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Steven H.

Steven H.

Joined on 02/23/05

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Most Favorable Review

Lots of practice and has lots of potential..

OCZ OCZMSNIA Neural Impulse Actuator
OCZ OCZMSNIA Neural Impulse Actuator

Pros: Inexpensive for what you're getting and pong was never so fun. Unit is constructed of a brushed metal and black enamel aluminum casing. Carbon nanotube filaments that are very sensitive in the headband that is flexible and comfortable. Fun and Borg-like!

Cons: Grounding and emf interference is an issue and noted on the company website. I just keep my hand on it and I will buy a anti-static armband. The glance function is odd and doesn't seem to be consistent despite repeated adjustments. I'm still experimenting with that.

Overall Review: It truly works but is a beta prototype preceding a more refined and finished product. You will have to train young Jedi to use the force. Any deviation in focus causes you to lose control so relaxing and mastering concentration is a great skill to achieve. You will have to learn every aspect of the different functions and to manipulate and alternate between Alpha and Beta state, muscle tension signals without moving your face, and hopefully the glance function will get figured out. You also have to accept that we control them voluntarily and involuntarily. For instance I could not get the baseline down below the green line after a half hour of trying everything, I went into the "Mind Fingers readout" and all the readings were off the chart. I thought "lower" and suddenly they did. It is the subconsience regulating our functions and we merely need to acheive active focused and relaxed focus states at will by experimenting with intention in those states.

Most Critical Review

Reconsider the options

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: 1 Defective module and it seems to be a regular problem with this product. High latency.

Overall Review: I purchased this ram because it is Corsair and I had great experiences with their products in the past. However, this experience is not one of them. I upgraded to an AM2 platform from a 939 fx-57 setup. One module worked and one didn't which seems to be a recurring problem in the reviews. I am sending them back for a refund. For 5 dollars more you can purchase the OCZ Platinum 6400 which seems to be getting favorable reviews by gamers on other sites. Find other memory and don't be sucked in by the "bargain" they are offering.

Borg cube case

Cooler Master HAF XB EVO - High Air Flow Test Bench and LAN Box Desktop Computer Case with ATX Motherboard Support
Cooler Master HAF XB EVO - High Air Flow Test Bench and LAN Box Desktop Computer Case with ATX Motherboard Support

Pros: Spacious, sturdy frame, great layout, well ventilated, somewhat portable, clearance for my graphics card at 305 mm, keeps my components cool and stable, quite a quality case for this price point, unique look

Cons: Legacy 3 pin case fans, not sure about the hot-swap drive bay, buttons feel basic, heavy and not truly portable, no transparent panel for LAN parties (I suppose), cheap fans, large footprint

Overall Review: Perfect for VR rig and 5 stars are for what you get at such an affordable price. ATX Z390-pro chipset, Pentium i-5 9600K Coffee Lake, 32 GB RAM, ASUS ROG GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX 8 GB, Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1 TB, Corsair HX 750 Watt platinum, Odyssey+ VR headset

Re-review

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat PC Game
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat PC Game

Pros: Atmospheric, suspenseful, Russian accents

Cons: Dialogue is kind of uninteresting, weapons fire feels clumsy (but it might be an attempt to emulate the kick of a gun)

Overall Review: I gave this a horrible review and it's easy to find since it is the most negative one listed. Due to some issue related to installation, I was not playing the game in it's full glory. I installed the game on another hard drive and for some reason none of the textures, lighting or effects were present. Eventually I had to reinstall it on the OS drive after it stopped working entirely and lo and behold it sprung to life. Now that I am more informed, I can say overall it is a nice game. I still don't like it as much as Fallout 3, but I certainly don't hate it now. I am only partly into the game and it seems to be drawing me since the graphics issue has been corrected. The X-Ray engine does have a dated quality about it but there's enough new eye-candy that refines it, especially the dynamic lighting and shadows. The textures can sometimes appear coarse. After a fair shake I think many would find it entertaining.

Really?

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat PC Game
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat PC Game

Pros: Less than $50

Cons: Really dated graphics for the system requirements, unimaginative interface and inventory system, and it has a rather lifeless quality about it. DirectX 10 or 11 makes no difference in the appearance. In fact those options I believe are dummy selections. I have been able to see the difference in DX 9 and 10 with other games, albeit subtle, but there is nothing that is enhanced.

Overall Review: I was really disappointed when I started it and it's been such an anticlimax after playing Fallout 3. Where the two diverge is the lame voice-overs, shoddy and unrealistic landscapes and uninteresting creatures. As someone stated, Stalker: Call of Pripyat is not a rpg so I guess I'm just not a shooter fan. However, to even compare this game to Fallout 3 in it's creative and visual qualities is really beyond my understanding. Why Fallout 3 makes this look game look rather anemic is all in the details. Polished and detailed material textures, highlights, anatomical realism, and a far more interesting variety of weapons. All you have to do is is press the F key and it becomes a first-person shooter with an actual plot. If you don't want to talk to people you just shoot them and end up the scourge of the wasteland. I know this seems more like a Fallout 3 review but moving to this games made me realize how fantastic Fallout 3 is. Stalker- BOOH!

Great Card

HIS Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card H577FM1GD
HIS Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card H577FM1GD

Pros: High overclocking capabilities, low power consumption, good cooling solution, inexpensive and DX 11 compliant. Beautifully renders all the latest games at maximum quality and Crysis at playable framerates: 1680x1050 at 4x AA, 16x AF, ultra high quality, av. 35 fps, which exceeds the framerate of theater movies of 24 fps or a TV broadcast of 30 fps. Getting more expensive cards to get even higher framerates than this is just for bragging rights or run things at 8x AA which doesn't look any different than 4x to me.

Cons: 128 bit interface which is a minor spec gripe.

Overall Review: I am finally playing Crysis for the first time at ultra high quallity. My 4850 would barely managed high quality so I waited until a lower energy, high performance, midrange card would do it justice. Just made it to the aien caverns and it is just jawdropping. Looking forward to Mass Effect 2! I have it overclocked at 920/1400 and it doesn't go above 60c. It works well on Win7 32 bit HP but I can't speak for the 64 bit equivalent. It's fast and affordable and if you're salivating, just buy it already. It's a delightful recession purchase.