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This review is from: Archgon GALAXY USB 3.0 Slot-loading Aluminum DVD Super-multi w/Cyberlink Power2Go
Pros: USB 3.0. Looks sleek. No tray. Matches the finish on my new Ultrabook.
Fast. Loaded MS Office so quickly I thought something was wrong. Drive mechanism manufactured by Panasonic.
Cons: Pricey compared to 2.0.
Other Thoughts: Slot loading was a prerequisite. The sleek design and performance a plus.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I'm trying to keep a Q6600 machine alive for another year and needed DX11 and didn't want to spend a ton of money. This little card rocks...I can play COD Ghosts just fine although the video is a little laggy. Great looking graphics and color on TF2, and runs Steam just fine. It replaced an 8800GTS card I paid $$$ for eight years ago and only scored 1/10th of a point less on Windows Experience.
Cons: You absolutely must disable/delete any legacy geforce drivers on your machine prior to installation or you will get a black screen, like I did. VGA only before installation. I also flashed my bios and had to change the graphics from "auto" to "dedicated card" in the boot menu. Pre-download the correct current driver and only install the GPU Tweak from the included disk.
Other Thoughts: Very impressed with the performance/price ratio.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS5X SZ 92mm Hydraulic CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge
Pros: Super easy install for the AM socket motherboards. Painless, and that's why I bought it...I did not want to tear up my box just to install a new CPU fan. Works about a million times better than the stock fan. Inexpensive and a rebate on top. Why are you still reading this?
Cons: Zalman must have the heat fins manufactured at a machete plant in Manila...it seems impossible to install one of these without slicing yourself to ribbons.
Other Thoughts: For a new build there might be better options. I have always used Zalman...they don't die.READ FULL REVIEW