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Joshua P.

Joshua P.

Joined on 07/09/08

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Most Favorable Review

ABS Tagan BZ?

Rosewill LIGHTNING-1300 - 1300-Watt Modular, Active PFC Power Supply - Continuous @ 122 Degrees F (50C), 80 PLUS Gold, ATX 12V v2.31 & EPS 12V v2.92, Intel Haswell, SLI & CrossFire-Ready
Rosewill LIGHTNING-1300 - 1300-Watt Modular, Active PFC Power Supply - Continuous @ 122 Degrees F (50C), 80 PLUS Gold, ATX 12V v2.31 & EPS 12V v2.92, Intel Haswell, SLI & CrossFire-Ready

Pros: That’s funny…didn’t these used to be the ABS Tagan BZ series PSUs from 2007/2008? If so, I own an 850W version with the exact, same parts…and I’ve had zero problems with it for 3 years now.

Cons: I sincerely wish someone there would realize how well these would sell if they’d offer better lighting schemes. Make one entirely blue, another entirely green…red…etc. People often have color schemes they don’t wish to deviate from…the most common of which seems to be red at present

Overall Review: If there were an all green version, I’d be all over it. They could partner up with NVidia and call it the Nvidia edition, with logos and all…same with AMD.

10/12/2011
Most Critical Review

Meh

nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum Panel PRO-LCD-B Media Center Programmable LCD
nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum Panel PRO-LCD-B Media Center Programmable LCD

Pros: It works. You have to install Speedfan if you want to see CPU temps & voltage...and for the EQ during music playback...see below...

Cons: The CG builder really sucks. You'll open it and quickly realize you can only edit a small percentage of available pixels. Also...there's an auto-cycling display filled with garbage you won't want to see...like "Mac OS", and "Pacman." What? You are forced to see these things. There is no way (that I can see) to turn them off. Windows Media Player...you can have an EQ bar-graph, but in order to have it at ALL, you must open Windows Media Player, display Now Playing, right-click, select visualizations/WMP_VIS_MP V2.08. Now that you've done that you MUST NOT minimize WMP or the eq stops working...lol...what a load of junk. BTW none of this was in any sort of instruction manual...had to figure it out on my own!! Someone should call the Army to have that programmer drug out into a field and shot.

Overall Review: The software comes with a few alternative display CGs...I'm using an ATI one I was able to modify the font on...and the only way I could figure out how to display it is to delete the original "pacman.cg" file and rename the ATI one "Pacman." That worked, but I still want more options...I should be able to name the cg files whatever I want and have more say as to what (and when) it's displayed. I know about LCDSmartie, it's downloaded...I have seen it...and I'm off to acquire the PHD required to figure out how to use its convoluted interface...sigh. Gotta be an easier way than this.

Furious

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I no longer need a haircut...there are fistfulls of it lying everywhere. I no longer need to buy flowers on Valentine's day or dog food...I spent so much time trying to make it work and used so much profanity my woman and dog ran away.

Cons: Where do i start? I'm coming from ASUS / AMD systems, and pretty good at it with over 14 rigs under my belt. I figured I'd try Gigabyte/Intel (i52500k) for a change as the price-point and OC potential seemed worthy. Z68 SSD caching made me take the dive. Well...guess what? From the outset...the NB heatsink is crooked and ugly, the power button is upside down, and it won't post with 4x 2GB sticks of Crucial Ballistix Tracer 1600. I had to use only 2 sticks...otherwise...nothing. The manual really sucks...it tells you everything you need for a "standard" RAID configuration...but NOTHING about caching. Had to Google my brains out. Finally got it to load Windows...then discovered I needed a new BIOS and latest version of Rapid Storage Technology. Did all Windows updates (hours and hours later). Still nothing for my 64GB Crucial SATA3 SSD Cache drive. Then I accidentally discovered Newegg's Gigabyte solution and installed it...suddenly all was well! Intel RST reported it

Overall Review: as a cach drive! Then I rebooted later for some reason or another, and everything stopped..."Loading Operating System." Now after POST the RAID menu reports cache and main drive...but I guess I must load Windows from scratch. Well...guess what...Windows now reports "No drives!" I've had it. This is going BACK...grabbing my box this instant. Ok...I'll try one more time but that's IT!

Stay Away

BIOSTAR TA890FXE AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR TA890FXE AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: It looks like a great deal

Cons: It is not a good deal. The BIOS is absolutely horrible. Ever buy a really bad made in China remote control or wristwatch? You know...where the logic is so scrambled, confusing and frustrating you put it in a drawer and forget about it? That's what this is. But the logic isn't the only problem...the NB runs way too hot, the vregs are HOT, the SB is HOT, and the PCIE slots are bunched up so tight they may as well not be there. Plus it has an ugly, brown PCB. I hate it, and I can't refund it...had it too long now. I wish it were an Asus.

Overall Review: Last Biostar product for me, thanks.

Dated & Cheap

Cooler Master Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Cooler Master Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: It's a case that has handles and 2 side window fans and red LEDs yay.

Cons: The screws strip out of the mobo mounts...good luck EVER removing your motherboard. The front fan is ineffective due to layers of obstructions and a highly restrictive "filter" which really isn't a filter but a throwback to the PITA of dealing with a pair 6X9 speaker grills in the back of a Camaro. Cable management compartment can barely contain angel-hair spaghetti without bulging, and if your graphics card is from this century it may not fit.

Overall Review: I'm using this for my 11 year old's build (to be revealed as a surprise at her upcoming bday party), and it's the cheapest part of the whole project. I don't have $ falling out of any sphinctoral openings, but I'm tempted to upgrade to something a little nicer. The only case worse would be that XClio I bought that time becasue of the stupid fan gimmick. What a POJ...the trash man flipped me off when I set it on the curb.

Slickness

AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.5 GHz Socket AM3 125W Desktop Processor - HDZ970FBGMBOX
AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.5 GHz Socket AM3 125W Desktop Processor - HDZ970FBGMBOX

Pros: It's very polished...forget what you've heard about this vs. the 955...this thing blows it away. It's not just the extra 300MHz OC...it the low temps...they are awsome!

Cons: None at all.

Overall Review: I just upgraded my 955 to this (OC 3800MHz 24/7 for 2 years), and I'm instantly able to OC to 4165 MHz. It idles at 35C with 1.5v / loads to 44C on air, 17.5 Multi, and 238 MHz bus speed. I knew what to expect beforehand...and the price is right! Intel was smart for releaseing the i7 2600k...and if I had the right mobo, I may have tried that...but...I don't. This was a very cost-effective upgrade for my Crosshair III mobo. I'm AMD loyal, but only because of the price point. Had this no been an incidental upgrade (old 955 going into my kid's build), I'd have gotten that 2600k. I think I'll wait for the Bulldozer & see how that whole thing pans out. For now...I'm having a blast with BC2 & MakeMV Blurays:)