Date Joined: 08/18/08
Pros: Cost less than a six pack. Nicely braided cable that allows me to run the power cable of my PSU behind the MB for a clean looking case inside. (Like I ever look inside my case)
Cons: Newegg didn't throw in a EVGA GTX 580 3GB as an early Christmas gift. I have one but daddy wants SLI. Come on Newegg I'm a helluva nice guy and although I put it on my Christmas list I'm not holding my breath. :(
Overall Review: I'm not sure why I felt the need to review an extension cable or why someone would read them but hey there are worst things you can do with your time.
I love SuperSaver shipping but DHL/USPS needs to drop the tracking part of it. Its totally useless. Just say'n.
Pros: I'm happy with my purchase but I'm not going to make any stupid statements about how fast it makes my PC. For anyone thinking about getting one, know this...SSDs show their worth when it comes to large task. Yes it opens most programs instantly but the difference between this and my WD Black drive, is now I don't have time to scratch for a second while waiting for Outlooks to open and download emails. On the other hand, Norton 360 runs and scans much faster on this SSD.
Cons: I've done a far amount of research but can't seem to get my write speeds anywhere near the stated specs. I've noticed that others have the same issues and even in an official review, they only reached half the stated specs for writes.
Overall Review: To be very honest this is not something that I needed but simply wanted. SSDs of about this size are finally within a reasonable price range so I went for it. I did a fresh install of W7 Ultimate 64 bit rather than clone my old drive. SSDs are still new tech so what tweak guides you find all have disclaimers telling you to follow at your own risk. I don't know if it is possible but I would love to see W7 SP2 have a build in tweak menu for SSDs.
Pros: UEFI Bios are a nice improvement but it takes a little getting use to.
SATA III and USB 3.0 are great to have for future or current needs.
Works with my current Phenom II X 4 955 but I'll be ready for a FX CPU when the time is right.
My H50 works on this MB without a problem.
Can handle 32GBs of RAM!
Can do Crossfire or SLI!
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: I bought this MB to replace a AMD3 MB. I purchased a SATA III SSD and wanted a board that could utilize its full potiental. Also, while I'm holding off on getting a FX CPU, I will most likely upgrade to one when the second or third steppings are released. ASUS makes some great MBs, both in function and style. I am very pleased about the possibility of SLI since I prefer Nvidia cards. Might go SLI but the pocket can't swing another 580 3GB at the moment. My setup:
W7 Ultimate 64-bit
M5A99X EVO AMD3+
Phenom II X 4 955
Corsair H50 push/pull
EVGA GTX 580 3GB
Auzentech Prelude X Fi 7.1
Kingston HyperX 120GBs SSD
WD Caviar Black 1TB
G Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 X 4GB) 1600 DDR3
Antec TP TruePowerNew 750
Antec 902 with 6 fans
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
Razer Lachesis 5600
LG 23 inch LCD LED monitor
Pros: Kinda tasty but not worth the hassle. Stick to Denny's and IHOP. :)
Cons: Where do I start...
First off when I read free shipping for fragile eggs, I knew something was up! My package left the CA warehouse via UPS. UPS took it four blocks down the street to DHL. DHL then takes their sweet time getting it to Texas. I checked the tracking and it actually said the driver was napping for like two days! Really! DHL finally gets it to my town only to hand it off to the USPS. After what seems like an eternity, I finally get my - insert expletive - eggs.
Ok, so upon opening my package what do a find? My eggs just tossed in a box with some bubble wrap. Yeah that OEM for ya. Oh and I thought these were suppose to be eggstra large! Eggstra large pigeon maybe. Finally, I accidentally spilled some water on one of the eggs and the brown washed off... I don't know what kinda stunt you're trying to pull Newegg but I'm on to you guys.
Overall Review: Despite all the nonsense I decided to try the eggs anyway. I fired up my GTX 480s SLI, slapped the skillet on top and BAM! Most of the egg stuck to the skillet but what I did manage to scrap up tasted pretty good.
On a side note, some picante sauce dripped into one of the 480s (was trying to make em ranchero style). Gonna have to submit a RMA as soon as I can get that baby all cleaned up.
Pros: 1 - Full HD/1080p
2 - Super thin & lightweight
3 - Modern & clean look
4 - Vivid colors/decent viewing angle
5 - LED backlighting = low power consumption
6 - Blue power on light matches the rest of my rig
Cons: The lack of any height adjustment is the only con for me but I knew that when I made the purchase so no deduction.
The blue light that shines when the monitor is on turns red when it is off. I would have rather had no light at all when its off but that's just me being picky. I would complain about the glossy finish but it looks nice minus any dust.
This is not a con but I will mention it here. When I opened the box I noticed that nearly the entire base was plastic. My first thought was "Come on LG... would it have killed you to put a little metal in this to weigh it down." I immediately thought about all the reviews about it wobbling and imagined the monitor shaking all over the place while I'm gaming. I'm happy to say it does not move at all for me. Why you ask? I have a heavy wooden desk. So will this monitor wobble on your desk? It depends on the desk.
Overall Review: If you are seriously considering this monitor you probably care about the looks of your monitor just as much as its functionality. My first choice was the Samsung PX2370 but after looking at it next to this one at BB, I preferred the LG. I bought this to replaced a 19 inch HP which although smaller, took up more space. If you have the need or just the money to blow, then get a IPS monitor but this is perfect for me.
I used SeattleDude's settings but with higher brightness. To determine color accuracy I viewed a bunch of scenic camping pictures I recently took as well as some scenic W7 screen savers. I'm not trying to say this monitor is 3D but my 12 year old daughter commented how it looks like she can reach into the screen. Needless to say I am very happy with my purchase. I was nervous about buying from Newegg due to the chance of dead or stuck pixels but Neweggs price was too good to pass up. I'm happy to say there has not been a single problem.
Pros: - Nine programmable buttons
-16 Million color choices for the scroll wheel and logo lighting
- 5600 dpi & 1 ms response time
- Simply to understand software
- Fits my hand perfectly
Cons: I don't think this is a con but the buttons on the right side of the mouse take a while to get use to. Using your thumb to press the left side buttons feels natural but I have to change my grip on the mouse to press the right side buttons with my index finger. Its not a big deal unless you are in fast paced action in a FPS. I have them programmed for various things but still find it easier to use the keyboard.
Overall Review: I wasn't going to do a review but after reading all the bad reviews, I think my good experiences with this mouse needed to be posted. I have not had a single lock up since installing this mouse. I mainly play FPS where a lock up for a split second is easy to notice. To anyone considering this mouse I just say do some research. Today even cheap PCs are complex. There are often numerous reasons a product does not work for one person and works perfectly for another.
Pros: 1) Backlit keys
2) Quick response time
3) USB and headset plugs on the side
4) Soild piece of hardware
5) Gives me longing glances from across the room ;)
Cons: The only real con for me was mentioned by someone else. Its the fact that certain keys that have two markings on them are not completely illuminated. For example... on all the number keys, the #s are lit but the symbols are not. Many of my passwords have symbols so it would be nice to see them in the dark too. At any rate I'm nearly a touch typist so its not worth taking away any eggs.
Overall Review: I have a custom built rig but was still using the keyboard from an old HP PC. While its just a keyboard, I must say its gotten me pretty excited about my PC again. One of the settings allows the lighting to go on and off so it pulsates. Add that to the blue glow of my Antec 902 case and man does it look SWEEEEET in the dark! My wife thinks its funny how I'm in love with my PC. Just wait until I add a new mouse and monitor we'll see who's laughing then :P
Pros: The iPod Touch is in essence a pocket computer. Of course its not as powerful but the selling point is portability. It comes in handy at home when I need to check my email but don't want to go to the desktop or pull out the lap top. If I need to check something on the Internet very quickly it works perfectly. Of course its great for music, pictures, and video. I have a bluetooth stereo headset I use with it for jogging. I love to run with music but hate fighting the cord.
Cons: Yes there are some cons. The camera on the back is low resolution. Unless lighting conditions are perfect, your images will look a little grainy. Apple saved the good camera for the iPhone 4. Also...much of what makes this device great depends on wifi. So when you're out and about, no wifi means you're cut off from everything that needs it. Lastly, I have no idea why Apple doesn't make this thing with a satin finish. The shiny chrome back is a scratch magnet.
Overall Review: The main area where the iPod Touch shines is with apps. The remote app allows me to control iTunes on my home computer. My desktop has a 400 watt 2.1 speaker system on it so I can enjoy my iTunes library from anywhere in my home. I added an Apple Airport wifi connector to my Polk outdoor speakers on my back patio. The Remote app lets my control and enjoy music for myself or a party without ever going inside. The other app I love allows me to access my PC remotely. I once did a work report at home but didn't bring my flash drive to work the next day. Rather than go all the way home I connected to my PC with the app and emailed to my work. Although I love my iPod I will admit $300 is a lot. I got mine on CL for much much less.
Pros: 1) Near silent
2) Pretty blue lights
3) High quality
Cons: No Cons-just other thoughts
I didn't by this fan from the Egg because I don't think they were selling them when I was looking. At any rate Newegg is #1 so I always do my reviews here.
I bought this fan for my Antec TP750 PSU. I purchased my PSU in November 2009, when it was on sale and had a rebate. Days later the TP750 Blue was dropped to the same price. Its the same Antec PSU but with "pretty" blue LED lights. Not that anyone is to blame but I was like "Son of b....".
That's when the nerd obsession kicked in! I called Antec to try and order a fan with the blue lights and was told "there are no serviceable parts blah blah blah". Useless the whole lot of them!
I then searched the web like a mad man to find a 120mm blue LED PWM fan like the one that comes with the TP750 blue. The only one I could find was a Scythe fan but the model I needed was only available outside the US. A couple of sites shipped international but the price with shipping was over $60. >:-|
Overall Review: Ok so after a bit of nerd rage, I let it go! Life went on despite me not having "pretty" blue lights in my PSU.
Then just recently (like that girl at last call) it appeared. A 120mm blue LED PWM fan.
The 4 pin connector for the PSU fan was slightly different than the usual 4 pin connector so...cut cut cut cut splice splice splice splice and BAM!
Daddy now has "pretty" blue lights in his PSU! :)
Take that Antec :-P
Wow I'm such a nerd!
Pros: The ability to customize the interface won me over, but all in all there are many improvements. It appears that MS is learning something. I have been a "light" user of MS Office in the past but I plan to really learn what all this can do.
Cons: None for me
Overall Review: I was unaware that there is not an upgrade option until I read the other reviews. I was forunate to get this through my employer for $9.95 :-P but I totally agree wit TexasKelt. This is a refined and polished version of the past Office products. Charge $500 for new customers maybe but not loyal customers who only wish to continue using your product.
Pros: Some of the other reviews state otherwise but these are comfortable to me. I like the size of this headset. Huge cans and some huge mic in my face just doesn't do it for me. The sound and mic quality are pretty good as well.
Cons: Volume goes loud enough but is limited. I usually don't include price in the cons but when you feel you haven't gotten enough for your money its a con! This is actually a nice looking headset but the looks are greater than the performance IMO. I feel they are worth $28 tops.
Overall Review: I can't begin to tell you just how much time I have put into finding the right headset. I considered headsets over $200... I've considered headphones and a separate mic... I finally gave up and went with a cheap pair of earbuds I already had. This was an impulse buy I did because I had a BB gift card that was over 10 months old. With the gift card I only had to pay $15 out of my pocket so I'm happy with the purchase. I use these with my Auzentech Prelude X-Fi sound card and plug up with the 3.5mm connectors on the front of my case. The best benefit is that I can pull these out and be ready to go in seconds...No drivers, no power cords, nothing... just plug and play.
Pros: See below
Cons: See below
Overall Review: I did a review on this PSU on December 1. The reason for this review is to inform anyone that might buy this (or any Antec product) and the rebate is a deciding factor. Check the Antec website, they had some issues with the company that does their rebates. Expect a long wait to get your money. At any rate, its a great PSU and worth the price even without the rebate, but it always good to be aware.
Pros: The Corsair H50 is an outstanding CPU cooler in both performance and design. It performs as well as (if not better than) most of the popular, HUGE, and expensive HSFs on the market. Unlike an enormous HSF, the H50 will not block any RAM slots nor will it take up a ton of space inside of your case. The pump is almost silent and the 1700 rpm fan for the radiator is very quiet as well.
The H50 allows you to do what a standard HSF cannot... it lets you use the cooler air outside of your case to cool your CPU.
Cons: I have no cons to mention but in my opinion, the H50 is best used on cases that have multiple fans. I used the rear exhaust fan on my Antec 902 to install the H50 which turned it into an intake fan. I simply added a 120mm fan on the side to makeup for the lost exhaust in the back. If installing the H50 leaves you without an exhaust fan then this might not be the best product for you.
Overall Review: I used this cooler on an AMD Phenom II X4 955 placed on an ASUS M479XTD EVO which is in an Antec 902 case. With the H50 installed and the CPU at stock speed (3.2) it idles at 27 C, heavy load takes it to 38 C, and two hours of Prime95 takes it to 42 C. I should mention that I used the 120mm fan that came with my case along with 120mm that came with the H50 to create a push/pull setup. I bought my H50 at a local store to get the AMD bracket included. Newegg now sells the newer version as well. Forgive me Newegg!
Pros: Fan works great. On high there is some noise but it's air movement not fan noise. LED matches those that came with my Antec 902 case.
Cons: Like a previous review, the only con I have is with the 3 speed switch. I mounted this in the side window of my case. The Antec 902 case has a spot in the back of the case made just for this switch. Although the switch is small, if you mount it in the back spot, you could then adjust the fan without opening the case. The wire/cable of the switch is five inches long at best. It needs to be at a foot long. I just set the fan on high and left it alone. After doing my build and getting everything just right, I don't feel like modding this fan right now.
Pros: Lets me run the 4-pin cable of my Antec TP-750 PSU through the cable management holes of my Antec 902 case. Now I'm happy. :-)
Overall Review: I ordered some other stuff with this to try to keep from feeling like I was getting ripped off for shipping. I agree with the review that said "toss this in an envelope and mail". At any rate Newegg rules 99% of the time so its cool and Antec should have made the 4 pin cable long enough in the first place! >:-[
Pros: I'm not sure what it will take but I haven't been able to make this thing even break a sweat. Seriously, I've monitored each core and the meters rarely move beyond 15%. This CPU will do nicely for gamers and multitaskers. The stock heatsink is actually fairly decent. The base and heat pipes are all copper. If you don't overclock much it will do the job (although it is loud). I am using the stock HSF right now and I get 32 C during idle and 42 C under heavy load. That's with the Antec 902 case fans blowing a medium speed. When the wife and kids aren't home I turn off the heat... temps are beautiful :-) For those concerned about power usage, if enabled, Cool N' Quiet down clocks this thing when the full 3.2 GHz are not need (which is most of the time).
Cons: This nerd habit of mine is really getting out of hand and this CPU isn't helping matters...but I love it.
Overall Review: I used this CPU for my very first build. It went perfectly...so if you are considering building a PC and never have before, this is a good CPU to start with (just do plenty of homework first to make sure your stuff is all compatible). My old PC was an HP with an AMD Athlon 64 5200+ dual core. I could play Crysis and WAW but it was obvious the CPU was not up to par. This CPU runs them as smooth as ice on high settings. Pair this with a good board, RAM, and cooling...and its money!
Antec 902 Case
AMD Phenom II X4 955 B.E.
Corsair H50 Performance Cooler (Still need to install)
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO
4 GB G. Skill RipJaws (2X2GB) DDR3 1600
Antec TruePower NewTP-750 PSU
Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black HDD
EVGA 9600 GT (waiting for Nvidia to get with it!!!)
Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 Sound Card
DVD reader/writer from old PC
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Logitech Z-2300 2.1 Speakers
Some extra Antec fans
Pros: It was free!
Overall Review: I have no clue how well this works but I got it free with another purchase. I then sold it for $20. That's worth five eggs in my book any day.
Pros: I used this board for my very first build. Everything went flawlessly. The board recognized my 955 B.E. and G Skill Ripjaws 1600 without a hitch. This board feels solid and appears to be made of top quality materials. You get many of the same options of higher priced boards. You get some decent software included however I did not install most of it. I prefer to overclock with AMD Overdrive Utility.
Cons: There were no cons for me but I would love to have all the fan connectors to where they could change in speed according to the CPU temp. The CPU fan connector and one other work in this manner but the other two simply provide power and monitor speed. It great to have four period but it would be awesome to have control of them all.
Overall Review: This board is not for everyone but is perfect for me. No onboard video is not an issue... I'm a gamer so that's not even considered. I also keep an old 8600 GT ready just in case my main GPU fails. I have an Auzentech Prelude X-Fi sound card so I was glad to find a cheaper board without a fancy sound card included. Why pay for something that you are not going to use. Lastly, like another review stated, if you have a blue theme going, this board looks great.
Pros: Antec builds solid power supplies and this is no exception. Other reviews have mentioned the thick power cable as being hard to maneuver for cable management. The cable is thick and stiff however if you want good dependable power flow that is what is needed. The PWM fan works great and is near silent.
Cons: Having the power cable permanently affixed to the PSU is good but there are a number of other cables also permanently attached. My rig is not the most complex but I don't use a sinlge one of the modular cable and actually have two of the attached cable unused. It's not a big deal...I simply hide the extra cables. This PSU gives me plenty of room to grow which is a pro. My biggest complaint/con is the 4 pin CPU power cable. I have this PSU in an Antec 902 case. The 4 pin power cable is too short to be routed through the cable management holes unless you buy an extension cable. Seriously Antec... When a customer stays brand loyal, they expect product compatibility. The CPU power connection is in the same place on most boards so there's no excuse, just poor design in that regard. Until I get a extension cable, I have the 4 pin cable messing up what would otherwise be a perfect example of cable management. My last con deals with Antec's customer service (see below).
Overall Review: This is my second Antec PSU. My first was a 500 watt Basiq. It's two years old and still going strong. I was leery about a PSU with the fan on top since the exhaust goes into the case. So far it does not appear to be an issue and temps are good. When building my rig, a screw dropped into the PSU. I could not remove it without opening it up. This of course voided my warranty :-( I also messed up the wires on the fan so I contacted Antec. I was willing to pay for a new one but was told that they don't sell the part and that none of the parts inside the PSU are serviceable. I was referred to an aftermarket site where I could purchase my own fan. To make a long story short, I got a new fan and everythng works fine. To those that might buy a PSU with the fan on top don't drop a screw in it. To Antec... Keep customer service as good as product quality. One bad CS experience could cost you more than you know!
Pros: Not much to say but it works great and probably the lowest voltage (1.5) you can find.
Overall Review: For anyone concerned about the speed it will run at in your rig... Its not the RAM it's your board. I have this RAM on the ASUS M4A79XTD EVO with the AMD Phenom II X4 955. My board set it 1333. I quick change in the BIOS and you're done. Just do a little homework before you buy.
Pros: Fast and small
Overall Review: I got this free with another purchase. I am using it for ReadyBoost on my Windows 7 Ultimate rig. Unlike a flash drive, these micro flash cards stick into the USB ports and are almost invisible.
Pros: The Antec 902 is by far one of the best, if not the best case out at this time for gamers. There is a lot of room for all of your components. Your get 4 fans with the case and can add two more. The cable management holes alllow for a neat and clean interior. Lastly, the all black exterior and interior looks sharp with the blue fan lights.
Cons: Most of the case is metal but the top is some type of hard plastic. It's strong and looks good, but cannot be cleaned as easily as the rest of the case. The rough finish of the top will tear a paper towel and leave tiny pieces of paper on it. It's not a big deal, just use a good cloth rag. This next gripe is not a con but a suggestion to Antec. Make a drive bay fan controller. There are many aftermarket fan controllers out there but really Antec... when you design a case that can potentially run six fans it's surprising that you haven't designed your own fan controller. The front fans are easy to adjust but the top and rear fans have tiny controls on the back. A drive bay fan controller with profile settings would be sweet. Push a button all fans jump to high, push another they all drop to low, or do them separately. Aero cool has the right idea with their touch screen fan controllers but I would like to see Antec make something a little nicer.
Overall Review: I bought this case for my first build. I previously had a HP PC. For anyone that is going from a Dell, HP, Gateway, etc. and has never seen a case like this... just be ready for the size. My HP can almost fit inside this thing. One last thing, if you live in a dusty state, city, or whatever you will really like the dust filters. You will however want to put this thing somewhere off the floor. The front intake fans have the suction of a small car vac. If I keep this case where I currently have it (on the floor next to my desk) I will have to clean it every 3 - 4 weeks. I would like to put it on my desk, but it's too big. I'm going to look for a 6 inch platform to raise it off the floor in hopes that less dust gets into it.
Pros: There are numerous improvements over Vista but for me the recovery from sleep mode tops them all. Coming out of sleep mode on Vista with SP2 was a pain. My system would take over 3 - 4 minutes or totally freeze up. It got to the point to where I would go get a drink or make a sandwich rather than just sit there and wait. With Win 7, you are ready in two seconds tops!
Cons: Price is not a con but let's be honest... this is an expensive OS. I managed to score one of the Party Packs containing Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition 32 and 64 bit for $100. Oh yeah!
Overall Review: I use my PC for many purposes but its mainly gaming for me! I LOVE HAVING ULTIMATE EVEN THOUGH I REALLY DON'T NEED IT SO :-P
Pros: I build a new rig just prior to the release of this game so I can't compare how this game runs vs. how the first ran on my old rig. At any rate, the graphics look amazing. The sound fx are intense and help draw you into the action. I'm not sure how far into the SP story I am but its a decent storyline. As for the MP, there are more maps, perks, and weapons.
Cons: I don't think price should be considered a con, but from a PC gamer standpoint, this game was overpriced. As for no dedicated servers...well most people hate change but that does not mean its always bad. My biggest issue is with Steam. I know the days of my old Atari 2600 are gone but I just want the game. Why must I get a Steam account? Its the same with Fallout and Games for Windows Live. I can understand MP gaming but why in the world must my PC connect to the net in order for me to play single player games? >:-|
Overall Review: Many of the reviews are very low because IW ditched dedicated servers. I took one egg off for that reason. Dedicated servers allow you to play with the group of people you want. With MW1 I stick to the same 2 - 4 servers. I have gotton to know some of the players. So far with MW2 I haven't played with the same person a single time. IWNet matches you with players of similar skill but with MW1 I improved my game by playing with more experienced players. Also, the MW1 servers I play on do a good job of keeping the game "friendly." Crude names, profanity, and racial remakes get people kicked if they persist. IWNet is a free-for-all. I'm an adult so its no big deal, but kids playing this game on PC may get exposed to stuff the probably should not. Lastly, host migration sucks. That's where the host leaves the game so everything is delayed until a new host is chosen. It would have been sweet if IW would have used IWNet and dedicated servers together.
Pros: 1.) Very easy to setup on wireless network
2.) Wireless so you can place the printer just about anywhere
3.) Software adds a multitude of features/options
4.) Photo quality is amazing
5.) Five separate ink cartridges, so no ink gets wasted
Cons: 1.) I'm not sure if this is a con but the printer is a little bulky to sit on a desk. It's looks nice enough that you would want it there but it's too big (at least for my desk).
2.) The ink is costly. I got an amazing deal on this printer. With that said, understand that your ink cost over time will far surpass the cost of the printer. This is the case with most companies so don't be alarmed. Also, buy the XL cartridges. It's a money and time saver. Here's a piece of advice... search around, there are some real good deals out there.
3.) The software has numerous feature which is great but truthfully most people will only use a small fraction of them. I explored the software and found things I would have used in the past if only I was aware. Problem is who has the time. Another review commented on their PC's start time having greatly increased due to the "bloatware". I have to agree. If your system resources are limited just use the basic software.
Overall Review: This is my second review for this printer. I felt that it deserved a follow up since initial impressions are not always accurate... sometimes a bunch of hype/excitement about a new toy or anger due to being unfamiliar with the product and getting it set up.
After ten months of ownership, I have not had a single problem. I networked this printer in under two minutes. Wireless is a plus that cannot be overstated. I have the software installed on two XP laptops and one Vista desktop... no problems at all. I have printed papers and pictures, copied, and scanned in color and black & white. Everything works without any problems and the quality is amazing.
This is not a perfect product so there are some cons but in light of the hassle I have gone through with other products, those cons are not worth removing any eggs.