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Kevin T.

Kevin T.

Joined on 03/29/11

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Most Favorable Review

Great for budget Build

AMD A4-3400 - A-Series APU (CPU + GPU) Llano Dual-Core 2.7 GHz Socket FM1 65W AMD Radeon HD 6410D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD3400OJHXBOX
AMD A4-3400 - A-Series APU (CPU + GPU) Llano Dual-Core 2.7 GHz Socket FM1 65W AMD Radeon HD 6410D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD3400OJHXBOX

Pros: I am an Intel fan all the way, but these APUs are really hard to beat for the casual user for internet, videos, and low-spec gaming for its price point. I used this in my Dad's build, he just uses it for internet and some games (Sims 3 and Civ V mostly), and it runs flawlessly with Direct x11 and runs cool. Built in GPU, cheap FM1 sockets, and low power draw means total build costs are at the floor.

Cons: None, you can't run high-spec games on high settings but you obviously know that

Overall Review: Saving money on CPU/GPU may tempt people to spend more elsewhere in the build, just a suggestion that RAM timings seem to matter more than RAM speed on these APUs (I go for speed on intel though). Find some cheap DDR3 1600, or even 1333, with tight timings and you've got a solid build for very little money.

Most Critical Review

Underwhelemed...

Polk Audio RM6750 Black 5.1 CH Home Theater Speaker System
Polk Audio RM6750 Black 5.1 CH Home Theater Speaker System

Pros: - Good sound quality - Decent weight to them - Packaged well, each speaker wrapped individually, and foam on all sides - Price

Cons: - Just nothing special, hardly a step up from a quality soundbar - Unless you are wall-mounting or actually putting on a bookshelf, you'll need stands which can run you another $100+ for 4 good ones - No Y-adapter (you'll need to use your own cable or purchase separately to connect the sub-woofer, you can find them pretty cheap here on Newegg. Also, check a AWG table to see what gauge speaker wire you need for your speaker distance (I needed 14awg)) - No banana plug input, but that is expected at this price point

Overall Review: I purchased these with a Yamaha v373 receiver for what I was hoping was a quality budget build under $500, it was a crime continuing to use the TV speakers of my 55" LED. I just wasn't impressed with this HTiB. Polk makes great speakers, but for another $150 or so, you can build your own system with their monitor series II, a 10" or 12" woofer, and get much better performance (you won't need to buy stands with floorstanders like the monitor50s). This is a great value product for the money, but for something you're going to use for quite a few years I wish I would have just opened my wallet a little more...

First ever DOA part

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card RTX 2080 Super Ventus OC
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card RTX 2080 Super Ventus OC

Pros: -Nice looking in person

Cons: -Video card doesn't output video -Fans could be heard from outside the room

Overall Review: I'm on my 6th build, and finally the DOA bug has bit me, on the most expensive part no less. Fan would spin, but no output from any of the displayports or HDMI. Tried different cables, all of the 3 monitors individually, nothing. Put my old GTX 570 back in and everything worked fine again. For what its worth, this cards fans were LOUD. Not sure if whatever was defective would also affect this, but it was enough to spook me off of getting a replacement of the same card. I'd steer clear of this model.

FAST HDD

WD Black 500GB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD5003AZEX
WD Black 500GB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD5003AZEX

Pros: - 64MB cache = FAST ... purchased as extra storage to take the large files off my SSD, and 14.4GB of files wrote to the WD HDD in just under 2 min, so real-world write speeds were around 120MB/s. Very impressive for an HDD -Quiet ... I don't hear it. I simply don't. Not even when I copied over my files. - Sale price @70 usd ... Sure you can get a cheap wd or seagate for 40, but with 64 MB cache and a 5-year warranty? Doubtful. Which leads to the best pro of all... - 5 YEAR WARRANTY ... one of the few drives left offering this, so it motivates WD to make sure these are quality drives. So far go good, and the peace of mind is nice to have

Cons: Not an SSD?

Overall Review: Windows had no trouble recognizing this drive, formatted quickly and easily, and was ready to go in seconds. What an easy process.

Impressive quality

Polk Audio Monitor50 Series II Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Black) Single
Polk Audio Monitor50 Series II Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Black) Single

Pros: -Clear, crisp sound -Impressive size and weight -Great looking speakers I won't pretend to be an audiophile, I've heard quite a few speakers, recently bought the Polk RM6750 set for my brother as a starter set, and decided to treat myself to these for my home theater. These are by far the best I have ever heard. They are crystal clear, powerful, and very sleek and attractive looking. Blend into the room nicely so the woman doesn't complain.

Cons: Not sure if it is these or the PSW10 sub causing the problem, but I tested these with some familiar music and found that certain notes just dropped off. I've played with crossover and other settings, nothing seems to grab them. Just seems to be a gap in the frequencies. If I had it to do over again, I'd buy either the monitor 60s or the PSW505 sub to try to fill in that gap. Just something to think about if you are buying these for music.

Overall Review: Got these on sale for 80 each, such a steal since you could easily spend that on satellite/bookshelf speakers when you factor in the cost of a stand. I'd give these a 5 for home theater, and a 4 for music. Newegg got these here the next day yet again, ridiculous. It's like someone at the warehouse starts running the second they see your order placed, puts it in his van and speeds to your local UPS facility.

10/11/2012

Great performance

MSI GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N570GTX Twin Frozr II
MSI GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N570GTX Twin Frozr II

Pros: Flawless running of my dual monitors. Picture did not fit screen when first set up, but I updated the drivers and restarted, and everything looked perfect

Cons: None, doesn't miss a beat

Overall Review: I'm new to system building, and TBH I can't tell you how many FPS I am getting. What I can tell you is that I am playing a heavily-modded Skyrim (high-res pack + some graphical mods), and this thing runs it like I am watching real life. It has never once studdered, frozen, or slowed down during any action sequences. I have not even attempted an overclock yet, and as of now I really don't need to. After hours of playing I decided to take off the side of the case ... and the card was barely even warm in my air-cooled case. My build: CM Storm Enforcer i5-3750k ASRock Extreme4 Z77 Mobo GTX 570 G-Skill 8GB 1600Mhz 8-8-8-21 Samsung 830 SSD 128GB CM Silent Pro 700W I know this isn't as technical as some reviews, but for new builders like me just know that there are no surprises or issues with this card. I was worried about a 1280MB card running dual Samsung 21.5" LEDs, but clearly I worried for nothing. I got this for 209 after 20 MIR. Money well spent.