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FirePower ModXStream Pro 700W 80Plus Semi-Modular High Performance ATX PC Power Supply 700MXSP, formerly PC Power & Cooling
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Modular, which is handy. Stable output with plenty of amps on the 12 volt rails. Three-year warranty (luckily), because I ended up needing to make use of it.

Cons: Failed within 2.7 years. MTBF rating is greater than 100,000 hours, yet three years of running non-stop, day and night, would total a mere 26,280 hours.

Other Thoughts: I would rate my overall experience, particularly with OCZ support getting me a replacement in a timely, hassle-free manner (in December, no less) FIVE STARS. However, given the steep price of this and other similarly rated units, there's absolutely no reason not to expect it to last at least 10 years. I don't do anything crazy with my systems; everything runs stock and they're all well protected, ventilated and maintained. I have a pair of really old desktops with (A brand no longer carried by newegg) 450W PSUs ($40 ea. when new), and they're still functional after nearly 12 years.

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ASUS VW224U Black 22
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Low price. Sufficient warranty period. Was able to eventually get the picture looking reasonably close to what I wanted. Two millisecond pixel response, depending...

Cons: As most others have stated, OSD menu button layout isn't intuitive and button label visibility is practically nonexistent. If either one of these was rectified, the other wouldn't matter. I'm used to ASUS motherboard manuals often being cryptic, poorly written/translated, missing information, etc. However, I expected much better documentation to accompany a monitor. For example, I am left to assume that the Overdrive function must have something to do with pixel response time, as there is no mention of it either in the manual or on ASUS' web page for this model. I shouldn't have to resort to using a search engine to find out what any features of a simple monitor I've bought brand new mean. What's more, the settings for "Overdrive" are 0-100 in increments of 20, and mean absolutely nothing without some sort of reference.

Other Thoughts: I was in a hurry with this purchase, saw the 600+ 5-egg average review scores, and just bought the thing. I'm not extremely disappointed with it, documentation aside, but I think I'll be going back to Viewsonic next time. Aside from that, I really hope that when it's time to buy another monitor some truly significant improvements have been made with flat panels in the $150-$200 range. It's certainly been a very long time coming. Compared to CRTs, I still see no real advantages other than weight, and quite a few disadvantages.

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MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Had a problem with missing accessories when first received. After contacting MSI, they sent everything that was missing (adpaters, CD, manual, etc.) within a few weeks. It's taken me a while to update feedback as I've been very busy.
I am very pleased with this card's performance. It went in a new build: AMD PhenomII x4 965, Asus M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3, 8GB G-SKILL Ripjaws PC3 10666, Lian-Li PC-K7 black aluminum case, Win7 x64. The whole system is dead quiet compared to my previous, which was so old I won't even mention details. Much cooler also. This card's 90mm fan, because of its enormity, moves plenty of air without making much noise at all. Gaming performance has been superb thus far, and when the fan speed increases to adjust for load, only a miniscule whine is heard. Card size was not an issue in such a voluminous case.

Cons: None so far. Seems a little pricey, but it runs everything I've tried perfectly smooth. I've payed $100 more for that kind of performance from a video card in the past, so actually I have to conclude that it's a solid deal for the money.

Other Thoughts: Not a fan of Win7 x64. The PC should remain very nearly 100% backward compatible (excluding DOS, but VM/emulation is possible there). I believe MS could certainly deliver that if they really wanted to. Time to dual-boot again...

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Mike M.'s Profile

Display Name: Mike M.

Date Joined: 04/30/02

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 04/24/08
  • Last Review: 01/17/14
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