Date Joined: 03/04/09
Pros: Case is awesome for implementing water cooling, simply because its the size of a truck.(this thing is massive)
the two internal hard drive bays has an awesome mounting system. It's easy, and seems rather secure.
Solid steel construction for most of the case.......
Cons: Has a ploished aluminum front panel, fingerprints... and more fingerprints...
for 300 bucks, you'd almost expect it to have usb 3.0 on front panel, and the hotswap to have sata III, but it doesnt. It's another 30 bucks from the manufacturers website to buy a front panel with usb 3.0, and hotswap board that has sata III.
The 5.25" bays have plastic retaining mechanisms... that are cheap. When anything is in them, they seem to have room to wiggle, and when you have a dvd drive spinning up a dvd, you can hear the drive rattling around in its mount. Also when you have something you want to put in the bay that doesn't conform to a standard 5.25" bay, such as a manual fan controller, its kind of like the square peg in the round hole.... doesn't work, unless you really force it. I still think a few screws is superior, and besides, to secure the other side, it takes a couple screws.
Overall Review: If you could remove the terrible plastic 5.25" drive bay retaining mechanism, and just use a few screws to hold down everything it would be far superior. Or if the 5.25" drive bays had the same type of mounting system the internal hard drive bays have, it would be even better.
Pros: The cost vs. performance.
Big step up from my old Phenom II x3 720 BE processor.
Cons: None really at this point, took a chance on a brand spanking new chip, an hoped a BIOS flash would have it work. All the cons lie within the current BIOS, not the chips fault.
Overall Review: I have an Asus M4A79XTD EVO motherboard...
I couldn't find any documentation saying that this board would support the 1090T... it infact does, with the 2001 BIOS.
However - due to the infancy of the BIOS, and the fact that Asus doesn't explicitly state that this board supports it, overclocking this chip as of right now is basically pointless.
I can't seem to get beyond a .2ghz O.C before it's not stable. And with the unlocked multiplier, no matter what I set it at, at this point, it maxes out at 16x.
Also with this board and the current BIOS revision, the turbo doesn't seem to work.
Pros: Graphics are superb...but thats really all thats good about the game.
Cons: Controls... they are just awful. I can't get over the lag time between when I move the mouse, and when the action on the screen occurs. And I have a really good mouse. Razer Mamba to be exact.
This games gimmick of the grappling hook arm couldn't have been deployed any worse. The idea is that you can scale buildings, pull enemies off ledges, pull cars out of the ditch ect with it...
Came up to the first level where you had to climb up a building using nothing but your grappling hook -- Took me over 2 hours trying to get to the top because the controls are just that terrible.
Further more all the missions seem to be nearly the same, and take about the same ammount of time to complete - 5 minutes.
You spend more time travelling between the missions than you do actually doing the missions.
Overall Review: I bought this game after it came very highly recommended to me... turned out the game is complete fail.
Pros: Phenominal game.
It's got a decent length to it. Played the single player campaign for over a week now, and still haven't done everything there is to do.
Tons of stuff to do, great story line, great puzzles, just a well done game.
A definite buy for those that have the internet connection, and computer for it.
I'd almost be willing to put it up there with how good Mass Effect 2 is... but see cons...
Cons: Not the game to get if you have a shotty internet connection. Everytime even for the most tiny interruption in your internet connection, your game play is interrupted.
But that very rarely happens ever. No reasons to take an egg off though.
Keyboard controls could have been more refined - but what do you expect from a console port. At the beginning it was like "Press (symbol of foot) to kick" and I was like.. uhhh... I don't have a foot symbol on my keyboard. Definately a bit of a learning curb for the controls. Plays best with a game controller.
Game even looks like a console port... even at max settings.
Overall Review: I run the game at max settings with 8x antialiasing at over 90+ fps all the time, never see any choppyness or lag....even when I have like 4 torrents going in the background, and other people I live with are soaking up the bandwith.
Don't listen to all these people whining about DRM and not being able to pirate the game. They're just unhappy that they can't make a few copies for their buddies to play for free.
Pros: Button placement is perfect, button tension is great, mouse size is perfect. 5600 DPI, 1MS polling.
Very high quality USB cable. Can use mouse in either wired/wireless mode. Battery life is great, been using it for over a week now, without charging it, about 10 hours a day, battery still hasn't died.
There is no noticable delay between mouse movement/cursor movement in wired or wireless mode.
Drivers are great so you can setup the mouse to your liking.
No gimmicky mouse wieghts, so you can make your mouse weigh like 10 pounds for no reason.
Cons: With the class this mouse is in, was surprised to not recieve a driver disk with it. Recieved just a piece of paper telling me to goto the razer website and download the latest drivers/firmware.
Overall Review: Buy this product straight from the RAZER website, you get the latest mouse, with the latest firmware, as well as preapplied teflon feet, so you avoid all the tracking issues with the standard feet.
However, if you do need to update the firmware, install the latest driver first, then the firmware.
If you loved the copperhead, and can afford this mouse, get this mouse.
If you have one of those thick squishy mouse pads, don't use it with this mouse, the tracking is so accurate that when pressing down on it, the cursor will move.
Pros: DX11... and thats even a stretch to find something good about it...
Cons: Game blows... every aspect of it sucks, completely terrible game.
especially the part where... you have to drop another 100-300 dollars on a decent force feed back racing wheel to play it any good. (unless you already own one of course)
Overall Review: Game came free with my HD 5870... plays at 90fps on my O.C'd rig... and every time I reload the game, I have to set the settings back to max settings.
No wonder they were giving this game out free with the hd5870... noone in their right mind would own a copy otherwise.
Pros: Bought two of these to repalce some broken case fans and these fans move some air, and keep the case cooled down nicely, and come with some nice 3 to 4 pin adapters...but....
Cons: Definately louder than 37db at max speed.
Are twice as loud as my Radeon HD 5870's fan at max speed.
Also... After about 30 minutes or so, these fans start to smell like burning electronics.
I can also hear a very high pitched ringing noise when these fans are on.
You hear the rattling of the fan over the air passing through it.
The bearings on these are most likely garbage because of this, not expecting these fans to last very long at all.
Overall Review: If you're looking to cool your O.C'd computer, definately don't buy these, cause you'll freak out checking your case temps constantly cause you're smelling burning electronics. Spring for something a little more costly, with either a 2ball bearing, or a fluid dynamic bearing, that comes with grommets and all that stuff to deaden noise.
Pros: Finally! a game worth the 50$ its sold at. Took longer than 4 hours to beat on hard mode.
Can't expect anything less from BioWare, they are the kings of good games.
Cons: While the main story line is fantastic, finding all the side quests/planet exploration is almost more work than its worth.
Overall Review: There's a few glitches/bugs in the game, like some textures/shadows don't load in right, and theres map leaks that make you have to restart a mission if you didn't have the right frame of mind to hit save after you just blew up the huge monster.
Oh yea, almost forgot... research the rocket/genade launchers, you'll nearly one shot every 'boss' mob once you figure out which one it is. (makes hard mode ez mode)
Pros: I've had this cooler for sometime now, and it's still keeping my Phenom II x3 720 BE O.C'd to 3.8ghz cooled to about 30c idle, and 40c at load.
The wiring on the fan controller burned up a little from faulty soldering, so the fan wouldn't even spin anymore. Didn't realize it until I looked over at the case and saw the blue led's on the fan weren't lit up anymore. So I checked the CPU temp, (was under load at the time) was pushing 43c, which is an acceptable temp considering the O.C. and no fan.
Cons: Don't have any, Zalman customer support/honoring their warranty is simply awesome.
Overall Review: Contacted Zalman for some replacement parts for the fan controller, took them a couple days to respond, but this is the response I got...
I wanted to follow up with you regarding your request for some 10X Extreme parts. I managed to track down a returned 10X Extreme and tore it apart and tested the unit. I’ll send you a new circuit board and fan controller. It should be shipped out to you today via USPS First Class mail. You will get an email once we ship it out. Thank you.
Zalman USA, Inc."
Don't even have to send my unit back!!
Some of the best customer service I've recieved from any company.
Pros: Works with my ipod touch 1st generation. Also works with my sisters ipod nano.
Sound quality is superb, considering how old my car is, and that its broadcasting on a stereo radio signal.
Has a hinge in the middle, so it'll be usable, and fit in even the most oddly placed 12V accessory outlets.
Perfectly sized as well, so I can tuck it away in my glove box when I'm not in my car.
Cons: A little static breaks through here and there, but thats to be expected with an FM radio signal.
Overall Review: Takes a few seconds to plug everything in, but forever to find a decent blank radio channel around here.
Newegg processing is fantasic as always, UPS still SUCKS!
Pros: Solid kit of ram, bought two of these kits to put in one rig, and they work perfectly together.
Cons: None, unless you don't understand the memory controller on the phenom II's.
Overall Review: They booted at 1333 instead of 1600, which is to be expected with the memory controller on the phenom II's.
Set it to run at 1600, with cas timing of 9, and they work as advertised.
Phenom II x3 720 BE (4th core unlocked)
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO
And now 8GIG's of DDR3 1600 G.SKILL memory.
Pros: I finally got my ram in today so I could test this card out... and all I have to say is: AMAZING PERIOD
Cons: lol cons
Overall Review: Buy this.
Gave me something to do for the last couple of days trying to get this to run at the advertised speed.
Cons: Runs at 1333 out of the box.
Still have yet to hear from G.Skill support. Been over a week.
This isn't like G.Skill, they even forgot the sticker!
Overall Review: Had to set my BIOS to run these at a blazing 1.9v to get them to run at 1600 with a CAS timing of 9, and have them be stable for longer than about an hour.
Pros: I've bought/used Asus products in the past, and this company still delivers. Solid board, great BIOS. One of the most well organized, and clean BIOS's I've used. Allows for .02 or lower voltage increase intervals depending on what voltage you're adjusting. Also, has tons of settings to allow you to unlock the 4th core on an x3 BE. The board has a couple jumpers on it so if +.2 volts increase on the processor isn't enough, you can go up to +.4, same with ram/nb/sb.
Was worried about the hieght of the heatsinks on the north bridge because of the heatsink I have for my processor, but its far enough away, and short enough to fit mostly any giant heatsink.
Cons: Second PCI-E slot only runs at 8x. Sata 5/6 connectors looked like after thoughts.
BIOS automatically turns off ACC unleashing mode if it fails to initialize during POST, and re-POSTs. Don't like it when the BIOS changes its own settings, won't know for sure what else its deciding to change on its own.
Overall Review: Didn't buy this board from newegg.com, the local computer shop messed this board up by flashing the wrong BIOS on it, so I scooped it up for free, fixed the BIOS.
Be careful which memory your pair with it, cause anything higher than 1333, you'll need atleast 0605 BIOS revision for you to be able to clock it at the stock speed/voltage/CAS timings, and have it be stable.
The bundled software has a bunch of REAL useful stuff on it like... OUTDATED Drivers, junky in Windows O.C'ing utilities. Only thing I found useful on the bundled software was the BIOS recovery utility, and the BIOS update utility. Everything else I found it was just best to goto the Asus website and download the lastest drivers.
And what is up with the 5 second mini-OS thing with just internet/skype? Why not just wait 2 more seconds for it to boot into windows ><
Pros: It's G.Skill... expect nothing but the highest quality when you buy G.Skill.
Cons: When paired with a Phenom II x3 720 BE, and the Asus M4A79XTD, it will run at 1333 out of the box. You will have to go into your BIOS and adjust it so it will run at 1600, BIOS also reports it running at a CAS latency of 11 when bumped to 1600. When I set it to run at 1600, at 1.6v I can't seem to get a stable system with these at a CAS latency of 9.
Still waiting to hear from G.Skill support, been since the 8th to hear from them.
Overall Review: Not really a con, but I didn't get a sticker! ><
First time I haven't gotten a sticker when purchasing G.Skill.
Good thing this memory was going into a case which was getting a memory upgrade.
Pros: Very sturdy construction, removable drive bay, bottom mounted PSU, no junky break away tabs for cards, comes with 3 120mm fans, not completely silent, but has a good sound to it, all felted down the front to keep dust from settling in, inside of the case is finished with all black, and comes with plenty of black screws to keep you from having to use a different colored screw, also has a hole in the mobo tray for easy after marked cpu cooler mounting.
Cons: I bought this case because it advertised it as being 9.25" wide. When I got home from work and saw it on my doorstep, I was all excited, ripped open the package, took it out... and was then saddened as I noticed it looked awfully narrow... so I measured it, and it only measured out to being 7.75" wide... and it barely fits my Zalman CNPS10X Extreme cpu heatsink/fan, with it just bearly touching the other side of the case.
Overall Review: When I was taking the case apart to put all the parts in it, I looked to see if the motherboard tray was removable...
Well, it had a few screws around it and it appeared that it could have been removable...
but some genious decided to put rivets all around it as well... seriously dumb.
Pros: At stock settings on my Phenom II x3 720 BE, with the thermal gook it comes with, under full load, it's running at 30c. Don't really notice a difference in the noise level of my case, even when the fan is at max rpm's.
Smooth mirror finish on the cpu contact surface.
Cons: After securing the heatsink/fan with the supplied bracket for the am3 sockets, I noticed I could rotate the heatsink/fan a little... this shouldn't happen, it should be rock solid, and not move around as easily as it does.
If the mounting bracket was a slightly different shape, then it would not rotate as easily.
-1 egg, going to have to find a better mounting kit that will work with this heatsink/fan.
The user's manual to mount it is complete garbage, only worth reading the 'Precautions' section on the first page for a good laugh. This shoud actually be the first thing in the garbage before the box it came in.
Overall Review: The PWM is a complete gimmick, I also notice that the blue LED fan seems to pulse a little bit... don't know if its a bad fan, or its meant to do that.
It's also huge... so be prepared to lose a ram slot or two, and possibly the side of your case if its not wide enough.
Pros: Despite how stylish these headphones are, these headphones fit my melon rather well, and are probably one of the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn. The massage you get when the vibe is set to 10 and listening to something that has a lot of bass is quite nice. The cord on the headphones is quite thick, and seems quite durable.
Because its USB I can play vent into my headphones, and the game sounds on my actual 5.1 surround sound. No headphones can match an actual 5.1 system.
Cons: The battery pack it comes with looks cheap, feels flimsy, and doesn't even look well put together on the inside. Doesn't come with batteries, but it comes with a piece of velcro so you can stick it to yourself... But I don't want to look like a doofis walking in public with these things on.
The sound is actually quite decent for the 35$ I paid for these, however, these headphones have a really deep deep bass, and the highs don't really pop like I hoped they would.
Mic leaves a lot to be desired. Noise cancelling? Try not so much noise cancelling... also everyone on vent can hear a faint high pitched scratching noise whenever I talk. Then again - I dont care its not my end lol
Overall Review: Wish there was an option somewhere to let you just have the headphones display one color all the time.
If you're not using it through USB, you only get stereo, and not virtual 7.1 surround sound.
Take the drivers it comes with, and throw them out the window, because they're worthless, and dont do anything. The drivers windows comes with it more than sufficient. It just gives you yet another annoying pop-up window when you change your sound settings, or where the headphones are plugged in.
Pros: I bought this a few months back when I bought my new computer, I blew the budget on the graphics cards, so I was looking for something cheap that would last me a couple weeks till the next paycheck...
Turns out I was wrong. This is one of those rare things that you don't get what you pay for, this keyboard has far exceeded my expectations. Here I am typing a review on it 4 months later and have no issues with sticky keys, dead keys, or not being able to type a command on it, or even while playing video games like Crysis or Left 4 Dead on it.
It feels good to type on, and doesn't have loud annoying keyclicks. It's pretty solid, smashed it around pretty good a few times when I couldn't kill someone in a game.
Cons: Two things:
1. The enter key is one of the small ones.
2. When windows doesn't get shut down properly and my system reboots the screen where it lets you select to boot windows regularly, safe mode, ect ect.. the keyboard doesn't work and have to wait 30 seconds for it to auto choose to boot normally.
Overall Review: It's no 100$ keyboard, but this is probably the best 7$ I've ever spent in my life.
Pros: Left Hand Orientation. I've been looking for a mouse that is just completely amazing, and is confortable for me to use in my left hand, cause my right hand can't aim for beans in FPS. The two buttons by my pinky/ring finger are a little hard to hit, but I like that - makes it hard to accidently change the sensitivity when pwning newbs.
Cons: The software for creating macros needs some serious help, or maybe even some inscructions, I can't figure it out.
Overall Review: Best mouse you can get if you're left handed.
Pros: Very solid and stable voltages, even when playing games like crysis.
Cool looking blue LED lights, they go well with all the other blue LED lights I have in my case.
Long cords! Especially if you have a long video card like I do and need that extra cord length to go around your video card to reach your hard drive.
Also like how all the cords have a black mesh around them.
Cons: Not really a con, but after the first week of having it one of the screws on it came a little loose, and it started making a minor rattling noise, tightened the screw up and it stopped.
Overall Review: I used to only use antec PSU's, but when I made my new rig I was on a little bit of a budget so I broke down and bought this, turns out to be comprable to an antec in value.
Pros: Not sure, couldn't get my mobo to post with these modules. Newegg's RMA.
Cons: Advertised 1.9v-2.2v operation is a lie. Only runs at 2.2v.
Overall Review: They look good on paper, but don't work in most DDR2 1066 standard motherboards boards because they only operate on 2.2v.
Phenom II x3 720
Powercolor AX4870 Radeon HD4870
Pros: -Phenom II x3 720 compatible
-No junky onboard graphics
-Plenty of USB ports
Cons: Advertised it runs at DDR2 1066 momory standard, however when running the Phenom II x3 720:
The 4 dimm slots only go upto a 1.9v maximum in the BIOS
So any DDR2 1066 thats above 1.9v won't work, and the motherboard will not post. -2 Eggs, real disappointing.
Overall Review: This motherboard screams and rocks my socks when I put in DDR2 800.
Also: Good luck trying to find DDR2 1066 that runs on 1.9v.
Pros: Newegg RMA
Overall Review: sigh
Pros: Fans are quiet, keeps everything nice and cool. Fit the Powercolor AX4870 Radeon HD4870 with room to spare!
Cons: The pictures on newegg made the black finish on the case look shiney to me, but when I got it, the black finish looked rather dull. -1 egg.
Overall Review: The DVD drive door thing comes off pretty easy if you don't like it. The big 120mm rear fan kinda gets in the way when installing the motherboard, but it's easy to take off and put back on again once the motherboard is in.