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Alan A.

Alan A.

Joined on 09/02/09

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Most Favorable Review

Best Bang for the Buck!

EVGA 768-P3-1362-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
EVGA 768-P3-1362-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: First one to get a 460. Wewt. The idle temps on this are awesome. Usually around 36C. With dual monitors, it only goes up to 43C. Load temps don't pass 70C, so it's kind of like my old GTX 260! The 460 is smaller than the 260 by about 2 inches. Folding wise, you're looking at ~10k PPD. Frame rates are noticably higher than a 260 also.

Cons: Plugging in the PCI-E cables on the back of the card is a little challenging, but nothing to knock an egg off for.

Overall Review: This card is a great replacement for the spot previously filled by the GTX 260! C2Q Q9550 @ 3.4ghz 750i SLI For teh Win CM 690 II Advanced 1680*1050

Most Critical Review

Incompatible with Q9550

EVGA 122-YW-E173-TR LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA 122-YW-E173-TR LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Great layout of the board. Looks great, lots of connections.

Cons: EVGA claims that the board is compatible with Core 2 Quads via a BIOS flash updated 9/10/09 from their site. After doing so with a Celeron I picked up, it was still not booting with the Quad.

Overall Review: Even though I had a hell of a time putting in CPU's, taking them out, putting them back in, I still give this board 3 eggs. EVGA's customer service is absolutely stellar. I had the same guy walking me through my problems and helping me out. At the moment, they're approving an RMA for me to ship this back and to send me a 750i SLI (F)TW! Hopefully it'll work out of the box!

Beautiful RAM

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

Pros: This RAM runs awesome, even on the P55 Chipset. Not only the timing and voltage being low, but the heatsink is a nice, solid steel; not at all like the cheap plastic that I was expecting!

Cons: I couldn't get another kit for $90.

Overall Review: i7 860 EVGA P55 E657 This RAM

Sweet RAM!

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996947
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996947

Pros: Runs at rated timings with the rated voltage. It pretty much does exactly what you needed to do.

Cons: Cons huh? Well...I wasn't able to buy 8gigs? That's a con to me. A minor one is that you will have to manually set the timings in your BIOS. My EVGA P55 E657 didn't pick it up, but no matter. A bit of number punching and I was good to go.

Overall Review: I was originally a G.SKILL fan, but once I saw these at the same price and tighter CAS timings than the G.SKILL kit priced the same, I jumped in it. i5-760 @ 3.8ghz EVGA P55 E657 Mushkin Enhanced Silverlines DDR3-1600

Awesomeness

COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Just wow. The painted black inside is what sold me over the Basic edition. Room for 10 fans is just mindblowing. I'm currently using up 6 of the fan slots, with 1 more 140 on the way. Rolled edges, haven't cut myself! There's room for a ton of expansion if I ever need it. With the cable management features, my case looks amazing and has amazing airflow. 3 hours of cable management is well justified. Best thing: That new case smell.

Cons: Sadly, this is case is not without its faults. The screws were all on very tight. Even the thumbscrews, I needed a screwdriver to loosen them up. When I was removing the hard drive cage, I stripped 4 out of the 7 screws, and severely stripped one of them. Miraculously, I was able to get them all out with a few tons of elbow grease. Repositioning the front stock fan was kind of annoying; like most fans, it doesn't come with prethreaded holes for screws, so there was a lot of work needed to screw them in again after taking them out. I wish that they had included more of the toolless fan clips included in the case (it comes with 4). For those of using large air coolers, one of the side fan slots will be blocked by the cooler. Not all of the fans are LED, only the front. I wish that the back had more room because cramming all of my nonmodular cables back there and putting on the side panel was very difficult to do.

Overall Review: Other than that, I absolutely love my new case. Just need to pick up the windowed panel from CM's website and I'm all set!