Date Joined: 02/04/12
Pros: Works just fine for my nephew's budget gaming PC.
Pros: This runs as advertised, but I wasn't able to overclock it nearly like I have other kits of CAS 9 1600. It runs at 1600 fine, though, so to be fair I can't complain.
Cons: As above
Pros: This is one of the dozen or so mATX Rosewill cases that look different on the outside but are just about identical on the inside. This one looks clean and modern-ish and would blend in just about anywhere. The cables are long and it comes with everything a case should come with.
Cons: Not much room for cable management behind the back cover, but super-cool custom builds that impress your friends and get you laid isn't really what this case is for.
Pros: Has all the connectors I needed, it's quiet, has decent 12v output (if the ratings on the unit are to be believed, seemingly well-made. Cable lengths are good in my full-ATX case.
Cons: Durability is my only concern, and of course only time will tell.
Overall Review: I bought this unit because it was $10 after rebate, and I like having cheap spares on hand.
Shockingly, my Gold-rated SeaSonic slowly died on me in my main machine, and I was glad to have the Xion just sitting there. The Xion does everything I actually -need- it to do, so I am now wondering why I've been spending higher-end SeaSonic money....
Pros: Picked this up on a special a little before Christmas 2014.
I have used 3 other SSDs extensively, and this one is as fast or faster than any that I've tried, which includes a Crucial M4, a SanDisk Ultra Plus, and a Crucial M500.
The packaging is fine and the drive itself is the thinner 7mm, and its case is aluminum and feels sturdy. Not brick sh1thouse sturdy like the M500, but we aren't exactly landing 747s on our SSDs, are we?
It is being used in a HTPC where I first used the M500 in it and I do think this Silicon Power drive is a little snappier in performance.
Cons: None that I can see assuming it is durable over the long-term.
Pros: Works as advertised, quiet.
Cons: None that I'm aware of.
Pros: Made well enough, plenty of length on the wires for all items, fan in the power supply is really, really quiet. For a cheap case, this just works. If the power supply lasts I'll be totally satisfied on this.
Cons: Power supply is questionable, but I'm probably using all of 20 watts total so if it dies at least it won't be due to the load I put on it.
Overall Review: I don't see how anyone can reasonably expect more from a $40 case and power supply combination.
Pros: These fans are quiet and move plenty of air. They also have a nice heft to them that exudes quality.
I used these to replace 3 astoundingly loud Thermaltake fans for use in a NZXT Source 210 and am very happy I did.
Pros: I'm not super-serious gamer so spending $500 on a card doesn't make too much sense, but on the other hand I want a fast enough card in my desktop that it won't fall on its face when I do get the urge.
Wasn't really sure this card would be enough, but it sure is. I can't hear it (though I have loud case fans) and it plays everything I tried just fine, no lag, no stutters, high settings.
I also overclocked it to 1050 and the memory to 1200, and had no issues. Paid $90 before MIR/$75 after, and I just can't see how I could get much more value for my money on a card.
Cons: None that come to mind.
Pros: Installed and working exactly as it should, no issues whatsoever.
Pros: Used this case for a budget build for a friend and got it on sale for $24.99 shipped from Newegg.
No real surprises here, and build quality was on par with an Apex case I recently used; I actually considered both pretty well-made considering their low cost. Everything fit together and functioned properly on both cases, with my preference being slightly in favor of the Rosewill due to a little extra room in the cables for the front panel. I can't stand short cables of any kind.
Cases like this tend to feel really cheap until they're loaded up with parts, and that was what I found with this model as well. Once built, it felt much more like a quality item.
Seems to have pretty good airflow owing to the 120mm front fan (which has a nice blue colored light visible from the front and side vents) and the smaller 80mm rear fan, and don't forget the PSU fan back there as well.
I don't see how you can reasonably expect more from a $25 item like this.
Cons: None, really.
It would be unfair to wish for side-facing drive bays and USB 3.0 and a fan controller and all that; that isn't why they sell cases like this.
Overall Review: This review was for the Rosewill RANGER-M Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case.
Pros: Works perfectly.
Cons: Maybe a bit noisy compared to Samsung and Asus drives I also own, but I can't imagine it really mattering to most people.
Pros: Used this in a budget build for a friend using mostly new parts along with an old Athlon II CPU I had laying around.
The board is just fine for this kind of stuff and also as a basis for a budget gaming rig.
No issues with this board at all.
The layout of everything on the board was great for my needs.
Cons: Only has VGA output on-board, so make sure that's what you need if you're not using a graphics card.
Overall Review: This review was for the ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard.
Pros: Works perfectly, has latching ends, red color.
Pros: Couldn't ask for more. Fast, fast, fast, overclocked to 4.1 using AMD Overdrive on a Zalman cooler without issue.
Cons: Doesn't print money.
Pros: Really noticeable boot speed improvements after several restarts. Or really, it seems to learn faster if you power on from off, do whatever you'd normally do that you want it to speed up, and then power it off fully again. Doing this led to faster 'learning,' or at least it seemed so.
Had no issues at all with this drive and now consider it a very real alternative to a SSD boot drive + HDD combination, especially for users that you know would lose stuff spread across 2 drives.
Cons: Sure wish it had more SSD built-in. Seems like if they could do one with like 32 gig of SSD and 1TB of HDD space for $90 they'd sell a buhzillion of them.
Overall Review: This review was for the Seagate Hybrid Drive ST2000DX001 2TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5" Desktop SSHD.
Pros: Strong reception; I am now able to see networks in my neighborhood I've never seen in my list before the use of this adapter. No issues whatsoever.
Cons: The antennas that provide that great reception are really large, not just in length but also in diameter. There is zero reason they have to be that fat, though I'm fine with the length if it gets me that good reception. They're heavy enough they don't seem to like to stand up at an angle under their own weight. Not removing an egg for this, though.
Overall Review: This review was for the RNX-N250PCe wireless adapter.
Pros: Seems to cool well and is relatively quiet. Allowed me to overclock my FX-8320 without drama.
Is also relatively lightweight compared to other coolers its size which is good when you imagine what that weighted lever hanging off the motherboard could do to silicon should you ever need to transport your computer anywhere.
Cons: ABSURDLY difficult to install on a AM3+ socket, especially when compared to Cooler Master or even other Zalman coolers. I had been recommending this cooler at certain times when the price was favorable, but I really can't any more after installing one. There is NO REASON for a cooler like this to be so much trouble to install.
Overall Review: This review was for the Zalman CNPS10X CPU cooler.
Pros: Silent when just doing general computing, quiet while gaming. Fully modular and has a million cables to select from included. Gold rated. Gives one a feeling of self-worth and an air of confidence with one's preferred paramours. /r/BuildaPC snobbery. Makes your breath smell better and your e-p*nis just a bit beefier.
Cons: Flat cables, really? -1 egg for stinky, flat cables.
Overall Review: This review was for the SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91.
Pros: Installed easily, worked perfectly with Windows 8.1 N without needing to install drivers from the included CD-ROM.
Functions perfectly as far as I can tell, and signal strength readings are the same as my other devices in the same locations for me.
Overall Review: Paid $6.99 shipped. Great deal, great product.
Pros: This memory came exactly as advertised and booted up without issue on the first try. Overclocked it to as fast as my M5A97 R1.0 board allows, which is a little low at 1728. I have little doubt it would go higher if I had the board to do it.
Got a great deal on this at $46.xx shipped. Thanks, Newegg!
Cons: Yellow doesn't go with much.
Overall Review: If the price is right, buy buy buy.
Pros: The build quality far exceeded my expectations for $19.99 shipped, and it looks better in person than it does in the pictures. Exterior fit and finish is good, with the only slightly-cheap looking part being the gray loop around the face, and that's only from some angles.
Otherwise, it's well-made, the parts fit together well, and I'm completely satisfied with this case. I actually like it better than my NZXT Source 210 and think the Apex looks nicer, but I'm pretty conservative.
Cons: The metal is a little thin, and this is best evidenced by the fact that my heavy Antec power supply deflects the back metal that it screws to quite a bit under its weight. I probably wouldn't have noticed it if you couldn't watch the thing bow a little when you let the power supply be supported by the screws once it's installed.
No case fans come with this case, and it really only has provisions for 1 in front and 1 in back. You could probably rig something up with the grate on the side panel, but if you're going to go to that trouble and actually NEED the cooling, buy a better case for that purpose. For my needs, 2 cheap Linkworld fans worked perfect and added all of $5 to my total cost.
Overall Review: $20 extremely well-spent, I'd buy these all day long and twice on Sunday.
Pros: The installation and owner's manual is good enough, has lots of slots for expansion, seems well-made, BIOS is fun to play with and look at, it unlocks cores and overclocks just fine. Has 6 SATA 3 ports.
Cons: None that I can think of other than I wish I could (easily) make the front USB ports 3.0, as others have mentioned. I'm really happy with my purchase.
Pros: Inexpensive, and has good (very old) reviews.
Cons: It is obsolete. It has only a 20-pin motherboard connector, no 8-pin connector on the other part of the mobo, and I don't think it even has a PCI-e connector for graphics cards.
Overall Review: I chose this PSU for my first new build based on the reviews...but look how old they are! Frankly, I just assumed all PSUs sold today would do what I wanted, and this one didn't. It'd probably be ideal for an older machine that needs a PSU, of course. But basically my ignorance led to the purchase and immediate RMA of this item.
Pros: Runs cool and smooth even after unlocking the 4th core and overclocking, though I am using a large Zalman aftermarket cooler. 7.4 WEI on Windows 7 64 bit. Crysis 2 runs like buttah.
Cons: None that I'm aware of, though I found out later that many people think low-end Intel CPUs are the way to go these days. I'm still thrilled with the performance of this CPU and my system overall.
Overall Review: I chose this for my first build because I have always had good luck with AMD for the money, and I have not been disappointed with this purchase in any way.