Date Joined: 11/09/04
Pros: Fantastic case. Looks amazing and has amazing cable routing options.
Cons: No place for 5 1/4" optical drive.
I realize nobody uses them anymore but come on, who still doesn't rip a movie now and again?
Overall Review: I decided to cut a hole in the front and slap an optical drive in.
There! I fixed it.
Pros: I bought 2 of these keyboard/mouse sets.
Very in-expensive. Good quality wireless keyboard and mouse (as far as textile feel and typing).
Cons: Like I said, I bought to of these (one for each PC in my home).
On one of the keyboard, all the top row keys (except 4 and 5) on the keyboard would not work. it's super annoying considering the "@" symbol is one of these keys. I ended up going back to a wired mouse.
One of the mice would not work on my granite counter top. But the other one would. Unfortunately, the mouse that would work was a matched pair to the defective keyboard. So now I have to use a mouse-pad. I feel like it is 1998 again.
The keyboard will not allow the PC to sleep anymore. It suspends but comes right back up. If I shut it down all the way, the wireless mouse doesn't work upon boot-up for a good 30 seconds. My SSD drive boots into windows very quick but then I can't use the mouse to click for another 20 seconds. That's kind of annoying.
Pros: Great looking PS. Lots of extra power for SATA and other devices. Love the snake skin cable wraps. Looks very elegant mounted inside my super cheap micro-ATX computer case.
Cons: Wish it had cables that you could unplug so you only had to connect up the ones you need. I like a clean, uncluttered case. But for the price, I can’t complain.
Overall Review: Runs cool, quiet, efficient. Power factor of 0.97 so it will run for a lot longer time on UPS.
Pros: Very fast, very large.
Cons: Very loud. I had a WD Caviar Green before. This drive is super loud. I think I will have to de-couple it from the computer case (sounding board) and put foam around it.
Overall Review: I could not pass up the $134 price tag so I bought it knowing it would be a little louder than my WD. But dang, this thing is boarding on annoying.
Overall, I am pleased with it.
Pros: Fast and cheap. The mail-in rebate was too valuable to let lapse so I’ll just live with this minor annoyance.
Cons: Bought this RAM because I had bad luck with OCZ obsidian series RAM. Memtest running overnight yielded a few dozen errors. Not enough to prevent Windows from booting but it occasionally causes applications to crash.
Overall Review: The mail-in rebate was too valuable to let lapse so I’ll just live with this minor annoyance.
Pros: By far the best micro-ATX motherboard that supports the 1156 socket. Great over clocking abilities.
Cons: Wish it had more PCI-express slots and less PCI slots.
Overall Review: Buy this board and you won't be disapointed.
Pros: I loved this CPU so much that I decided to upgrade a 2nd PC and buy the exact same chip. Can’t beat the price. Power consumption is super low. With integrated graphics, my PC idles at 41 watts. With all 4 cores/hyperthreads maxed at 100% power consumption is only 74 watts. Running stock fan.
Cons: Very quiet for about 2 weeks until the fan started going out and is making a buzzing sound. May have to get a new fan for it.
Integrated graphics are great for 2D applications but poor for 3D. Does not support anti-aliasing at all. Horrible tearing when trying to render complex 3D scenes.
Overall Review: Play’s Blu-ray streams perfectly as long as both channels of DDR3 are filled. Running on only 1 channel will make playback jumpy.
Pros: I bought this LCD to replace another LCD screen that supported 1920x1200 native. I wanted a 1920x1080 screen so I could clone it with my 37” LCD in the bedroom without having scaling issues. Fabulous. Run this monitor in the living room for normal PC stuff but watch all my recorded shows in the bedroom all on the same PC.
Picture is perfect. No dead pixels.
Cons: PC speakers are pretty quiet but I don’t care. It keeps the kids from turning their games up too loud so I consider this a added feature. ;)
Overall Review: Extremely low power consumption. 31 watts on, less than a watt when in standby. Power factor of 0.97. Will run for a long time on UPS.
Pros: cheap with a $30 mail in rebate.
Cons: Got a dead stick. RMA’ed and got a new set. These ones work but after running Mem-test overnight it had 700 errors. Most of the errors resided in the upper portion of the memory range where my 32-bit OS would address anyway. The mail-in rebate was going to expire so I am going to keep this stuff and live with the random crashes that I get from this garbage.
Cheap RAM but has lots of errors. Not enough to prevent Windows from booting but it does crash applications at times.
Overall Review: Don’t be lured by the fantastic mail-in rebate for junk RAM. By the time you RMA for a replacement, the rebate will lapse and you will still be stuck with poor ram.
Pros: Fabulous picture. Comes in an enormous box that is about 18” wide. It won’t accidentally tip over on you. Very easy to take out of the box and wall mount. Take off the bands and lift off the box top.
Cons: Wish it had coax audio out instead of only optical out. Oh well, not a big deal but now I will have to buy an extra long optical cable to run form the TV to the receiver on the other side of the room. I use this with a HTPC so I rarely watch live TV anyway. I can feed the recorded content via HDMI to the reciever and get great sound and picture that way.
Overall Review: I got it for $1479 (which is a steal at that price) but Newegg lowered the price $100 the day after it showed up on my door. Dang.
Pros: Inexpensive board, worked great right out of the box. Energy efficient.
The I3-530 and this board make a great HTPC. Plays blu-ray's great.
Tech support gets back to you quickly.
Cons: Zero features in the BIOS. If you put in faster memory (DDR3-1600) it will only run at an IO speed of 533MHz (DDR-1066) and there will be nothing you can do about it. Save you money and buy slow cheap DDR3 memory with the board.
Overall Review: I guess I can't blame EVGA. I took a gamble and bought this board based on inaccurate customer reviews.
Other people reviewing this board are referring to the H55 not the H55V. They are totally different. The H55 is an ATX board with tons of cool tweaking features. This however is not that board. The H55V is a very limited, featureless micro-ATX board. What features it does have, it does well.
By the way, if you are looking to download drivers and support software from EVGA for this board, they make you create a user account and register your board before you can have any help or support. I made the mistake of sending in my box s/n with the mail-in rebate before registering and now I am hosed. For some reason, my motherboard lacked a serial number.
If you are looking for a microATX board with an 1156 CPU and you like to tweak your BIOS settings, avoid the disappointment of this EVGA micro-ATX board and buy a feature rich Gigabyte board.
Pros: Very nice looking case. I'm impressed with how good of quality it really is.
Overall Review: Other people on this board must be used to custom machined aluminum cases or something. I bought 2 of these cases thinking I'm going to be getting something made of TV dinner trays that might collapse if you set something on top. I didn't care because I only need a case for a PC, not to house superconducting magnets or anything. Plus they were dirt cheap with free shipping.
To my surprise these things are built very well. They look great too.
To be honest, I have always bought cheap cases so I guess I have low expectations.
Pros: Cheap and lots of power per channel
Cons: Gets a wee bit hot when driving it hard.
Pros: I saw this for around $52 on newegg and couldn't pass it up. Stupid me, I snagged it before I noticed it did't come with any software. I downloaded a trial version of Cyberlink PowerDVD 9 and it works great. It even plays Blu-rays in Windows Media Center now. Love it.
Cons: It's kind of slow at reading DVDs and CDs. But I bought it for playing movies so who cares.
Overall Review: Make sure you have HDCP compliant hardware (video card and display) or else you will not be pleased with the result.
Pros: My last Gigabit 8 port D-link switch died after 1 year. I bought this one to replace it. This one is lower power which I like. Hopefully this one will last longer than the other one.
Pros: My last card reader could not read cards larger than 128MB. I got this for cheap on Newegg and it works great.
Cons: I have not had it long enough to see any problems that others have had with SD cards not reading.
Had a bit of difficulty in changing out the black plate for the silver one. The 5v power plug was a wee bit off center. Using a small dental tool I was able to bend it over enough to fit in place.
Overall Review: For the money it's a great deal. Watch the polarity when plugging in the USB header.
Pros: I had an aver single tuner in the PC before getting this one. I didn't have to install a single driver for it to work with Media Center. Flawless performance. I can now record 2 shows while watching a 3rd.
I guess it would be cool to have 3 tuners or have a A/V input for recording but then I probably wouldn't have only paid $39 for the thing.
Overall Review: It blows me away at how small tuners are getting these days. This card only has a hand full or components on it. Very simple, works like a champ. Aver you guys rock.
Pros: Cute. I just want to pull its cheeks and rub it's belly.
Cons: I thought this was a mini-mouse or something about 2/3 the size or a normal mouse. This thing is microscopic. I can't use something this small. I'm better off using the touch pad or the stupid clit mouse on the laptop kb.
Overall Review: Unless you are a toddler or a hobbit, this mouse it way too small.
Overall Review: I needed a keyboard that had the multimedia buttons on it and still had a normal keyboard layout. Some kb are laid out weird. This one is great.
Pros: Fast, quiet drives. Tons of starage, inexpensive and relatively low power. I vouch that it works great as a general media server for Windows Vista, XP, Ubuntu and XBMC.
I love having all my files in one spot.
Cons: It's quite large but it still fits ealisy in an upper kitchen cupboard. Runs a wee bit on the warm side but it could be the confined space of the cupboard.
Overall Review: When pulling data from it, I can sustain a 300 Mbit trasnsfer rate. Pushing data to it, 120-140 MBit sustained transfer rate. Not bad but I would like to fill that pipe.
Have not played with HTTP file serving yet.
Pros: Runs cool and is very fast
Overall Review: I am amazed at how quiet and cool running this thing is. It's still very fast.
Pros: Super quiet, cool and energy efficient.
Cons: All of my other power supplies are sad that they are being scrapped out.
Overall Review: I was pleasantly surprised that this power supply draws 20 watts less than the old 300 watt supply it replaced. I measured the power factor to be 0.95, great for running off the grid. My old supply power factor was 0.67.
I also own the 420 watt version of this supply.