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Craig D.

Craig D.

Joined on 01/02/08

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Very satisfied

Intel BOXDG965RYCK LGA 775 Intel G965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel BOXDG965RYCK LGA 775 Intel G965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Built-in gigabit networking, high-quality built-in SigmaTec sound, USB, FireWire, 3.0GB SATA, takes DDR2 800 RAM and Core2 Duo processors.

Cons: Windows Vista rates the video as only 3.8 on the Windows Experience scale. This is good enough for the Aero glass UI theme, but if you're seriously into gaming, you'll want a separate video card.

Overall Review: Basically the same board as the Intel DG965SS, but in a full ATX form factor rather than mATX, and with two extra PCI slots. I put a Core2 E6420 CPU on it with Kensington DDR2 800 RAM and it's very happy.

Great case!

IN WIN IW-C589T.J350BFU2AD Black Best Performed SECC Japanese Steel metal ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply
IN WIN IW-C589T.J350BFU2AD Black Best Performed SECC Japanese Steel metal ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply

Pros: Attractive, well made, solid case. Very easy to work with. Built in power supply is adequate for a basic PC.

Cons: No audio or FireWire ports in front, and the front USB ports are actually on the side, which is a little odd. I also wish this case didn't have a non-removable sculpted floppy drive facade, because I don't see any reason to put a floppy drive into a PC anymore. I don't even remember the last time I used a floppy disk.

Overall Review: I also own the mATX version of this case (they're identical aside from this one being taller, deeper, and very slightly wider) and it's great too.

Unbeatable at the price

ALTEC LANSING BXR1121 15 Watts 2.1 3-Piece Value Computer Speakers
ALTEC LANSING BXR1121 15 Watts 2.1 3-Piece Value Computer Speakers

Pros: The subwoofer is particularly good, and the midrange is better than most cheap computer speakers.

Cons: Weak high end. I turn the treble knob up all the way and it isn't enough.

Overall Review: Boosting the >6K range with software EQ makes for a pretty nice sound.

Not bad at all

Canon CanoScan LiDE 25 0307B001 1200 x 2400 dpi 48bit USB Interface Flatbed Scanner
Canon CanoScan LiDE 25 0307B001 1200 x 2400 dpi 48bit USB Interface Flatbed Scanner

Pros: Inexpensive and surprisingly good for the money. Works with Linux (Ubuntu Gutsy recognized it automatically) and Windows Vista. Powers itself off the USB line, so you don't have to plug it into the wall.

Cons: A bit slow and noisy. Scans can look a little streaky depending on settings (in which case the solution is, turn down the gain a bit and if necessary brighten the image up in software later).

Very satisfied

Intel BOXDG965SSCK LGA 775 Intel G965 Express Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel BOXDG965SSCK LGA 775 Intel G965 Express Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Built-in gigabit networking, high-quality SigmaTec sound, accelerated video, USB, FireWire, 3.0 GB SATA, etc.

Cons: Windows Vista rates the video as only 3.8 on the Windows Experience scale. This is good enough to run the Aero glass UI theme, but a bit weak if you're into serious gaming.

Overall Review: This is basically an mATX version of the ATX-form Intel DG965RY board (which I also own), minus two PCI slots. I put an Intel Core2 Duo E6420 CPU on it with 2GB of Kensington DDR2 800 RAM and it's quite happy.

Very satisfied

D-Link DUB-H7 USB 2.0 7-Port Hub
D-Link DUB-H7 USB 2.0 7-Port Hub

Pros: Seven USB 2.0 ports flanked with LEDs for easy access in poor lighting. Has its own power supply, so it gets along well with devices that want to power themselves off USB.

Cons: None.