Joined on 11/11/07
Great Case - Just read before you buy
Pros: This case makes cable routing so much easier than in other cases I have owned. I noticed a solid 15C drop in temp since I put my hardware in this case. Even though this case is cooler and has some of the same fans from my original case it is much more quiet. very sturdy, heavy. The HDD mounting bays are great as well. If you want more airflow in the top of the case there's more than enough optical drive bays to put a couple of fans in. Also the fans and empty drive bays on the front have screens the pop open allowing for quick cleaning of dust build up. I have yet to see any cat hair in this case... which is a shock since there's 5 cats here. overall a great case
Cons: I can only think of a few. 1. if you want to use a full length GPU, your going to have to mount all the HDD's in the bottom mounting area since the GPU goes nose to nose with the HDD mounted in the middle(theres space for 5 there I believe so not such a big deal) 2. Motherboard space seems a little tight for a case this size though I suppose that may have something to do with the cooling advantages I saw 3. It is heavy and it says so on the specs, just imagine adding 10 pounds or so to the spec numbers. Keep that in mind if you don't want to carry a heavy case around to competitions and LAN parties. Though the front does lock....
Overall Review: I often read about people buying this case and then being upset at its size. The dimensions are clearly written on Antec's site and here on Newegg. I went from a large case to this and its bigger, but thermally more efficient and easier on my ears when the fans kick in. This is a great case if you are building something specific, its quiet so is great for studio(audio) work or video work (both I do). The case is sturdy enough to travel if you can carry it, the HDD's are somewhat shock mounted so there's another plus. All in all just read the specs, if they look good to your project, then you will most likely be pleased when you build in this case. My setup - EVGA nForce 780i Triple SLI ready board, Intel q9550 oc'ed to 3.4ghz @ 40C (idle), 8GB Corsair dominator ddr2 1066mhz memory with fan, Nvidia GTX280 OC, Thermaltake Black Widow 850Watt psu, Seagate TB drive, WD 500GB drive, WD320GB drive
dont blame vista
Pros: Great processor, good memory, screen is nice/full Hd. I do a lot of video editing and bought this for video capturing on set. I honestly hate mac and wish to avoid final cut so I stick with Pc, Adobe and Good efficient Premier pro. This laptop works great.
Cons: a bit heavy but thats what you get when its this big. I cant really base cons on this due to its an upgrade from a old less than great Dell XPS from 05. It makes that old laptop look like a TI-83
Overall Review: OK so I read in other reviews that this thing is slow due to vista, true to a point. While using vista for the past few years I have found it quicker than XP and the new mac os (on my desktop vs the video workstation macs at School) and its more stable than either. Now having said that I need to state that it needs set up, its meant to plug and play everything so you need to make it not try to be in complete control. 1st thing to do is SHUT DOWN user account control, its horrible and kills resources, 2nd goto msconfig>services and shut off things that you do not use and will not use (these will be different for everyone) 3rd ditch the virus and spyware software, get lavasoft adaware free and AVG free and a program called CLEANUP! and run them at least once a week, if your browse the web a lot run them nightly. Doing this will improve system stability, speed and make it easier to use in the long run. I can say with this laptop and those changes im going to have lots of good shoots.
great board if you follow this
Pros: ok this board has it all and runs cool. overclocking is a breeze and the audio kills my M-Audio delta 1010 which is a semi-pro soundcard
Cons: enthusiast class motherboards tebd to be a pain to twaek the bugs nothing new
Overall Review: ok this board has a short qvl for supported memory which i ignored. at first it passed a bad bit every few reboots and would corrupt xp. after some digging and logical thinking i jacked the voltage of my gskill ram to 1.925V and it cleared up. bios versions 1303 and 1305 are the most stable. and finally alawyss install this board with a fresh hdd and it will trat you well