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Josh F.

Josh F.

Joined on 06/22/04

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Most Favorable Review

Pretty good

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T - Phenom II X6 Thuban 6-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 125W Desktop Processor - HDT55TFBGRBOX
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T - Phenom II X6 Thuban 6-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 125W Desktop Processor - HDT55TFBGRBOX

Pros: 6 cores. Yay. Handles a girl with Photoshop, Wow, 30+ Firefox Tabs, Excel and Outlook all open at the same time. Does exactly what I bought it for.

Cons: Low clock cycles. I don't max fps in Wow standing in Dalaran, but I don't lag either, so I can't complain too much.

Overall Review: For the most epic Multi-Taskers this thing is awesome, especially for the price. If you play games without a well threaded engine *cough*wow*cough* and that's all you do, then this proc ISN'T for you. I'd look at the X4 3.5GHz or maybe even to intel if you like paying more. If you're doing a dozen other things while playing wow, I'd highly recommend it.

Most Critical Review

It's ok

RAZER Blackwidow Ultimate Gaming Elite Mechanical Keyboard
RAZER Blackwidow Ultimate Gaming Elite Mechanical Keyboard

Pros: Good spacing Backlit Macro Functions are nice Multiple brightness settings for the backlight The switches are definitely much more responsive than my old keyboard. The difference between the actuation point on this keyboard and a Cherry MX Blue is DEFINITELY noticeable, and I do like the shorter actuation on the switches.

Cons: There's a very strange resonance every time you press a key. It's on every key on the keyboard, so if you're using this for every day typing (I'm a programmer) then it can get really frustrating. While I'm gaming, I do not notice this at all, so if you don't do a lot of normal typing, I doubt you'll notice. As I'm typing this right now my fingers are tingling, and my old mechanical keyboard did not have this problem. It's my only con for this keyboard, but since my keyboard has to do double duty for both work and gaming, it's not exactly what I'm looking for.

Overall Review: If you're used to typing on Cherry MXs then this keyboard may not be for you. If you're coming from membrane keyboards it'll definitely be a MUCH better experience. At this point I'm likely just going to have two keyboards on my desk. This one for gaming and my MX Blue keyboard for work.

Works great

EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 120-G1-0650-XR 80+ GOLD 650W Fully Modular Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 120-G1-0650-XR 80+ GOLD 650W Fully Modular Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply

Pros: - Plenty of power options - Fully modular - Quiet fan

Cons: - Included fasteners did not thread easily.

Overall Review: The fasteners included did not thread smoothly in all 4 locations. Looks like some of the cover was causing the fit to be a bit tighter than was probably intended.

11/21/2017

Affordable cooling

CRYORIG H7 Tower Cooler For AMD/Intel CPU with 120mm PWM Fan
CRYORIG H7 Tower Cooler For AMD/Intel CPU with 120mm PWM Fan

Pros: - Decent temperatures - Good price

Cons: - The mounting mechanism is NOT good. - The AM4 bracket is not included in the package which adds a few bucks to the price. - The swing arms do not move easily.

Overall Review: While installing this, I thought the mounting arms were broken because they did not move easily to the AM4 mounting position. Once I had them lined up, i realized i had to turn the motherboard upside down, which was less than ideal. I had to have my wife come start the threads for me while I held the cooler in place. Once we had everything secured, the cooler was pointed in a weird direction, and I had to rotate it a bit after everything was secured. It's not the worst cooler I've ever worked with, but the installation was definitely not as easy I was hoping for. Performance is decent, and the price point keeps the rating a bit higher than I want to rate it. Also, I hope future revisions include the AM4 bracket in the box. I didn't realize it wasn't included until I'd already ordered it.

11/21/2017

Great entry level case

Corsair Carbide Series 270R CC-9011106-WW Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Corsair Carbide Series 270R CC-9011106-WW Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - PSU Shroud - Rubber grommets for 3.5" caddies - Correct length FP Connectors - Included radiator mounting screws

Cons: - No grommets for Power cable cutouts - EPS Cutout is a bit low for the position of the motherboard - No sound dampening on the side panels - Exhaust fan is a smidge loud

Overall Review: The cons listed aren't really bad at all. I'm not taking away any eggs for them. This case was great to work in. Just a few little niggles that are EASILY forgivable for the price. Solidly built. Included radiator mounting screws was a nice touch I definitely wasn't expecting. This is definitely going to be my entry level case of choice for a while.

11/21/2017

Low Cruft, High Performance

MSI X99S SLI Krait Edition LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI X99S SLI Krait Edition LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: So I've had this board for a few days now, and it's been everything I've wanted in a motherboard, no more, no less. - Overclocking was a dream - This board has enough space so that my NH-D15 doesn't hit the graphics card in slot 1 (a problem on my last board). - Reasonable Price - Intel (not Killer) NIC - 90 Degree USB 3 Front Panel Connector for pretty cables.

Cons: These are not SUPER huge, but keep them in mind. - No Display Port for troubleshooting - No Built-in Speaker for post codes (but does have the connector for the case) - No Display for post codes (but the spot is there on the PCB) - Board WILL NOT post with memory in 2-4-6-8 config. Use the white slots or you will be banging your head for 30 minutes trying to figure it out.

Overall Review: There were some rather small issues with this board, but honestly, I couldn't be happier with it. It does everything I need, nothing more nothing less. Would I have liked more features? Yes. Would I want to pay more money for them? No. So good on you MSI. Everything that got cut from this board were things I could do without. There are definitely better boards out there, but this one seems like it'll handle my workload quite easily. Thank you MSI for providing an Intel NIC with this board as well. My VPN now works again. Apparently Killer NICs (since my laptop's VPN doesn't work on wired either, but works fine on wireless) are not supported by my client. Additionally my 5930k got to 4.3GHz without touching anything other than the multiplier, and then got to 4.5GHz @1.325V on the Core. 2 Setting stable overclocks FTW.