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MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Posted FX Bulldozer without BIOS update (needs update for Piledriver though, they might ship them updated in the future I guess).
-Works with G. Skill Ripjaws 1866 memory (2x8GB) Model F3-14900CL10S-8GBXL
-USB 3.0
-SATA 6Gb/s, a plus if you plan on owning an SSD.
-Crossfire and SLI configurations
-Manual is concise and easy to understand. Explains memory timings...etc.
Overall it's a great MB.

Cons: -North bridge ran hot on my board. The TIM on the NB was all around the chip rather than on it, basically it was bare metal to chip and the TIM itself was very difficult to remove, it was more like pink adhesive than paste, took me about an hour to get it all. Once I changed the TIM (mx-4) temps are now 10c lower, which keeps the overall case temp cooler. It shows up in Aida64 as AUX. I used the bb-size press down method.

-No USB 3.0 connector on mainboard, needed an adapter.
-BIOS although easy to navigate, could be less twitchy.
-Live update is useless

Other Thoughts: 1866 memory showed up as 1333 with timings 9-9-9-24. I needed to change the timings to stock (10-11-10-30) before it would run 1866. Although this is probably due to the memory itself.

CPU Phase led off or on in BIOS.

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Vizio 26
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs 07/19/2012

This review is from: Vizio 26" 1080p Razor LED-LCD HDTV -E260MV

Pros: Full 1080p resolution, connectivities, 5ms response time (perfect for games), price.

You can also connect a USB thumb drive in the back and display pictures (non-progressive .jpg, I think). I use the USB connection for a small, but bright, LED backlight (actually a laptop LED.)

Cons: It's refurbished, so you don't really know what was wrong with it if anything and if those issue got fixed, but looking at the good/bad review ratio, that chance is lessened.

The stand tilts a bit, nothing a wall mount can't fix... or a book:p The remote seems a bit fragile; it's worn out, but holding up surprisingly well.

Other Thoughts: Don't forget to calibrate the T.V. The default settings are for store floors with the bright fluorescent lighting. [Search: AVC HD Calibration (it's free) or something smiliar to get the best out of the picture.]

There are certainly better HDTV's out there, but if you're looking to save some money without sacrificing quality, then this T.V.'s a keeper.

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Polk Audio Monitor40 Series II Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker (Black) Pair
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Heavy, Durable, High Quality Speakers 12/12/2011

This review is from: Polk Audio Monitor40 Series II Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker (Black) Pair

Pros: I use these mostly for music and soon gaming. I listen to everything from Metal to Electronica to Classical. These are decent for movies, just don't expect heart pounding rumbling.

1. Listening to music on these are amazing. I've actually heard things I've never heard before. Plus, I've never gotten headaches or fatigue from listening hours on end.

2. You don't really need a subwoofer, i.e., if you place them correctly in the room and you sit in your listening spot, you'll hear plenty of bass. [Google: Setting Up Speakers In A Rectangular Room by George Cardas.] Or find a large enough bookshelf to place these on;)

3. You can bi-amp or bi-wire these speakers (tried both). My experiment: One speaker bi-wired; the other regularly wired (one wire). The bi-wired speaker had less bass than the one wired speaker. I guess if you bi-wired or bi-amped these a subwoofer would actually help. There's many debates over this method, just try it yourself; you be the judge.

4. Durability.

Cons: The magnets are strong so be careful when you have the covers off and anything metal near it like the end of a tape measure. I actually had to remove a tiny piece of jagged metal from the tweeter when these arrived in the mail. It was tough but the operation was a success! [An isolated incident. No damage.]

Other Thoughts: Rear bass port. Having a rear port does give a cleaner bass response, i.e., no "chuffing", but you must place them correctly to hear the bass. I guess that's why they call them bookshelf speakers because they belong on a bookshelf! [My other front bass ported 6-ohm speakers didn't need this requirement.] This is more of a preference than a con for me.

Plus, living in an apartment and placing these against the wall will herald complaints the world over, at reasonable volumes mind you.:p

These are heavy durable high quality speakers. Great if you're on a budget and looking for a pair of decent speakers for music and possibly gaming.

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Leonard L.'s Profile

Display Name: Leonard L.

Date Joined: 03/28/07

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 12/12/11
  • Last Review: 01/30/13
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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