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john p.

john p.

Joined on 03/14/08

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Most Favorable Review

4 5 4 11

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) with EPP Profile Desktop Memory Model 996533
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) with EPP Profile Desktop Memory Model 996533

Pros: I hit the mushkin recommended timings, 4 5 4 11 with no trouble at all. Good Memory.

Cons: Make sure to have at least a 500w power supply when building a new system. I made the mistake of using my old 400w, and I encountered very bizarre system trouble, like memory timing issues and random shut downs.

Overall Review: AMD X2 4600 Geforce 7800 gtx MSI K9N 500w BFG Mushkin ddr2 800 2x1

Most Critical Review

BIOS Issues

ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Posted right away. Rock solid stability.

Cons: I would have given this board glowing reviews because everything worked great for the first few weeks. The problems began when a few weeks later when I found it necessary to reinstalled Windows 7. It was a titanic struggle to set a booting order to my devices, and for whatever reason the BIOS "lost" one of my hard drives, which is weird because in had previously when I first built it. Boot order of devices is about the most uncomplicated and obvious things that you should expect your motherboard to get right. I had to battle through 2 menus and tried several configurations just to get it to list all my devices. Now, after reinstalling Windows 7, the BIOS can't find one of my hard drives! I've tried a whole checklist of things but nothing seems to resolve this issue (plugging it in to different SATA, different BIOS configurations, making sure hard drive works in other system, etc.) Oh, and their tech support never replied to my em

Overall Review: The motherboard hardware seems solid enough, but the UEFI BIOS appears to be flawed. My computer is running, and runs well. But I couldn't configure things like I wanted. What a disappointment.

10/23/2011

Trendnet support does not exist

TRENDnet TEW-680MB N900 Dual Band Wireless Media Bridge
TRENDnet TEW-680MB N900 Dual Band Wireless Media Bridge

Pros: It came free when I purchased an Asus router.

Cons: The initial setup seemed fairly straight forward, but then it never connected with my devices. I tried to access the webgui again to see what was wrong, but it no longer lets me have access, even when I connect directly to it with a wired connection. I filed a support ticket with Trendnet, and they promised to get back to me in 2 working days, but Trendnet never tried to contact me, even after I sent them a second email.

Overall Review: It may sill work or it may be a bad one but I will never know because their techs won't contact me.

Burning Plastic Smell

EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: It appears to be a fast card. I played Mafia 2 at the highest settings and the game play was fantastic.

Cons: A few minutes after using a graphically intense program the card produces a burning plastic smoke smell. (It smells pretty toxic) This is a $500 dollar card! And this is the quality control? I am ready to RMA it. I have had really good luck with EVGA cards in the past, but I think this is the last time I am buying from them.

When it works it rocks

GIGABYTE GA-A75-UD4H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-A75-UD4H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Really great Bios, wonderful chip layout, fast video and computing performance.

Cons: About 10 times so far in my month ownership my computer froze, and I recieved a series of video error messages including the BSOD. I have tried everything to fix and this problem seems quite glitchy and random. I actually had to RMA a previous Gigabyte GA-A75- so from my experience this board needs a revision.

Overall Review: I am happy with it when it works, but these error messages make me regret the purchase. I've decided to buy a separate video card for it, a purchase I had hoped to avoid, and the reason I chose this platform over Intel.

Almost perfect

Rosewill R5604-BK  0.8mm Japanese Cold Rolled Steel Dual 120mm Fans Screw-Less design ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Rosewill R5604-BK 0.8mm Japanese Cold Rolled Steel Dual 120mm Fans Screw-Less design ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Good solid case. I like the I/O panel on the top and the case door latch on the side. Very well made. I recommend this case.

Cons: No removable motherboard tray.

Overall Review: When are the case designers gonna realize we want 3 things to come standard in every case: 1. Filters for intake fans. 2. Usb ports near the top of the case. 3. Removable motherboard tray. Two out of three ain't bad.