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Dell U2415 Black 24.1
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Worlds better than the old TN-panel 1080p display I was using as far as color accuracy and viewing angles are concerned. The extra vertical space from the 16:10 aspect is more helpful than I'd anticipated when doing work-type stuff. Included USB hub is a nice touch as well. Build is plasticky, but feels solidly put together.

Also, the thing is crazy adjustable. Old monitor only let me tilt it, and even then had about 10 degrees of motion. This guy has tilt/rotate/swivel with pretty decent ranges on all three.

Cons: Only two real gripes - one, the monitor only comes with a DisplayPort cable for video hookups. While a decent chunk of newer video cards come with a DP connector, HDMI would have made more sense as it's a more widlely-used standard ATM.

Secondly, while the panel surface extends nearly to the edge of the display (so there's very little *physical* bezel), the actual display area of the panel stops about 1/4" from the edge giving it an extra little virtual bezel. Still about 1/3 the size of the honking plastic bezels on my old screen, but it detracts from the experience a little.

Pseudo-gripe: no DVI connections. Not that big a deal, and I knew that from reading the specs, but that coupled with the lack of a bundled HDMI cable forced a dig through the box-o-cables to get it hooked up.

Other Thoughts: All in all, it's a very solid display for the price range (seems to stick between 250 - 300 clams) if you're concerned about reasonable (if not quite perfect) color out of the box for image editing. You can get higher res at this price if you sacrifice build quality, or cheaper IPS panels at similar resolutions for less if you don't care about color as much.

If you're a creative pro, there are better, but more expensive options with larger color spaces and better density - but for hobbyist use, this is a pretty good buy.

Intel Centrino 6235 IEEE 802.11 Dual Band N600 Mini PCI Express Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 4.0 Combo Adapter, 2.4GHz 300Mbps/5GHz 300Mbps-OEM
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fits mini-PCIe slot, theoretically offers the features I want.

Cons: Installed in my Acer Aspire 5560-sb613 - no POST. Removed from laptop, machine boots normally. Unable to ascertain whether the blame falls on Intel or Acer on this one just yet.

Other Thoughts: Giving it a few days while I deal with support and try to find a workaround. With luck I can update this to an awesome review.

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Had this board since November, and it's been awesome. As I stated in my original review, it supported my new FX-6300 out of the box (without a BIOS update). Offers a ton of BIOS tweaks I've yet to mess with. Let's me use my ancient Model M keyboard. She's also cool about UEFI - handy dandy switches in BIOS for enabling/disabling that for install media.

She's stable - I've left it on and unattended for days and weeks at a time, jiggled the mouse, and went right back to work. Seems like she's pretty well put-together as well. I foresee this board lasting a minute or two.

Cons: 90-degree sata ports. Pointing right at the (very nearby) drive cages. I've swapped a few drives since the initial build, and it causes me much irritation, especially if the drive is connected to one of the bottom ports. Not worth docking an egg, but it does make me shake my fists at the heavens and scream "WHYYY!?" a lot.

Also, it demands to supply power to the USB 2.0 ports after shutdown (so you can charge phones and such). This is all well and good, but there isn't a clearly-labeled option in BIOS to turn it off, and I've got a few USB audio and MIDI devices with lots of lights. Took me a minute to find the right setting.

Other Thoughts: Haven't messed with overclocking at all, combination of not wanting to buy a new PC for a few years, and AMD's current lack of [expletive redacted]s given about power efficiency. My CPU already sucks enough juice.

Also haven't tested SLI/Crossfire, so can't comment on how well this guy does with multiple GPUs.


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Display Name: Ray P.

Date Joined: 08/03/05

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  • First Review: 12/15/06
  • Last Review: 02/21/16
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