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James B.

James B.

Joined on 03/30/05

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Most Favorable Review

mega real estate

ASUS 27" 1440P Eye Care Monitor (PB278Q) - QHD (2560 x 1440), IPS, DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI
ASUS 27" 1440P Eye Care Monitor (PB278Q) - QHD (2560 x 1440), IPS, DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI

Pros: I wanted more monitor real estate to go with my new card. At first i was overwhelmed and thought i'd made a mistake -- the visual area is so big that it seemed stylized 'big'. i got used to it very quickly and use it now as i'd use a multi-monitor setup, more than one app running side by side. works well. for games -- rail and flight sims, it's like inheriting texas.

Cons: bummed at first cause i couldn't get the stand to stay lowered enough to fit inside my desk/shelving limit. for some reason, it started to stay lowered though and everything else and the whole thing is con-free.

Overall Review: when impulse buying pays off.

Most Critical Review

does it really do anything for games?

HIS HIC1X4067 iClear Video Signal Noise Reduction Card
HIS HIC1X4067 iClear Video Signal Noise Reduction Card

Pros: well, it fit in the slot and the computer booted and it didn't seem unhappy about being on the machine... though it's kind of stand-offish... i mean, i can't really tell if it's interacting with the other components. i'm worried it might feel alienated or something? nothing in my dx9 or GL games seems changed. should i use a different flavor electricity?

Cons: i'm afraid to say cause the card might read this post and sulk.

cool and quiet

ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED

Pros: coming from one of the flat zalmans, this one is so quiet i keep thinking it's not on. seems to cool very well. high enough on the sides to fit ram easily even after it's installed. no radical overclock though -- though i used to run my 9550 at 4ghz with only the flat zalman. this one is keeping my 3930 i7 below 50C at 100% load at 4.1.

Cons: nothing to con.

Overall Review: con-less, though i'm clueless to what i'm not kenning as a con.

very good!

Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version)
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version)

Pros: a good surprise -- fast and painless install -- about ten minutes onto a 7200. I'm coming from several years of xp and with installs going back to DOS. Seems to run whatever i need to run and nicely. i've had mac and have even gone through those days of o/s fantasy back when OS/2 may have been a good os but there was no way to really know that... and, so this win 8 interface isn't so mysterious at all -- and, i got one of the tricks books from the library and learned how to get buttons onto the task bar... no trouble getting around. i was concerned that i didn't have a touch screen, but the wheel mouse works as a lateral. also, since my keyboard at install was a ps2 and my new mother-board didn't have a ps2 input, the virtual keyboard with mouse entry saved my 11 at night/not even a radio shack open self getting this OS installed. no problem, except i don't like mouse keyboards, and clicking myself into an install seemed dumb for the first 30 seconds.

Cons: no cons.

Overall Review: stuck with windows for games and adobe -- hate macs -- piece of junk builds. really, everyone complaining about win 8 not being intuitive should have had to command line and overlay in DOS for a few years like we did. or, even better, submit punch cards and wait for a week to find you'd left out a brace. nothing about math or machine is intuitive except the user's intellect: you intuit that you need something; all else is algorithm and program. smart people like the challenge. annoys me f that i held off because of what poodles and slackers said about win 8.

solid and cache works

Seagate Momentus XT ST750LX003 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Solid State Hybrid Drive -Bare Drive
Seagate Momentus XT ST750LX003 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Solid State Hybrid Drive -Bare Drive

Pros: cache grabs data pretty quick -- next load is almost instantaneous. i'm keeping this as my boot drive - yes, i'm going to really be upset that i boot in 14 sec's instead of 10 -- and use too as s small program disk for things like winrar and then some other data storage space on a second partition. getting 2 250 SSD's for main adobe apps and games -- scratch disks, etc. win 8 pro. 64gb memory ( yes, but, your 10gig big files get split down onto your harddrive if there's not enough ram to hold them, so 64gigs of ram is practical in win 8 pro 64.)

Cons: not a full SSD, and sort of expensive for a disk drive.

Overall Review: very small and thin -- no need to mount in bay; i dangle it in front of a small fan.

replacing a 9550

Intel Core i7-3930K - Core i7 3rd Gen Sandy Bridge-E 6-Core 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor - BX80619i73930K
Intel Core i7-3930K - Core i7 3rd Gen Sandy Bridge-E 6-Core 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Desktop Processor - BX80619i73930K

Pros: va-room... yes. so easy install. using asus dynamic o/c: 1.2 up to about 4.1, air cooled with zalman double fin highboy at 30-50C.

Cons: no cons. glad intel doesn't include fan anymore.

Overall Review: fast enough chip till next time.