Joined on 03/29/08
It Pays to Pay A Little More
Pros: - cables are sufficiently long for routing in full size ATX case - use only the cables needed, no extra cables to stuff somewhere - well labeled and easy to install - power is well regulated and stable - comes with a nice bag for extra cables
Cons: - hope I can remember where I put the extra cable bag if I ever need them
Overall Review: I've always been a budget shopper. System (ASUS motherboard with auto overclocking, i5-4670K, 16GB, MSI AMD RX 5700, 6 HDDs) reporting voltage surges with old power supply before it died (running 24/7 for 8 years). There are plenty of power supplies that cost less. Decided to spend a little more on a platinum certified power supply to ensure everything happy with the power. Was concerned whether cables would be long enough for the full size ATX case - no problem. Best power supply I've purchased.
It's Windows 11
Pros: - Easy install on DIY OEM build - Overall, I like Windows 11 - takes a little while getting to know where everything is, but it works and extremely flexible setting up personalized workspace
Cons: - Dear Microsoft, this is not the computer for 'the rest of us.' I have a laptop upgraded from Windows 10 to 11 - personal settings were not messed with. Why oh, why oh, why did you decide OEM installation of Windows 11 should default everything to cloud storage OneDrive. It's a headache (I still have not figured it out) trying to reset the default Documents folder from its OneDrive location to local user Documents folder.
Overall Review: - Do DIY OEM PC's have a better choice - yes, I would purchase Windows 11 again.
First Desktop SSD I've Used
Pros: - Fast (at least compared to RAID 0 HDD) - Easy install on ASUS TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WIFI D4 motherboard - Has already survived 3 power failures (yes, I need a UPS)
Cons: - Still unsure of SDD failure - backed up to HDD
Overall Review: - I would purchase the drive again.
Mix and Match
Pros: - 9 CAS latency works with 8 CAS latency 8GB memory
Cons: - older system, looked for 8 CAS latency but only 9 CAS latency reasonably available
Overall Review: Added 8GB of memory to 8 year old system for 16GB total. Glad memory for the old system still on the market and reasonably priced. ASUS motherboard had no problem recognizing the new memory and timing (set to auto overclock with i5-4670K). Going to be a longer time before upgrading CPU/motherboard.
Works for Me
Pros: Everything worked first time after assembly in accordance with directions. OS (Vista 32B) installed, updated and subsequent drivers installed and updated without incident. Running HDMI to HD LCD with VGA to 20" widescreen with digital audio output to Dolby Digital receiver. USB RF keyboard and remote control styled mouse operates everything from my easy chair. Couldn't be easier.
Cons: Optional IEEE 1394 and SPDIF in and out brackets not included with motherboard.
Overall Review: Purchased CPU AMD|A64 X2 5000+ 2.6G AM2 2M; MEM 1Gx2|KST KHX8500D2K2/2GN; HD 500G|SAMG 7K 16M SATA2 HD501LJ; DVD BURN SAMSUNG|SH-S203N SATA LS at same time as motherboard. Newegg product reviews determined selection; Samsung HD and DVD burner in particular are very quiet. Waiting for Blu-Ray DVD ROMs to drop in price.