Date Joined: 08/10/09
Pros: This case was the highlight of my build. It was easy to assemble, SUPER versatile, well thought out and put together. I found a 4 pack of cooler master 120mm "Silent sleeve bearing fans" and it was the same fan as the 2 preinstalled in the case. I installed all 6 fans using the included hardware, and the thing is still relatively quiet. The right side panel leaves plenty of room to tuck away extra power cables, and all sharp edges are rolled. The included slide rails for tool-less hard drive installation worked flawlessly on the HDD, and the 3.5" adapter tray worked great on my SSD. One external drive bay is tool-less and it worked great for my DVDR drive.
Cons: I gathered all my internals in front of the box, and said, "Install these" but it just sat there looking pretty.
Pros: Cheap, Does what it's supposed to do
Cons: When ejecting tray, it seems almost like it's sticky, and slows down then speeds up. Not a big deal, but makes it seem unrefined.
Pros: This mobo has everything I was looking for. USB 3.0, SATA iii, PCI-e 3.0, 4 ram slots, 4 case fan headers.
The ClickBios is awesome, you can arrange the boot order by drag and drop!
SSD drive + SATA III = 15 second boot time into windows 7! Impressive.
Cons: Board is smaller than many ATX boards, so it doesn't use the last row of ATX mounting standoffs. Therefore, the power connector is not well supported, and it might be possible to damage the board trying to insert the power plug. I used another rater's advice, and slipped a plastic soda cap underneath the board when inserting the power cable.
Overall Review: Haven't tried the overclock feature yet since I'm using stock cooling. Don't overclock your CPU with stock cooling.
Pros: Fast drive with great design, and no problems
Cons: It didn't install itself automatically
Overall Review: I now have 2 of these drives. 1 in my older desktop (3 years old) and one in my brand new build. It's amazing what a difference SATA iii makes in the speed capability. If you put this drive in a SATA ii board, don't expect earth shattering performance.
Pros: Fast powerful processor, no problems so far.
Cons: Does not have onboard video, but I knew this coming into my purchase, and chose this processor for that reason.
Overall Review: Make sure you're planning on using a discrete video card, as this processor has no onboard video.