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Justin J.

Justin J.

Joined on 06/17/05

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Best Upgrade Ever.

Rosewill Apollo - RK-9100xB - Mechanical Keyboard with Blue Backlight
Rosewill Apollo - RK-9100xB - Mechanical Keyboard with Blue Backlight

Pros: Awesome sound and tactile response. It's absolutely amazing to get this thing typing in a run. Extremely satisfactory auditory and feel experience! The blue backlight and black keys/case match my case and mouse!

Cons: The keys and the palmrest show smudges from my fingers. onoz.

Overall Review: I had an old Saitek backlit keyboard (one of the first backlit types) that had served me pretty well, but I'd been eyeing the mechanical keyboards for a very long time. And man. I am so very glad I went with this one. Rosewill knocked it out of the park. And it matches the rest of my setup!

sold me on 16GB

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

Pros: Installed with ease, heatsinks add to the overall cooling of my tower. With the price at time of purchase, I was able to put in 16GB for under $90. Crazy!

Cons: none

Overall Review: I generally prefer Corsair (I've just had a lot of luck with that brand), but I read the reviews and was satisfied enough to purchase. And it's working like a dream!

Great board.

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: It was a good price at the time of purchase. I love ASUS for their reliability in my experience. The setup was easy, the color scheme (yeah, this doesn't really matter, but shut up) matches the rest of my build. All the USB 3.0! SLI installation was a snap.

Cons: none

Excellent power for price

ASUS GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1GD5
ASUS GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1GD5

Pros: They installed with a breeze. My PSU and mobo made installation a snap. SLI was detected and runs automatically.

Cons: The heatsink/fan combos are a little big, I guess.

Overall Review: I've seen comparisons with this card in SLI versus a more powerful card in the same line. I went with this card in SLI at the time of purchase because the price point was better. Always look and see if a single card will give more bang for your buck.

Awesome little chip

Intel Core i5-3450S - Core i5 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 2.8GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 65W Intel HD Graphics 2500 Desktop Processor - BX80637I53450S
Intel Core i5-3450S - Core i5 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 2.8GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 65W Intel HD Graphics 2500 Desktop Processor - BX80637I53450S

Pros: Ivy Bridge is a great step forward for Intel. I upgraded to this from a 1st Gen Core2Duo chip. I like that it's more efficient, less power draw means less heat, too. It combines with the rest of my build to add up to AMAZING boot times. Almost maxed out the Windows 7 ratings.

Cons: Stock cooler, I guess.

Overall Review: I haven't tried overclocking this thing, yet. I pushed the heck out of my old Core2Duo, but jumping from Socket LGA775 1.86GHz(x2) to Socket LGA1155 2.8GHz(x4) is a huge performance leap as it is!

Finally, it is mine!

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

Pros: It's a sexy case. I've lusted to build my own machine into one of these for years. The update includes USB 3.0 on the front panel. It's super quiet, the exhaust fans push COOL air. I love the PSU on the bottom, the roominess. Setup and cable management is a breeze. I kept the blue, but I've built it with red LED fans, too. Looks mean, keeps the internal bits cool.

Cons: not a one.

Overall Review: Super sleek, big, tricked out towers are falling out of fashion, not like the game was 10-15 years ago. But this case is likely to house the next 10 years of towers I build, just like my old Chieftec Dragon tower did for the last 10 years. It's solidly built, and it looks good.