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Craig A.

Craig A.

Joined on 08/19/08

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Most Favorable Review

Best game I ever played

Halo: Combat Evolved PC Game
Halo: Combat Evolved PC Game

Pros: It's basically a first person shooter version of X-Com UFO Defense. Except instead of like X-Com Apocalyse, it's done right. I'm now playing it on Legendary (the hardest mode) and it can take a lot of tries to finish each level. But its worth it. It gives you a lot of gameplay. If you get stuck there are great walkthroughs on Youtube by ForumsExtremeDotCom.

Cons: Newegg is shipping it in a soft container which means the game box gets squashed and crinkled during shipment. Please change this Newegg. No sense in irritating loyal customers.

Most Critical Review

Not the greatest case

IN WIN IW-C589T.AQ350L Beige Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply
IN WIN IW-C589T.AQ350L Beige Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply

Pros: It's a light beige color, if that's what you want. It's a mostly tool-free design.

Cons: The case is not 17.1" long as Newegg states. Only the sheet metal part is 17.1". When you add the plastic front panel, it's actually 18.7". It's not the standard "beige" color that most would expect. It's a much lighter beige. Your beige DVD drive (or floppy) will look much darker than this case. The photos show 3 slots on the front panel. In fact, the center portion of each slot is blocked. You really only get 3 little cutouts per side, which are about 1.25" x 0.25". Not much airflow through those. There is no provision for a front fan or air filter. There are no air filters anywhere. The fans are a little too loud if you want a "quiet" case. When you first take off the side panel, the special baffle will swing out on its hinges. Thinking that you can just swing it back, you press on it. Then one of the hinges breaks. That's cute. Emails to In-Win tech support to buy a new hinge get no response.

Overall Review: This is basically a 2nd generation case. It has tool-free operation, a rear case fan, and it has a couple side vents. But that's as far as it goes. It's missing good airflow through the front panel, and it's missing a front panel fan. It's missing a top vent. It's missing a front air filter. It's missing a removable motherboard tray. It's just missing too much. The baffle is designed and positioned for Intel "Prescott" motherboards. It's in the wrong position for AMD boards. (It can be removed). There is no removable motherboard tray. In-Win ought to upgrade the design of this case or discontinue it. It doesn't make the grade in the modern era. To get a good quality case in today's market, you've got to give up on beige and go with a black case. In-Win tech support does not exist. If I could have gotten a replacement hinge for the one I broke, then I could have returned the case to Newegg. Not too thrilled with In-Win.

Doesn't work on Windows 98se

Thermaltake BlacX N0028USU External Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station 2.5" & 3.5" USB 2.0
Thermaltake BlacX N0028USU External Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station 2.5" & 3.5" USB 2.0

Pros: Works on XP Home

Cons: Doesn't work on Windows 98se

Overall Review: I wanted to copy a bunch of files from an old Win98 system to a new XP system, and this looked like a convenient solution. The BlacX is advertised as supporting Win98, both on Newegg and on the Thermaltake website. But to my dismay, there was no Win98 driver included in the box or available for download on the Thermaltake website. I emailed their tech support and they sent me a driver. But the driver does not install, no matter what I do. It copies files to a Disk1 folder in c:\Windows\Temp but that's it. Their tech support gave up responding to me, even though I provided a lot of data about what I was doing. I conclude that that NS0028USU has never really been tested on Win98se, or at least not thoroughly tested. Even on XP Home, it wasn't a completely easy install. It didn't initially locate the drive. I had to go through the Thermaltake FAQ articles to make it work. I'm disapointed about the Win98 driver but instead of returning it I'll keep it for use on my XP system.

Not a board for upgraders

ASUS M3A76-CM AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS M3A76-CM AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Low price. Supports cheap, low-wattage Sempron 140 2.7 GHz CPU. Seems to work fairly well with XP Home.

Cons: No floppy connector on motherboard. Only one PS/2 connector on back panel. This means you must use a USB mouse with your PS/2 keyboard. Parallel and COM1 ports are not brought out to connectors on back panel. Internal cables must be used to bring those functions out to bracket connectors, taking up 1 or 2 of your expansion card slots. The internal cables are not included for the COM1 and LPT connectors. You have to buy them from CablesToGo. Only one SATA cable is included, so you need to buy a 2nd cable if you have a SATA DVD drive.

Overall Review: This is kind of a minimal board. I bought it to upgrade my Mom to a modern XP system (she was using a 266 MHz Win98 system). I didn't look closely at the features. I just assumed ASUS would include the "normal" things. I became more and more dismayed as I saw no floppy support (My Mom has a lot of stuff on floppies), and no built-in parallel port connector (she has an old Epson printer as her 2nd printer). I will have to buy her an external USB floppy. For an upgrader, this is not the right board to get. I learned "Don't trust companies to automatically include all the traditional motherboard features". Look before you leap.