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KitchenAid KV25G0XOB Professional 5 Plus Series Stand Mixer Black
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs So far, so good 12/10/2013

This review is from: KitchenAid KV25G0XOB Professional 5 Plus Series Stand Mixer Black

Pros: You can hear the power of the motor. I also managed to snap a cheap plastic stirring spoon, so I learned that I should get a few of the silicon ones for this mixer

Cons: It seems to come with the Artisan accessories, though you can apparently order the pro-line ones

Other Thoughts: At first, I thought I had to adjust the bowl. It turns out that I had to push the bowl down to get it to catch the clip in the back.

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Cooler Master Seidon 120M – All-In-One CPU Liquid Water Cooling System with 120mm Radiator and Fan
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Stock AMD Bracket, easy to install, quiet, 16 C cooler, but bad instructions 03/20/2013

This review is from: Cooler Master Seidon 120M – All-In-One CPU Liquid Water Cooling System with 120mm Radiator and Fan

Pros: 1. Stock fan was around 36 C when I first installed it. This guy is around 19-21 C, around the temperature of this room. The Arctic Silver hasn't set yet!

2. The cooling is done by the radiator, so there's a lot of clearance around the CPU. I like the fact that it's a high-performance cooler that doesn't block my RAM chips

3. It fits the stock AMD fan bracket (even though my own bracket fell off, losing this pro in this case, but was why I chose this kit). Some brackets are stuck to the mobo with adhesive though

4. Easy to install provided you know what you are doing, which is highly unlikely on the first try. This literally could have been the easiest CPU fan I have ever installed if it weren't for the confusing instructions. Yes, it was easier than the traditional clamp-type heatsinks

No stupid flat-point screwdriver-clamp tricks, and no sheet metal cuts on my hands! In fact, if the fan goes out, I just buy a replacement case fan

5. No thermal paste came pre-applied to the heatsink (but comes with a syringe of it). I used Arctic Silver 5 instead

Cons: Awful instructions. They aren't very details and can be very hard to follow. "Please install fan using specialized hardware."... um... what? They didn't really specify what that hardware is. In fact, I didn't need any specialized hardware.

Thanks to the instructions, the likelihood that pro #4 would apply drops significantly on the first try.

A lot of places say that pointing the pipes downward increases efficiency, but in my system, I had to point them sideways. Shouldn't be a problem, but it was a bummer

No thermal paste pre-applied to the heatsink (yes both a pro and a con. Pro for me though)

Other Thoughts: My AMD Phenom II X6's old fan was idling around 60 C. It was time to get a new one, and I wanted a good fan. I didn't like how so many of the high-performance once would block access to things like the RAM chips. So, I thought "why not try liquid?"

I didn't like the idea of uninstalling the AMD stock bracket, especially since it seems that a lot of them use adhesive to stick to the motherboard (mine didn't, surprisingly). So, this kit caught my attention

The install went smoothly and I love how much clearance is around the CPU. This actually makes access to other components easier. I will definitely go liquid again considering how much I upgrade

I would give it 5 eggs if it came with better instructions. It turns out that all I had to do was remove the old-style heatsink clamp, attach the fan to the radiator, install the radiator where the exhaust fan usually goes, apply thermal paste to the CPU, and screw down the CPU into the AMD bracket.

I would give this a huge recommendation if you are working at a shop that installs a lot of these. Then again, if you are at a shop, you might not have a problem dealing with the stock fan bracket

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LG IPS234T-PN Black 23
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Crisp, bright, fantastic, and weird 12/13/2012

This review is from: LG IPS234T-PN Black 23" 14ms (GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 5,000,000:1 IPS Panel

Pros: Movies look awesome on it

Photoshop looks and feels better

DVI to HDMI adapter worked fine with it

Incredibly thin

Cons: Doesn't come with a DVI cable. Definitely a consideration if other monitors are close in the price range

I feel weird looking at this screen. I wonder if the LEDs flicker at some rate

This monitor has no speakers or sound output

Other Thoughts: I got this on sale and it's my first IPS monitor. The picture is fantastic, but I feel weird looking at it. For movies, it looks amazing. For Photoshop, it made everything pop.

For general PC, it feels strange. I feel a little woozy (note that I do get motion sick). It might have been f.lux

If it ends up that I don't like looking that this all of the time, I'll probably use this as a secondary or tertiary monitor. The movies look that good on it, and I do occasionally use Photoshop

Monitor speakers usually don't sound good, anyways

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Joseph P.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph P.

Date Joined: 11/30/01

  • Reviews: 55
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  • First Review: 08/06/07
  • Last Review: 12/10/13
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