Joined on 03/26/04
Pros: Great cooling, easy to install. Most drives are screwless install. Great looking, better if the lights were blue. Smilodon means Saber-Toothed Tiger, which I have loved since I was a kid. Very strong and well made. Everything you would expect from a steel case.
Cons: It didn't install itself. It refused to get me more Dr. Pepper so I had to use my kids for child labor. It is too quiet. The lights are not Blue, nor are they Purple or red. I think it bit me during install. The front USB and sound ports are a bit low for my tastes. It makes my friends want one too. Needs expensive Elecricity to run the power supply instead of air. My children can find the power button when I am not around.
Overall Review: I was very impressed with this case. I have built hundreds of PC's in the last 10 years and this was one of the easiest cases to work with. Oh.. The arm with the fan on it comes off... stop having people hold it for you. The door comes off as well and makes the MB install very simple. Really the only thing I would change in this case is the power supply and up it to about 800 watts. But that is easy enough to do. The Price is unbeatable for what you get. The Egg, as always, shipped my stuff the same day and I got it quick.
Pros: The clamp is pretty good and mostly metal. The platform is big.
Cons: The mouse platform is plastic and although I think it won't likely break it is a bit too floppy... I would rather it be hard and immobile. The clamp put the platform in kind of a too-low position. The clamp has a plastic piece... it seems sturdy, but I think the clamping surfaces should have rubber contacts on them, but they don't.
Overall Review: I think I am going to throw the platform piece away and make a custom one out of wood and add rubber contacts to the clamping surfaces. The clamp is mostly metal and sturdy.
Sturdy and Well made
Pros: It's really well made and functions well. I'm actually impressed at how well it is put together.
Cons: I only gave this 4 eggs because I think it makes my keyboard too high and my mouse pad tilting at a weird position. Also My keyboard slips off when the tray is tilted too far. I fixed the issue with some Sugru and made a little lip on the hand rest pad so the keyboard wouldn't fall anymore.
Overall Review: There is a lot I like about the tray and with a few modifications to my desk and the tray I think it will be great. :)
Best Mouse ever
Pros: Buttons, Buttons and Glorious Buttons!! Backlit. Same Driver Software for my G13 and G19 and profiles all sync for all devices. Buttons are programmable for ANYTHING. High resolution is great when I am spanning 5 monitors... I can get where I need to be fast. I can match the colors to profiles and modes however I want or make the colors pulse. I still make everything dark purple, but it's nice to have the options. :) Ring finger click is awesome for gaming! I dunno how I lived without it before. I have not had any of the issues that anyone here has had with this mouse. Best mouse on the market IMO. Make sure you upgrade your drivers from the web. I upgraded from a Razer Naga. This is much easier to find the right thumb button because of the way the buttons are raised. I have big hands and this is much more comfortable for me than most mice because of it's size. Amazing and I love it. We are getting married next spring.
Cons: Too cool for school. Does not clean itself while I am eating Doritos or a hamburger.
Overall Review: AMD FX-9590 16GB GSKILL Trident 1866 RAM ASUS Crossfire V 990FX Motherboard Windows 8.1 64bit 2x XFX AMD Radeon HD 6970 in Crossfire 4- 24" Asus Monitors and a 42" Phillips TV Coolermaster Cosmos SE case
Pros: Fast, AMD, awesome multitasking. Rarely see more than 35% CPU usage while gaming with ESO, SWTOR, Skyrim, Mass Effect 1,2 and 3 etc.
Cons: Uses a lot of power.
Overall Review: People have complained about heat with this processor and with the AMD FX-9370. The heat I have see people post on here is unreal. All I can say is if you are having heat issues you are doing something wrong. I have built 2 systems with the AMD FX-9370 and my gaming rig has an AMD FX-9590 and the highest temps I have seen while gaming is 45C. During benchmarks and burn in I have seen 53C. If you are getting higher temps than that you need to change your cooler or get a better case with better airflow or cool the temps in your environment. I am using the COSMOS SE case from cooler master and the Liquid Cooling system from AMD. I am running 2 Radeon HD 6970's in crossfire with 5 monitors. My cards get up to about 60C but never my processor. Rethink your setup if you are having heat issues. It's not the CPU, it's your rig.
Super fast and I have 2
Pros: Fast and fast. I have 2 with the liquid cooling solution that AMD provides and I LOVE it, even though it's a little thick. I am using one as a server running 6 virtual machines for a Point Of Sale system and the processor barely even knows it's doing anything. I have never seen temps above 35C. My other one is my workstation for work and the multitasking is amazing. even compressing/decompressing files or rendering videos or anything... I have a hard time taxing this processor even doing several things at once. The Cooler has a USB connection that makes it so you can monitor and control fan and pump speeds based on heat. usually idles around 16C I rarely see temps above 25C. If you are having heat problems, you are doing it wrong.
Cons: I have experienced none.
Overall Review: Both machines have 32GB of RAM as I do a lot of testing with virtual machines and the like. Using Cooler Master Cosmos SE cases and XFX 850w power supplies. I don't have massive video cards in these machines so 850 is more than enough. Both are running RAID 5 configs with WD Black HDD's. Both are running Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit. Never been happier with a processor and will be getting one for my gaming rig at home.