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John S.

John S.

Joined on 05/04/08

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Most Favorable Review

memory install,easy as pie

Crucial 1GB 200-Pin DDR SO-DIMM DDR 333 (PC 2700) Laptop Memory Model CT12864X335
Crucial 1GB 200-Pin DDR SO-DIMM DDR 333 (PC 2700) Laptop Memory Model CT12864X335

Pros: My Averatec 6200 series instantly recognized the new memory. gives new life to an old laptop.Installation took less than 5 min.

Cons: Packaging is too secure. Need a good knife or scissors to open.

Overall Review: I hope I don't have to RMA, cause I damaged the packaging.

Most Critical Review

Not so good

XFX Radeon HD 6950 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity HD-695X-ZNFC
XFX Radeon HD 6950 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity HD-695X-ZNFC

Pros: Very fast frame rates and cheap.

Cons: Crysis usually crashes computer after 40 minutes of game play Get BSOD after that. Runs hot. After 40 minutes with the fans running like a mini vac, the temps are 80 to 85 Celsius.

Overall Review: Have to run game in window mode. Have got latest drivers for card and the latest patches for game

So far runs good

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Lots of features for the price. The chip set allows me to use Win XP along Win 8.1 duel boot. Using rev 4.1. No problems as of yet

Cons: Upon reading the reviews it's usually hit or miss with Gigabyte. Time will tell.

Overall Review: Had board professionally installed along with AMD 9570 CPU, 8 gigs memory (Ripjaws), Lit-tech CPU cooler.

Underrated monitor

SAMSUNG SD300 Series S24D300H Black 24" 2ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD/LED Monitor, 250 cd/m2 DCR Mega Infinity (1000:1), D-Sub, HDMI
SAMSUNG SD300 Series S24D300H Black 24" 2ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD/LED Monitor, 250 cd/m2 DCR Mega Infinity (1000:1), D-Sub, HDMI

Pros: Newer games look super sharp detailed. No screen artifacts no dead pixels. Text look quite clear and a fair price.

Cons: I wish the monitor's controls were lighted so I adjust with out turning on room light. Darker scenes in games I see a faint lightness in the blacks probably from the LED.

Overall Review: using a VGA connector image still looks good.

does the job

LINKSKEY LKV-248AUSK 4-Port Desktop USB + PS/2 KVM Switch w/ Audio & Mic
LINKSKEY LKV-248AUSK 4-Port Desktop USB + PS/2 KVM Switch w/ Audio & Mic

Pros: Works great with vga monitor switching between Win XP and Win 7. I use it only for video. As long as resolution is not too high.

Cons: Runs on USB !.1 have to use a ps/2 keyboard to use the commands on the switch.

Overall Review: I use a separate usb switch for my hub for USB 2.0. I don't use the audio cable but instead use a USB external sound card.

Where's the quality control

Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and All-Black Interior
Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and All-Black Interior

Pros: Great case design with plenty of air flow.can handle any power supply. enough room for all of your hardware.

Cons: Case was damaged at the factory. The right rear thumb screw has a dimple in it when they drilled the hole for that screw. Screw goes in crooked now. Should not affect the functionality of the case. But it still angers me that I paid retail for a damaged product. Not worth while to get an RMA. Because I would have to ship at my expense. And then I have to hope that the other one is free of defects.

Overall Review: Other issues that bug me are that the owner's manual is vague and hard to understand. I would like more detail when understanding how to setup the case correctly. Also a company like Cooler Master could at least put all the different screws and fasteners in separate little bags so I don't have to sort them out as well.