Exactly what I needed2/13/2020 10:12:01 AM

Pros: Price Capacity

Overall Review: Product was as exactly as described, at a good price, and delivered quickly. Installation was easy.

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This is RAM11/2/2016 9:58:50 AM

Pros: Does what RAM should do

Cons: none

Overall Review: Paired with my MSI Gaming M5 (Z170A) motherboard and Intel Skylake i5 6600k. Running like a dream.

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Best value Skylake (for gaming)11/2/2016 9:56:07 AM

Pros: Excellent Intel processor Good value among socket 1151 range Huge upgrade from Sandy Bridge 2500k

Cons: DOES NOT COME WITH HEATSINK / FAN This Intel Retail Box DOES. NOT. CONTAIN. A. HEATSINK.

Overall Review: Important Note: The 1151 socket has the same depth and backplate hole measurements as all the 115X sockets. You can use your existing heatsink/fan. And you'll probably have to. Great processor, but BUY A HEATSINK AND FAN - Retail Box should contain a HEATSINK & FAN - Retail Box not containing a HEATSINK & FAN should have 48-point flashing red font warning you that you need to supply your own.

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Outstanding Z170A Motherboard11/2/2016 8:31:49 AM

Pros: Has everything I wanted, like USB 3.1, USB-C, M.2, DDR4, plenty of SATA Easy (standard ATX) install. Good board layout. Really like the diagnostic / temperature LEDs My third MSI board. I will choose MSI first for future builds.

Cons: none

Overall Review: Fits in my six year old InWin Ironclad case (though the CPU back panel access to the back side of the motherboard doesn't line up perfectly, I had to install the third-party cooler's backing plate before installing the motherboard, this was no big deal). My new Noctua NH-U14S cooler fits the motherboard just fine and clears the major components no problem. It does, however, interfere with the door-mounted 220mm fan on my InWin Ironclad case. Minor bending (a few cm) of the fins on one corner of the cooler made it fit. I replaced an Asus P8P67 motherboard with this, and expected to have to reinstall windows. To my surprise, Windows not only booted, but after installing the chipset and LAN drivers off the optical disc, is running perfectly and without complaint on this 6-year and 4-generation newer board.

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8/23/2012 10:12:46 AM

Pros: Setup was easy. If a bit long. Wireless Setup worked well, allowing me to relocate the printer and reclaim some desk space. Individual color cartridges for easy replacement.

Cons: Instructions were minimal, essentially consisting of "Plug it in. Turn it on. Ta-Da!"

Overall Review: I've not tried scanning or copying yet (I bought and installed this along with a new PC for a client). Printing was easy and works well. Instructions were minimal. Luckily it's fairly easy to figure out. Setup took the printer quite a while (several minutes). But the process was simple enough, and it works well. Wireless configuration wizard did its job. The wireless connection is a huge bonus for this client.

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Best value DVD Burner8/23/2012 10:06:25 AM

Pros: This is the best value DVD Burner available. It does everything a DVD Burner is supposed to do, from a quality brand, and it's inexpensive.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I own three of these now, purchased individually over the past year. They're a great value and all three are working flawlessly. It's a "bare" drive. Make sure you have an extra SATA cable. (If you're building a new system, most motherboards come with a couple).

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8/23/2012 10:02:11 AM

Pros: WD Caviar Blue is the "consumer level" drive. Price / Capacity it's a good value. It's a fast drive with 16MB cache.

Cons: It's not a Caviar Black. But those are more expensive. Packaging was sparse (but acceptable). Did include anti-static bag.

Overall Review: Bought this for a new budget PC build. Installed easily and is working flawlessly so far. "Bare" drive came in an anti-static bag, in a generic cardboard box. No cable, no instructions. Which wasn't a problem, as I was building a new PC and the Motherboard came with SATA cables.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
8/23/2012 9:53:45 AM

Pros: Win 7 is the best Windows OS. 64-bit Windows (OEM) at a decent price. During setup it detected that I had connected a brand new (unconfigured) router, and Windows did the configuration itself!

Cons: None. Well, I mean, it's not Win7 Pro.

Overall Review: I bought this to install on a new PC I built for a client. It's a good value. For myself I'd buy Pro.

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8/23/2012 9:44:29 AM

Pros: Very good reception. Better than my other wireless cards from the same router. Antennas feel solid and work well. Card is tiny.

Cons: Requires a free PCI Express slot. Not PCI. PCIe.

Overall Review: I bought this for a new build using a GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3H motherboard. I initially installed the card in the "top" PCI Express 3.0 slot. When powered on, the system entered an infinite power cycle loop, and the board did not POST. After some troubleshooting, I tried this card in the PCI Express 2.0 slot, and the system booted fine and everything is working correctly. Just be aware. This card requires a very specific slot on your Motherboard.

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8/23/2012 9:35:40 AM

Pros: Cost / Value

Cons: None

Overall Review: Clicked them into my new build, booted flawlessly first time.

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Verified Owner
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Couldn't be more satisfied8/23/2012 9:28:01 AM

Pros: Excellent build quality for a budget case. Very easy installation. Nice look and layout. USB and Sound headers for front are convenient. Value extras included (screws, fasteners, even a 12V extension) Two 120mm case fans move enough air and are quiet.

Cons: The expansion card slot punch-outs are not replaceable. This is minor, but it's a detail it would be easy for Zalman to improve.

Overall Review: Use the silver thumbscrews to affix your optical drive. Use the black thumbscrews for expansion cards. Use the black 1/2 threaded screws and rubber washers for HDD mounting. This could be made clearer in the instructions. I used this case to build a budget PC for a friend. Overall, I'm very satisfied with this case. It's an excellent value for the price. My personal case is an InWin Ironclad. My last case before that was a high-end Antec case. This case absolutely competes with those on quality and features, at half the cost.

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8/23/2012 9:12:01 AM

Pros: Price / Performance and Features make this an excellent choice for a budget PC build. It has all the features you want for a new PC build, but no expensive frills. Easy to install and flawless, stable performance.

Cons: Although I haven't tried, it didn't look as though there were great overclocking options. I didn't want to OC this machine anyway. The onboard network interface on the board I received did not work. I installed the drivers from the disk, and also tried the ones from the manufacturer's site. I used the same connection on another PC and it worked fine, but this board said there was no network cable connected. I wound up disabling the onboard NIC in BIOS and just using the wireless card I'd bought for this build. So in my case it wasn't a big deal, but be warned that if you may want to have a backup NIC.

Overall Review: There's no IDE controller. So watch out for that if you have legacy IDE hard drives or optical drives.

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8/23/2012 8:57:49 AM

Pros: Price / Performance is in the sweet spot for (non-gaming) home computer build. Proven chip architecture. Integrated Video is excellent for a budget email/web PC.

Cons: It's not a 2500k. It's not the newest (Ivy Bridge) architecture. It's not for overclocking.

Overall Review: I bought this for a budget home PC build. Essentially, the grandma who wants to check email and the web. It's among the least expensive of the Sandy Bridge chips with integrated video, and it's still a strong performer. Not as quick, nor as overclockable as the 2500k in my own machine. But it's a 20% cost savings, and still quite acceptable for average home use. I highly recommend the 2500k if you're going to be doing any heavy lifting. I bought no discreet video card for this build. Since basic video performance is all that will be required, this allowed additional cost savings.

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8/23/2012 8:44:17 AM

Pros: Price Brand with a good reputation So Far, flawless operation

Cons: Not modular. Though I'm sure that would make it more expensive.

Overall Review: I bought this for a budget "Home Business" PC Build. The price was right for a quality power supply, and it's important to me to know that the PSU I installed for the client isn't cheap junk. I've built a lot of individual PCs from parts, and this PSU is quite satisfactory. It's not for high-power gaming machines, and the packaging was a little sparse (no frills). But the price is good and it seems to be a solid performer.

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8/23/2012 8:36:08 AM

Pros: Easy Setup

Cons: None

Overall Review: I set this up by plugging it in and telling Windows 7 to connect to it. No software installation, and Windows recognized that it was a brand new router and configured the network. The setup and functionality has been perfect. My only concern is longevity.

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Perfect5/2/2012 12:47:18 PM

Pros: Cost Capacity Cache Sata 6GB/s Quiet

Cons: none

Overall Review: Bought this drive (Recertified) at a great price for 750GB SATA 6GB. 64MB Cache is a plus. Installed with new Mobo / Processor / Ram / Win7 combination. Install was painless, very quick, and system has been stable. Drive runs cool and quiet.

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Smooth build4/26/2012 2:43:42 PM

Pros: Value Performance Features Reliability Easy

Cons: none

Overall Review: I've built many gaming rigs for myself and friends in the past. Picked up this board for a budget upgrade to my girlfriend's gaming PC. Paired it with an i5 2500k and 8GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR3. The install was the smoothest I've done yet. Everything worked the first time and without my having to "coerce" anything. This is how a new build should work every time!

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Works Great4/26/2012 2:37:05 PM

Pros: Price Speed No fighting with timings, it was detected and worked right away.

Cons: none

Overall Review: I bought this to go with an MSI Z77A-GD55 Motherboard and i5 2500k. Works great right out of the box, and the heat spreaders match the motherboard.

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Great Value9/13/2011 9:11:28 AM

Pros: Surprisingly good keyboard for the price. Price Very low cost Price

Cons: A clever person would put something funny here

Overall Review: Built a budget gaming machine for a friend, and this keyboard was just right. Inexpensive enough that if it fails, it's easily replaced. Honestly, I'm very pleased with it. Doesn't seem any more likely to fail than any other USB keyboard I've touched.

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Fast, Inexpensive9/13/2011 9:05:52 AM

Pros: I wanted an inexpensive SATA 6Gb/s drive. This one is just what I needed. It has been quick and stable since install.

Cons: Not as fast as SSD, though obviously much much less expensive.

Overall Review: Runs a budget gaming system quite adequately. Roswill Challenger Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Case Corsair Enthusiast TX650 Power Supply Asus P8P67 LE Mainboard Intel Core i5-2500k CPU Asus EAH6850 Radeon HD 6850 Video Card 8GB GSKILL Ripjaws DDR3 1600

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Best Value9/13/2011 8:57:25 AM

Pros: This is the best processor and the best value for your money. I just built a machine for a friend, and I had no hesitation about basing it around a second one of these.

Cons: It's going to be a tough act to follow.

Overall Review: Great for gaming. If you're doing a lot of multi-thread applications (CAD, 3D Modeling, video encoding) -- then consider the i7. The machine I just built: Roswill Challenger Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Case Corsair Enthusiast TX650 Power Supply Asus P8P67 LE Mainboard Intel Core i5-2500k CPU Asus EAH6850 Radeon HD 6850 Video Card 8GB GSKILL Ripjaws DDR3 1600

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Great value, great performance9/13/2011 8:48:41 AM

Pros: Good quality, solid power. Quiet. So quiet that the noise my SSD makes bothers me. Incredible value, this is a great supply for the price.

Cons: "Hot electronics" smell for first hour of operation. No issue since.

Overall Review: I just bought my second one of these while building a more "budget" machine for a friend. I looked around for a cheaper supply, but decided to go with a second TX650 because the price / value just can't be beat. Note: I have this supply in an InWin Ironclad case myself. That case is HUGE, and the supply cables reach just fine. Roswill Challenger Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Case Corsair Enthusiast TX650 Power Supply Asus P8P67 LE Mainboard Intel Core i5-2500k Asus EAH6850 Radeon HD 6850 Everything went together very smoothly and is running great.

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Good Value9/13/2011 8:36:02 AM

Pros: Fast enough to play current games with high settings Low power draw / heat Pretty quiet Large, but not insanely massive Reasonable price

Cons: Plastic fan hood feels thin and cheap -- but honestly you probably only touch it while installing the card.

Overall Review: Roswill Challenger Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Case Asus P8P67 LE Mainboard Intel Core i5-2500k Corsair Enthusiast TX650 Power Supply 8GB GSKILL DDR3 1600 Everything went together smoothly and is running well. I haven't done any OC of the new machine or the card, just installed Win7 Ultimate, windows update (including drivers), and a couple games (WoW, Starcraft 2). With reasonably high settings (turned down Shadows, and texture filtering a couple notches) WoW runs locked at 60fps no matter what I do. With everything set to fully "ultra" I can get it to dip to 45fps if I really try.

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Super Mainboard9/13/2011 8:21:16 AM

Pros: Great board with the features you need: Intel P67 North Bridge USB 3.0 and Sata 6Gb/s including RAID PCIe 2.0 x16 Asus EFI BIOS is slick. Board is good quality.

Cons: Occasional "double restart" from a cold boot. Not a huge deal, probably fixed with a new BIOS revision.

Overall Review: I just bought my second one of these about a week ago, building a more "budget" system for a friend. Roswill Challenger Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Case Corsair Enthusiast TX650 Power Supply Asus P8P67 LE Mainboard Intel Core i5-2500k CPU Asus EAH6850 Radeon HD 6850 Video Card GSKILL 8GB DDR3 1600 (F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL) Everything went together very smoothly and my friend is quite pleased.

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Pleasing Case9/13/2011 7:49:22 AM

Pros: Good quality for the price. Nice small details such as filtered bottom fan and vented rear slot covers. Fans seem of reasonable quality. Easy tool-free drive rail design. Package contained plenty of standoffs, screws, drive rails. General styling and front panel look sleek

Cons: No cable management -- not a big deal, some twist ties solved it.

Overall Review: My last case is an InWin Ironclad. I'm super happy with it, but this was a budget build for a friend. The Roswill CHALLENGER exceeded my expectations for the price. Asus P8P67 LE Mainboard Corsair Enthusiast TX650 Power Supply Asus EAH6850 Radeon HD 6850 Video Card Intel i-5 2500k /w stock HSF Everything fit well and is working as expected.

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