Date Joined: 07/14/05
Pros: No need for huge PSU. Good performance with OC. Low Profile bracket included.
Overall Review: Replaced the older power hungry GPU I had installed in my HP H8-1234. I run a GPU intensive program that generated a lot of heat and noise. This card gives a lot more performance with less power draw, less heat and less noise.
Pros: Modular design is nice so only the cables needed are installed. There seems to be plenty of power to spare for my older evga gtx 580 graphics card which the previous Thermaltake 650 watt PSU could not seem to handle.
Cons: The cables were extremely difficult to manage in a mid sized tower. On the connection to one of my two SATA drives the cable was so stiff the tension actually cracked one of the connector housings exposing the metal contacts making it unusable. Luckily the hard drive connector was not damaged and I could get buy with one SATA power cable. Although if I need to add a optical drive I may be out of luck.
Overall Review: The PSU fan is not as quiet as I'd hoped. This PC also runs a distributed computing project (Fold@Home) that is resource intensive. This means the fan is going to be spinning at a higher speed more often than not. If the F@H client is not running and the system is sitting idle the PSU fan is very quiet. The option to allow fan less mode if the system is cool enough makes it even quieter. For normal use I'd say the PSU is very quiet and at high speed the noise isn't enough to bother you when gaming. In my situation the fan is at high speed most of the time so it is noticeable. I would still recommend this PSU to a friend with a warning to use extra caution when routing the cables. On the plus side the cables are modular so you can easily replace one if it breaks.
Pros: Good price, ease of install, good range
Cons: I don't care for the Logitech Setpoint software but you really don't need it.
Overall Review: Nothing fancy needed. I only sit about 8 feet away from the PC but it all works as advertised.
Pros: The price. Easy install
Overall Review: It worked with My ASRock 4CoreDual-SATA2 R2.0. This is the fastest memory my board can support. It supports DDR or DDR2. I pulled my old DDR 400 out and put this in. I only noticed a slight improvement in performance but I didn't really expect much anyway.
Pros: Compact with a great zoom and good sized display.
Cons: Pictures are noisy in low light like in restaurants. The battery life is OK but if the flash is being used it goes quick. Would have been nice to come with a carrying case.
Overall Review: This was purchased as a gift for my wife because I got very tired of trying to clean up the pictures she took with her cell phone. She loved the color and the pictures are 100 times better than the ones taken with her Gleam. Plus it fits in her purse. Come on America use that cell phone to make calls and buy a camera to take pictures.
Pros: Good price & good quality.
Overall Review: I like OCZ products. I dealt with there customer support folks on a rebate issue with some other memory I owned and they were very helpful. I am a loyal OCZ customer cause good customer service is very rare these days.
Pros: Good battery life, comfortable to use, good range, power button, low battery LED and I love that tilt wheel.
Cons: Kinda pricey but it is a Logitech.
Overall Review: I don't know how I ever got along without side to side scrolling.
Pros: Size and speed & a great warranty.
Overall Review: After years of using different brands of hard drives I have switched to nothing but Western Digital. I have had two WD Raptors for over 5 years and I use my PC for video encoding and that really work the hard drives. Just in case, register your drive to take advantage of the five year warranty (although I haven't had to send one in under warranty yet).
Pros: Looks very nice, quiet and works great. Take a terabytes worth of data with you when you travel.
Cons: The stand helps but it can be a tad top heavy so movement could knock it over. Really bright blue LED (a con for me anyway).
Overall Review: Plugged in and worked with out a hitch. I think it took me all of 15 minutes from opening the box to plugging it in to my PC.
I moved some data around to do a fresh install of my OS and reformat a few drives. I copied a lot of data over and just about filled my 1 TB drive in one day. The enclosure got warm but not so warm that I thought it would overheat.
Pros: Good sized screen, 1080P, HDMI -DVI-VGA inputs, a base that tilts, not one dead pixel, and a fast response time.
Great picture quality!!! I love watching HD/Blue-Ray DVDs on it.
Cons: It's LCD so you need to have a good viewing angle for the best picture. The side to side view isn't too bad but the height is critical. The speakers are not bad for a monitor but that's not saying much You can still use the headphone jack. Not HDCP compliant. Some back light bleed at top and bottom but not too bad. You'll need to spend some time fine tuning the picture quality.
Overall Review: You'll need a graphics card that supports 1080P to get the best performance out of this monitor. The 1080I setting gave me a shakey picture but the 1080P setting gave me a crystal clear image. The text was sharp and the HD is very cool.
I replaced a 17" CRT monitor so this took some getting used to. I don't like having to move the monitor to see it when I move away from my desk but I knew that this is a limitation of all LDC monitors.
The HDMI input is great but you'll want to set up the audio to go to another source. The speakers are not that loud and you can't get surround sound out of two tiny speakers.
As far as getting HD over DVI, that was a major pain. There is so much copy protection that you'll most likely have to jump through hoops to get it working and this monitor is not HDCP compliant according to my software (Nero).
Pros: R/F, good range, power button, good battery life, & compact
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I use this mouse in my living room with a PC. I can control the PC from anywhere in the room. It has a power switch on the bottom so I can turn it off when I'm not using the PC. I haven't need to change the batteries yet and it's been a couple of months now. I bought it for $17.00 bucks so I'm loving it.
Pros: I had already review this memory 5 month ago on performance and It gave it 4 egg's. It has worked really well since then. Now I'd like to rate OCZ as a company.
Overall Review: I got the memory but did not install it in time to apply for the rebate they offered at the time. I wrote a kind of nasty email regarding the short time limit. I received a very nice email back from Iris. She gave me a new address to send the rebate form to and it was honored. I have already received the check. Now I am a loyal OCZ customer and have recommended OCZ ram to several friends. Thank You OCZ.
Pros: Core 2 duo ability, 8X AGP and PCIe compatibility, DDR and DDR2 compatibility. Lots of good features in a low end board.
Overall Review: I wanted to update to a Core 2 Duo but didn't want to have to buy a new graphics card and memory. This board made that possible.
I knew the features when I purchased it but I wish it had a Gigabit lan port, firewire and a PCIe x16 slot. ASRock has always made good low end mother boards. I believe ASRock is a subsidiary of ASUS.
Pros: Great price and D-Link quality
Drivers installed with out a hitch. Full duplex gives you a 2000Mbps max speed! I can copy 8 gigs of data from one PC to another in one tenth of the time it used to.
Overall Review: I'm sure you know you need a Gigibit router but you'll also need at least cat 6 network cables to take full advantage of the speed.
I bought 2 of these to move files from one PC to another on my home network (XP pro & XP home). I chose D-Link because I like D-link products and own a D-Link DIR 655 router.
Some people think this card will make browsing the web faster, it won't. Broadband speeds average less than 10mbs. This is well below the 100mbs NIC that is found in most PCs today.
Pros: Copper cools better. Pretty quiet fan and temps are OK
Cons: I like to use my own thermal grease (arctic silver) so I had to clean off the thermal compound that was already on the heat sink.
Overall Review: I replaced the CPU at the same time so I can't give a before and after temp.
Pros: Good price for a higher end card. It's on an XP system so driver install was a snap. Install was easy and the cable required for power was included. The PC is used as a media PC and the S-Video TV out looks great!
Cons: There seems to be a lot of heat coming of this card. More than I'd expect. I don't have any software installed to monitor it. It hasn't caused a problem as of yet.
Overall Review: I have always thought that the ATI chip set is better for watching TV programs. I watch lots of Netflix's on line programming and it looks better than cable.
Pros: If you have an older system with a celeron processor you will notice a big difference. I had an older eMachine and this processor made a big difference.
Cons: None, it does what it supposed to.
Overall Review: I wish New Egg offered the 3.2 P4 with the Northwood core. This processor is the next best thing.
Pros: It's a great price for 2 gigs of ram. The sticks look very nice with the mirrored platinum heatspreaders. It was a great way to boost my older system's performance.
Cons: I couldn't boot with the CAS set to 2 I had to use 2.5. I know my mother board can be pickey (Abit NF7-S 2.0)so I can't really blame the ram.
Overall Review: I love New Egg
Pros: Good price. Has some weight to it so it feels solid.
Cons: Could have had a couple more 4 pin connectors. If you have a lot of fans you'll need some splitters. This is the only reason I couldn't give 5 stars.
Overall Review: I bought this brand in a 400 watt PSU about 5 years ago. I still have it and it has always had power to spare. I expect the same from this unit.
Pros: Worked as it should and it was at a good price.
Overall Review: Put it in my old Gateway 450SX. That bumped it up to 512. The laptop runs 10x better than before.
Pros: Good price. I haven't had a coaster yet. I've reused the same DVD a few times and so far so good.
Overall Review: Some reviewers claim to only be able to burn DVDs once. I do a full erase (not the quick erase) before each burn and I haven't had any trouble.
Pros: Good price, Great picture and great capture quality. Because encodeing is on the card it uses very little of my CPU (AMD XP2800+) to encode a movie. I can still use my PC while capturing a TV show. The remote seems ok so far.
Cons: I needed to get some updated drivers because of audio loss on some channels. If you want a channel guide it will cost you a monthly fee. That is unless you can find a free one. ;)
Overall Review: I love having TV on the PC. I already have capture and DVD authoring software so I wont be useing the Ulead software that came with it. That's why I didn't comment on how good or bad it is.
Pros: Very good heat transfer.
Cons: It conducts electricity as well as heat. You'll need to follow the instructions at Artic Silver's website to the letter.
Overall Review: I used this with a copper heatsink on my AMD XP3200+ and temps dropped 5 degrees c. Down to 39c at full load.
Pros: It is a good price and the wires were clearly marked. The Firewire was not a pass through but I prefer to connect to the motherboard anyway. It fits in the spare floppy bay perfectly.
Cons: The headphone jack does not cut off the speakers when the headphones are plugged in. It's not a big deal because I can just turn off the power to the external speakers when I'm using the headphones.
Overall Review: My motherbaord is a NF7-S. I needed to download the latest manual for a better description of my boards pin outs.
Pros: Easy to install: It has a good clip and it is smaller than the stock heat sink. I installed it without removing my motherboard. The fan is nice and quiet too.
Cons: The heat sink surface is not as smooth as I'd like it. That's probably why it came with a thermal pad and not thermal grease. I removed the pad and used Artic Silver 5. I had to use a tiny bit more than I usually do. If you decide to use Artic Silver 5 be sure to go to their website for instructions first. If you want the heat sink to be smooth as glass, you'll need a lapping kit.
Overall Review: I run a program called Fold at home. It uses 100% of your CPU and I run it 24/7. With the stock heat sink I ran around 46 to 48c. My temps have dropped 5 degrees. I expect to see it drop a couple more degrees after the Artic Silver fully cures.