just wondering who uses rack gear and who uses pedals and y???
does one type of rig sound better than the other or is it mainly for looks???
I personally prefer rack pieces. Farmore options, capability, flexibility, better portability/convience for gigging, plus they look rad cool and hide all the ugly cabling.

As far as sound, racks for effects type stuff. But for overdrive, (analog) pedals will sound less digital and probably a little better.
Jackson SL3 Soloist
89' Ibanez RG570
Vader 4x12 Cabinet
Line 6 HD147 Head
6space HEAD/RACK case
Korg DTR1000 Rack Tuner
Furman Power Conditioner
ISP Decimator