Date Joined: 04/14/07
Pros: A great, small form factor - It's got phenomenal build quality for the price (note - for the price!) and it includes all of the nonsense that nickel and dime you - cooler, case, motherboard, PSU... this is ALL included for the price, and it has great I/O.
Did I mention it's a great price?
Overall Review: I love this thing - it's small, quiet, the integrated cooler works well, and the PSU is great.
Additionally, it's got a great amount of IO, is lightweight, and will be used by me in the future. I frequently build Mini-ITX systems, but this will be taking the role of that going forward. I love it!
Overall Review: I would definitely suggest this - While it's faster than a normal SATA drive, it's quite slow performance wise compared to normal NVME drives. Either way - for the price, the capacity, form factor - this can't be beat. I'm using it in a small rig with a lot of VM's that I run and it's an absolute rockstar.
Pros: I'm using this in an ASRock DeskMini A300W running a hypervisor (XCP-ng). I went this route because this cpu is cheap, and runs what I need without issue!
This is great - It's cheap, and runs all of my VM's without issue. It's not a powerhouse, but for $99 vs $149, this is worth it to me.
Overall Review: This CPU is great - I would buy it again for a small, lightweight rig. The included cooler is great, it's lower power, has a good boost, and just works - I can't recommend these cheap APU's more. I'm constantly using cheap CPU's with iGPU's (such as the lower-end i3) but I think I'll be using these going forward!
Pros: I originally purchased this exact same ram over 2 years ago for my build... I've had 2 gigs, and when it came up in a Shellshocker, I couldn't resist -- twenty nine bucks with free shipping? hells yeah! I've got both overclocked to 996MHz @ 1.8v, great ram, very stable
Cons: uhhh..... the top of the ram, the "fins"...are sharp? unless you plan on shaving with them, shouldn't be a problem ;)
Overall Review: My system:
Intel Core 2 Duo E5400 @ 2.61GHz stable for 2+ years
Thermaltake Armor VA8000BWS
eVGA 9600gt Superclocked
Antec Earthwatts 430w PSU
2 of these sticks of ram
GIGABYTE P35-DS3L -- Great motherboard.. diamond in the rough.. POSTS every time
Pros: Okay, first off, to clarify: I don't have this EXACT PSU. I have an older Earthwatt 430w PSU from Antec. Essentially the same thing -- Since it's not listed, I decided to review on this.
I've had mine running for more than 2 years on my computer. It's almost never turned off, I run my PC hard, and it runs cool and does everything without stuttering. I'm only going to buy Antec power supplies in the future -- that's how good this one is. It's efficient, almost never heats up, and best of all -- It's quiet. The cords are long; there are PLENTY of connectors, anything you could ever need.
It powers my machine w/ no problems:
Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2ghz OC'd to 2.61 for 2 years.
eVGA 9600gt SuperClocked @ 733core, 954mem.
DVD-RW x 2
Western Digital 500gb Black x 4
No problems whatsoever.
Cons: It's... heavy? Wait - I forgot. That's a sign of a good power supply.
Oh, and the cords are long. This may be a pro or con for some, for me it was a pro, but I figured I could list it here just to clarify.
Overall Review: Don't go overkill on your PSU... I was a tad skeptical of whether or not this would reliably power everything I have, but sure enough, it did it without any fuss. Buy for what you need, save money, etc.
Pros: Chose this CPU as it was cheap, and high quality(it is INTEL after all ;) ) ha, but anyways.. I've always had good luck with building clients computers with the C2D Line, and my client wanted a roughly cheap computer that would exceed his expectations for games. So this was the processor I chose, and I don't regret it. On stock cooling, I got it from 2.8GHz, to 3.0GHz, temp didn't change. Running at 33C w/ some AS7 paste.
Cons: Stock cooler cools well, but not under load. Also, is quite the pain in the... to get in.. I've always hated it, lol. My client was looking at it, as I explained what everythings function was/is, and he broke a pin. How? I don't know.. but we stuck it on with 4, was VERY difficult to manage in, and it still runs @ 33c idle and about 44c load... currently waiting on my AC Freezer 7 Pro from newegg.
Overall Review: Very nice processor. Only thing that I would like to have on it now is Virtualization Technology. In any other day and age, I would think, "why do you need this?" Windows 7 will. Since it has an XP Virtualization section, it benefits a lot if you intend on using XP a lot.
Oh, and the CPU i built him is quite functional, yet cheap, roughly $550.
Case: XION 403 green. Cheap, but works quite well :O Looks decent, too ;)
Memory: 2x2gb Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800. 5-5-5-12. Also quite reliable, Corsair has yet to fail me =)
Motherboard: Originally a Gigabyte P31 that was DOA. Switched to a Gigabyte G41.
PSU: Rosewill 500w
HD: Western Digital(yet to fail me also :D) 320gb, 7200rpm SATAII. 16mb Cache.
Video Card: EVGA 9600gt. Power Savers. (PHENOMENAL Performance. Same card I has, just runs off of the power straight from the motherboard.)
Keyboard: Saitek Eclipse II
Works quite well, in WEI in Vista Ultimate, it gets 5.9. Good cheap budget build. Quite versatile and p
Pros: Very nice board. Easy to work with, enough SATA ports, comes with two SATA cables, and simply.. just works. Overclocked my clients E7400 with a stock heatsink from 2.8GHz to 3.0GHz w/ no problems! Didn't go much further though, because of the aforementioned stock heatsink.
Cons: Uhm.. Sound isn't working? Installed the drivers multiple times, speakers work, and it even shows up when I plug in the speakers on the monitor that it's ready to play.. No sound.. so we threw in a cheap sound card I had extra. Works fine now, but was kinda strange!
Overall Review: Purchased this board after receiving a GA-P31-ES3G DOA.
It would power up, but not post, and going in and reading some reviews further in, i realized that the board was DOA. So, I asked my client what to do, and he said, "I want my PC working today." Alright, cool, I ran to the store and purchased this board..sorry newegg, couldn't wait :( Put it in, and posted first try. BIOS has hidden options(ctrl+f1) that unlock actual overclocking power.
Pros: Appears to be a good board, etc.
Easy to work with, roomy.
Appears to be a good and highly usable board!
Also, I've built around ~12 computers for clients (Businesses use higher end motherboards and I prefer alternate brands for high end) but Gigabyte is very high quality for personal builds. I've not ONCE had a DOA motherboard from them, until now. Now I know to at least get the higher quality Gigabytes that I'd previously been using.
I still love 'em, though. =)
Would power everything up. Caused a lot of trouble seeing as everything would POWER UP, but not post. The case I purchased, I forgot where I placed the speaker, so I spent about an hour troubleshooting everything from resetting the CMOS to replacing the battery and swapping video cards etc.
It was very time consuming. Once I found the speaker and put it in, and no beeps, i came back to this site and read the reviews about it powering everything up... then i was furious. oh well.
Getting RMA'd, not going to bother with another. I'm getting my refundl. Going to purchase another.
Overall Review: To the people who say, "NO FRONT AUDIO CONNECTOR"
READ THE DIRECTIONS! There IS ONE, it's just in a weird spot!
read the manual for once, you're obviously not that "high and mighty"
Pros: This drive is simply great. I mean, heh, it works! I put it in a computer that I am building for a client -- I have the 16mb Cache version, and no complains there either.
I buy ONLY Western Digital, as I've NEVER had one arrive DOA. I've never had one fail(knock on wood) and I've never had corruptions or any problems formatting as it seems that an unrealistic amount of people are having.
This drive is QUIET, and runs cool. Runs about 34c, ambient temp being 31c. I bet it would run cooler if this computer had a fan in the front.[
320gb drive = 298gb.
Overall Review: This is a shoutout to people, such as "comp101", who rate their tech level as "high." if you don't know how manufacturers count a GB then you certainly don't have any reason to have your tech level as high. I'd set it more towards Average.
Simply put, don't put your tech level as "high" if you have no idea what you're talking about.
Don't believe his garbage about the "File Allocation Table" that mysteriously takes up 22 gigs. No way, jose!
Also, take note -- buying OEM means that you get the drive. That's it, no cables, no manuals, just a hard drive in an electrostatic wrapper!
Pros: Okay, first thing you should know : I didn't buy this, my friend did. I just built his computer. ANYWAYS: This card, is pretty much a lot more than I expected. I knew it was mid range, and that it competes with current 88** cards, I still didn't expect it. Installed, booted right up. A little longer than I expected, but it's fine. Runs extremely cool. At stock fan settings, runs at 41c idle, 55c load.. at 100%, 35c idle, 49c load. Amazing. Only game I have tested yet was CS:S & HL2: EP2. CS:S got 210fps, highest AA/AF & at 1280x1024. HL2:EP2 got 170fps.
Overall Review: This card is simply amazing. If you buy it, you won't regret it, especially if you're coming from something less than a 8800 series video card. As for me, I'm waiting for the 9800GTS / GTX / GT, probably not GTX because that's too much money, but something decent. EVGA is the only company I buy from. Step up program is amazing, and you just can't beat their AMAZING warranty! I LOVE EVGA & NVIDIA & NEWEGG!!
Overall Review: I don't own this card, but to the reviewer below named as 'duongtien', please do not give false information. Many benchmarks have been shown that the 8800gtx outperforms this card, just look around, and I don't see why you would DOWNGRADE from a GTX, it doesn't make sense, as the GTX is a top-end card and this is just mid-range.
Pros: To the guy below, this is not just a renamed card, and they did include specifics. If you look carefully, you notice that under Stream Processors in the specifications, it says "96+." There are in fact, 112 stream processors on this card, compared to the 96 on the other GTS cards.
Cons: I don't own the card, just pointing this out.
Pros: I love this phone. It is, honestly the BEST phone I have ever used. I don't have this exact one, I have a RAZR v3xx Platinum, yet, I love it. The reception is FANTASTIC. Texting on it is amazing, bluetooth is extremely fast & I can finally use my headset in a different room and answer calls. I highly enjoy it, plus the MicroSD slot is very useful. I enjoy the camera on it, too :-) I can go about 5 days w/o charging it, and I talk every day & text a lot.
Cons: None. Best phone I have ever used, hands down. My friend has a RAZR2 and regrets purchasing it, as battery life is horrid on his phone. Hands down great phone! Quad Band is gone though, but not a big deal for me as I'll stick here.
Overall Review: This phone isn't nearly as breakable as people make it seem. I have dropped mine multiple times already, and NO problems. Screen gets fingerprints, but they're easy to remove! FANTASTIC phone!
Pros: SILENT. is that a bad thing? This card has exceeded my expectations. I don't expect on buying DirectX10 cards/games until hardware is made that can play it perfectly. I love this card -- I can play every game I play @ max settings with no choppiness. I can play CS:S @ 1280x1024 max settings, 100fps average. C&C3 Ultra High Flawless, 1.6 of course awesome, COD2 looks great, Oblivion runs smoothly at medium, Doom 3 @ Ultra High is perfect.
Cons: My card runs strangely hot, and I can't seem to control the fan speed. I'm at 64C Idle, up to 90C on load. My case is well ventilated, and I even took off the side of it but to no avail.
Overall Review: I'm not sure how to control fan speeds, but I would like to. I'm not even going to bother overclocking as everything I play right now runs perfectly fine :]. My specs -- Pentium 4 @ 3.4GHz w/ HT, 2gb DDR2 533mhz RAM -- 320gb 7200rpm SATA2 Western Digital HD, EVGA 7600gt.
Pros: To the guy below, no. The memory clock will be twice of what you are shown... so in your case, the 700mhz, just double it and there you go!
Pros: I have owned this memory for a while, roughly 2 months, and I love it! I'm going to be building another computer soon, and I will be getting some more of this! Great ram!
Cons: Getting cheaper? I bought it for $30 more :P
Overall Review: None. Plug & Play in my Dell E510 -- No Blue Screens or anything since. My system - Dell E510; Pentium 4 3.4GHz; 2GB DDR2 533MHz Dual-Channel; Sigmatel Audio; ATI Radeon X1300 eww; 80GB Seagate HD