Date Joined: 09/30/04
Pros: This thing is fast. Seriously fast. Made the plunge and got this, never looking back from SSD ever again. Loaded Adobe Creative Suite CS5 in a matter of minutes instead of the hour it would normally take, Win7 boots in about 20 ish seconds (not counting my external that's hooked up, hanging the BIOS, heh).
Cons: Expensive. These are still hard to justify purchasing, even with the speed gains. And of course, now they have the newer Vertex 3 out right after I buy this, heh.
Overall Review: Next SSD I buy will be SATA 6gb/s for sure. I can only imagine.
Pros: Where to start? This monitor is a beast. I'm using this as the middle monitor of my tri-monitor setup; it's flanked by my dual 22's. Very vivid colors, the web and movies never looked better.
Cons: The colors and brightness are a bit overpowering when you first turn this thing on, but a little adjusting fixes it. Do what feels good to your eyes.
One thing that does bug me, there's no tilting/adjusting. No up down, even side to side without the base moving with the screen. Since it's my middle monitor, not a big deal but still a noticable con. Not enough to knock an egg off though, since the monitor quality makes up for it.
Overall Review: You can use this almost like a TV in your bedroom, this thing is almost as big as my main TV already, heh.
Pros: Works just like it says, plug and play. Once I hooked up my new Samsung 27" LCD, did some mucking around with which monitor was the main one and everything is running smoothly. Recognized immediately.
Cons: Nothing so far.
Overall Review: Depending on the video card you have, use caution with 3 monitors. I'm running a 5770, which I've not had many problems with, but with 3 monitors sometimes things get a little iffy. Consider that when you move to 3 monuitors, especially if you're looking to game with Eyefinity, make sure your card can handle decent FPS with all 3 monitors set up.
Pros: This thing is really awesome. Has pretty decent transfer speeds, large capacity for a pretty good price. While it's plastic, it's still decently sturdy and has a nice mechanism for protecting the USB connector.
Cons: I can't stop clicking the sliding mechanism! IT'S ADDICTIVE.
Overall Review: A no brainer in this price range. Kingston makes some good memory stuffs.
Pros: Coming from an SD TV, this is such a HUGE improvement. Crystal clear picture, the contrast ratio is incredible, can finally read the text on my xbox! SD media doesn't distort that bad at all, I have a Wii and DVD player hooked into my receiver via AV cables, and I can only slightly notice distortion, which is MUCh better than I expected. Has a healthy number of connections (and variation). I absolutely love the features and the OSD, very smooth and easy to navigate. I even like the sound, it's not the best but it works out alright.
One feature I really wanted to stress as incredible is the energy saving feature. I keep it on minimum currently since my dad is visiting and he would have a harder time if it was much dimmer, but it's a really great option to have, especially if you're like me and energy usage-paranoid.
Cons: The assembly of the stand was a bit tedious. Had to scour my house for a screwdriver thin enough to get the two screws in the middle of the connector. Not enough to drop an egg though. Besides that, it's not 1080p, but at this price range for the best brand on the market, I didn't expect it to be. Not to mention I'm too busy comparing it to my old SD set to care, heh.
I guess my only other con is my current receiver is now nearly useless, since it's old and only has AV connections. So time to shell out for a new one...
Overall Review: I've been on an old Sylvania 19" or 20" SD TV for about 6 years or so now, which had been running alright for me, but recently I came into possession of an XBOX 360, and boy is that text tiny. Gave me a headache to try and play any farther than 2 feet away. This was just such a major
Didn't get this from newegg, needed it a bit faster and the local electronics store had a decently killer deal to walk out with it. But I'm still sort of kicking myself that I didn't get it on newegg, after taxes I would have saved almost 40 bucks...eh, win some lose some.
Pros: Bought this drive in 12/08, still running strong after multiple rewrites. Fast, large capacity, amazing value. Never had one noise come from it, no lockups, no failures, nothing.
Cons: I don't have a second one. :[ Mine is almost full now.
Overall Review: For those who keep complaining about the firmware issues, a lot of the crashes, data losses, and bricking of these hard drives came from people updating their firmware when they DIDN'T NEED TO. On Seagate's page addressing the firmware issue, it had in BIG RED LETTERS to not update firmware unless it was a certain version or it would brick and you would lose all of your data.
I happened to get this drive during this entire fiasco, but got one without the affected firmware. As has been stated, make sure you do your research before you go messing with the firmware, and update it if necessary. Bottom line: DO YOUR HOMEWORK. If you do that, you'll be fine.
Pros: This monitor is amazing. Bright, vivid, very high detailed. I don't think I have ever seen such quality on my desktop before. No dead pixels, heck, even UPS didn't ding up the box too much.
Cons: They didn't send me two?
Overall Review: Such a ridiculous upgrade from my old Mag 17" CRT...man that monitor was great, but I welcome this. This is change I can believe in.
Pros: This case has withstood the test of time. I first came into possession of this case a few years back, when I bought it for a friend. He had kept it in his sister's car, forgetting to take it inside, and one night she lost control of the car and flew into the river by the road bumper first. They unearthed the car, and the case was STILL viable. All the fans still worked, the front connections, power buttons...heck, it wasn't even DENTED. I've been using it myself ever since.
Also, lots of room. Decent airflow. Not made out of cheap material.
Cons: Only con I have is the temperature gauge really doesn't work. Though that could have been from the dip in the river. Not sure.
Overall Review: A very nice roomy case for a mid tower, and a good cost. Also, it's nifty having a case that looks like a Beamer.
Pros: Some of the best overclocking RAM I've ever seen. Works like a charm.
Cons: Had a slight issue getting it to POST right away when I stuck it in, but it may have been the mobo. Cleared CMOS, still no go. Booted with one stick, worked. Stuck in the second stick, has been running fine ever since.
The other con is the tendency for the price to fluctuate. But you just have to be a smart shopper to know when to buy. ;)
Overall Review: I wasn't sure at first, but I went ahead and took the plunge. I've always had some old Corsair DDR400 with a cas of 2.5...I didn't quite realize how far RAM had come since then until I tasted the difference for myself. Working in combo with a TA790GX 128M and an x3 720, everything's running smooth.
Pros: This processor is amazing. I took advantage of the March AMD'ness sale and picked this up along with the Biostar TA790GX 128M, and WOW, what a combination. It overclocks like a dream, even on stock cooling with mismatched RAM. 3.775ghz max on odd RAM, 3.888ghz with 4gb PI Blacks DDR2 800. Could get higher if I had a better HSF, will be getting one soon.
Cons: Didn't come with a free steak and cheese sub?
Overall Review: AMD is starting to crawl back into the game, and this is a big help. Great band for buck; a nice processor to pick up on a budget. Outperforms the E8400 at stock thanks to the third core, and overclocks just fine in it's own right. If you don't want to shell out the extra 80 bucks for a 940, this CPU is your guy.
Pros: Great board. Loads of options in the BIOS. Everything worked like a charm, straight from the initial installation. Even with mismatched RAM (before I got my PI Blacks), everything ran smooth as silk. On stock cooling, I was able to overclock my x3 720 to a max of 3.888ghz. We'll see what I can pull off with a Core Contact.
Cons: None that I've seen.
Overall Review: Even with my mismatched RAM (1gb DDR2 667, 2x 256mb DDR2 533...hey, it's all I had at first.) it ran like a charm, and I was able to overclock to 3.775ghz max. This board coupled with an x3 720 is a force to be reckoned with.
Pros: Great case for longevity. Have had it for over 3 years now. Lots of room, decently sturdy, lots of options for fans, good airflow, and decent for wire management. Lights are nifty.
Cons: Only cons I have are sometimes those headlights are way too bright. Also, I can't get the front off, but that may just be me.
Overall Review: Overall, this is a great case. Good deal for the money. Throw out the junk PSU though.
Pros: Great speed for value RAM. Worked really well, was blazing fast 4 years ago.
Overall Review: Had these in my machine for over 3 1/2 years. Ran great, never had a problem with them. Only recently did I take them out, upgrading to 2gb. It's kind of depressing to see that I paid 140 bucks for these 4 years ago, but they were worth it.
Comments: Mmkay, first off. For the guy down there that says this is the worst fan ever. 130F is NOT THAT HOT. it equals to be about 54C, and that processor won't even start taking a HINT of damage until about 75c.
And people are missing the point of this fan. It is powerful for being so quiet. Of COURSE if you get 3500rpm fans, they will cool better. But they are very noisy as well, probably around 35 or 40 dba. That's the point of these, quiet, yet hold a decent amount of power.
SO, for what this fan is, it works amazingly well. My processor before idled at 44c and at load anywhere from 46 to 54 (depending on what I'm doing, of course.), and I am running an AMD Athlon 64 3200+. With one fan it runs about 2c cooler on both idle and load, and that works. So kudos to Thermaltake for making one heck of a fan.
And the lights are pretty too. :P
Comments: I don't know why some of these people had an issue with this drive, but it works amazingly well for me, and trust me, I tend to overhaul my hardware. ;) Have had it running for almost a year now, and not only is it quiet, but it runs cool. If you take care of this thing, it may even outlast it's massive warrenty. ;) Will be buying another one shortly...almost out of space! Definitely tops WD and Maxtor any day. Our shop has had more drives come to us with WD and maxtor labels on them than anything, dead as a doornail.
Stick with Seagate, they do make the best drives out there. Period.
Comments: Been running this board for almost a year now, and not a single issue has popped up. Running it with an AMD64 Athlon 3200+, and runs smooth no matter what I do to it. A must have board for socket 754 processors.
Comments: Great power supply for the money. Nifty looking blue connectors and such...runs very smooth. I'm not going to gripe about the fact it doesn't have enough connectors to run 2 HD's, 2 optical drives and fans...buy some power splitters. Simple as that. It's xx bucks for a reason.