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Michael C.

Michael C.

Joined on 10/20/05

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Excellent speakers, but....

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Digital Speaker System
Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Digital Speaker System

Pros: I bought these in 2007 and couldn't be happier. No degredation of sound, speaker surround still perfect. I've got these hooked up to my computer, with Stereo X2 permanently set. I primarily use them for music, which they excel at.

Cons: Outdated surround sound (you won't be using them with your current surround receiver and BD player).

Overall Review: What the heck is with the astronomical price??? These were discontinued when the Z-906's hit the market. Logitech had to do some fancy footwork when the control pods started breaking. Exchanges were made with the newer product (which supports current surround sound- I have those hooked up in the living room) Look for a used set, if you can pry them out of their cold, dead hands.

11/25/2016

Good board, could be better

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Native SATA 6.0 and USB3. Nice design, it's obvious the components are indeed "Tuf". SATA connectors are rotated 90degrees from upright, which helps with long vid cards.

Cons: Heat. The northbridge needa an active cooling system. Idle temps are 52 degrees, but to be fair, TDP is 100 degrees. I'd like to see a 10 degree drop right out of the box.

Overall Review: Ordered two of these, one was fine (using it now), the other came DOA. Newegg replqaced it without much hassle. 4 eggs for board, one egg for service.

Needs a little work

Thermaltake Level 10 GT (VN10001W2N) Black SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Four Fans - 1 x 200mm Colorshift side fan, 1 x 200mm top fan, 1 x 200mm front fan and 1 x 140mm rear fan
Thermaltake Level 10 GT (VN10001W2N) Black SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Four Fans - 1 x 200mm Colorshift side fan, 1 x 200mm top fan, 1 x 200mm front fan and 1 x 140mm rear fan

Pros: Nice design, different. Fan controller is a good idea, as are the three 200mm fans. Filters on all intake fans. Swappable drive bays. Easy to work in, even with a biggish 1200 watt PSU.

Cons: Drive tray latches are flimsy. One has already broken off, and I wasn't eveen pulling on it that hard. Side and bottom filters remove from the back. which is a problem if you have a small area to work in. Front fan requires removaql of the bezel, it is not quick-remove.

Overall Review: Case cam to me with a bad fan controller channel. Side fan works for changing speeds, but does not cycle through the colors, nor turn off. Tt has been very helpful, otherwise this would have been a 4 egger.

Acer X233HZBD 23.6" 1920 x 1080 D-Sub, DVI LCD Monitor
Acer X233HZBD 23.6" 1920 x 1080 D-Sub, DVI LCD Monitor

Pros: Clear image, the usual no dead pixels, visual presets are actually useful (don't leave it on "graphics" for web surfing, though), looks great at anything I've thrown at it so far. So far, very nice. Might pick up a second, I'm using my old 19" 4:3 monitor as a second for now. I'll say this one is enormously better, but the oldie is nine years old, so.........

Cons: Stand's a little flimsy, but at this price, I don't think I'd trust a super-adjustable platform. Would be nice if the tilt wasn't so stiff.

Overall Review: I have to agree, whoever looked at the specs and saw two DVI ports needs to read a little closer. There is a model with HDMI as well, maybe they got confused, I don't know. Specs and images are pretty darn clear, though.

Loving it so far

XFX HD-577A-ZNDC Radeon HD 5770  XXX Edition 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
XFX HD-577A-ZNDC Radeon HD 5770 XXX Edition 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Pros: Great packaging, no dings, dents, dust, scrapes, or otherwise to show mishandling before purchase. Hey, it's important! If the box looks like it was run over by a forklift.... Easy to install, used drivers from XFX's site, rather than the CD. Great image, better than my old 8800GTX. Connectivity, should I ever need it. Fit my regular ol' midtower, whoever told the competition that super-long cards are the best thing ever needs a job review. Great power use, low temps for the power, handles every game I've tossed at it just fine. Will have no problems adding a second later on with the same PSU I have now. Add a sixth egg for Newegg coming through with shipping again, ordered on Sunday night, overnight saver shipping, went out first thing Monday morning (so fast the order department forgot to charge shipping, the warehouse had to fix it), on my doorstep Tuesday afternoon.

Cons: Can you count a goofy "do not disturb" doorhanger a con? Power connector could be a problem in tighter cases, or if you have a HDD driectly behind the card (in a Crossfire setup), remeber to hook that up first, before installing the card, you'll be fine. Make sure the PSU is discharged and disconnected from the wall, of course. No Crossfire connector, which could be an issue if your motherboard didn't come with one either.

Overall Review: I've been a long-time ATI user, more by default than anything else (except for my older systems, which were often Cirrus chips), and my hideous time before this card came in on a Savage IX. Used several nVidia cards as well, and I was sorry to see my 8800GTX finally bite the dust. My main reason for picking this card was cost to performance, and given the specs, $169 for a factory overclocked card is not a bad deal at all. Benchmarking in 3DMark06 boosted my scores very nicely, 14,920, up from 10,756 (hey, you're not gonna get mindblowing performance on an E6700ES, DDR2 667 RAM, and a barebones P5B). Haven't had a stutter, hiccup, or fart yet, the driver from ATI works perfectly in Windows 7. Obviously, don't use the included CD, get the latest one before install. I could have gone with a 260 (and, TBH, I did gander the 5870 until my wallet slapped me back into reality), but price for something equal to a card nearly twice as expensive......well worth the money, I recommend it.

Excellent stuff!

GeIL Value 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model GE1GB3200BDC
GeIL Value 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model GE1GB3200BDC

Pros: Wide voltage range, overclocks well, price.

Cons: None

Overall Review: I purchased this ram three months ago, to go into a new-ish system I was building. I'm VERY pleased with this stuff! Runs very fast at stock speeds, benchmarks right up there with higher-priced brands/models, but it really shines when OC'd. Running at 430mhz, my 875P/Geil DDR400 system out-benchmarked a 925/DDR533 system. Not bad for "value" ram. Gotta give it up for Newegg, too. RAM arrived two days before the expected delivery date, and was packaged very well. Three thumbs up!

12/15/2005