Date Joined: 03/14/07
Pros: Love the windows 7 OS. Not much more you can say than it's the best for the almost any hardware that can handle it...
Cons: price hasn't dropped much despite the OS being out for a while now.
Overall Review: Seems like hardware is getting so cheap that you can almost buy a piece of hardware that has licensing already for almost what the software cost alone is...
Pros: Cisco branded cables always seem to last longer than their knock-off counterparts
Cons: none really
Overall Review: It just works... First time, everytime.
Pros: I absolutely love this board. I have had it for many years now. There has been little to no drop in voltages over the years. This system just runs. It has run 24/7 for longer than I can think. I've been running that way since Sept 2008. so over 3 years. Good overclocker. Good solid board all around. Has most everything you need.
Cons: slow to start up? don't know why, but when it's off, which isn't often, it takes like 10 seconds for bios to start it's posting process... don't know what that's all about, never affected me though, because I ran this box 24/7 so never really did anything but move the mouse to make it snap back to life quickly!
Overall Review: P5Q-PRO Motherboard
Q6600 Intel Quad Core G0 Stepping overclocked to 3.0
4GB Kingston HyperX 1066 KHX8500D2K2/2GR
GeForce GTX 280
Dell 23" LCD
Pros: 1080 native resolution. Lower level inputs (composite) have built in upscaler that works well to help match the panel. Power swivel (that's just cool). Very good living room addition. Not to mention PS3 games are awesome on this screen!!!!
Cons: Some hdmi sources don't play well with this TV. That said, you can easily use a simple HDMI converter to circumvent any of these problems (cost me $34 to fix).
Overall Review: Good purchase, would do again.
Pros: Using in Baltimore County Area. I am getting 54 channels with this antenna. I like it a lot. I didn't mount it as I find I move it sometimes for one or two of my stations. I have always had a roommate with some sort of cable/satellite, but never really watched TV all that much myself. This makes a perfect "free" solution to having a monthly bill.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: My tuner is the built in tuner for the Sony Bravia 40" LCD I have this hooked to. Your results may vary by tuner.
Pros: This is not a gamers board, so don't expect it to act like one. I loved this board. I was building a good solid machine for my mother's business and ended up doing a lot on it for what little machine it was. We coupled with a simple Pentium D 820 and 2 GB Kingston Memory and it just flys right along. If you need a good solid cheap board to build a straight forward power saving machine then you have found your board. It is really green friendly. Runs on low power consumption. Onboard video was adequate for our needs (light Photoshop editing, web browsing, office tasks). If you are a gamer, get a different board. This one is not for you.
Cons: The placement of the jumpers for the front panel buttons and hd lights and power leds is pretty far away. The cheap rosewill case that we got to put this in barely reached. I can see how some cases would have a problem. If I had a video card in it, I would've had to lengthen my cables. Over clocking abilities in Bios are very limited. Not a concern here, as stock clocks were used since it is just a business machine. Only 2 memory slots, but I listed that as a pro to, cause if you think of what the purpose of this type of board is it's sufficient, but some would complain. I thought it fine though.
Overall Review: Over all would buy again. My mother's extremely happy, and that takes an old Pentium D 820 off my shelf and gives it new life. She loves it. Absolutely loves it. . . I am thinking of building another computer on this same board with my old Q6600 and see how it performs. I still have 2 sticks of the 1 GB Kingstons left, so just a case and hard drive and well, I guess I pretty much need it all huh???? oops... Oh well.... :)
Cons: DOA on arrival. First and last Zotac. I have built tons of systems over the years. (Knock on wood) until now have never had a dead on arrival board. I know it happens sometimes, but from what I see in reviews it happens more than it should with this brand. Took a gamble and lost. So, RMA it is. No cross ship for a different board either. Bummer.
Overall Review: Don't get got by the combos. I bought this one without reading much about it because of a killer deal with a processor and ram. They wouldn't let me keep my ram and processor and just RMA the board for an exchange to a different board. Said I would loose the $38 combo savings, which I understand, but this board was only $48, so they would only refund $10 if I didn't RMA whole combo... so stupid... still LOVE THE EGG. wouldn't go anywhere else.
Pros: The keys are super quite. I type rather fast and they are great to use. Haven't used the mouse, so can't speak for that.
Cons: Left foot broke off the keyboard on day two of ownership. You get what you pay for I guess... Can't even find it cause I didn't know when it broke off... Looks like they just pop on or off.
Overall Review: still would have bought, cause of price. Just pay attention everywhere you have the keyboard and don't loose the feet.
Pros: RELIABLE. I have had many of these and other WD drives and I am a fan!!! Nothing beats them. When other drives fail these keep kickin'.
Cons: Could be a bit faster, but you get what you pay for, it's not a velociraptor drive.
Overall Review: scores 5.7 on vista for hard drive
Pros: Great, clean power. Runs EVERYTHING I throw at it. Modular design, with lots of different modular cables to support about any drive and card setup. I can definately recommend this to any power user that requires this type of power.
Cons: Weight??? no, that's gonna be there for any high output Power supply. Guess there is no con :)
Overall Review: runs my quad core with 4 sata hard drives and 1 sata optical drive, and a 9800 GX2 video card, and another small 8400 GT card without even thinking twice.
Pros: decent static strap for cheap.
Overall Review: got this in a toolkit for travel. My workbench has a much nicer one for when I build computers. Is good for a spare, or in a toolkit that you don't use often.
Pros: 120mmx38mm fan. Moves tons of air.
Cons: Little loud. But definately not a con if you want the computer it's for to stay cool no matter what
Overall Review: I bought 3 to replace stock fans in LIAN-Li case, but was only able to use 1 in that case due to it's big width of 38mm. most 120mm fans have a width of 25mm or 20mm like my lian-li had stock. I was unable to swap them out due to the space inbetween hard drive caddy and front of case. Not a con, just be aware of what space you have these are BIG fans. I really love the one I was able to use though!!!!
Pros: not many 60mm fans to choose from and this is one.
Cons: fan blades really really thin, one broke off installing it. Couldn't use. couldn't send back cause I was the one that broke it off. Never have had this problem with ANY fan I installed in the past. Has just really flimsy and thin blades.
Overall Review: newegg still rocks even though this product doesn't
Pros: good fan good price. really cools system well
Overall Review: i like that it's just black, I don't care for all the fancy LED junk on my system. Simple elegance
Pros: Best thermal compound on the market in my opinion. I have built lots of systems over the years. Heat is the main destroyer of them. Protect your system with the best heat disipating products you can. Good thermal paste, and good fans are your best investment.
Overall Review: newegg rocks
Pros: put in a Asus P5Q-Pro board and runs at 1066 perfectly. I love this memory works great. Passed memtest86+ for 8 hours over night... no errors!!!
Cons: None, works as advertised
Overall Review: automatically shows up as 800, have to manually set to 1066 in Bios, not a con, just adds compatibility to older boards that don't support the 1066, and is standard on most 1066 memory.
Pros: FAST. Price. This is a great processor at a great price. Overclocks easy. I have on an ASUS P5Q-Pro board, and overclocked to 3.0Ghz at 1333 FSB without problem. Overclocked to 3.6Ghz at 1600 FSB with a bit of heat, didn't trust for longevity. If you watercooled it, would be stable at that speed, but 3.0 Ghz is perfect for me on air. I do have an aftermarket cooler, but don't suggest the one I got my next try is the Thermaltake cooler.
Pros: Always go with TDK, never seem to have burn errors, or bad discs. Great product, great price. Steer clear of Memorex though.
Pros: large capacity
Cons: failed within 1 week. I've had 4 other seagate drives in my life. all have failed. Now I know why I buy Western Digital. You get what you pay for. Pay the extra 5 or 10 to get the WD.
Overall Review: Quad-Core 6600 run @ 3.0 Ghz on an Asus p5q-pro with 4 GB Kingson HyperX 1066, 1.75 TB HD space :)
Pros: Good solid board. Lots and lots of SATA ports. Has the ICH10R chipset which is a LOT better than the ICH9R that was a joke. 1600 capable FSB (couldn't hit with my setup because of heat though ended up at 1520). Quad core capable. Can have 8 GB of 1066 DDR2. Specs seem to actually translate to realworld. I was able to reliably (8 hours torture test in Prime95) a Q6600 to 3.4 GHz with NO heat problems and No errors what so ever. I would highly recommend
Cons: Not SLI, but that's what I ordered.
Overall Review: My setup:
Lian-Li Lancool K7, P5Q Pro, Q6600 @ 3.4GHz (380system clock x 9 multiplier @ 1.3v true vCore), Arctic Cooling Freezer 7, Kingston HyperX 4x1 GB DDR2 1066 (run at 912 with 4-4-4-12 @ 2.1v), EVGA 9800 GX2, Western Digital 2 x 500 GB Hard Drives, 750 GB Western Digital Hard Drive,
22x Samsung DVDR/RW DL, 52-in-1 Card reader (generic), 3 120mm fans (1 upgraded to the Ultra Kraze),
Antec Quatro 1000 watt power supply
Pros: This is a reliable keyboard. The keys aren't loud when you type. The keys have a good pressure to them, so it's comfortable to type for long times. I've own for several years and no problems. Comes with USB to PS2 adapter. Worked well on my Belkin KVM too. All kinds of buttons that supposable start up all kinds of things
Cons: not ergonomic, but I'm not sure I like those kinds. A lot of the buttons that are supposed to start things don't really do anything. The only one I use is the calculator one because it does work :)
Overall Review: Overall I would purchase again.
1: Asus P5KC, Q6600, 2 GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM, 2 - 250GB Baracuda (Raid 0), 2 - 750GB WD (JBOD), 22x Samsung DVD R/RW, EVGA Geforce 9800 GX2
2: OLD - still works with this keyboard