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Swissgear  IBEX 17
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best Backpack I have ever owned. 10/01/2014

This review is from: Swissgear  IBEX 17" GA-7316-06F00  Laptop Computer Backpack

Pros: Wow, where do I start? It's got lots of pockets and compartments, has held up pretty good over the years, nothing has broken off or came undone on the construction, the top handle is really sturdy. Again, pockets out the wazoo, I have compartments within compartments to hide small things like flash drives and external USB 3.0 drives. Love the Headphone routing hole although I don't use it much. The Side mesh pockets hold water bottles ok, they don't slip out too easily. When I put it on it's mostly comfortable and doesn't shift around too much. Fits a 15" laptop just fine, haven't tested it with a 17" one yet. The internal padding for the laptop is good, feels like it holds the laptop pretty secure and safe. I love the internal mesh pouch, that's where I keep my power cords for my laptop charging.

Oh and I love the design and color, It was one of the reasons it caught my eye.

Cons: Too much in the backpack can make it uncomfortable on your back but that's an issue that can be easily solved by not putting too much stuff in it. I have a few balance issues when sitting it down, but again, rectified by not putting too much in one compartment. The Air flow design doesn't quite work when you're a heavy set person like me, you still sweat when wearing it and you do sometimes have to re-adjust the straps occasionally.

Other Thoughts: Would like to get a bigger laptop to see if I have any issues with fitting it in my bag like others have stated. Swiss Gear made this Laptop backpack to last. And thank goodness too because I have used it a lot.

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Cooler Master Hyper N520 - CPU Cooler with Copper Base and 5 Heatpipes
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Not bad for a small tower HSF. 01/11/2013

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper N520 - CPU Cooler with Copper Base and 5 Heatpipes

Pros: Purchased on (06/27/2010)
It's size and dimensions makes sure it fits even in a Mid-ATX case. It's not the biggest or best tower HSF out there but it gets the job done even on a Hexa-Core Phenom II 1090T BE. In a Full size ATX case you won't have any clearance problems. I have it mounted in a Thermaltake Spedo case and still have lots of room. The Dual 92mm fans keep air flowing through the fins at a decent rate without making much noise. I'm not going to go over specifications since you should just look at the "Details" tab. It will keep your CPU temps manageable but there are much better solutions.

Cons: Mounting can be a hassle if your case doesn't have a opening for accessing the CPU mounting holes. The Spedo has one but the hole is not over the CPU so you still have to remove the motherboard to mount.

The thermal compound that's included is only enough for one installation. You might be able to get 2 out of it. Bottom line though: You're better off using IC Diamond or AS or whatever TIM you like as you'll most likely get more applications out of it. Cleaning ca be a bit of a pain. And no finger guards on the fans so make sure your system is off before cleaning.

Also if one fan dies (hasn't happened yet in the 3-4 years I've had it) there aren't many suitable replacements. Cooler Master does sell 92mm fans but they don't look nearly as nice as the ones on this cooler.

Other Thoughts: Ambient Room Temp (best scenario) 67F in the summer 75F in the winter.

Phenom II 1090T BE

86F ~ 96F Idle
99F ~ 110F Full bore.

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CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs The perfect Gift for any REAL hardcore computer nerd 01/20/2012

This review is from: CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10

Pros: *Received as a gift
*OH SNAP! 32GB! (8GB per stick)
*Fits and compatible with the ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme.
*Fast because they're 1600 with good timings
* You get your money's worth
*Can set up about half of it as a decent sized Ram Drive.

Cons: *Great geebus the price. I feel sorry for the person who bought these for me, their wallet must have a big hole in it now.

*Knuckleheads on the internet ask why I need 32GB of RAM in my 64-bit system not realizing that computers are used for more than just gaming. 3D Studio Max benefits from it, as does Photoshop and Maya not to mention countless video editing softwares. Plus RAM DRIVE!

Other Thoughts: If you have to question why someone would need 32GB in Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit then you're not using your computer at its full potential. Plus the beauty of having a self-built custom PC is the fact you get to built it "your way" not that knucklehead that made the stupid comment's (HURR THAT'S TOO MUCH RAM) way.

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Bryan F.'s Profile

Display Name: Bryan F.

Date Joined: 11/20/07

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 8
  • First Review: 10/23/08
  • Last Review: 10/01/14
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