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Travis B.

Travis B.

Joined on 04/14/09

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The Cheapest Deal!

Rosewill R223-P-BK 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Rosewill R223-P-BK 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Excellent price. Nice, black textured finish doesn't show fingerprints. Large, easy to use power button that lights up a nice blue. The reset button is a small button on the front panel and it can't be accidentally triggered. That's okay with me, since I never use the reset button anyway. The fan duct worked perfectly in my instance, and was easily adjustable for depth. There's lots of room inside for everything a normal computer builder would need. My case arrived intact, nothing broken. The drive doors work fine. The rear 120mm fan moves a lot of air and while it's not silent, it's not nearly as noisy as others I've heard. The fan sits in its own plastic mounting bracket. The front panel wiring is the easiest I've used so far. The side panel vent keeps my fanless GeForce 9400 GT card nice and cool. There's even two thumb screws for the side case panel. Overall, this was the best $20 I ever spent on a case.

Cons: While this case does its intended purpose nicely, the metal construction is VERY thin. I had to use VERY light torque on the case and motherboard screws, especially after I learned from stripping one of the rear case screw holes. It didn't take much torque to strip one, either. I had to just barely snug those screws which thread into the case. Just keep in mind that you're not working on a top-of-the-line case here. The thin metal is expected for a case in this price range, so I can't really consider this a con, just an understanding of what I was actually buying. P.S. Why do they still incorporate a rear I/O panel on new cases which are never compatible with any of the newer motherboards?

Overall Review: I bought this case when it was on sale the second week of September for $19.99 with free shipping. I didn't expect much for that price, but I was very impressed with the overall quality. I had originally built this computer using a Compaq D310v Microtower case I already had, but I had overheating issues. Transferring my hardware into this case brought everything to normal temps. My hardware inside the case: Biostar GF8100 M2+ TE Socket AM2+ motherboard AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ processor, stock speed AMD heatsink and fan, heatpipe design 4 GB OCZ Platinum 1066 MHz PC8500 DDR2 RAM Sparkle GeForce 9400 GT 1GB fanless PCI-E graphics card Logisys 550 Watt PSU with PCIE, SATA & 120mm fan Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 SATA II HDD 32MB buffer Samsung SH-S182M DVD-RW IDE drive with LightScribe

Most Critical Review

No Room For Liquid CPU Cooler. :(

DIYPC DIY-A1-W White Tempered Glass USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 1 x 120mm White Fan x Rear Pre-installed
DIYPC DIY-A1-W White Tempered Glass USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 1 x 120mm White Fan x Rear Pre-installed

Pros: Lots of 2.5" mounting options Nice hideaway cable management behind motherboard area Nice enamel finish on white metal panels Plenty of places for 120mm fans

Cons: Top of case looks deceptively like it could hold a 240mm liquid cooler. Will not clear motherboard! The radiator itself is hitting against the motherboard, and the fans aren't even installed yet. Needs another inch vertical room above top of motherboard before one will fit. Tempered glass side panel holds in heat. Had to keep it removed to prevent overheating of my RX 590 video card. Mounts in front of case for two 120mm fans. Not sure where they're gonna get air from, since the front panel is solid. :/

Overall Review: Not a bad case if you're building a mild PC. It looks nice, there's lots of options for cables and 2.5" drives, as well as capability for up to five 120mm fans. Definitely not recommended for a mining rig. If you're looking for a case you can use liquid cooling in, then pass this one up.

Cheap But Works

ASUS GeForce 8400 GS 512MB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card EN8400GS Silent/P/512M
ASUS GeForce 8400 GS 512MB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card EN8400GS Silent/P/512M

Pros: ASUS name, Nvidia chip, cheap price (if rebate goes through), passive heatsink. Works okay for freeing up RAM from the onboard video. It's a basic non-gaming card.

Cons: I must be missing something when it comes to Nvidia card number designations. I used this 8400 card on a ZOTAC 6100 Value motherboard to replace a Geforce 7600 GS AGP card on a Biostar K8M800 motherboard. How many people think that an 8400 would play games better than a 7600? That's what I thought. WRONG!!!!! Long story short, I installed the latest drivers for the motherboard and graphics card and still the 7600 blows away the 8400 on Call of Duty World At War. The 8400 is so choppy on the graphics that it's nearly impossible to play. You can actually count the frames! The 7600 I had was so smooth on CoD WaW that it would put my other computer (with a 9400 GT) on a run for the money. Is PCI-Express supposed to be better? I'm not convinced. If I knew that the 8400 would be on par with an FX 5200, then I would have saved my money and bought another 9400 GT. Perhaps I'll try ATi next time.

Overall Review: Graphics card manufacturers need to be consistent with their model designations in relation to their game playing ability. A higher number is supposed to mean that it's a better card than the lower numbers, but with Nvidia apparently that's not the case. I think it's more like 8 series on par with 6 series, 9 series with 7 series, etc. There must be a pattern there somewhere. Maybe someone will crack the Nvidia code for us so we'll all know. This card was used in my sons' system: AMD Athlon X2 5200 cpu 3 GB DDR2 667 mhz RAM Seagate 200 GB SATA HDD Lite-On DVD-RW SATA ODD A-Power AGS 400 watt PSU Rosewill mATX black case Windows 7 32-bit OS

First And Last ZOTAC Motherboard

ZOTAC GF6100-B-E AM2+ / AM2 (AM3 CPU compatible) NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ZOTAC GF6100-B-E AM2+ / AM2 (AM3 CPU compatible) NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Cheap price, average features, free shipping (when I bought mine), Nvidia chipset, that's about it.

Cons: The network adapter is dead. after installing Windows 7 to a clean hard drive, I had to install a PCI network adapter just to get it onto the internet to install the chipset drivers from Zotac's website. After that, I finally got the audio started working, but when configuring the internet connection with the network adapter, Windows 7 popped up a window stating there was a hardware problem with the network adapter. I've bought dozens of motherboards over the years and this is the first new motherboard I bought that had any problem out of the box. It's possible that Zotac makes a quality motherboard, but the fact that this one escaped their QC department annoys me. It would have been a killer deal on this motherboard if everything that's soldered to the board actually worked. Since this was my very first Zotac motherboard purchase and having this kind of experience from the start, I probably won't buy another Zotac product.

Overall Review: Since I already sent in the UPC for the mail-in rebate (haven't heard of anyone actually GETTING the rebate yet), that releases Newegg from all responsibility of the item they sold. And it's way too much trouble to tear the PC down and send the board back to the manufacturer and wait weeks for another one. It's just as cheap to just buy a Biostar mobo. So...it's electronics. We take a risk with any electronics purchase. I've never had any problem with Biostar motherboards, so I'll stay with that brand for my budget motherboards from now on.

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An excellent HP product at an excellent price!

I didn't expect much for what I paid for this computer. I bought it for use as an HTPC. It came preloaded with Windows 7 Professional and came with a keyboard and mouse. Everything was well packed and nice and clean. The computer is fast and quiet. It was advertised as having 2GB RAM but mine came with 6GB! The onboard graphics has perfect color and picture quality. I tried upgrading it with a 1GB Radeon HD6450 but the card seriously had worse picture quality and the text was distorted. So I went back to the onboard graphics. My only regret was not purchasing two of these units!

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