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Skyler S.

Skyler S.

Joined on 01/12/06

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Most Favorable Review

Works like a charm

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 - Core 2 Quad Quad-Core 2.33 GHz LGA 775 95W Processor - BX80580Q8200
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 - Core 2 Quad Quad-Core 2.33 GHz LGA 775 95W Processor - BX80580Q8200

Pros: Heatsink/Fan comes greased and ready. Fan has a power cable that is wrapped tightly around the outside, in case you need to get a few more inches to connect it to the Mobo (like I did.

Cons: Friends had warned me, but I was still unprepared for how ridiculous this socket is. If this is your first time with LGA 775, beware: you will have to put so much pressure on the heatsink/fan to get it in place, you'll think you're going to crack your cpu AND motherboard in half. Follow instructions, make sure your Mobo is braced on a flat, anti-static, padded surface, and you'll be fine.

Overall Review: I chose this over the Core 2 Quad Q6600, which has a higher clock multiplier, and is therefore considered superior in its overclocking ability, because it was cheaper, and I do not intend to overclock. My Build: Raidmax AZTEC case Rosewill Performance 550W power supply Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2..33GHz CPU Gigabyte EP45-UD3R Mobo Asus EAH4830 HD 4830 w/ 512MB DDR3 graphics card 8GB Crucial DDR2 800 RAM (2x4GB Dual Channel kit)

Most Critical Review

Seems decent, though I'm having some serious recognition problems with my MacBook Pro

Philips 223S7EJMB 21.5In LED 1920X1080 20M:1 4x USB 2.0 HDMI DisplayPort 5ms IPS Panel SoftBlue Technology
Philips 223S7EJMB 21.5In LED 1920X1080 20M:1 4x USB 2.0 HDMI DisplayPort 5ms IPS Panel SoftBlue Technology

Pros: - Bezel is very thin for the top and sides; makes for seamless visual transitions when monitors are side by side. - Stands seem to be pretty nice, though I'm using my screens with elevated desk arm mounts. - Light and easy to pose. - Screen has a fantastic matte, so reflections are very soft and don't interfere with viewing at all. - Easy to navigate menu with all the standard options and some specific color details.

Cons: - My biggest issue is that my laptop just cannot figure out how to run these monitors. I started by using two Thunderbolt-to-DisplayPort cables. This led to regular swapping of my desktops to the wrong sides and it often takes 20-40 seconds for it to finally recognize them and settle on a configuration. I wouldn't mind the wait, but the inconsistency just takes even more of my time to move things around. I've had them for a few weeks, and even after swapping one cable to a TB-to-HDMI (or even just HDMI-to-HDMI) I can't seem to get both monitors going at the same time. Unplugging one will allow the other to work, but only after disconnecting and reconnecting. I get that the machine is trying to figure out what to do with multiple desktops, but my two different Dell monitors at work are flawless every time I connect. Considering I've changed to different types and brands of cable, I'm certain it's an issue with these specific Phillips monitors. Not sure if the drivers are weak or what. - The color options took a lot of fiddling to get to a similar color as my laptop's retina display, but that's to be expected.

Overall Review: I'm using a mid-2015 15" MacBook Pro with Retina display, 2.2Ghz i7, 16MB of DD3, High Sierra 10.13.5. The price, size, and response time were all great, but not if I can't use them for the intended purpose of working from home with my laptop. Be careful if using with a MacBook Pro.

Weak and confusing adapter

TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless N150 High Gain USB Adapter, 150Mbps, w/4 dBi High Gain Detachable Antenna, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless N150 High Gain USB Adapter, 150Mbps, w/4 dBi High Gain Detachable Antenna, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2

Pros: Affordable adapter, seems to work for others.

Cons: Adapter tends to drop connections regularly; sometimes causing massive lag spikes during gaming, other times disconnecting entirely. YouTube was a nightmare of "An error has occurred" messages. Base driver on the included disc worked for a bit, then ran into a conflict(?) and uninstalled. Updated driver started a setup wizard inside of the setup wizard, both entitled along the lines of "Remove/update driver;" I had no idea which wizard to continue forward with, or what to do with the second one when the first one completed. Recently upgraded to Netgear N300 (WNA3100) adapter and all these problems have evaporated. It's early, but I am pretty confident it was adapter.

Overall Review: It's possible it just isn't playing nice with my router, but the driver wizard issue is just bad programming. Side note: if installing on the rear USB ports of the PC, don't let the antennae accidentally contact your unshielded power cable. No bueno.

Excellent Case

RAIDMAX AZTEC ATX-619WB Black/ Silver 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case
RAIDMAX AZTEC ATX-619WB Black/ Silver 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case

Pros: Sleek look, incredible airflow, thanks to so many fans. Tool-less drive mounting system works great, and I had no trouble mounting older PATA drives. Clean look, with blue plastic highlights for drive mounts and fans. Hidden toolbox at the bottom of the case is genius. Fold-down sides work perfectly and make installation very easy. Power/PATA/SATA cords and wiring will probably not reach far enough to open MoBo side when connected, but these shouldn't be attached when working on the MoBo, anyway. Fold-out fan arm for bracing PCI-E cards is high enough to support Micro-ATX, low enough for standard ATX. Two large 120mm fans, two 80mm fans, already in place, with room on MoBo side for an additional 80mm fan to cool HDD. Toolbox comes with LOTS of case screws, an internal speaker (in case your MoBo doesn't have on-board) and 8 braces (2 per drive) for installing 3.5 inch hard drives. Manual is brief, but helpful; describes everything necessary to connect front USB, etc. to M

Cons: None yet.

Overall Review: Each fan has both male and female molex power connectors, which I assume can be used in a "daisy-chain" though I am hesitant to try this. Incidentally, my PSU only has 6 molex "peripheral" connectors, and because I have two legacy PATA drives attached, I only have enough connectors for all four fans--and not the front LEDs. A SATA drive is on its way to replace one of these, and I could be worrying for no reason, but it's something to consider. With the addition of some UV lighting and components, friends have remarked my new PC looks like a Cylon. I named it, "Leoben".

Excellent Value

Kingston 2GB MicroSD Flash Card W/ E-Tail Clamshell Model SDC/2GBET
Kingston 2GB MicroSD Flash Card W/ E-Tail Clamshell Model SDC/2GBET

Pros: Competitive price, SD adapter.

Cons: None yet.

Overall Review: I bought this for my new enV2 phone, and works great so far.

Great card

ASUS Radeon HD 4830 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card EAH4830/HTDP/512MD3
ASUS Radeon HD 4830 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card EAH4830/HTDP/512MD3

Pros: Works great so far, though I have yet to really stress it. Comes with Component-to-S-Video adapter cable, a single DVI-to-VGA adapter (though there are 2 DVI ports), and a power adapter cable to convert the PCI-E 6-pin plug to two molex (4-pin) plugs, in case-your power supply doesn't have the right plug.

Cons: None yet.

Overall Review: My Build: Raidmax AZTEC case Rosewill Performance 550W power supply Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2..33GHz CPU Gigabyte EP45-UD3R Mobo Asus EAH4830 HD 4830 w/ 512MB DDR3 graphics card 8GB Crucial DDR2 800 RAM (2x4GB Dual Channel kit)