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Anthony M.

Anthony M.

Joined on 09/06/04

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Most Favorable Review

As expected

Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo 920-004536 - USB 2.0 RF Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard & Mouse
Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo 920-004536 - USB 2.0 RF Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard & Mouse

Pros: - Inexpensive - Neat - Only needs one USB port - Batteries included!

Cons: - None

Overall Review: First thing to realize is that this was purchased for an HTPC. It is not marketed as a gaming combo, so anyone that complains about latency and issues with the system because they keep getting fragged in their favorite game, well you should have spent the money on a gaming setup. This combination works exceedingly well for an HTPC. I can keep the PC tucked away and simply have the keyboard and mouse out to browse my movie catalog or other video services. I have no conflicts or issues and it works like a total champ. I do not intend to use the setup for gaming, so I cannot complain at all on this combination. Simply put, if you want a reliable, basic, and simple RF keyboard/mouse combination, this is a perfect fit. Do not buy this for a high end gaming setup, because it is not designed for that.

Most Critical Review

Works, with one exception...

Rosewill RKV-2DVI KVM Switch
Rosewill RKV-2DVI KVM Switch

Pros: - Clear video and audio - Easy to change systems - No noticable lag

Cons: - Connects are hard wired into switch, so hopefully you don't damage the wires, or it is shot. **** DOES NOT WORK WITH LOGITECH G5 LASER MOUSE **** This last one is a big one, as I do gaming and manage a server at teh same time. Ironically it works fine with a cheap and junkie Dell mouse I use for the server, but if I try to use my main mouse, it does not work.

Overall Review: It is a decent switch for the money, but an absolute failure if you have any high end gaming needs, there are chances it may not work with your gear. I gave it two eggs since it does switch video, but it still deos not work as intended.

Perfect Fit! But...

APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
APEVIA Black SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-BK/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: - Very sharp looking - Shiny black finish - Fits ATX and full height components! - Tool less rails are adjustable

Cons: - Cable management is non-existent - Blue LED on front is BRIGHT! - Difficulty removing front panel

Overall Review: I expected this case to have some shortfalls purely based on what I read in the specifications. The cable management is non existent in the case. I first tore the entire case apart and made some basic changes to how it was configured. Since the M2N SLi Deluxe board I was repurposing had some requirements on where the cables needed to be, I did a few changes. First of all, I took one of the 80mm fans off and rotated it by 90 degrees so that the power cable was on the opposite side of the audio jacks on the back of the mother board. I then routed the cables under the board and had the connectors come out under the power supply. The next change I made was to remove the front panel and route the front panel cables across the front bottom edge of the plastic and come into the case to the left of the external 3.5" slot. This made it so that I could mount the 500Gb internal drive in that slot and barely make the SATA and power cables pop out before the edge of the motherboard. Finally, I placed all power cables that were not needed under the power supply, and connected the case fans under that area. This left the entire center area open for air flow. I plan to install 2 more 5Tb drives in the future in a raid 1 configuration so that all of the movies we have converted down are protected from loss in the event a drive fails. The main cons of poor cable management and difficulty in removing the front panel are the reason for the 1 egg knock down. If there was better cable management, and maybe there was a quick release method for removing the front panel, I would give it 5 eggs without a question. Anyone who complains about the size of the case simply did not pay attention to the specifications listing. Also, the power supply is designed for an HTPC, not for a gaming system, so nobody should be complaining in that aspect. Granted, the switch is a bit inconvenient to get to, but in all honesty how often are you reaching to the back of any PC to turn off the switch in the back? I did check the switch after pulling the front panel off, and mine was already in the on position. The location of the power supply seems to be perfect, as it is away from any major components, and has a good spot to push out the hot air without affecting anything else. I would highly recommend this case to anyone that wants to build an HTPC and use standard ATX components. I was able to take all of the components from an old tower system and place them in this case, nothing new to buy! It took a little trial and error to adjust the depth of the DVD drive so that it was lined up at the right depth for the front panel. The tool less rails provided have many adjustable locations to make this simple. I do wish that all bays were tool less installs, but in all honesty it wasn't hard to mount the hard drive once I rerouted the front panel cables.

Excellent for the price!

Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997030E
Mushkin Enhanced ECO2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997030E

Pros: - Low cost - Stable and effective - Runs perfectly 24/7

Cons: - Timing, but negligible and known at purchase

Overall Review: I bought this memory to upgrade my old desktop system from the measly 4Gb of ram it has been running for the past several years. The memory has worked flawlessly and the system is on 24/7/365. The system has a performance rating of 7.6, thanks to the SSD and other nice components. I would highly recommend this memory to anyone that wants to breath new life into their older systems.

Cheap and works!

Hynix 8GB 2x 4GB DDR2-800 PC2-6400 Desktop DIMM memory AMD CPU motherboard
Hynix 8GB 2x 4GB DDR2-800 PC2-6400 Desktop DIMM memory AMD CPU motherboard

Pros: - Low cost - Works well

Cons: - Not for gaming - Compatible with AMD only

Overall Review: I purchased this memory knowing that it would work only with AMD systems and that the system was not to be used for gaming. The main use of the system is as a HTPC. The memory works well and was a significant upgrade from the 2Gb that was in the system (it was a very old system). The computer that was destined for scrap now has new life as a HTPC and was recently loaded with Windows 10. It works fine and will do what is needed. I already tested out the ability to play movies, and it worked like a champ, without skipping a beat. As long as you know the limitations of the memory and the system you are using it on, and do not try to exceed its capabilities, you will love this memory.

Great Hub

BELKIN F5U402-03IN-KIT In-Desk USB Hub (3-Inch)
BELKIN F5U402-03IN-KIT In-Desk USB Hub (3-Inch)

Pros: This compact little hub is perfect for helping to keep all of your USB ports close up on the desk for items you swap out on a regular basis. This is especially nice for people that keep their computer tucked back under their desk and have a hard time accessing the USB ports on the PC case itself. The fact the hub is also powered is a big bonus as well. The cable routing holes are nice for running any of your monitor, speaker, or whatever type cables though and helps to organize desk clutter. If properly positioned, you can make all of the cables route close to the computer and have ample access to the USB hub.

Cons: Though these are cons, I would not knock an egg as they are easy to deal with if done properly. For one, mounting the hub requires a large hole saw and good planning. If you place it in the wrong spot, you are stuck with it. This is more a user based issue that each person must be willing to accept. In the same note, if you are not willing to modify your desk surface, you will not be happy with this particular hub. Also, even though it is a pro that this is a powered hub, it is also a con. It is a minor inconvenience to have to route both a USB and power cable, but it does not warrant a knock down in eggs. Finally, if you are not careful, you can inadvertently put the mounting ring in at the wrong angle, so be extra careful in lining the ring up before you press it into place. It can be removed and repositioned, but it takes a bit of effort. Again, this is purely based on the user and how methodical you are in putting things together, so not a mark agains the product.

Overall Review: I have used these hubs for our two gaming systems and have not had any complaints. I kept the 3" hole saw as it has been used 4 times as I transfer the systems to new desks. I have found it best to place the equipment where you want it to be, then mark where you want the center of the hub to be. It is best to drill from the top down, then when the tip of the drill starts to poke through the bottom (have a buddy spot for you), pull the hole saw out and drill from the bottom. This will give you the cleanest hole for mounting the ring for the hub.