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Shawn R.

Shawn R.

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Not a MS fan boy but...

Microsoft Windows XP Professional X64 Edition with SP2B 1 Pack
Microsoft Windows XP Professional X64 Edition with SP2B 1 Pack

Pros: This version of "XP" is actually built off of the Window 2k3 build. It is super clean and eligent. As of writing this review there is no forced loser apps like WGA, MSN Messenger, etc. Everything is straight to the point. That alone makes your computer run faster. Haven't had one application that had a problem with this OS. The boot/load times are almost cut in half.

Cons: Like the previous reviewer was saying. This OS is 64bit. Wider bit path equals wider demands on RAM. CAN NOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH!!! You do not need SATA drive and in fact a lot of older SATA controllers are not supported as boot drives by XP x64. PATA works just fat and happy if you have the RAM. 1 GB at least to see a performance gain, 2GB is what I recommend. I am seriously conservative on this system. Only what is absolutely mandatory is installed on here and of course the games. My load size after clean boot is just under 500mb into RAM. Your gonna have to feed x64 RAM. Just the nature of the beast. Also do your home work on if your hardware has the drivers before buying. One major issue to watch out for is the same deal on Linux and that is wireless network and some gigabit wired network adapters.

Overall Review: I've been running XP x64 for a while now. If your looking for a good clean environment to run games and you got the right processor and gig or more of RAM, try it. We all know this is about as clean and simplified as 64 bit OS is going to go with MS. I want to play games not play Windows. BUT if you have installed themes and a zillion UI control applets. Save your cash and wait for Vista. FYI: It seems in the near future all OS's will be having driver issues for one reason or another and no one should just assume a peice of hardware will work for their OS or visa versa. Get used to researching hardware OS support before you buy now. You'll save on asprin on the possible bumpy road up ahead. Even MS is battening down the hatches for a predicted rough ride ahead. Seems what is currently happening with XP x64 not having driver support here and there is going to be a possible common issue. Look before you leap.

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WTH

Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Pack - Product Key Card (no media)
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Pack - Product Key Card (no media)

Pros: It's easier for touch screens.

Cons: I'm not a fan of the Metro interface. But whatever. Over time I'll get used to it I suppose. The huge problem I have is Microsoft's price points on all their licensing. Are they trying to price themselves out of business? $100 for standard Win8. $140 for Win8 Pro. Should be $50 and $70 in my opinion. It's not like your getting that much in Pro. But to really pee on the heads of business to insure that no one uses this junk in the work place they charge $100 to upgrade. $50 for their current price point seems more than fair. $30 for standard to pro would be if they were operating at my price point. Licensing gets even stranger when you get into the server market. All this makes selling Linux a whole lot easier. Linux is more compatible with older Windows software than Windows 8. I'm really not impressed that i'm going to have to req my boss to drop another $100 on every machine preinstalled with Win8 just so they can connect to a domain. In the year 2013 and Microsoft doesn't include this feature in their base product and still holds it for ransom.

Great monitor at a great price!

GIGABYTE G34WQC A-SA 34" 144Hz Curved Gaming Monitor, 3440 x 1440 VA 1500R Display, 1ms (MPRT), 90% DCI-P3, VESA Display HDR400, FreeSync Premium, 2x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0
GIGABYTE G34WQC A-SA 34" 144Hz Curved Gaming Monitor, 3440 x 1440 VA 1500R Display, 1ms (MPRT), 90% DCI-P3, VESA Display HDR400, FreeSync Premium, 2x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0

Pros: I bought this with low expectations. It ended up replacing a $1000+ monitor on my gaming rig. The display is crisp, and colors are vivid. Refresh rates are quick, and the monitor is easy on the eyes.

Cons: When I first connected it, my audio routed into it and it's BAD. Very tinny. On my game rig I don't use audio from monitor and so it's not a part of my consideration of what a monitor should do. But if you need a monitor with audio, this is not the monitor you want.

Overall Review: For a gamer who is looking for a ultra wide wrapped monitor setup this is the monitor you should get. Just make sure you use a headset or some other speaker system.

Solid hub.

VAVA USB C Docking Station, 12-in-1 Type C Hub with Dual 4K HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet, 4 USB Ports, SD/TF Card Reader, PD USB-C Charging Port, Audio/Mic for MacBook / Pro / Air, Type C Windows Laptops
VAVA USB C Docking Station, 12-in-1 Type C Hub with Dual 4K HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet, 4 USB Ports, SD/TF Card Reader, PD USB-C Charging Port, Audio/Mic for MacBook / Pro / Air, Type C Windows Laptops

Pros: I bought this to work with a MS Surface. Absolutely no problem connecting and worked immediately out of the box. Has no problems charging Surface via USB and a phone at the same time. HDMI works flawlessly on a ultra wide at resolution at 3440x1440.

Cons: The power supply plugin on the front makes it awkward to place on the desk. Wish it was on the back.

Overall Review: Definitely recommend. I bought this for my mom and put it through its paces because I wasn't going to give her something that is not solid. It seriously impressed me, and I plan to replace my current hub with one of these because it works so well.

I love this keyboard!

Das Keyboard Model S DASK3MKPROCLI Black USB 2.0 Wired Standard Professional - Click Pressure Point Mechanical Keyboard
Das Keyboard Model S DASK3MKPROCLI Black USB 2.0 Wired Standard Professional - Click Pressure Point Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: - As an old dog this reminds me a lot of the feel of the old IBM keyboards. - Keyboard is solid and has some weight and you will never have to chase the keyboard around the desk but is still low profile. - Keycaps are good quality and easy to read. - Keyboard is focused on those who need a keyboard for work and not putting any half-hearted attempts at being a gaming keyboard.

Cons: - Tactile noise feedback may wreck the minds of coworkers if you're using it in a shared office space. - This could be pro or con. But there is only one windows key on the left and is marked as the D logo. The other key on the right is a function key for accessing the media keys. By default, the function keys are enabled, and the media keys are controlled by holding the function key. This setup works for perfect for me by up to opinion.

Overall Review: I definitely recommend to anyone. This is NOT a keyboard for gaming and is for professional applications. Das Keyboard has earned a fan.

This motherboard and the manufacture is garbage. [EDITED]

ASUS ROG Strix X399-E Gaming sTR4 AMD X399 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Extended ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS ROG Strix X399-E Gaming sTR4 AMD X399 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Extended ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: it's pretty when it actually works. -EDIT- The board was doing some ridiculous things like dropping the voltage to keep the CPU alive... I thought for sure the motherboard had lost it's mind but no it was protecting the CPU from a semi-failing water cooling.

Cons: If you didn't get a DOA motherboard wait a couple of months. The first one I got was DOA and the replacement worked for a few months and now it's dead. Tech support is a joke. This tops off just before I bought a Asus monitor and straight out of the new unopened box it had a seriously DEAD pixel right in the middle of the screen. Tech support told me that it was the "suitable amount of dead pixels" from a brand new monitor. -EDIT- The board wasn't dead but for some reason I have not had good luck with water cooling pumps with this board. This maybe kind of my fault...but kind of poor design. The PWM for the pump is at the opposite end of the board of where the CPU is. With it being a EATX your pump cable is probably not long enough. Not sure if this is the problem but I was sticking the pump on the CPU OPT connector and setting it to constant. Is there a difference in the pulse from a fan vs a pump? My 3rd water cooling in I guess what has been a year... but this last time, I made absolutely sure the pump cable was long enough on the new pump to reach the pump PWM connector. REALLY poor design choice on the board. Plenty of room for it by the CPU connectors. But I guess they designed this for people who have a block separate from their pump maybe.

Overall Review: Asus USED to be the hallmark of quality. Now they are just the peddlers of junk. Save your money and avoid this brand at all cost. -EDIT- I look like an idiot but I will own this misunderstanding. Hopefully the review is useful for others. I'm used to the motherboards just letting the temp red line and die. Rigging the voltages to be able to keep going weirds me out. The placement for the pump PWM is horrible IMHO. I can't be the only one too lazy to mess with the DYI water cooling rigs.

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Right keyboard, wrong switches.

Ordered a keyboard with Cherry MX RED switches and got Cherry MX BLUE. So now when I'm gaming I can disturb my neighbors with the tactile sounds it makes. CLACK CLACK CLACK CLACK. I guess I'll pop the WASD keys out of my old keyboard with red but this sucks and not happy. Like other people reported this was sent as a gift from another online retailer. After reading those other reviews on this reseller... I'm just going to quit while I'm ahead. It was the right model/manufacture... just the wrong configuration which is better than what others have got. Count my blessing and move on. I do have a red switch keyboard so I can swap out the common used gamer keys... which might be cool. As a suggestion to others, I really wouldn't take a chance with buying from them. Like right now to get the keyboard with the right configuration I wanted I would have to contact online reseller X. AWKWARD! I have the gift receipt but this is just too WEIRD.

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Good gamer PSU.

This is actually my 2nd Rosewill 1000 watt gamer PSU. Mostly why I use the big PSU is for a RAID. I really like them and will probably continue buying them. I've tried other brands when my original one died, they had a MUCH shorter life span and just bleh compared to the Rosewill's. :) Don't know what to say other than I personally like their 1000+ PSU's better than everyone else.

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12/26/2017