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brian f.

brian f.

Joined on 02/28/06

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Most Favorable Review

Very Nice

ASUS V-60 92mm Vapo Bearing CPU Cooler
ASUS V-60 92mm Vapo Bearing CPU Cooler

Pros: Nice mounting, it screws in instead of the Intel push pin design. Not too big, fits with cover on. Before installing, I video rendered some HD footage(gets really hott when doing so) then I rendered the same footage with the new ASUS V-60 heat sink and fan. Went from 62c to 47c and my idle went from 47c to 34c. Really pleased with this product.

Cons: Had to remove my fan for my heatsink to North Bridge but not really a CON due to the new fan blows right across it.

Overall Review: ASUS P5N-T Deluxe motherboard, Q9550 1333Ghz 2.83Ghz Quad Core, 8GB Total RAM (1066Mhz), x1 9800GT ASUS Nivida 512MB Graphic Card, 700Watt Silverstrone PSU.

Most Critical Review

Sort of upset

ASUS Black Blu-Ray Burner SATA BW-16D1HT
ASUS Black Blu-Ray Burner SATA BW-16D1HT

Pros: I like that it has a 16x buring speed verses my 2x that I had before this one.

Cons: I picked this one because it listed it came with PowerDVD 10 which it did not. All the programs that is listed in the specs are wrong. The only program it came with was Power2Go 8. I picked this one because it has newer version of PowerDVD of my version 7.

Great heatsink

ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler

Pros: Pure cooper which is huge plus over the brands and models. Now idling at 36C and at full load now at 61C instead of Intel's heatsink which got as high as 84C before stopping stress test

Cons: None

Overall Review: Easy install, understandable of removing motherboard to install backplate, this thing is huge. Fan LED is noticeably slightly shaking in the corner of the eye. But an easy modification.

Pure Awesome

ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Always loved ASUS motherboards, they function practically flawless. Easy to setup and like the better over-clocking functions, they look more controllable. Haven't tried over-clocking yet, pretty sure its not necessary for my needs.

Cons: Not really a con, bought Corsair 4GB x 3 memory kit. Motherboard would randomly recognize only 8GB of the 12GB. De-clocked the memory from 1600MHz to 1333Mz, no problem since then. I might have to play with VRAM and QPI voltage alittle according to some other reviews.

Overall Review: Intel i7-960 (might upgrade to hexa-core Corsair 12GB 1600MHz (x3 4GB kit) MSI 470GTX twin-frozer videocard Haupaugge 2250 TV tuner LG Blu-ray burner Lian-Li PC60II Plus case

Pure Awesome

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP12GX3M3A1600C9
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP12GX3M3A1600C9

Pros: This matched set is unbelievably fast with my Adobe Programs including After Effects. Adobe was the main reason I built this i7 setup. I changed to this brand from another because of the reviews.

Cons: Not really a con, but I wished Corsair made it possible to buy these individually. Reason is after buying all the parts for my computer and after reading the manual of the motherboard, I can do a four stick setup. This would upgrade my system to a 16GB system, which is After Effects minimum requirement for rendering AVCHD.

Amazing

MSI GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N470GTX Twin Frozr II
MSI GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N470GTX Twin Frozr II

Pros: This video card is just amazing!!! Playing Need for Speed and Assassin's Creed with everything set to high and the card did not raise above 60C. My Old card (9800GT) would go as high as 88C and then freeze. After Burner software that was included with card is very easy to use and a great over-clocking and over voltage control

Cons: None that I could think of

Overall Review: I mainly bought this card for the Mercury Playback Engine in Adobe Production Suite CS5. I had some games sitting upstairs that wouldn't play on my old ASUS EN9800GT (freeze too much on the old card). But now that I have bought this card, I brought them down to give them another try and they work flawlessly with GTX470. Playing these games, the card maxed out to 60C but ran an average of 54C during heavy game play. ASUS P5N-T Deluxe, Quad Core Q9550, 16GB Kingston Memory.