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David C.

David C.

Joined on 03/09/05

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Most Favorable Review

Sleek mini itx case, good quality materials, but too large for my desk

Cryorig TAKU, The PC Monitor Stand Mini ITX PC Case
Cryorig TAKU, The PC Monitor Stand Mini ITX PC Case

Pros: Great quality construction. The materials used here are top notch. The way the tray slides out for easy access to internal components is really nice. It has a sleek modern look to it overall. It also has decent support for various internal components (although I switched to M.2 drives a while back, so a lot of the space isn't really needed for my particular use)

Cons: My only complaint is that this case is rather large compared to some of the smaller mini itx cases (Ncase M1, Dancase A4, Sentry). While it is nice that you can hide your keyboard under the case and keep the monitor on top, it takes up more of a footprint than the other mini itx cases listed above. I was about to transfer components from my Ncase, but I decided I wanted to keep more desk space and return the Taku.

Overall Review: I would love it if there was a slimmer version (similar to Sentry) with a slide out tray with an option to have the case stand vertically. (I don't think the monitor standing on top of the case is all that important) The way the tray slides out makes this truly stand out from the others I listed. Hope to see more development with this model in the future.

Reliable Ram

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ

Pros: Purchased a 2 Gig kit. Installed an ran flawlessly the first time I installed it. It ran so well, I went ahead and purchased another 2 gig kit. I have noticed a great increase in productivity with programs such as Photoshop, After Effects, Various DX 9 PC games, and believe it or not; Itunes. The heat sinks that accompany each dimm really do a great job dissipating heat. I have noticed a drop in the ambient temperature in the case while having this ram installed.

Cons: The CAS latency seems average. I know there are other brands that offer a lower latency rating. Windows XP and Vista will not read 4GB of Dual Channel Memory right away. In order for most systems to fully take advantage of 4gbs, you must tweak some system settings. However, if your PC is not equipped with great components, editing the settings my cripple your performance.

Overall Review: Reliable Ram, works great right out of the Box. With DDR3 slowly taking moving in, It would be wise to start moving into nextgen parts.

Not a bad case

LIAN LI PC-V350B Black Aluminum Micro ATX Desktop Computer Case
LIAN LI PC-V350B Black Aluminum Micro ATX Desktop Computer Case

Pros: Like all Lian Li Products the design and craftsmanship is excellent. The steel construction and aluminum interior is fabricated nicely. The interesting design of having the 5.25" drive bays on the sides of the case are hard to get used to at first, but are rather convenient. With the drives being placed on the sides, the airflow is somewhat improved and the aesthetic quality is increased. There is an entire motherboard tray that can be detached from the case, which makes for a incredibly easy instillation. Another pro is the space to fit a full size power supply.

Cons: The fact that there is only 2 ,5" drive bays available is somewhat disappointing. You can only use one of the two sides that have 5" drive bay options. I think I would have liked to see regular 5" drive bays on the front. The case width is somewhat larger than a standard ATX case. While this being a micro ATX case, it gives off a rather large "box like" obtrusive appearance.

Overall Review: A decent case for the price, but not my favorite from Lian Li. I'm still waiting for the perfect slim micro case that will be able to offer the same cooling power as this one does.

12/13/2007

Great Entry Gamming Card

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: The card is a wonderful upgrade from lower GS models and other cards that don't offer the same core clock and pixel piplines. Knowing there are better cards out there, this 7600 GT still packs a punch with most new high end games that demand intense graphic capabilities. I'm running a 22" BenQ LCD widescreen monitor with DVI (1680 x 1050 resolution), 2 GB DDR ram, and playing Games like Half Life2, Quake 4, and Age of Empires 3 nearly pushed to the limits, and the card still performes great. However, if you are really wanting to get into next gen gamming I would recommend you purchase another one of these and set up an SLI configuration. Then it really does become a great budget SLI Setup, I can play most games on max settings with 1680x1050 resolution and have no problems in SLI.

Cons: None really, the fan heatsink on the GPU cannot be heard. Temperature is normal and haven't had any problems.