Joined on 09/05/09
Pros: -All aluminum, very little plastic -Motherboard tray is removable and fits micro ATX, ATX, and extended ATX -Has spots for crossflow fans -Can easily fit huge video cards, even the ATI 5970 when it comes out -Can fit up to 9 120mm fans, although only 7 positions are immediately assessable -Every side of this case - front, back, sides, top, bottom - has huge open vents. Air cooling is fantastic. It's practically like running a caseless system -The four fan side panel can fit 140 mm fans! When you get all the fans running in this system, it's an impressive sight
Cons: -I actually dislike the tooless feature. Some of the removable panels can jiggle even when locked in place, which may create vibration noise -If you want a large cpu heatsink, you may actually have to remove the four fan side panel, which sucks because it's the best feature of this case -Like a lot of full towers (but not as bad as steel ones) this thing is pretty heavy. I think this thing may weigh up to 50lbs when fully loaded. You'll want to attach the wheels
Overall Review: -Despite some of the flaws, I think this is the best case I've ever owned. The vents allow you to see inside the system, without having the cheap plastic windows. -I don't know why the Antec 1200 gets so much praise. I think this case is much, much better. This case only has a 120mm top fan, unlike the Antec 1200's 200mm fan. But come on, that 200mm fan looks a bit ridiculous. The Stacker 830 simply looks cool
Really Weak Fan
Pros: -Runs quiet at factory speed -Value:Cost is ok
Cons: -Even for 80mm fans this one is incredibly weak. No improvement from stock fans that come with computer cases -Pushing the RPM will increase the noise quite a bit
Overall Review: -Not bad if a small quiet fan is what you're looking for. Just don't expect large cooling improvement unless your want to lose the quiet aspect
Pros: Very quiet Runs cool Goes on a huge sale consistently
Cons: Not fully modular Can't turn off light
Overall Review: I've owned this PSU for two years now. It's performed flawlessly, and I couldn't be happier with it. It used to be by far the cheapest 1KW PSU, but not so much anymore. It's still a great buy when it goes on sale.
Pros: Heat pipe direct 120mm 4 pin fan Can hold 2nd 120mm fan Cheap
Cons: Heat sink can still twist even after installation
Overall Review: Wow, I used a stock fan on my i5 2500K, and it was awful. 40C idle and 75C load. After upgrading to this. I was down to 33C idle and 49C load. Just a huge difference. This thing is definitely worth the cost.
Pros: Legendary Kingston quality Enabled XMP on my motherboard, and the memory immediately clocked to 1600Mhz at cas 9 latency Works as advertised!
Cons: Utterly average speed and latency Almost no overclocking headroom
Overall Review: If you look up RAM reliability, you'll find that Kingston RAM has <0.5% failure rate. Their quality control is above and beyond the competition. All the other RAM manufacturers, Crucial, Corsair, OCZ, G.Skill, etc are above 2%. In addition to being the most reliable RAM you can find, this is also one of the cheapest. I know you're smart if you choose Kingston.
Surprisingly Great! It's a steal!
Pros: Intel Z68 chipset, which allows use of integrated GPU and overclocking mSATA port Bought this on sale for $90! What a deal for a Z68! Legacy PATA and floppy ports
Cons: Only 2 SATA 6Gbps ports No USB 3.0 newegg.com has lousy packaging for motherboards
Overall Review: Usually I'm very happy with newegg, but I couldn't believe what a lousy job they did packaging this motherboard. They put the motherboard at the bottom of the shipping box with some crumpled paper on top. It was no protection at all! When I received the package, it looked like someone had sat on it. The box was completely crushed on one side, and the motherboard box inside was also completely crushed. I thought for sure that it was damaged. It's a testament to Gigabyte build quality that everything is running great! I've overclocked my 2500K to a steady 4Ghz, and I'm happy.