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Mark S.

Mark S.

Joined on 04/20/03

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Most Favorable Review

Zalman VF700-CU 2 Ball VGA Cooler Rocks!

ZALMAN VF700-CU 2 Ball VGA Cooler
ZALMAN VF700-CU 2 Ball VGA Cooler

Pros: Bought this in March of 2009 and it's still running

Cons: None, unless they stopped making it or don't have a suitable replacement

10/31/2015
Most Critical Review
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-520HX 520 W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-520HX 520 W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Pros: This PSU has some weight to it and when you peer through the bezel, the quality of the craftsmanship shows. I always have been an enermax guy myself as almost every one I had has gone over 10 years. I bought 2 of these Cosair models back in Nov 07 and it looked like they could stand the test of time.

Cons: What I didn't care for is the warranty. You really need to watch these. This one is a 5 year limited. Apparently only parts are covered and not labor. Newegg has it listed as being covered under their standard warranty policy, which is supposed to cover it for 1 year. Well, one of the two units died today (9 months in) and when I went to RMA it, I got the following "Unfortunately, our records indicate that the manufacturer's labor warranty for this product has expired. Please contact the product manufacturer for additional service options" so look elsewhere or get extra coverage.

Overall Review: I really wanted to give the unit a 5 but one of them died. If the warranty would have been for a full replacement or if the unit would have lasted at least a year, i would have given it a 4. What gets me is there are so many positive reviews on this and the unit really does look exceptional. When it went I could smell burnt electronics so i'm sure a component failed

DFI LANPARTY UT nF3 AMD Motherboard

DFI LANPARTY UT nF3 250Gb 754 NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb ATX AMD Motherboard
DFI LANPARTY UT nF3 250Gb 754 NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Bought this in 2004. It finally died after 11 years. It was my kids and they upgraded about 3-4 years after purchase, then it got grandfathered to my wife, and then finally her uncle. Not sure if it died on its own or took a power hit as the caps were bloated.

Cons: The only thing i didn't like about it was the placement of the power supply connector at the very edge of the motherboard. It didn't pose a problem in the long run. You just have to be careful when plugging it in.

10/31/2015

Awesome drive

WD Black 4TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD4003FZEX
WD Black 4TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD4003FZEX

Pros: I have no complaints on this one. I always try to get drives with a 5 yr warranty whenever I can. I've had it over a year now, and no errors of any kind on it unlike other drives I have seen. quick transfers to from my SSD to this drive. I purchased it for my main gaming/HTPC rig. Came in hand through the summer LAN Parties. The only thing i can say is that I wish it was bigger, because i already need another one (or two). I had no heat problems and the drive seems pretty quite.

Cons: Price is still pretty high a year later. I guess you get what you pay for. When can i get a 10TB drive? :)

I used to like enermax

CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450 W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450 W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Pros: I haven't been too happy with Enermax over the last couple of years, since power ratings have gone above 500W and think I have found a new favorite brand. I now have 4 Corsair PSU's, and the craftsmanship on the circuit boards looks well organized. I've seen others that looks like they just splooged glue over all the components with no regard to where they were aiming. This is the cheaper version of the other Corsair PSU's I currently own, so lets see how long it lasts. So far, it's been 2 months and going strong.

Cons: Cables are not modular but this was a budget build and they did a pretty good job of making them presentable. They're flexible and easy to maneuver which is more important to me when routing cables.

Overall Review: Sorry i don't have an oscilloscope available to throw on it and look at the output. I still have older Enermax PSU's running in my basement that are over 10 years old. Some of the more recent Enermax purchases (the last 1-3yrs) seem to have lost their longevity. I'm not sure what happened. I'm glad that Corsair has picked up the torch.

another satisfied customer

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ

Pros: This was for a budget build so there was no overclocking or testing. It was just plug and chug. It worked without a hitch in the BIOSTAR MCP6P-M2 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 it was purchased for. No compatibility issues.

Cons: None

Overall Review: None