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Antoine H.

Antoine H.

Joined on 05/14/06

Product Reviews
product reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Awesome Graphics Card, Tremendous Value

PowerColor TurboDuo Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card AXR9 290 4GBD5-TDHE/OC
PowerColor TurboDuo Radeon R9 290 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card AXR9 290 4GBD5-TDHE/OC

Pros: Very fast GPU Good size for R9 290 Great cooling system Best value available today

Cons: Older technology Small for R9 290, but still huge

Overall Review: This is by far the best value graphics card as of August 2015. $229 with a $20 rebate. If you pay with Visa Checkout, there is a promo code right now $25 off. That's $205 for a R9 290! With the latest drivers, you get close to GTX 970 performance and completely destroy the GTX 960, which is $20-$30 more for the 4GB version. That is tremendous value. Here's my rig: CPU - FX-6300 Video - Powercolor R9 290 Memory - 16GB DDR3 G-Skillz Motherboard - Gigabyte 990FX UD3 Hard Drive - 480GB SSD OCZ and 2TB WD Blue I am able to game at 1080P with most settings maxed out in current games: Witcher 3 - Ultra Settings - 55-60 FPS GTA V - All settings on Very High - 55-60 FPS Mortal Kombat X - Max Settings - 60+ FPS Batman Arkham Knight - All settings on High - 55-60 FPS Trust me, I did the research for you. If you want the best value, buy this card, it's a beast. Also, as always, Newegg is the best.

Most Critical Review

It's not Silent!!!!!

Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 - Sleeve Bearing 120mm Blue LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators
Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 - Sleeve Bearing 120mm Blue LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators

Pros: Good airflow Blue LED is nice

Cons: It sounds like a jet engine

Overall Review: I'm using it as an intake fan on the bottom of the case. I know that intake can be a little louder. I saw 19db as the spec, so I thought I would give it a try. I turned it on and I thought something was wrong. I happen to have a sound meter and measured this thing at 45db. That's more then twice what Cooler Master is advertising. It's $5 after the rebate, so not worth the RMA efforts, but I'm thoroughly disappointed. I used Cooler Master for everything, and this is my first bad experience.

Good solid case

Thermaltake Commander G42 Black ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case (CA-1B5-00M1WN-00)
Thermaltake Commander G42 Black ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case (CA-1B5-00M1WN-00)

Pros: Very solid build Good cable management Very roomy Nice look

Cons: Front panel won't stay on, come loose on top left Almost too big for mid tower Seems to be below average for air circulation

Overall Review: I do like the case. Been building PCs for 22 years and this was the cleanest build I've ever done because of the cable management. Sometimes you do have to sacrifice on the size for cable management, but this case is bigger then it looks in pictures. It's a little weird that Thermaltake didn't make it possible to put a 2nd intake fan on the front. My biggest complaint is the front panel. It comes off easily, but now it won't go back on correctly. It's loose at the top left and over time, it keeps coming off. Thinking about an RMA, or just taking some time and break out the tools to fix. Overall, good value case that has a premium feel.

Great video card

PowerColor Radeon R7 250X 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card AXR7 250X 2GBD5-HE
PowerColor Radeon R7 250X 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card AXR7 250X 2GBD5-HE

Pros: Cheap Perfect for entry-level gaming Small

Cons: Already at it's limits

Overall Review: System: Phenom II X4 965 8GB DDR2 Ram 120GB SSD 500GB SATA Using this PC as second system in office downstairs. Mostly for internet browsing and for the kids to play some basic online games. However, I installed my Steam account and tried out a few games and I was pleasantly surprised. GTA V = 1080P, 40-50 FPS Mortal Kombat X = 900P, 30-40 FPS Batman Arkham Knight = 900P, 30-40 FPS Battlefield 4 = 1080P, 40-50 FPS All at medium to high settings and very playable. If I drop settings or resolutions slightly, I can achieve 60 FPS. Not bad for a $60 card (after rebate). Very happy with it. I am now eyeing the Powercolor R9 380.....

Great memory

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ

Pros: What can I say, worked as advertised.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Not as overclockable as I wanted it to be, but works within specs, so not a con.

12/24/2008

M3A78-EM

ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Has the most features for this price point. IEEE 1394, optical out, eSATA, and HDMI. Build quality is excellent, as is expected with Asus. Paired it with a Phenom 8750, 4GB G.Skill, and a 9800GT. 5.9 across the board in Vista and 35.5 FPS in Crysis on high settings. I'm extremely satisfied.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Great board for a budget HD or gaming rig.

12/24/2008