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Brandon L.

Brandon L.

Joined on 03/03/09

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

First set was DOA

CORSAIR ValueSelect 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CMV16GX3M2A1333C9
CORSAIR ValueSelect 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CMV16GX3M2A1333C9

Pros: Can Hardly use over 25% of the available RAM Access speeds are Great No need for a Hard Drive assisted Paging File (or SWAP Space for you UNIX Junkies)

Cons: First set I got was DOA, I continually got application crashes and a few BSOD's Ran MEMTEST32+ and found error's at Test 5 (Block Moves) For some reason it was down counting 00200000 Bits. Had to RMA, which was at the last minute of my return deadline but Newegg shipped it back at their expense and gave me next day replacement, (although the return was ground so I had to wait a week to get the system back online.) Replacement is working great, MEMTEST32+ Passed where the old set was failing. Have had no problems with the new set. Even though a got a DOA set, not all can be perfect and I was able to diagnose the problem and get a replacement, so I'm not going to dock any eggs for it.

Most Critical Review

Slow rendering?

SONY Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 - System Builder
SONY Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 - System Builder

Pros: Good production tools. Fairly simple and easy to grasp user interface and controls. Integrated "Show you how it's done" help functions. Support for many Import and Render formats. New Hardware assisted Rendering for nVidia CUDA Cores and AMD (ATI) Stream Processors.

Cons: Dreadfully slow Rendering times. Slight learning curve for advanced tools and effects. Unable to harness the full potential of resources available.

Overall Review: I built a system around this software and I have to say I'm disappointed with the performance it has shown. System: AMD FX-8120 3.1Ghz 8-Core 1GB GeForce GT 440 (96 CUDA Cores) 16GB DDR3 1333Mhz RAM SATA2 2TB HDD Was intended to be a full editing system in which Sony advertised the Hardware assisted rendering. This program seems to only be able to use 30% of the CPU at rendering time, (and about the same GPU.) It's use was primarily to edit and render 40 minute church sermons. The 40 minute render takes proximity 4 hours with Vegas. Render Profile: 1920x1080x29.97p 10mbps AVC/192kbps 48khz 32bit 2CH AAC Ironically I guess this isn't a bad thing if I want to render 3 videos simultaneously (use 90% CPU/GPU,) but piratically I'm disappointed. I have used Sony Vegas since 8 and I always blamed rendering and performance on a lack of hardware, but this changes my tune quite a bit.

Great Budget Board

MSI 760GM-P21 (FX) AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI 760GM-P21 (FX) AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Compact Design 16GB Memory Support Easy BIOS Update Great Muti-Profile OC Options

Cons: Wasn't able to get the USB BIOS option to function correctly. (Just Flashed the BIOS without fully trying the USB BIOS option.) Made the same mistake as another customer did and ordered a 125W CPU (Checked the site and showed the CPU was supported but I didn't realize there was wattage differences. Can't even find a good place to buy the 95W version of my CPU. But it hasn't seemed to cause a problem.)

Overall Review: I really hope I have nothing to worry about with the CPU being 125W on a 95W board, I don't notice any problems with the system so far (besides my RAM RMA) Ran the CPU at max for 20 minutes for a video render and didn't have any problems. Might consider trying some of the OC options after I have a better cooling solution than the stock CPU fan.

Nice mouse for the Cost

Rosewill RM-P2P Mouse - 3 Buttons, 1 x Wheel, PS/2 Wired, Optical, 800 dpi
Rosewill RM-P2P Mouse - 3 Buttons, 1 x Wheel, PS/2 Wired, Optical, 800 dpi

Pros: Works Scroll Wheel 3rd Button Optical

Cons: None that I can think of

Overall Review: Needed a mouse for a new build and this was most the most affordable option and I had the port for it.

3 Years Strong

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200 - Athlon 64 X2 Brisbane Dual-Core 2.7 GHz Socket AM2 65W Processor - ADO5200DOBOX
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200 - Athlon 64 X2 Brisbane Dual-Core 2.7 GHz Socket AM2 65W Processor - ADO5200DOBOX

Pros: 5.4Ghz of Processing Power Pretty darn dependable 3 Years of operation and still going strong as my main computer's CPU

Cons: If there is one I have yet to find it.

Overall Review: I do suppose the stock Heat Sink isn't that great but I found me a Thermaltake heat sink not too long after the build and fitted it, I did mess up the attachment and the CPU got up to 180F, didn't seem to cause any damage, I fixed it and it rarely runs over 150F on full load. I admit it's probably not nor ever was the greatest CPU on the market but it can still handle some current games paired with my GeForce 210.

Little too Cheap?

GEAR HEAD KB2500U Black 107 Normal Keys USB Office Products Slim Keyboard
GEAR HEAD KB2500U Black 107 Normal Keys USB Office Products Slim Keyboard

Pros: It works Has Power control buttons Keys are fairly quiet

Cons: Buttons are not that smooth to press, this causes missed presses. The inked keys are already starting to wear pretty badly, it is starting to look like a 3 year old keyboard and have only used it for just about a month, (owned for a little longer.)

Overall Review: The keyboard does work however and maybe it is just me being able to type at a pretty rapid rate, yet not wanting to jam in the keys, may make this review seem a little over critical. So if you want something to maybe used as a wired keyboard on a gaming device (PS2, PS3, X360) then this should work pretty well, but if you are someone that does a lot of typing or word processing, consider getting a higher quality keyboard.