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Sean B.

Sean B.

Joined on 04/03/09

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Most Favorable Review

Amazing monitors

ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 w/Speakers & HDMI
ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 w/Speakers & HDMI

Pros: Bought 3 of these monitors for an AMD Eyefinity setup, and wow do they look amazing. Great color and quality. Have had them for about 3 weeks now, and they are great. Upgraded from a single 37" Vizio TV as a monitor to 3 of these. I have two of them hooked up via DVI and the third through a mini-display port to DVI adapter (active adapter). I have seen other reviewers say that the HDMI port doesnt support audio. I do have an Xbox and DVR hooked into 2 of the monitors through HDMI and they both have audio coming through fine. Speakers are a little on the weak side, but I dont count that as a con since I didnt buy these monitors for the speakers.

Cons: None, they are great.

Overall Review: Playing games in Eyefinity on these monitors is great. Very immersive. Most games play fine at 5760x1080. I will need a second 6970 now to max a few of them though. My PC specs (primary) AMD 6970 overclocked Intel core i7 2600k @4.6Ghz OCZ Agility 2 SSD Boot Drive 4.5TB of other assorted drives 16GB DDR3 G.Skill RAM Corsair 750W PSU

Most Critical Review

Two Drives Dead in Two Years

Western Digital WD Green WD20EARS 2TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD20EARS 2TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: They were cheap for the amount of storage at the time. RMA Process was fast

Cons: Ordered 1 of these drives back in June of 2011. It failed after 8 months of use. RMA'd it without any problems, and got a new drive. This new drive just failed after about a year.

Overall Review: I don't think I will be buying anymore WD Green drives. I use the Red and Black series and they work fine. But these Green drives are just too unreliable.

Great RAM

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model 997017
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model 997017

Pros: Worked fine out of the package. Does what its supposed to do.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Added this to a home ESXI server. Runs 5 virtual machines. I may add another 16GB in the near future.

Great NIC

Intel EXPI9301CTBLK Network Adapter 10/100/1000Mbps PCI-Express 1 x RJ45
Intel EXPI9301CTBLK Network Adapter 10/100/1000Mbps PCI-Express 1 x RJ45

Pros: I bought this on sale to go into a ESXI 5.0 server. Very fast, thinking about buying 1 or 2 more of these. Currently this one is handling 2 VMs at a time. Worked flawlessly out of the box. Came with a low profile mount.

Cons: None at all for performance. My only small complaint is its long, and may have trouble sitting above some northbridge heatsinks if you have a PCI-E x1 slot at the top.

Overall Review: Would easily buy 2 more.

Great card so far

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card GV-R797D5-3GD-B
GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card GV-R797D5-3GD-B

Pros: Awesome card so far. I am running this card in Eyefinity (5760x1080). Only had the card for a day, but it is great. Can max BF3 at the above resolution with 50-60FPS. I upgraded from a single 6970 to this and I definitely see a performance increase. Pretty cool, cooler than my 6970. Overclocks pretty nicely as well.

Cons: Nothing that I see yet. I noticed that I can only play on extreme settings in Crysis 2 and get above 30FPS. Still looks amazing.

Overall Review: I am running 3 Asus 23" screens (5760x1080) Intel Core i7 2600k 4.8Ghz 16GB DDR3 RAM AMD 7970 3GB 60GB OS SSD

Amazing CPU

Intel Core i7-2600K - Core i7 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I72600K
Intel Core i7-2600K - Core i7 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I72600K

Pros: Got this CPU a little over a week ago, amazing performance. Upgraded from a Phenom IIx4@4Ghz to this i7 overclocked to 4.5Ghz and the performance is unbelievable. Overclocks so easy, managed to hit 4.5Ghz on stock voltage. Planning on hitting 5Ghz when I have the time to experiment. Can't comment on the stock heatsink, as I have opted to use a Noctua NH-D14 to keep it cool. And wow its cool, idles at 25C and maxes at 54C. Such a great CPU for the price. Intel could easily be charging $500 for this CPU.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Current build: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 motherboard Intel i7 2600k@4.5Ghz 16GB@1600Mhz GSkill Sniper series memory OCZ Agility 2 60GB boot SSD Velociraptor 10,000RPM gaming drive WD Caviar Green 2TB Hitachi 1TB Xclio Windtunnel case HT Omega Striker Soundcard AMD Radeon HD 6970 Noctua NH-D14 HS/F