Date Joined: 07/21/04
Pros: I needed a large drive to store my media library, and this fits the bill for a great price.
Cons: It took a looong time to load this up with all the files in my library. I'm willing to bet that's a product of the drive's SMR storage. But for my purposes, that won't be a major problem going forward.
Overall Review: Since the write speeds on this drive are very slow (especially by today's standards), I wouldn't recommend this drive for running an OS or any applications/games. But it's a great value if you need a lot of space to store a library of files.
Overall Review: For day-to-day use, this drive is as fast as you could ever want. And these days, you can get a 1TB SSD for the same price that a 1TB HDD was just a few years ago. The difference is amazing.
Overall Review: These fans work great. Nothing fancy. They keep my case quiet and cool.
Overall Review: It's a 4-core, 8-thread Zen 2 processor for a rock bottom price. I paired it with 16 GB of DDR4 3200, an ASUS Prime B550-PLUS, a GTX 1650 Super, and an Intel M.2 SSD. I ended up with a very capable PC for a very reasonable price.
Overall Review: This is a very basic power supply. But, it's made by EVGA and it's 80 PLUS certified, so I am very confident in its quality and reliability.
Overall Review: I put this into a pretty basic system (Ryzen 3 3100, 16GB DDR4 3200, ASUS Prime B550-PLUS), and it works great. I just wanted a system that would let me run modern games reasonably well, and this fit the bill.
Overall Review: With D.O.C.P. enabled, it runs beautifully at 3200mhz. Paired with a Ryzen 3 3100, I get very impressive performance for a great price. Plus, this kit was on the support list for my mobo (ASUS Prime B550-PLUS), which is always reassuring.
Pros: --Very well built; strong, heavy-duty materials and quality manufacturing.
--Excellent cable management
--Pre-installed mobo standoffs, including one "nub" standoff to hold the board in place while you screw it in.
--Good sturdy HDD cage can hold 3 full-size HDDs.
--2 mounts for 2.5" SATA SSDs on the reverse side.
--2 included 120mm fans work great (though they're only 3 pin).
--Dust filters on all intakes are a nice touch.
--Awesome value at this price
Overall Review: I put a very simple Ryzen 3 3100 build in this case--air cooling and a stock heatsink for the CPU. I got a couple of 140mm intake fans for the front of the case, and left the 2 included exhaust fans in place. The end result is cool, quiet, and beautiful. I will definitely use NZXT cases again in the future.
Pros: This has been a great board for my HTPC. My last Asus mATX board is 5 years old and still going strong, and it has a virtually identical layout to this one. I've never had any problems with either. The BIOS is easy to flash and update. I've been running an FX 6300 and Win 8.1 on it for 6 months, and it's worked perfectly.
Cons: The only thing I wish this board had was a USB 3.0 header. My case has front USB 3.0 ports, but I had to buy a PCI-E card to hook them up. Being limited to SATA II and PCI-E 2.0 will be a downer for some people, but it hasn't bothered me.
Pros: The charger works as advertised, and provides a strong charging source for my iPad and my Galaxy S4.
An added bonus is that the included lightning cable works perfectly for data transfer; I can plug my iPad directly into my computer (running Windows 8.1) and transfer files.
Cons: A little expensive, but considering Apple charges $20 for a lightning cable alone, this is a good deal by comparison.
Pros: This is a great laptop for the price. It's thin and light for a laptop of this size and power. It runs very cool. Perhaps my favorite feature is a dedicated hardware button that lets you switch between the dedicated graphics and integrated graphics; being able to do some low- to mid-range gaming while plugged in, while also having great battery life, is awesome. I also really like having a 16:9 screen instead of the 16:10 you see on a lot of other laptops. Oh, and there is very little bloatware, which is always a plus.
Cons: Nothing about this laptop will blow you out of the water. The screen resolution is on the low side, especially for a display this big. The dedicated graphics card gets the job done, as long as you don't ask it to do too much. But, for such a low price, you're still getting a whole lot of performance.
Pros: I have had these speakers for three years, and they are the best speakers I've ever had. I use them for just about everything--gaming, music, movies, TV--and in a variety of spaces, and they always provide rich, full sound. With a high quality input source, it feels like you're listening to a surround sound system.
Cons: The price, obviously--but since I expect these speakers to be useful for many years (or decades) to come, I consider them a very worthy investment.
Overall Review: They need some breaking in to reach their full potential. Right out of the box, bass will sound a little hollow and highs/mids will sound a little tinny at high volumes. This passes quickly though.
Pros: This is the ultimate HD video recording solution: you can record freely from any source with a component video output. The quality is outstanding, all the way up to 1080p. Plus, if you have this hooked up to a digital cable box, the included software can be set up with titantv.com to give you a great tivo-like DVR.
Cons: For some reason, audio recording through the stereo RCA ports is very quiet. There is a feature in the software specifically designed to correct for this. However, using the optical audio port instead eliminates this problem completely.
It is a bit on the expensive side. But given the quality and versatility of this thing, I think it's well worth the money.
Pros: Well-made, well-shielded cables. The picture quality is indistinguishable from HDMI. And despite the unreasonably high list price of $50, you can usually find a fantastic price on Newegg.
Cons: A bit thicker and stiffer than most component cables, which may be a drawback depending on your setup.
Pros: Works just fine. The plastic plug covers for when the cable is disconnected is a nice touch.
Cons: The grip/base of the plugs is needlessly bulky. If your optical port is squeezed in with other ports you're using (which is pretty common), you may not be able to keep everything plugged in at once. This is merely an annoyance for me, but it could be a much bigger problem for some.
Pros: All the ASUS boards I've bought over the years are very reliable, and this one looks to be no different. The features on this board are great; if you're building a low-cost system, the extra few bucks you spend on this board over the cheapest ASUS boards are well worth it. Integrated graphics work great; I can handle HD recording and playback no problem, and games that are a few years old run perfectly smooth. The HDMI out is a nice touch, too.
Cons: Audio over HDMI doesn't work with XP; the drivers just aren't there.
Overall Review: Paired this up with an Athlon II X4 635 (2.9 gHz) and 2 GB kingston PC3 10600, all from Newegg. For just over two hundred bucks, it's a great system.
Pros: Great size for the price. Whisper quiet. WDs have always been reliable in my experience.
Pros: Works fine, like any decent HDMI cable should. Cable is thinner than most, which makes it easier to conceal.
Cons: A bit on the expensive side, given today's market for HDMI cables. But, not outrageously so.
Pros: This is a beautiful case: the glossy black finish is great, and the superficial covers for the optical drives are a nice touch. The drive storage system is nice. The case has some nice cooling features too: a dedicated air duct that channels air from outside the case directly into the CPU fan, along with some additional vents around the video card.
Cons: The 400 watt power supply is a little bit on the low side, but it should be fine for budget-system builders (which seems to be the target market for this case). Some have reported problems with the manufacturer of the power supply, but I haven't had any problems so far.
Pros: A 2.9 GHz Quad core for less than a c-note--it's a budget system builder's dream. Paired up with a solid motherboard, I expect this system will be useful for a long time to come.
Pros: Like all the Kingston ValueRAM I've picked up over the years, this stuff works great at a terrific price.
Overall Review: Paired up with an Athlon II X4 in an Asus mATX motherboard.
Pros: Lots of laptops sold near the beginning of the Vista life cycle came with only 1 GB of RAM; that's just not enough to run Vista smoothly. This is the best upgrade you could possibly get for such a computer, and the price is fantastic.
Pros: This monitor gives you a beautiful widescreen (16:9) picture. Though it only has an analog input, the auto-adjustment feature ensures that you get pixel-perfect precision. Add in a reliable brand and an unbeatable price, and you've got the perfect monitor for an entry- to mid-level system.
Cons: No DVI input is a bit of a draw back in this day & age, and you could probably do better with the response time, but people who really care about that sort of thing won't be looking at monitors this cheap anyway.
Pros: Massive capacity, great performance, perfect compatibility. This drive replaced a 7200RPM 80GB Hitachi Travelstar, which always performed well, but had been over 90% full for some time. Performance on the new drive is just as fast, with no noticeable increase in heat, noise, or power consumption.
Cons: None really; sometimes at startup I hear that odd click that others have mentioned, but from what I can tell, that's normal and nothing to be concerned about.
Overall Review: I love that HDD capacity, even for notebooks, is so cheap now.
Newegg had my order shipped less than 90 minutes after I placed it, and had the package at my door the next morning--all with free shipping and no rush processing. That's the kind of customer service that keeps me coming back year after year.
Pros: Everything about these cables is great. HDMI 1.3b category 2 cable; it can handle absolutely anything you throw at it. I have purchased over a dozen of these cables now, for myself and my friends. Every one of them works like a charm, without a dud in the bunch.
Cons: After shipping, the 4-pack isn't any cheaper than four of the individual cables bought separately.
Overall Review: Between Newegg and Fedex express saver shipping, these cables made their way across the country and to my door less than 48 hours after I submitted my order. Gotta love it.