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Phillip M.

Phillip M.

Joined on 08/08/04

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Most Favorable Review

More for i7, why?

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 125W Processor - HDZ965FBGMBOX
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 125W Processor - HDZ965FBGMBOX

Pros: Great bang for the buck! Great processor for a budget system. Nice copper heatpipe cooler. I was shocked, normally AMD and Intel seems to ship aluminum foil shaped in a box pretending to be a heatsink..but this was a nice heatsink. I was able to over clock to 3.85 on stock cooling with no issue.

Cons: 125w..however idles around 30c..impressive especially on stock cooling. When CPU fan kicks in can be a bit loud..3800rpm.

Overall Review: I know there is this war between Intel and AMD but when it comes to budget builds without a major scarifice on performance AMD leads the way. I used this processor to build a new system if I had gone with the i7 series I would have paid about $300 more. For me it was all about pricing. I use an i7-860 at work with 8GB DDR3-1333 (Dell system) so I was expecting a little less in performance on the AMD system. However, this AMD processor so far has held its own against the i7 I use at work. Using a symple test, the Windows index score (Win7pro-64bit) the i7 scored a 7.5, this AMD scored a 7.4 both without any over clocking. Most of the programs I use are CS based, some networking management, and saving the world here and there. Personally, I am unable to tell the difference between the two worlds.

Most Critical Review

Nice footprint..could be better

In Win BK623.BH300TB mATX case with IP-P300BN1-0 H Haswell Ready power supply, PPCT, USB 2.0 x 4, HD audio, Air Filter
In Win BK623.BH300TB mATX case with IP-P300BN1-0 H Haswell Ready power supply, PPCT, USB 2.0 x 4, HD audio, Air Filter

Pros: Nice footprint. Ideal for low wattage cpu with wanting to use onboard video.

Cons: I would not recommend using this case for anyone who wants to add a video card down the road. A standard video card will fit, don't need a low profile, however there are no PCIe power connectors on the power supply. In addition there is no venting of any kind to the video card area. Unless you consider the power supply fan as a possible vent area. My major issue with this case is that the DVD drive is covering about 1/3 of the CPU fan and the SATA and power cable are running over the cpu fan..this really bugged me as I prefer that the CPU fan be completely open and free. This is the case for the socket 1155 and 775

Overall Review: The power supply is not a standard ATX power supply..this is not a con.. The concept of this case is to be tiny but fix a micro atx board. However, the placement of the DVD where it over laps the CPU is a really bad design in my opinion.

Dell Laptop with HP COA!

Dell Latitude E4310 -i5 2.4GHz  - 4gb RAM - 250gb HDD - 13.3" LCD Screen - DVD-ROM - Windows 7 Professional 64 - REFURBISHED
Dell Latitude E4310 -i5 2.4GHz - 4gb RAM - 250gb HDD - 13.3" LCD Screen - DVD-ROM - Windows 7 Professional 64 - REFURBISHED

Pros: i5 processor, 4GB, 250GB, light and looks to be in good shape.

Cons: When I took the laptop out of the package I noticed some sticky residue near the top of the keyboard, probably left over from a sticker of some type. Rubbing alcohol easily removed the residue. Knowing this system was a refurbished system, I wanted to reset the laptop to factory defaults. Using the system reserve I restore to factory settings. Upon completion I was prompted for a windows product key. I thought this was odd coming from a Dell product. Using a Dell recovery and or a Dell Win7 DVD on a Dell product you are generally not prompted for a Windows product key. Flipping the system over to get the product key I noticed the COA was taped on and came from a HP system. So there is an HP COA on a Dell Laptop. The service Tag was removed. However I was able to find the service tag in the bios. The battery indicator lights are not working, however according to the bios the battery is healthy and in normal operating condition.

Overall Review: I am very disappointed by the COA issue.

Love them

Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset
Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset

Pros: At least for me these are extremely comfortable and fit nicely over the ear. The pads are soft cloth so I don't sweat as much as my previous set. Good sound quality with removable mic.Great cord length with inline volume control.

Cons: The only con, and the reason for 4 eggs, is that the cord is pretty thin and I feel at times it might break.

11/26/2014

Worst gift my wife bought me

Logitech H600 Supra-aural Headset
Logitech H600 Supra-aural Headset

Pros: The wireless range is good. Not much beyond that

Cons: Not the most comfortable, fits on the ear not over, sometimes you have to turn the unit on and off multiple times for it to sync with USB receiver. At times you need to unplug the usb receiver for the sync to take place. Battery life is poor at best.

Overall Review: Customer service is horrible. I asked for a simple repair and they wanted a PID number that does not exist on the head phones. I took pictures of head phones showing no physical damage, no missing stickers, all other kind of numbers but no PID..after six weeks of trying to death with support I came to the conclusion that this is a waste of my time.

11/26/2014

We will see..

SANS DIGITAL MobileRAID MR2UT+B 0/1/JBOD and Spanning 2 x Hot-swappable 3.5" Drive Bays USB 3.0, eSATA 2-Bay SATA Compact Tower Enclosure (Black)
SANS DIGITAL MobileRAID MR2UT+B 0/1/JBOD and Spanning 2 x Hot-swappable 3.5" Drive Bays USB 3.0, eSATA 2-Bay SATA Compact Tower Enclosure (Black)

Pros: Small footprint. Supports both e-sata and USB 3.0. No problem setting up raid. Basically set the dial to the desire raid postion and press the reset button..raid is set. Uses a standard PC power cable..sorry I always feel this is a nice feature.

Cons: Very little documentation. Does not state if this unit is e-sata II or e-sata III. My gut feeling is that it only supports e-sata II I am currently using two Seagate 2TB drives in a mirror raid. However, one drive has failed. Verified with Seagate tools. The other dirve tested good. For some reason when the one drive failed the entire until seems to have failed. I kept getting errors during my backup. I would have assumed that when one drive fails the other drive is still functional and my backup would have been successful. I have submitted a trouble ticket to Sans Digital to see if this is the expected behavior.

Overall Review: Construction is very solid, nice frame. Leds are bright. The alarm is loud and can be muted easily..uses a sta