Joined on 11/11/02
Nice X58 Board
Pros: Great looking board. Lots of BIOS options w/ OC for dummies options to make things easy for peeps that are new to OCing. LED indicators for a nice instant check of clock speeds on start-up. Power and CMOS reset buttons on board. CMOS reset button on I/O panel as well. Dual BIOS, Dual RAID controller - one supports up to RAID 5, and the other up to RAID 10.
Cons: I don't care for the RAID set-up options in the BIOS, I guess I'm a bit partial to Promise RAID BIOS... The placement of the SATA ports could be a problem if you do not have an extended case, I'll also recommend plugging in the board end of the SATA cables before installing your SLI, otherwise you may end up taking the cards back out to be able to get at the SATA ports. The PCIE 1X port is not usable.
Overall Review: The GSkill 6gb 3Ch RAM sold here works fine with this board. The Zalman heatsink does not interfere w/ the DIMMs or bridge-sinks. The cables etc that come w/ the board are of good quality. If you have a large case you will need an extra long floppy cable per the port on the board is very close to the I/O panel as opposed to what I consider normal placement.
Pros: Nice looking, great functions w/ set point. Hand feel is also nice, good battery life & a desk top charger.
Cons: 2.4ghz... If you use a 2.4ghz anything, phone, wirless router then it renders this mouse unusable for about 5sec, every 15sec... I love the mouse, wish it was unable for me... If you are hard wired & use a 900hz, of a 5.8ghz phone & have noone living next to you, then get it...
Overall Review: Logitech is going all 2.4ghz, this may become a big problem. I also have a G7, & it is 2.4 as well & I don't have nearly the problems w/ it that I have w/ this one... BTW, putting this back in the box right now...
8800 GTS Replacement
Pros: -Great card for the money -Runs waaay cooler than my 320mb 8800 GTSs. This machine used to shut down under the burden on Crysis and Fear. Runs like a champ now!
Overall Review: Running this 2 card SLI set-up on my old SLI box, (I have a i7 machine w/ 2 285 GTXs as my main SLI), with a Matrox TH2G and 3 24" Dell 1080p monitors. Works well, and WoW in surround 5040X1050 resolution in awesome!
Pros: Lot's of room between the motherboard and the back of the drive-bays. This case will hold full size exp. boards. All steel construction with no cut radius' on all internial fixtures (nice...).
Cons: The case is set-up for a 3 120MM fan config, however it does not come with 2" screws to mount the 3rd fan behind the bezel. I have my 3rd fan attached with plastic Lian-Li fan fasteners. This type of fastener will work, but you have to drill out the threaded holes to do so. Well, let's just say it's heavy... My new i7 SLI system = 70lbs.
Overall Review: These are the Dimensions <<(W x H x D) 8.1 x 21.3 x 23.9 inch>> from iStar's web site... The feet to fold in, just so you know. The air-flow can be adjusted to pull out the front of the case, or blow out the back... Depending on your MB, you may need longer, or shorter than normal cables for various cable connections. -> I have 2 of these cases, both the 1000BL models. They have been great cases for years and I'm sure they will continue to be. Three weeks ago I build a new i7, dual SLI system in one of the cases and my CPU temp is 23C at idle...<-
Pros: Stays nice and cool, very fast drive! 5yr wrnty...
Cons: The cost is a little high... I normally run RAID 10s and the $900+ for the four drives hurt a little bit. However, if I get my rebates back it will save me a little over $100...
Overall Review: Huge heatsink on this little drive. This Raptor is very different from the previous models I've had.
X Trac Rippers
Pros: Great Pad!!! See Other Thoughts...
Cons: X Trac chose to go all black on these pads a few years ago (they used to have the grey/black pattern) this makes them appear dirty at times. However, might I suggest: For dusty stuff use a lint-roller to clean it up, works great. For the every-now-and then spill, use a warm damp low-lint cloth, let dry & then follow up w/ the lint-roller. Thes pads do fray abit around the edges over time, I consider it normal, and I replace my pad about every 9mo to a year.
Overall Review: I'm commenting on not just the XL, but all X Trac "Ripper" pads. I've used all of the different types of pads that X Trac makes and they are all very good products. I do favor the "Ripper" pads for several reasons. 1) ANY mouse will track on them, I can't say that for all of the other pads that I've tried. 2) ultra smooth mousing surface, w/ very low noise. 3) Very thin 4) Great pad to desktop grip...