Date Joined: 02/17/10
Pros: Great looks and performance. Reliable trusted brand. Great compatibility.
Overall Review: Would recommend.
Pros: Bought this as a budget card awhile back but it's been passed through many builds and works great. Love the looks.
Pros: Looks and expandability sold me on this but after owning for a few months I no longer like it.
Cons: Case is mostly plastic and is flimsy.
Overall Review: Not recommended.
Pros: Great looks and fits a htpc build perfect.
Cons: Little space. Less than optimal cooling. Dedicated graphics will be hard to implement.
Overall Review: Would only recommend to experienced builders as this case is cramped.
Pros: Lots of room inside. Unique texture and design.
Cons: None for my application.
Pros: Great performing affordable cooler. Used in many builds and have never had a problem.
Cons: None. Better with two fans in push-pull configuration.
Pros: Using this in my htpc and it's fast enough for all my media tasks. Integrated graphics support most formats at a very high resolution. Runs cool and low power.
Cons: None but could always use more affordable processing power. ;)
Pros: Nothing really fancy but it has been reliable running 24/7 in my htpc build.
Cons: Wish they would have included optical audio in this board.
Overall Review: Would recommend for budget workstation and htpc builds.
Pros: Great reliable fast memory. Trusted brand. Just works.
Overall Review: Using this in a next gen htpc build and no problems at all.
Pros: Great sleek looks. Great water cooling support. Lots of drive mounting options minus for 2.5" and 3.5". Silent. Great cable management and easy maintenance for cleaning or upgrading.
Cons: While cooling support in general is good the actual airflow leaves something to be desired.
Overall Review: Would definitely recommend.
Pros: Cheap budget liquid cooler. Good fans and accessories. Good looks with flow indication.
Cons: Thin radiator and radiator fins are easily bent. Cooling could be better.
Overall Review: I would recommend. It's a good budget AIO.
Pros: I'm using this board in a storage server build with an Intel Core I3 4170, 8GB of Kingston HyperX ram, Kingston 120GB SSD, LSI HBA card, Intel nic card, and a 500 Watt EVGA psu. Good performance and power efficient. Color scheme is unique and I like it.
Cons: None for my application. I imagine it would do just as well in a normal workstation build.
Overall Review: I would recommend it for power efficient budget builds and workstation builds.
Pros: Simple but effective front hotswap bays. Lockable front door to prevent tampering. Enough room inside to fit a micro-atx motherboard, LSI HBA card, Intel nic, ssd, and a 500 watt PSU. I did have to mount an ssd to the top of the internal drive cage with 3M tape since there is no ssd mount.
Cons: Cooling could be better but with efficient hdds it's adequate. No internal ssd mount. Hotswap tray activity light pipes could be better. Power rail caps on the backplane board need to be secured better as they are prone to getting bent and bumped while doing cable management.
Overall Review: Despite the cons this case is really good for specific needs. I would recommend it again.
Pros: Running this with an I7 4790k and 16GB of Kingston Savage Ram. Its been a great motherboard aside from an occasional bios bug that's been corrected with an update. Integrated Intel nic is greatly appreciated as well as the amount of connectivity this board has.
Cons: Bios bugs that have since been corrected in later bios updates.
Overall Review: Would recommend this board highly. Good balance between budget and performance. Good connectivity and no major issues.
Pros: I've purchased so many of these supplies it's ridiculous. They're my go to whenever I need a supply for a new build or a replacement. These supplies are tough and handle most abuse flawlessly. They are powerful and generally give excellent service and life.
Pros: Good budget psu. Bought one of these for a low power htpc build and its worked perfect running 24/7.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: If you keep the load on these psus small they will last a long time. Excellent for general desktop replacement or low to medium power builds.
Pros: Worked well before it died.
Cons: Woke up to a pc with no power. PSU tested fine with no load but as soon as a load was applied it shut down. Cooler Master took several weeks to ship a replacement and the replacement was scratched all over and dented up when it arrived. Replacement works but acts a little sketchy. Not what I would have expected when they brag about their 5 year warranty on these supplies.
Overall Review: Replaced with an EVGA 500B and its been chugging along perfectly even running a high load 24/7.
Pros: I purchased this drive from Newegg when it first came to market and it's been a great drive. Speeds are great and it was mostly hassle free.
Cons: After owning it for a few months I decided to update the firmware while I was doing my routine updates. After updating the firmware to the latest provided by ADATA the drive gradually began to slow until it blue screened within hours after updating. Once I rebooted the computer the drive was no longer recognized and had to be sent in for a rma. It could have just been a coincidence but it shows that anything can happen and you always need a backup.
Overall Review: I use ADATA products a lot for both my personal and business machines. I've never had a failure until now. I still have faith in them and as long as their warranty holds up I will continue to use them.