Date Joined: 11/19/03
Cons: Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
DON'T buy this power supply based on warranty. This company does not stand behind its products. Mine was bought from Newegg, is still in warranty and is now deader than a doornail after failing to start up one morning, and because they no longer make that exact model, Xigmatek will neither fix nor replace it.
Overall Review: I had always thought well of Xigmatek, enough to buy a number of their products over the past several years. And any company that fronts a 3-5 year warranty must mean it, right? Is the fact that they no longer make that exact model enough to get them off the hook? I don't think so.
Pros: Fast, cool, quiet... and there is no comparison in graphic detail with my old 5870. This card is just a little over 1/2 the size, runs 40 deg cooler, and I can't hear it even with the fans boosted (though I have no real reason to run it that way now). This thing hasn't broken a sweat yet.
Cons: None that I can see or imagine.
Overall Review: I'm embarrassed to say I paid far more for my old card than I did for this one ... and it still works. Just not nearly as fast or as well. But at this price (on sale with a rebate), after seeing this card run, I don't regret the purchase one little bit.
Pros: Bright, clear sound for music, with great EAX support for gaming. No muffling, crackling or hissing ... just an all-around impressive all-around card, and an excellent value for the money.
Cons: Can't think of any, for the card itself. But the truth is, no matter how much I like dealing with Newegg, I did get a better price on the card elsewhere (with rebate and free shipping).
Overall Review: I loved my old M-Audio Revolution, but with the sad driver situation, the time came on my last machine upgrade when I decided it was time we parted ways. I decided to use onboard until I decided on a new card, which ... worked okay, I guess ... but wasn't even close to the clarity I was used to, no matter how I tweaked it.
This Xonar is leaps and bounds ahead of onboard, and is surprisingly close to matching my old card, with far better game compatibility and excellent 3d sound. The software that comes with is light, full-featured and easy to use. I'm impressed, Asus!
Pros: Acer Aspire 3000 instantly recognized it and loaded right up. A sorely needed improvement over the pitiful 256mb the laptop shipped with (which was scarcely enough to load Windows XP).
Cons: No complaints at all.
Overall Review: Can't say I'm impressed with UPS Mail--which actually circled around my city in going from processing center to processing center. This memory from Newegg thus took a week to get here... whereas when I ordered a new laptop battery from another supplier, it reached me in TWO DAYS via normal USPS mail from California. I won't fault Newegg or the product for it, but it does make me think twice about ordering an item that ships by that method.
Pros: Xigmatec isn't well known for their power supplies, but read the reviews--this is a solid, well-built unit that outperforms its class ... it is a great value at this price point. Two 12v rails carry 30 amps each. FIVE YEAR warranty!
Cons: Relatively small heatsinks, but shouldn't be a problem with adequate airflow ventilation.
Overall Review: Bought this to replace a Rose that suddenly refused to bloom one morning. Before I had my coffee.
No fancy packaging or shiny lights, neither of which I look at or see anyway after the thing is installed--all I ask is that it powers my rig strongly, quietly, so I can play my games without having to think about it.
Pros: Overall, one of the best cases I have ever built out. Pre-drilled for different size fans, steel edges are rolled, all the panels fit snugly against each other, and it comes with all the mounting screws/standoffs/cable ties you'll ever need. Plenty of room to work in, and wire and cable management is a snap. There is simply no other case that can match it at this price--it's a steal.
Cons: The only sharp section of metal in this case is around the power supply opening. Yes, I found it without even looking...
My tower sits at floor level, and the only real concern I have is the filter on the bottom beneath the power supply--I think it should have been removable for easier cleaning. How are you supposed to clean dust out of that thing? I very nearly bought a different case because of it; but in the end I just couldn't pass up the value for money that the rest of this package offers.
Overall Review: If you have a long video card, you might have a snug fit with the middle drive bay enclosure in place. My Radeon 4870 went in easily but having the power plugs on the end, looping the stiff cables to fit in such a small space was a near thing. I suspect I'll have an easier time with the (even longer) 5870 ... just because the power cables on that card are on the side.
Buy it. There are far worse cases for twice the money.
Pros: My daughter bought this card for me, from Newegg of course.
Runs games fast, cool and smooth, all maxed out pretty--a real Beast--no surprises there. A guilty pleasure, I admit, but the combo deal was too good to pass up! Simple install, booted up instantly and without a single problem... and on a 600w power supply.
I was amazed to find that after installing this card my system (cpu and mb) temps dropped a full 10 degrees over my old 4870, and it idles and runs cooler than that (VaporX) card ever did.
Love that the power cords plug in the side rather than the end--so much easier for installation.
Cons: The only con I can think of is the sheer size of this card... it spans the entire length of my mid tower Centurion case, would have been impossible if I had a hard drive in that slot. It actually juts into the hard drive bay just a little bit. But looking on the bright side, I think this is not so much a con, because it can scoop air right from the mesh front of the case.
Overall Review: Again, size--it depends very much on the configuration of your case whether this card will even fit. It was fortunate that I chose to install it in the case I did--I own another machine with a case that has a swivel/slide-out hard drive block, and this card simply would not have worked.
Pros: Great story, great characters and immersive game world, absolutely superb soundtrack. Kudos to ProjektRed for continuing to support and enhance this game ... for removing DRM ... and for releasing enhanced content free of charge!
I have been gaming since the 1980's--and this has become one of my all-time favorites.
Cons: Combat takes a little getting used to, for those inured to the traditional approaches ... for the first couple hours on my first playthrough, I wasn't sure I liked it.
Overall Review: If you haven't played TW, buy it now! Not mentioning any names, but it puts even more recent titles by bigger houses to shame.
Really looking forward to the future release of TW2!
Pros: Got this printer on sale--Newegg had a fantastic deal--and couldn't ask for more. Arrived quickly and in great shape--special thanks Newegg and UPS!
Color laser for less than $200, I'd have ended up paying as much to replace my old inkjet. This is a very quiet printer, compared to my old LJ (may it rest in peace). Color output is quite good, certainly sufficient for general use, which is all I need. Text is sharp and clear. No problems at all printing across the network.
Cons: Printer cartridges are a mite expensive, no generic alternative. Color printing tends to be slow, compared to inkjet printers.
Overall Review: There was a smell when I first fired it up, went away quickly and hasn't happened since.
Pros: Space + 64 meg buffer = a great solution for NAS. Not the fastest platter speed, but does a great job with file transfers and streaming across the network.
Overall Review: Came back to Western Digital, and I'm not sorry. When this thing fills up, I'll buy another without a second thought.
Pros: Easy setup, works beautifully--nothing more to say. Effortlessly streams music and video to multiple connected pc's.
Cons: The only thing I can think of is that I wish it had a timed auto-shutdown/startup function. Not a deal-breaker by any means.
Overall Review: I bought this to replace an aging and very full Linkstation, which after 5+ years of constant use was gasping its last. I have to say that for the price, I didn't expect much... but I was wrong. This thing is far faster and expandable too, at a fraction of what I paid for my old NAS.
Pros: This is one amazing card! I ran Oblivion on a 3850 with 512mb, and texture memory was always maxed out--but with this 4870, memory handling is so much more efficient, it's not even close to what the old card carried. And then there's the speed...
Sapphire's vapor-x cooling works beautifully; the fan noise is more of a whoosh than anything else, and is only noticeable at higher manual settings (above 60).
Cons: It's big--very big. Spans the full length of my Centurion case, coming right up against the drive bays; and it takes up two full slots, leaving only a very small clearance for a PCI card in the next.
This thing puts off some heat and stirs a lot of air, and blows it all out into the case. As a result, I had to re-evaluate air flow, and overhaul my case-fan speed adjustments to keep my motherboard from overheating. With that done, though, the temps dropped dramatically on all components--and now they stay well within tolerances even under load. (The answer to cooling isn't always to add more fans ... sometimes you have to take some away!)
Overall Review: This is a super value at $169--heavy and solidly-built, and the vapor-x technology is a winner. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
Pros: Seems fast enough ... I'm sure the 32mb buffer helps. Cool to the touch even during formatting and file transfers. With the space afforded by this drive, I was able to remove two others from my system (a 250g Sata 1, and a 500g Sata 2)... cutting down the load on my power supply as well as reduce heat within the case. I don't regret purchasing it one bit.
Cons: 750 gigs for $59, and it's Western Digital--I can't find a thing not to like about it.
Overall Review: I bought this drive before I confirmed that it was 5400 rpm, but I let the order stand; since I have a number of space hungry machines in the house, I can always use another drive. Instead, when it arrived I installed it in my main machine, to replace an almost new but very marginal (according to S.M.A.R.T.) 7200 *S* boot drive ... I was not liking the idea of having that boot drive fail at all.
Honestly, this WD drive so far has given me quiet, solid performance, and I really don't notice much difference between it and the 7200.11 it replaced. My games still reside on a separate (good) 7200 rpm drive ... this one is purely Windows and data storage, and it fulfills that role very well.
Pros: Memory works fine
Cons: Around six months after submitting the rebate form, I finally received my check from OCZ, which I happily deposited.
This 'rebate' actually ended up costing me more money than if I'd bought a competing product, because of additional charges from my bank for returning the check. Way to go, OCZ!
Pros: Very solid, well-made sticks, fired up instantly and works a charm. It took a lot to win me away from Corsair, but this deal was too good to pass up--I'm happy to say this is a
quality product from a company that has earned my respect.
Cons: Not really a con, but these things are huge... I mean, I had read they were big, but I didn't really comprehend until I opened the package. Due to the layout of my motherboard, if I'd had a larger CPU cooler, they would not have fit--but everything was fine (if a little snug).
Overall Review: It took a full ten days to receive this after ordering ... good thing I didn't really need it, right? *sarcasm mode off* Seriously, Newegg, I won't be ordering memory from you again until the carrier changes--these folks didn't even pick it up for three days. It didn't have to go that far--I'd have had it in half the time if you'd just dropped it in the mailbox and let the USPS handle it. The product won't lose an egg because of this--but Newegg customer service will.
Pros: The very best coffeemaker I've found for daily use! Love not having a paper filter, and being able to pour a cup before the whole pot has finished brewing. The programmable controls are simple to use. DeLonghi has a winner here, glad to see they're still making it!
Cons: None at all.
Overall Review: I owned one of these prior to this purchase and put it through the wringer for three years--it was a very sad day for me when it stopped working correctly. But I finally found another one!
Pros: I bought this mouse after several cordless laser versions failed ... guess they're just not made to last, at least not for gaming. This one is! The cord is long and flexible enough that I don't even know it's there--and right now I can't figure why I was so dead set on having a cordless. This mouse works every bit as well as the Revolution, if not better (no more dropped signals), and I don't have to remember to charge it!
Cons: Not a con exactly, but the 'sandy' finish takes a little getting used to. Can't say I really notice it any more, though.
Overall Review: I'd buy another in a heartbeat.
Pros: I dropped in this processor and it booted up instantly--it runs superfast and almost as cool as my previous 65nm dc (idles at 34-35C and hasn't gone above 111F under full load). I've thrown a mild overclock on it (3.1ghz), and it stays just as stable and cool--if I have a few extra $, I'll replace the CPU cooler and push it a little harder, but for now I'm extremely happy. My daughter has had similar results with an identical processor.
Cons: Not a one!
Overall Review: This processor is a classic ... and at $92 it's a steal. For the apps I use, a quad-core running at 2.6ghz makes no sense, lol.
Pros: I hooked this up to my HP1100 Laserjet, and Windows found it instantly... prints with no problems even as a shared network printer.
Overall Review: I was quite unhappy to find that many motherboard makers chose to forego the trusty parallel port in their newer offerings ... simply put, I've had to change out my motherboard in order to use a faster processor, only to find that I could no longer use my laser printer or more than two of my IDE drives. I don't have the money to replace perfectly good equipment such as this printer, and it should not be necessary--in short, any mobo maker who refuses to take compatibility with commonly-used business equipment into account has lost my $ from now on.
Pros: Nothing flimsy about it. Great airflow, rounded edges, heavy construction and (mostly) toolless. The tip-out motherboard tray can't be beat for ease of installation. The plexi on the sides is solid and heavy, and does not bend like others I've had; comes with an awesome number of well-placed fans. And although I'm not much for the glitz, the green lights are neat too.
Cons: The only criticism I have is that the snap-locks for the CD drives (and the rails for the hard drives) are separate pieces ... i.e. they come out and clumsy fingers can drop them. In my (competing product) these are firmly part of the case, so no messing with them--just slide the drive in, snap and lock in place. One other minor nitpick: the USB and sound jacks are at the very bottom of the front panel--for a floor tower I prefer a little higher placement.
Overall Review: I bought this case as an upgrade for my daughter's machine, but when I took it out of the box, I was sorely tempted ... I love my own case, but yeah, the Raidmax is that nice. (As an added plus, I've built systems since the 80's, and this is the first time the process hasn't drawn blood!) If it hadn't been a Newegg special, I probably wouldn't have gone for it--but even without the sale I would buy it again hands down.
Pros: Fast access, lots of space--gotta love it. Add a five year warranty, and Seagate has a winner.
Cons: I didn't buy two..
Overall Review: A long-time WD buyer, I debated about buying this drive, especially due to the reports of drive failure right out of the box ... but couldn't pass up that big 32mb buffer. I'm happy to say this drive went in without a hitch and has performed flawlessly ever since. If it can stand up as my game drive, it's a solid product.
Pros: Works just as it should--not seen and barely heard, never have to give it a thought (which was not the case with my old 400w, which was struggling valiantly to keep up). Cabling is clean and neat; and the huge fan took the temp inside my case down almost 5 degrees.
Cons: I was very concerned when I opened the package--the whole end of the product box was torn and badly damaged (exposing the contents), as if something heavy had fallen on it. This was NOT UPS handling, as the outer package was fine--it had to have occurred prior to shipment. I installed it and crossed my fingers, but didn't expect much ... so far it seems okay.
Overall Review: Seems a bit lightweight, but a quality product--reviews for this power supply are excellent. Rebate terms are a bit restrictive...
Pros: Not a whisper of a problem--instantly recognized and booted up.
Overall Review: I've used Corsair exclusively for the past several years--their product and support is one of the best in the industry, IMO.
Pros: Has an excellent bios section on overclocking, though many of options are hidden several layers deep. Runs solid and smooth, though the chipset stays several degrees hotter than I'm used to seeing it.
Cons: The bios it shipped with had the PS2 bug, which rendered any game using the WASD keys impossible to play--updating the bios to the new beta version solved the problem.
No parallel port (yes, some of us still use parallel printers)
It's kind of a shock to have the system shut all the way down on any restart, but it does kick back on after a few seconds and boot back up.
Overall Review: I dislike having only one IDE port, but can't blame ASUS for it, as many other mobo manufacturers are doing the same. Still, it seems that second IDE port would be much more useful than a floppy ... I haven't put one of those in a system for years, and am unlikely to. The lack of a secondary forces a hard decision--I could either ditch one of my matched pair of IDE harddrives (yeah right) or run without any DVD drive at all until I can replace my venerable old Plextor and my (nearly brand new) dual layer writer with SATA models. I don't like either alternative, but you can guess which one I chose .... unfortunately, having no CD drive made installing the drivers a royal pain, and I'm not yet certain they're installed correctly.
Pros: Gave a nice little speed boost over my Socket939 4000+ single core, and runs about 5 degrees cooler. Great value for the money.
Overall Review: No problems at all with a mild overclock .. I'll need a bigger power supply before I push it further.