Date Joined: 08/15/08
Pros: Fast shipping
Cons: Most were in pieces, Thin and Brittle, some broke opening them, embarrassed to paid anything for these.
Overall Review: Would be mad paying a Quarter to get this out of a Gumball machine.
Pros: Easy to install, set it in the socket correctly, installed Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler, plugged in the rest of the equipment and Antec HX850 Power Supply. It booted up very fast, installed Windows 8 Pro quickly, was up and running in under 20 minutes. Windows 8 Pro recognized the CPU and correct speed from the start, after a week I installed Intel's driver just see if there is any improvement, nope Windows 8 Pro still rated it 8.1 it was worth a try.
Cons: None yet.
Overall Review: I was sure I turned off all sleep modes, hibernates, power saving features, save power function to High performance and set never. I found when I came back to the computer it seemed to lag or sluggish, which should never happen with this system, so I started digging deeper into the system. I found out that Windows 8 Pro does not behave like Windows 7 Ultimate when you set power mode to High performance and save the never sleep or hibernate options for Display & Hard Drive. When I went into the advance settings I found I had to set some of the Hibernate or Sleep functions to never or in one case to 9999 minutes. I also made sure the Minimum & Maximum setting for the CPU is set to 100%. For the last couple weeks my system has been fast at all times, Windows still rates it 8.1, I have not overclocked this system but it fluctuates between 3.9 to 4.1 Ghz every time I check it. It is fast, it works, I am happy with it. Yes I would recommend it and I would buy it again.
Pros: Tons of options, easy to install & setup, Fast, best of all works straight out of the box!
Cons: Did not find much for Windows 8 specific drivers even though Windows 8 listed for the MB, however Windows 7 drivers have been working since the beginning of Feb. 2013, so far no problems at all.
Overall Review: I built this system the beginning of Feb. 2013, booted up right away and installed Windows 8 Pro (could not find Windows 7 retail at decent price) easily & fast, I ran the system for at least a week with just Windows 8 installed testing it out. I then installed the Motherboard drivers, Graphic card drivers etc., before and after the Windows 8 rated the system 8.1, other than added options & functions I could not tell the difference.
Antec Eleven Hundred Black Super Mid Tower Computer Case
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ADATA XPG SX900 ASX900S3-256GM-C 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
XFX Double D FX-797A-TDBC Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-32GXM
Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
Antec HX850 Power Supply
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm
7X Antec 761345-75024-0 120mm Blue LED 3-Speed Case Cooling Fan
Pros: Newegg shipped this almost next day! It works great in my GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/ motherboard with the i7 3770 CPU. Windows 8 Pro rates it at 8.0, I put it through its paces as well, editing home Blu-ray in Nero and burning them while watching a video and had Guild Wars 2 running, also had a few websites open, trying to see if there is a limit. So far everything seems to work normally so the limit has not been found yet.
Pros: Newegg shipped this almost next day! Windows 8 Pro rates this card 8.1, the only other test I have done with it so far is Guild War 2, on the highest settings the graphics are very clear, fast, smooth un-choppy game play. I did not see a difference when using Windows 8 drivers for a week or so, or when I installed the XFX drivers and updated them. They both worked, I just had more control and options using the drivers supplied for the card, I am using a Dell 2420 which is a 24" monitor 1080p on an HDMI cable. I have a great picture and I am happy with it so far.
Pros: Newegg shipped this almost next day! I did some research online before buying this and found most sites recommend this as one of the top thermal compounds. I also wore myself out trying to find out the best way to apply it, there are so many sites for this and so many recommended ways and even videos, I ended up going with the simple dot in the middle of the CPU. I check my temps several times a day and no matter what I am doing it is between 11 and 13 Celsius. I take that to mean it works.
Pros: Newegg shipped this case almost next day! There is so much about this case and its WOW factor I really should wait until I am more awake to write this, however I have already procrastinated this long if I do not do now I will not do it at all, so here it goes. The case is Huge and well organized, big space behind the motherboard for cable management and a fan to blow on the backside of the CPU area, there are rubber grommet areas all around the motherboard area to thread yours cables back through keeping most of the cables out of the main case area. There is a vent underneath where the Power Supply mounts with a removable screen to keep dust out. It comes with 1 200mm fan and 1 120mm fan, unlike other Antec cases I bought the optional fans do not come with it, I bought and installed the other 7 120mm fans. It easily fit the Cooler Master Hyper EVO 212 CPU fan with room for the 2 120mm side window fans installed. Other than screwing in the fans the case is pretty much tool less as well. The front USB's and the sound ports work with no problems. The Corsair HX850 power supply cables reached everything easily even with using the cable management system. The case also came with all the screws, adapters, mounts needed for any motherboard, power supply, hard drive, fans etc. Bottom line it is a good looking case, lots of room for most any setup, near perfect design setup, can see everything in your system from the side window, can easily get at anything in your system before, during and after the build.
Cons: Small con, the plastic nubs that hold the side window fans are easily broken, be careful when mounting the side fans. I broke one when switching fans, even if your break both for each fan the two screws on each fan will hold it firmly in place, it is just something to be careful of.
Pros: These fans are very Quiet and move enough air to make it feel like I have air conditioning under my desk.
Cons: The Fans took a little longer to ship then the rest of the parts I bought to build my new system. I had to go to Best buy to get fans to use until these came in, now I have a few spare fans, hopefully I will not have to use them.
Pros: Newegg shipped this almost next day! I use this as my storage drive with my SSD having the OS and any other program I need speed for. I have had no problems with this drive yet, it worked straight out of the box in the new system I built, it seems fast enough when I need to run anything I have on it.
Cons: The hard drive came in a plain cardboard box, no labels or writing of any kind on it, inside was the drive and a plastic insert on each end to hold it in place. Nothing else at all with it, no warranty paper work, no manual, no screws, no cables, nothing. This had me worried until I had it in the system and verified it worked, now it just seems strange, oh yeah almost forgot it was not even tapped shut. It came in a bigger box with about 8 other items I bought with it, all of them properly packaged as if straight from the manufacturer, do not know if this strangeness is from Newegg or Seagate.
Pros: I bought this on sale $170, Newegg shipped it almost next day, well packaged and worked straight of the box in the new system I just built with it. Windows 8 Pro rating of 8.1, boots and shuts down faster than anything I have ever had, and I always build gaming systems. All the programs loaded on it start almost instantly, everything I installed on it installed almost instantly as well, editing Blu-Ray home videos on it is so fast this alone makes it more than worth the purchase price.
Cons: First off I had problems getting Windows 8 Pro to recognize the drive as an SSD, I was getting messages of a possible drive failure, which kept pushing me to back up the drive. After a few failed attempts to back up the drive, I installed updated motherboard drivers and any other drivers I could find for my system, and then magically I was able to back up the drive. I did not see Windows 8 Pro showing the drive as an SSD before then, however after the backup, the impending failure was gone and the drive showed as an SSD operating normal. It has been working perfectly since then, so that is more than 30 days now, so far so good. The next problem is ADATA does not have any phone numbers listed anywhere on the internet that I could find, so you have to contact them by E-Mail, it took a few days to reply and the answer had almost nothing to do with my questions more of an automated reply really. By then I had already had the problem solved on my own, I think there was a phone number in the E-Mail, hopefully I never have to use it.
Overall Review: If I was able to get a copy of Windows 7 as cheap as I was able to get Windows 8 Pro I would of bought that instead and saved all the headaches I had with Windows 8.
Pros: I bought this on sale for $45 and during the time for a $45 mail in rebate, so this will end up being free, that is if I get the rebate. I have used Kaspersky for at least 10 years and I have never had an infection problem when using it. I also use the free Malwarebytes manually to catch any minor annoyances that Kaspersky may miss. I tried using the auto protection offered by Malwarebytes, however it conflicts with Kaspersky, causing to many problems including locking up my system. I make sure Windows Firewall and Defender are off just in case Kaspersky did not already do that, Kaspersky has proven to me that it does a better job than Windows protection, having them on does not add protection it only slow my system down.
Cons: The only thing I can think of is more of an annoyance, is there have been times when Kaspersky did not auto update and the Windows gadget shows the yellow alert screen, after updating it does not reset even after refreshing the screen or opening and closing it. You have to restart the system to get it to update to the green check mark screen.
Overall Review: I bought this because the version I bought from Best Buy subscription service did not work as I think it should. About 30 days prior to expiring the Windows gadget turns yellow warning you of the time you have left. Great so I go to the Best Buy portal through Kaspersky and renew my subscription and exit out to see my Windows gadget green again. The next day it is yellow again, so I hit the update subscription button, Windows gadget is green again. This goes on for a week, and now I am getting popups saying how many days I have left on my subscription, I go back to the Best Buy portal again and see that it is not going to renew until the day it expires. I decided to ignore it until I was playing Guild Wars 2 online and ended at my Desktop screen looking at a warning popup about my subscription again. I call Best Buy subscription service and I am politely told that this will happen until the day it renews, nothing they can do about it, they can not take the money for it until then. I informed them they can not annoy their customers like that, they either need to take out the popups at least, or take the money for it stopping the warnings and not use it until the day of renewal. I said I would even be happy to lose those days and start the renewal now just to get rid of those popup warnings, the response was, "sorry we can not do that here, you could always buy another copy and use that", which is how I came to Newegg. This is just to help anyone who has either bought this service from Best Buy or was thinking about it.
Pros: I bought these on sale for $34.99, I only burned 6 Blu-Ray Home videos so far, burned fast and tested each one. They all are perfect.
Cons: There are no labels of any kind on the disk, so if you have CD's and or DVD's with no labels either, you have to keep them separated. At least label the spindle for each to keep from getting them mixed up.
Overall Review: This is the first time using Rosewill of any kind, so I was not sure if these would be a waste of time and money, they work and I am happy.