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Mad Catz Eclipse III Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Backlit Multimedia Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I'm a Saitek fan-boy if there ever was one. My last 3 keyboards are all from the eclipse series and they're top-of-the-line without being overpriced like those Logitech and Microsoft lightup keyboards. Keys are quiet and these things are durable and dependable. I've had my Saitek Eclipse I & II for 4 and 2 years respectively and no problems with either of them. I recently built my new Phenom II and i7 rigs so I figured I'd add this one on to my i7 and I have my saitek Cyborg on the Phenom II

Cons: Theyre a bit pricy, but they're worth it, these things last for years and they can take a beating!

Other Thoughts: This will be my fourth keyboard from saitek in 5 years, and all 4 of them are still up and running with no problems. My old Saitek I even experienced a bit of water damage when my oh-so-intelligent roommate left a window open in a rain storm, and it's still working as if it was brand new. The keys don't wear and over the years I've only ever had one key break (and that was from a small screw falling under the keys and jamming in the spacebar, which was easily fixed). Basically, you spend a bit more than the average keyboard, but they last forever and the lights are helpful for late night working/gaming.

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Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition Bloomfield Quad-Core 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Desktop Processor BX80601965
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Ok this is an obnoxious processor, and we're all well aware of that. To all of you complaining about your CPU Temps: Shame on you for air cooling your $1000 investment. Running 12C idle 23C under full load with my Danger Den Liquid/TEC Cooling system. If you're going to invest this much money into a part, protect your investment. Watercooling is a MUST for parts performing under this much temperature stress, and if you have an extra $150 get a 226w TEC Peltier from Dangerden.

Temps with just watercooling were 28/40C but adding in the TEC droped temps to 12/23C. Don't let your processor be the only next-gen part in your computer, you need to build with all parts of the same calibre.

Cons: Price, of course. Total rig cost: $5801. Worth every penny as I wont have to drop a dime for the next few years.
EVGA x58 motherboard (Plus NB waterblock) $349
3x GTX280 graphics cards (+3 waterblocks) $1652
core i7 3.2ghz extreme edition (+waterblock and TEC) $1385
12gb (2x6) OCZ Fatality $273
WD 1tb harddrive x2 $240
Powersupply, bluray drives, fans and fan controllers $1029
Watercooling radiator fans, ect. $604
Case: Mozart TX + brackets for tubing management and wire covers for tidy wiring $269

Other Thoughts: Aside from replacing water on the cooling system, the occasional can of DustOFF and the electric bill of course, I wont be spending another dime on computers for another 3-4 years. people will tell you not to buy the best of the best as it becomes obsolete very fast, but take it from me if you're thinking in the long run, one big investment will beat out several smaller ones along the way. I used to replace comps every year or so and hemorrhage money for my workstations and gaming needs, trust me buying a ridiculously powerful setup is much more fun/effective.

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HIS H487X2F2GP Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I've had the chance to compare this bad boy side by side with the 9800gx2 and I can definitively tell you that this card will out perform the 9800 9 times out of 10. There are VERY few instances where the 9800 will outperform the 4870, one of which is Crysis. Only programs that have bias to one type of GPU will show any real difference, but the difference in performance is fairly marginal. CoD4, WoW, Warhammer Online, Crysis, Spore, Black & White2, AoC, Halo 2, and everything else you can think of, this card can handle it. Max settings of course.

Cons: Crossfire drivers and scalability are lacking, but when one of these cards can run just about anything at max settings, who really cares. (Besides benchers...)

Other Thoughts: Anyone complaining that this card won't run crysis at max settings without lag, or having problems with any other programs, Look at your other components. Having the best graphics card on the market isn't worth jack if you're running with low amounts of RAM and a low end CPU. Keep in mind that your components have to compliment eachother in performance to see the best out of your computer as a whole.

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Alicia R.'s Profile

Display Name: Alicia R.

Date Joined: 04/23/08

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 09/24/08
  • Last Review: 02/22/09
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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