: -Noisy when running at over 50-60% speed/power
Overall Review: This is an effective fan. I have 2 of them mounted on the front intake locations of my Corsair Carbide 200r case and controlled by a NZXT Sentry Mix 2. I have had them for 7 months and have had no abnormal noises. They just become noticeably loud at a certain speed. I intend to try hydro-bearing fans in the future, but these are working fine for now.
Pros: It works properly.
Cons: None. What you see is what you get.
Overall Review: Definitely recommend this over the 6121. Don't shy away from this one because it's a few extra bucks. I had an issue with the 6121 that caused a month of pain with my ISP. 6141 worked immediately and has been great for months.
Pros: Solid steel frame
-No sharp edges
-Sturdy without being too heavy
-Big enough for decent PSU, GPU, and good cable management
-Cutouts for cable routing and CPU cooler mounting
-Easy to use thumbscrew access to interior, expansion slots
-up to 8 fan mounts
-comes with 2 basic fans
-dust filters for front and PSU intake vents
-Rubber grommets for 3 fan mounts
Plastic front cover
-Clean, unassuming styling
-Easy to remove 5.25" covers
-2x USB 3.0
-Power button w/LED, Reset button, HDD activity LED
Cons: Plastic front cover
-6 clips hold cover on, could break if you're not careful
-very plain looking
-almost too much ventilation on the top, could allow in dust
Overall Review: 200R is perfectly designed to be cheap and functional. It's not fancy, but it gets the job done right. Under budget, too.
My current build is from an old HP Media Center PC. I am in the process of upgrading it a piece or two at a time. It currently runs, but I am not yet able to test this case's USB 3.0 ports due to my ancient motherboard.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 (Conroe)
Mobo: ASUSTek P5BW-LA (Basswood)
RAM: 4GB miscellaneous DDR2
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 5450 1GB PCI-E
HDD: 2x 200GB
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 620W
Case: Corsair 200R
Cooling: 2x Corsair 120mm fans, 2x Rosewill 120mm RFX-120BL
My HDDs are several degrees cooler with those Rosewill fans blowing cool air all over them.
Pros: -23" full 1080p feels like an ocean in front of me--there's plenty of space
-vga, dvi, hdmi, audio inputs
-comes with dvi, vga, and audio cables
-bright and quick
-good array of setting options
-price was right
Cons: -vertical viewing angle not spectacular, but not a big issue (horizontal matters more and is great on this screen)
-speakers are small--no surprise
-makes me want to spend more to get another one
Overall Review: Had this screen for about 2 weeks now and I love it. I've never had such a nice big screen to work on. I know there are fancier screens out there, but I'm coming to this one from a 15" 4:3 Dell freebie window. I'm a hap-py cam-per.
Pros: loaded https sites just fine...
Cons: Only loaded http websites for 2 minutes at a time and only after a modem reset. SO ANNOYING. Thought it was my cable service at first, but Comcast couldn't fix it. Called Motorola and they said there was nothing in the modem that would affect my issue. After replacing this modem with the next model up, everything worked. No idea what in the world was wrong with 6121. Could have been a fluke, but I had a bad experience.
Overall Review: Replaced with an SB6141 which has been working perfectly for over a month now.