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Chris J.

Chris J.

Joined on 03/18/05

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Most Favorable Review

Just Buy It

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS SB0350 5.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS SB0350 5.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Pros: HARDWARE Decoder, NOT Software. THX Certified AWESOME Sound Easy Install Sturdy construction Black and Gold (Go Steelers!)

Cons: It doesn't do X-Fi, but I really don't care. It sounds so good that you won't care either, or else you shouldn't be looking in this price range. Drivers included on the CD are old, just do what I did. Throw the CD out and download them from creative labs.

Overall Review: I had onboard audio. It wasn't bad onboard either, Asus P5AD2E-Premium. So I was pretty happy with my sound. But lately I started looking at Audigy cards that were modestly priced. Wondering if they were really going to sound better? I got this card because it was very highly recommended and it had a hardware decoder. Less work for the CPU. I am so glad I did it. The sound really is like night and day. I would listen to other reviews that said this, and I thought, well they just have low end motherboards or speakers. Well...I have an awesome mobo and speakers and this card is a MUST BUY. Worth EVERY penny and then some.

11/16/2006
Most Critical Review

Cheap, fast, may fail

Maxtor MaXLine III 7L250R0 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA133 / ATA-7 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Maxtor MaXLine III 7L250R0 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA133 / ATA-7 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Very cheap and quite fast. Huge drive with tons of space for all your movies and things.

Cons: Died less than 30 days after I installed it. Heads crashed.

Overall Review: Ok, yes it did fail rather quickly but... Maxtor has an excellent RMA policy and I was sent another drive within 7 days door to door. So, when you put it all together I would buy this again, actually I did for RAID, it was cheap and fast with tons of space, and thankfully easily replaced from Maxtor. Just be sure to do backups for the first three months. After that if it hasn't failed it probably won't.

Easiest Build Yet!

IN WIN TRACK Black / Silver SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
IN WIN TRACK Black / Silver SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Cheap but looks rather expensive Light Lots of Room to hide wires Great circulation Power Supply goes on bottom Huge 240MM side Fan is nice and quiet Quality Construction Love the Sata easy swap tray Full color manual Big Red old school power LED

Cons: It wasn't free and someone else didn't do the build for me?

Overall Review: This was hands down the best case I have ever done a build with. I have used cheap cases, expensive thermaltake cases, none of them come close to the quality of this case. They have thought of everything.

Nicely made, but large footprint.

Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

Pros: Lots of nice shortcut buttons. Volume control! I use this often. Calculator button. Comfortable palm rests. Silver and Black looks great.

Cons: Takes up a bit of space. Black makes it hard to see in the dark, but a USB light changes all of that.

Overall Review: For the money, this keyboard has a lot of function and comfort. It does work with my BIOS. It loads as soon as the computer starts booting so you can use it to enter recover console and such.

11/16/2006

Performance, performance, performance.

XFX GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card PVT73GUGD3
XFX GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card PVT73GUGD3

Pros: This is the absolute fastest 7600GT that you can get. It runs very well right out of the box, plus it is very overclockable. I noticed some reviews mentioned the temp. If your case has no fans in it and is all enclosed, yes this card may heat up. I have good ventilation in my case and the card doesn't heat up a bit. Even after playing Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter at MAX settings at 1280x1024 resolution. My old 6600LE couldn't do that at 800x600. Also the card looks very nice and is very sturdy. I was surprised at how much the card itself weighed. It also has a nice little XFX logo on the outside that shows if you have a side window. Extreme quality, AWESOME price. Just buy it, you won't regret it.

Cons: ZERO, just stop reading these reviews and go buy it already. What are you waiting for?

Overall Review: 3.2 P4 HT with 2gb corsair memory Asus P5AD2E-Premium motherboard. Aquamark score with 6600LE= 32,882 Aquamark score with this card= 63,325

Nice webcam for the money.

KINAMAX WCM-NV13 0.35 MP Effective Pixels USB 2.0 6-LED Infrared Night-Vision  WebCam
KINAMAX WCM-NV13 0.35 MP Effective Pixels USB 2.0 6-LED Infrared Night-Vision WebCam

Pros: If you are looking for pristine image quality with low image lag, then look elsewhere. No camera in this price range is going to do that. Now if you are looking for a cheap webcam with nightvision so you can mess around with friends online, then look no further. Easy to install, looks nice, made of sturdy metal. Image is good quality, just not great quality. Night vision is automatic. Good pic in the dark.

Cons: Image lags slightly during fast movements. If that bothers you, then you have no business looking at cheap cameras anyway.