Joined on 02/25/06
Pros: Very inexpensive, top brand, compact, and very fast.
Cons: Overheats when run for relatively large groups of files. (more than about 100gb)
Overall Review: I've been running a WD5000AAJS SATA Hard Drive in it for almost two months. Runs great for copying and transferring small groups of files. I let it backup my my 300gb of data overnight, and it overheated, and killed the drive.
Overall, very impressive.
Pros: Very sturdy, aluminum design. Very classy looking. It works very well; very fast and reliable. Never had any communication problems
Cons: Poor airflow (obviously --- no fans).
Overall Review: I actually burned up two drives in it before I learned not to do 500 gigabyte backups without pulling the cover off. Without the cover, the drives stay cool enough. Also, beware not to pinch the LED wire between the pieces of the housing while assembling it.
Overall, A Very Impressive Case
Pros: Very roomy, sleek design, though a little boxy. Well constructed of solid aluminum. More than enough room for anything you could possibly want. Very nifty features include a pop-off front panel to access drive bays, and a tool-less power supply removal. Free Shipping was a great plus; very good case, especially for the price.
Cons: Side panels seem a little flimsy (although they aren't; they're aluminum). The hard drive bay minorly conflicts with the SATA ports on the Gigabyte GA-EP45 series boards with more than one drive. Also, on my case, the 5.25" drive bays internally were slightly warped; it took me twenty minutes to line the dvd drives up. None of these were horrible enough to knock an egg, though. All speed bumps were resolved.
Overall Review: Dual 22x LG dvd burners Gigabyte GA-ep45 ud3r Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 8gb OCZ Fata1ity 1066mhz Dual 500gb Western Digital SATA hard drives BFG 8600gt OC BFG 550w SLi Power supply
Very Pleasant Surprise
Pros: Very well layed out. All five boards powered right up. I've never had any problems with any of the boards I've used in these builds.
Cons: The only cons are: it only has two SATA ports, two RAM slots, and only comes with a single SATA cable; however the LG GH22NS30 DVD Burner comes with one, so it works out well. Also, the integrated graphics run just a little slow in Vista. Would recommend upgrading to 7900GT, as 9000-series may be a little overkill.
Overall Review: G.Skill 4GB DDR2 800 Gigabyte GA-M61PME-S2P AMD Athlon X2 5800+ WD5000AAKS 500GB HD LG GH22NS30 Standard Graphics I have not tried it with a phenom or 1066MHz memory
Very good value
Pros: Seamless installation, and extremely fast. Very user-friendly layout, and beautiful graphics.
Cons: None, really. Required password hint is kind of obnoxious.
Overall Review: I've been using Vista since the beta release versions, and I have rarely run into any drivers that are incompatible with it. Most of the XP Drivers will even work.