Joined on 11/26/04
The perfect case
Comments: I've used two of these cases now and they're absolutely peferct. They're huge inside with lots of room to work with even when you're putting 5 hard drives and an optical drive in there. They are sturdy as hell and quite heavy (I like this in a computer case). The vibration absorbing mounts on the hard drive cage are a nice feature as well. If you throw a 120mm fan in the front of this case, it's as cool as can be inside. The only thing that I don't like about this case is the side air duct. These things are useless. It actually INCREASED the temperature of my CPU. I took it off and put a fan there insead and all is well. Highly recommended
Pros: For the price, it doesn't really get much better than this. The image quality is great, it has speakers and both DVI and VGA inputs. It even comes with a DVI cable.
Cons: There is no dedicated volume control. The only way to control the volume of the speakers on the monitor is to go through the menu system. Also, when changing resolutions on your computer, the screen takes a few seconds to auto adjust itself. This isn't really much of an issue though because I don't think too many people are changing their resolution all the time.
Overall Review: I would definitely buy another one of these and do a dual monitor setup with them if I had the money.
Great for an HTPC
Pros: Onboard S/PDIF optical output Onboard TV out Great price Plenty of internal ports Inredible overclocking abilities PCI-E x16 for graphics upgrades
Cons: Jumpers (but the default settings should work for most users)
Overall Review: I bought this for an HTPC that I put together. It has all of the ports that I needed and has plenty of room for upgrading down the line. This is an overclocker's dream! I have an Athlon 64 3000+ running at 2.2ghz, but I know I could get it running at 2.6ghz if I wanted. Onboard graphics are decent if you're not a heavy gamer. They run all of my emulators perfectly (Project 64 at 350fps without the limiter on). But if you are a gamer, there's a PCI-E x16 slot for you to slap a decent video card into . So far, the board seems very stable and decently quick.
Pros: It works and seems to get the job done. It is a lot better than the PCCHIPs mobo that is replacing and doesn't have jumpers to worry about it. The IDE channels are also located in a better place.
Cons: It's cheap and an old socket type, but then again, if you're running socket a still, you're probably not looking for anything expensive or with any new technology.
Overall Review: Purchased this to replace a PCCHIPS board that blew up on me after 5 years of horrible service. Purhcased because it was the cheapest. Seems to be working better than the board it is replacing, but it is still very basic.