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Paul N.

Paul N.

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Most Favorable Review

Rock Solid indeed

ASUS P5E3 PRO LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5E3 PRO LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Good over clocking capabilities and control in the BIOS. No absurdly large heat sinks on the north or south bridges. Excellent price vs. performance vs. other options. Nice color scheme on the board. No paying premium for a few extra options in the BIOS like with the RoG versions.

Cons: There are no memory or north bridge sensors equipped with this board which is a rather large handicap when overclocking. So programs like Everest wont report any values when your tweaking voltages and monitoring temps to achieve stability if you overclock. A "touch test" on the north bridge feels very hot. But ive no way to accurately gauge its temp. Ive been running my system long hours with high loads and so far no instability.

Overall Review: Im happy with this board. Im tempted to rate it as 4 eggs for the lack of critical sensors on the north bridge and memory but so far I haven't had any issues overclocking b.c of it. Just take it slow, know your hardware limits. Ive also noticed performance gains in multiple areas compared to my former foxconn x38a MOBO which im pretty sure had a few defects. An all around solid board at an affordable price.

12/31/2009
Most Critical Review

Backlight bleeder

Hanns·G HH-281HPB Black 28" 3ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 DC 15000:1(800:1) Built in Speakers
Hanns·G HH-281HPB Black 28" 3ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 DC 15000:1(800:1) Built in Speakers

Pros: Great price for a 27.5" monitor. After tweaking and adjustments the color display is wonderful. Bright vibrant colors, fast response times.

Cons: The back light bleed on this monitor in dark scenes to me was unacceptable. I heard about this issue with this monitor everywhere I read about it but I figured most were exaggerating or didn't know what they were saying. Well they did know because in any scene or situation that calls for black on the top or bottom of the screen it appears as a "negative" image. Meaning there is a frosty like sheen on objects being displayed. I tweaked and adjusted the settings on the monitor and through ATI's catalyst control center which did help reduce the severity of it but in the end the black levels of this sceen on the top and bottom edges are just too inadequate. In COD:MW2 hiding in the shadows half of my gun looked like it was being illuminated around the edges with light. Watching movies the tops of peoples heads would glow with that frosty white effect because of the back light bleed. On the monitor I got it affected a good 1-2 inches depending on how dark the scene is - to

Overall Review: However the sides of the screen are fine. When the screen is filled with something other than black its a fantastic monitor. If you feel the occasional negative image effect on the top and bottom parts of the screen when displaying black is a non issue then by all means this monitor should be a high priority on your list. Read neweggs monitor return policy before buying. They were nice enough to let me return mine for store credit which I will put into LGs LG W2753V-PF Black 27" also available here on newegg. Ante up an extra $100 for a higher quality monitor. Requires substantial tweaking and adjustments for optimal display quality. Ive spent thousands on my rig through newegg, your dang right I'm gonna be picky.

Solid

MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: A no frills solid MOBO that keeps the price down without sacrificing quality and function.

Cons: Large video cards will block half of the SATA ports. You will need to use 90 degree angled SATA connectors for crossfire. The board is small and due to that can feel "flimsy." Ugly brown color, thankfully dark enough you cant really tell. Looks black in the computer case.

Overall Review: Back when we were waiting for the B3 revisions to come about, I had my 2600k sitting in the closest collecting dust. MSI wasnt even on my list of choices, but my list of choices took months longer to show up than MSI did when the B3 rev. was shipped out. So I picked up this board for my 2600k and haven't had any problems.

Money well spent

OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD3-2VTX90G
OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD3-2VTX90G

Pros: Booting from power button to desktop ready to go in ~30 seconds. Win7. Low power usage, silent, long life, TRIM support, 3.5" form factor easily mounted. My machine was fast to begin with, now its even faster. The price per GB is still high but even 90GB (~84GB addressable) is plenty for a boot drive + my drivers + main programs (firefox, utilities etc) and 2 games around 8GB each I still have 54GB free. Then use a mech HDD as storage. Mostly a gaming machine, everything is more responsive. Noticeable and worthwhile decreases in load times for programs/games. Everything is pretty much instantaneous. Games appear to run smoother without any little hiccups or stutters. If it means anything to you, Windows Index Score put it at 7.6. Glad I chose SSD over the VelociRaptor.

Cons: Price per GB! Do your research about SSD's and how to properly install them and what settings to change in BIOS.

Overall Review: The first drive I received was defective. During installation of Win7. At first "Expanding Files" would go 5% then the DVD drive would turn off, a few seconds later it would flip back on and repeat. Eventually it would report an error about not being able to access the installation source. Other tries turned up errors about not being able to format the drive and a corrupted MBR after the one time I got it to get past the installation, windows still wouldn't load. USB or off the DVD the errors would happen. RMA the drive and Newegg got it turned around the same day they received it. Shipped out new one the next day. Much love for the RMA department/shipping... The new Drive just plowed right through the Win7 installation. Though at "Expanding files" it hanged for a few minutes before carrying on at start.

A play ground for your eyes

LG W2753V-PF Black 27" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 50000:1 w/ Smart Package
LG W2753V-PF Black 27" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 50000:1 w/ Smart Package

Pros: I bought the hannsG 27.5" originally. I was unsatisfied with the display especially the horrid back light bleeding on that monitor. This LG just kicks the nuts outta the HannsG. Shiny black finish. This display actually makes my eyes feel good because the picture is that great. Colors are bright and vibrant, accurate. Blacks are deep and brutal. I haven't noticed any back light bleed at all. Spectacular. Its pretty feature rich as well. F-engine makes colors pop out even more. 1920x1080 is perfect for my 360 as well which too is looking even better for a console on this new LCD. Used for gaming mostly and its performance has me smiling. Ive noticed all the little things I never did before in game like a little scratch on an object that I didnt see with my previous LCD. K/D ratio went up as well :)

Cons: Sensor buttons can be a little fickle but you get the hang of it quick enough. Irrelevant once you install the software.

Overall Review: Comes with LG's "fortemanager" which is a program that allows you to adjust your monitors display properties through windows which is alot more efficient than the sensor buttons and has color calibration options, profiles etc. Its a little buggy trying to get it to work on windows 7. To keep the options from being greyed out in the fortemanager you have to right click on the shortcut icon, go under compatibility and select run as administrator then set compatibility mode to vista sp2. Windows 7 drivers need to be downloaded off LGs website.

Excellent

ZALMAN CNPS9900 NT 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise CPU Cooler
ZALMAN CNPS9900 NT 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise CPU Cooler

Pros: Solid construction. Great air cooling. Black nickle plating and a green LED does create a rather industrial look. Quiet, powerful.

Cons: Installation although simple and "easy" was a little frustrating getting the screws to thread evenly during installation. It took a little time to get the screws to finally thread flush with the back plate. You'll need a long screw driver to install this efficiently. The size of the fins interfere with your sight and reach to the mounting screws. 120mm fan...its to be expected.

Overall Review: Overclocked Q9450 at 1.3volts on my former arctic freezer 7 pro temps ran at mid 30's idle and hit 60c with all cores under 100% load. With this beauty though at 1.3v I idle at 25c to 28c ! All cores under 100% load I haven't gone above 50c. I stay within the mid 40's with this cooler under 100% loads. A serious improvement over my arctic freezer. First time I've used a zalman product. I will certainly choose them in the future. If your like me and were wondering which way the fan blows its towards the larger of the two heat sinks. Plenty of space within an Antec 1200 even with optional 120mm side case fan. Used arctic silver 5 instead of the thermal paste included.

12/31/2009