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ASUS PB Series PB238Q Black 23
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This monitor is awesome. Really great display with really good quality.

Super bright with decent black levels.
Wide range of input formats with many cables included (no HDMI though).
Stand adjustments - This monitor has them all, and the stand is very sturdy, although it may be too much depth for some users. Not an issue for me though.
Vivid colors and fast response. This monitor will be great for gamers and graphic designers alike.
Speaking of designers, the Quick Fit features are a really cool addition. This overlays scales on top of everything displayed and assists with alignment and sizing. If you're a graphic designer, look into this feature.

Cons: I don't use the built-in speakers, so they are an unnecessary cost.

IPS Glow. You can't avoid it though, so I'm not removing an egg. Slightly fades as the monitor has been on for a while.

Only 60 Hz refresh rate. Not removing an egg because 120 Hz would have bumped the cost way up.

Other Thoughts: I was between this monitor and a few others after I had decided to go with an IPS display. You can't beat this price with all the features you get. The stand adjustments, all the input formats, all the including cables (no HDMI though). Definitely worth it!

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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Really fast RAM
Great price

Cons: CAS Latency is NOT 9, it is 11. You have to adjust your bios settings manually to time this RAM to what it says it is. That is NOT the way that this item should be advertised. This page, the RAM sticker, and the box it comes in all say 9-9-9-24 but the default timing at 800 MHz is 11-11-11-28. You will have to overclock this ram to get 800 MHz at 9-9-9-24.

Other Thoughts: I bought this memory to match the pair I bought a few months ago. My previous purchase has the speed listed as PC3 12800H (note the H). The old one has the correct timings WITHOUT ANY adjustment in my BIOS -- 9-9-9-24.

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OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-256G 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great SSD, Very High Performance 09/17/2012

This review is from: OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-256G 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: This SSD is extremely fast and well worth the price tag. Easy to clone your old hard drive onto this device. You will need to have access to a computer with 2 free SATA ports to do the cloning though. I cannot remark about cloning devices using external enclosures.

Cons: None so far. I did have a problem with one drive when I did the cloning, but that was because I had forgotten to set the first partition's offset to 1024. It was taking way too long for Windows to load, and I knew something was wrong. Found the problem right away by checking the disk in diskpart.

Other Thoughts: I ordered 1 for my desktop and 1 for my laptop. I was able to easily clone both of the drives and boot up with only 1 slight hiccup. I had to use my Windows install DVD to do a "startup repair" to fix the MBR the first time I tried to boot up the drives. It took an extra 30 seconds or so and I was right up with all my old files / settings.

I used EaseUS Disk Copy to do a PARTITION copy of my drives. They were Windows 7 64-bit drives, so I had to copy both the "System Reserved" and regular partitions over. Make sure you shrink your old partition to fit on the ssd!! Also, you need to set the first partition's offset to 1024 to get the proper speed and usage out of your drive.

My computers boot up at least twice as fast now, and all of my programs practically pop right up. You will definitely need to have a fast CPU and some fast RAM to really see the huge performance increases.

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Display Name: Phil K.

Date Joined: 10/30/08

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  • First Review: 09/17/12
  • Last Review: 07/05/13
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