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Paul H.

Paul H.

Joined on 07/23/02

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Most Favorable Review

Works as Advertised

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ

Pros: Cheap Price, Looks Great, Works as Advertised and then some.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: This ram is good for the money. I currently have a E4300 and Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R. I currently have my rig at 9x multiplier, 380 FSB for 3.42 ghz, and have ram running at 2.0 (760) at 5-5-5-15 timings. Earlier I had it at 340 FSB (3.06 ghz) and I had memory at 2.5 (850) at 5-5-5-15 timings and it posted/ran fine although I didn't do any memory testing or anything of that nature.

Most Critical Review

Worked Good for a year

XCLIO GOODPOWER 500W 500 W ATX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
XCLIO GOODPOWER 500W 500 W ATX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Worked for a year, Decent Price

Cons: Broke Down after a year

Overall Review: This worked great in my rig for one year. However, today I upgraded my cpu from an E4300 to a Q6600 and the computer won't Post. If I unplug the 12v rail it will post but shut off after a few seconds. I have a 550 watt power supply in my other rig took it out and plugged it in, everything works fine. I plugged this power supply in the other rig and it doesn't Post - so it must be the power supply. It was great while it lasted unfortunately it didn't last too long.

Good portable drive

WD Black 5TB P10 Game Drive Portable External Hard Drive for PS5/PS4/Xbox One/PC/Mac USB 3.2 (WDBA3A0050BBK-WESN)
WD Black 5TB P10 Game Drive Portable External Hard Drive for PS5/PS4/Xbox One/PC/Mac USB 3.2 (WDBA3A0050BBK-WESN)

Pros: Get fast transfer speeds Small and portable

Cons: 5400 rpm drive

Overall Review: I needed an external backup drive for my system and needed 5TB. This was on sale so I decided to pull the purchase. There was an issue where the shipment was lost in the mail but newegg sent a new replacement without issue. I like how this is small and you don't need an external power connector, it's powered by USB. The transfer speeds are great too despite it being a 5400 rpm drive. I routinely get Read speeds over 100 MB/s and it goes as high as 140 MB/s. The write speeds are in that range as well. It's also very quiet and I can't even tell it's on a lot of the times. I would recommend buying this whenever it goes on sale.

Good Budget case

DIYPC DIY-D2-RGB Black USB3.0 Steel/ Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case with Tempered Glass Panel and Addressable RGB LED Strip
DIYPC DIY-D2-RGB Black USB3.0 Steel/ Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case with Tempered Glass Panel and Addressable RGB LED Strip

Pros: Good Price Has RGB Looks Pretty Good Decent Build Quality Easy To Build In

Cons: It's ATX but a bit cramped inside Doesn't come with any case fans Doesn't come with that many spare screws

Overall Review: I had some spare computer parts, and I wanted to build my father a new rig, so I just needed an affordable case to build in. It's easy to build in, although it's a bit cramped in the back if you want to route the wiring and do cable management. It has RGB. It doesn't connect to your motherboard via an RGB or ARGB header. Instead, it's just powered by a Molex connector (make sure your power supply has one), and you cycle through the single colors along with a Rainbow color via the RGB button on the case itself. It doesn't have any case fans, but luckily I had some spare ones. I put two 120mm fans in the front and one 120mm fan in the back for a push-pull configuration. Since two 120mm fans fit in the front, it has space for a 240mm AIO radiator. The build quality isn't the best, but it's not bad either. At this price point, I think it's a great value for a first-time builder.

Great budget board

MSI B450M BAZOOKA MAX WI-FI w/ DDR4-2666, 7.1 Audio, M.2, Gigabit LAN, 802.11ac
MSI B450M BAZOOKA MAX WI-FI w/ DDR4-2666, 7.1 Audio, M.2, Gigabit LAN, 802.11ac

Pros: Good Price Has Wi-Fi Has RGB and ARGB headers

Cons: Lack of OC features Lack of System Fan headers

Overall Review: I was looking for some cheap ram and motherboard to give to my father as I had my old CPU (Ryzen 1700) ready after upgrading to Zen3. This is cheap, compatible with Ryzen 1000 series, looks to have decent VRM (not garbage), and has Wi-Fi so I decided to purchase it. Put the Ryzen 1700 in and set the XMP Profile to 3200, and it posted fine without issue. The case and fans I had are a mixture of 12V and 5V RGB, so I'm glad this board has both headers. The downsides are that it only has 2 system fan headers (so you will need a splitter if you have more than 2 case fans). Also, I wanted to OC the 1700 using PState (so CPU can lower clock speeds at Idle), but this has no option for Pstate or some of the other advanced overclocking features. You can just set the CPU ratio (multiplier) and adjust voltages; that's basically it. Other than that, the Wi-Fi works well, and the motherboard is a great budget value.

Good cheap ram

GeIL ORION 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model GAOR416GB3200C16ADC
GeIL ORION 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model GAOR416GB3200C16ADC

Pros: Cheap Works Looks Pretty Good

Cons: No RGB

Overall Review: I was looking for some cheap ram and motherboard to give to my father as I had my old CPU (Ryzen 1700) ready after upgrading to Zen3. This was on sale, so I decided to purchase it. In my old rig, my Ryzen 1700 and the SK Hynix G.Skill ram would never post past 3200 no matter how loose I put the timings or increase the voltage (1.45). However, in my father's build, the Ryzen 1700 posted without any issue after running the XMP Profile (3200, 16,16,16,18 1.35v). I found out that this Geil Orion is Samsung B-Die, which is much better for Ryzen first-gen. I did various memory tests, and it all passed without issue. I could try to tighten the timings, but why bother as it's for my father, who is just browsing the web, doing Microsoft Office work, and watching YouTube videos from time to time. I would recommend this ram.