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Sean G.

Sean G.

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Most Favorable Review

Yes - it looks familiar...

BIOSTAR P4M80-M4 Socket 478 VIA P4M800 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
BIOSTAR P4M80-M4 Socket 478 VIA P4M800 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Comments: Feature packed, solid, smooth, and runs very cool - even if OCed.. Seems to have replaced the P4vma and has most if not all of the same features. Be sure to intall latest bios update however...mine wouldnt reboot but it would shut off properly. New bios = just fine. I am finding these boards more reliable than most anymore. I'd go with DDR333- it seems to really humm with that spec- Ive tried 400 and it likes the 333. Better for you - less dough again. The onboard NIC, sound,and Video are worth it alone. Makes a good workstation, budget gamer, and even a light server with built in RAID controller. Enjoy. - Dont forget your BIOS update..use link provided and install a floppy to run it.

11/11/2005
Most Critical Review

BUHLL

StarTech.com 2POSTRACK 42U 2 Post Open Frame Rack w/ Casters
StarTech.com 2POSTRACK 42U 2 Post Open Frame Rack w/ Casters

Pros: Product arrived late and incomplete. Key components missing - cant stand the rack upright without them. Box was previously opened a number of times and returned and retaped shut and appartantly recycled into and out of stock at the egg. If you read below youll see that I probably got the same one the other guy tried to RMA. I have no choice but to break out the mig welder and fashion my own caster legs and supports from stock steel on my own bloodhy time. Advice : Do NOT purchase items like this from a place like this that has obviously not RMAed this rack but has returned it to stock and resold it a number of times with parts missing to it customers. Hey Newegg - nice piece of product management. Did everyone there go to school very long to learn how to f%#$% people ? There are other places to buy things like this... Im holding up a finger newegg..can you see which one ? Thanks alot.

Cons: useless when not shipped with all parts makes a darned good anchor for a boat

Overall Review: Sad very sad to have an item like this shipped to you under the premise that it is new ( was NOT "open box" item )only to find out it was returned and resold several times ahead of you.

Plantar Fasciitis relief under 15$

#1 Soft Stretch Night Splint for Plantar Fasciitis Heel Foot Pain Medical Grade - Large
#1 Soft Stretch Night Splint for Plantar Fasciitis Heel Foot Pain Medical Grade - Large

Pros: #1 It works - not overnight but within 2 weeks of use you should be able to step out of bed without experiencing pain in your foot. 2# Its comfortable - once it breaks in ( about 16 hours of use) you don't feel it anymore on your foot while it works. 3# You CAN easily sleep with it on 4# Its washable - mild dish soap , air dry only 5# Its under $15 !!! 6# It has a neoprene or nylon pad on base with tread - very thoughtful touch so you don't slip as you walk on tile or wood floors 7# adjustable - the main strap between the toe and ankle strap is MORE than long enough for large feet but you'll find yourself shortening the strap by FOLDING it upon itself and the Velcro will hold it in place even with a loop . If you're able - sew a line across the fold or use a chipclip if needed. 8# MUCH more effective than static stretching exercises and when it comes to physical therapy as we all would admit in private - no effort is best and this works while you sit , stand, or sleep ... doesn't matter. 9# Fits left or right foot - the design is such the foot that needs therapy will fit and no drawbacks to universal fit here. 10# Silent - when I wear it in the evening and walk around the house it doesn't make odd squeaking or crunching sounds.

Cons: Due to the simple design you could over tighten the ankle strap and it would eventually become uncomfortable while set this way .. you don't need to make it very tight on the ankle to function correctly - just snug. It doesn't work over a single week .. expect this to still take about 2 months with overnight use to fully re-stretch the tendon that is affected under your foot. Its gentle and effective but when you consider the other options... orthotics , cortisone shots in the heel , expensive routine PT visits ... this is far and away the best + least expensive option. Worst con of all - your podiatrist wont offer it or suggest it . Instead he or she will offer you a massive moon boot that immobilizes your foot weighs several pounds , is impossible to sleep with it on , uncomfortable and costs about 300$ and makes you walk like Frankenstein. No thanks. When it comes to Doctors of any kind today they are interested in TREATING it not SOLVING it. As there is no $$$ in the cure but there is $ in the treatment that could last 18 months or more.

Overall Review: When my foot first was diagnosed with PF I was literally unable to put any weight on it any longer. After 6 months or more of seeing a podiatrist who cheerfully ran up a bill of $2000 for his services - I found this out of desperation g00gling for home remedies. Today I get up in the morning remove the boot stand up stretch my affected foot once for 5 seconds and the rest of the day is virtually pain free and its improving every single day. I was using 1600mg of ibuprofen and SalonPas patches under my foot previously and now I find no real need to use either of them and predict that in another 2-3 weeks may not need the boot at all.

10/12/2014

HTPC ? That all depends...

Fractal Design Node 605 Black Aluminum/Steel ATX HTPC/Media Center Computer Case
Fractal Design Node 605 Black Aluminum/Steel ATX HTPC/Media Center Computer Case

Pros: Looks cool and quiet - neccessary but not sufficient to be worth justifying 160$ for this case.

Cons: I have built a few PCs in my day and this build was highly anticipated as a way to collect my files and pics and family videos into a single server/HTPC . Here's the thing... this comes with a built in SD reader and miniSD flash card built into the front pane and I still have yet to get it to work in Windows 8. Granted I have not researched the issue nor spent more than a few minutes on fixing it but why should I ? Thought these things were plug and play by now right? Maybe I'll get around to it but beware this may haunt you as well. The case looks great and the fan controls are nice and it is certainly a quality build no doubt about it. BUT - and this is the deal breaker... the DVD/Blu ray slot is designed for a mini tray and Im talking razor thin as the hard dirves mount directly BEHIND where the ODD/DVD tray would go AND hovers just above the motherboard pins where wires stand off essentially preventing the installation of a DVD blu ray tray of ANY kind if hard drives are installed and you would like to see any sort of status lights from the motherboard like HDD lights or power status etc. In fairness Id like to think there HAS to be a way to remount the drives but the HD 'trays' are right there hanging striaght down right behind where the blu ray or dvd tray would fit and if your lucky you might find 1/2 inch of room to work with - but still would hit the wire stand offs from the status pins on the base of the motherboard if its an ATX. I'd HIGHLY suggest using a mini ATX board with this case. I tried using a full size ATX board and yes it does fit but aside from using some sort of mini tray from a mac book pro you're NOT getting an ODD in there whatsoever if you use a full size ATX board. Bottom line... use small form factor (ITX or mini ATX board.) Research the DVD tray it will accept - it DOES NOT ACCEPT a standard DVD blueray combo - period. Unless you like epoxy glue and zip ties. Slim drive is what it takes but good luck with that - no idea how to mount it as mine did not come with any brackets or info on that.

Overall Review: Not sure who is complaining about the sound emmited from the case which is nearly silent with my rig but then I was sure to check the CPU had less than 22db, a passive GPU and the fans included with the case are silent as long as they are in low or mid speed mode.

7850 Best Value 5/5 stars

HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card H785F2G2M
HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card H785F2G2M

Pros: Looking online at a variety of benchmarks for upper end range cards this one fell in the top 10% of all cards at any price range so I went with it and it has been fantastic. Im running this on a X79 Extreme6 ASRROCK with a i7-3820 quad Ocd to 4.3ghz on H70 cooler 16 GIG DDR3 and an SSD 120GIG and when playing Crysis on 8X AA, 1280 x 900 max detail it posts an average of 85 FPS and frequently runs over 100FPS. RUNS COOL - I have a temperature probe shoved and press against the heat sink inside and it rarely gets above 45c and the fans which are on auto have yet to spin up to a speed where I can hear them with the case either open or closed. I'd be curious to see what the card could post if in Crossfire especially since my board can do dual PCI16x but honestly with just one and games like Crysis and Modern Warfare playing 80 FPS + almost perfectly what more can one ask for ? note - Im sure that even more performance can be extracted from this card with even a modest overc

Cons: Hard to come up with any cons for this card and Im a cynic by nature. The build of it is a bit on the flimsy side as compared to other HIS brand cards Ive purchased but then again how often will you actually physically handle it ? Be aware that few CPUs support PCIx3.0 (even many Core I7s ) but that isnt the cards fault at all - just be aware of this. The tail end of the card supports only a single DVI connection which may pose a problem for some. looking for dual monitors. It does offer 2 mini Display ports and a single HDMI and DVI so pick your poison.

Overall Review: It seems to me that for years and no matter what year it may be - the sweet spot for video cards seems to be around $220 to 250 each. You can pay more at any given time but you may only get a marginal increase of speed in general. Certainly throwing down $550 for the top of the line in any brand will bring smiles but who can really tell the difference of 70FPS in crysis and 100fps all the time - is it worth the money ?

Best in Class 5 * * * * *

NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Best in class hands down. When all fan ports are populated in a push pull fashion and a manual controller is in place this case simply cannot retain any heat. There is an LED light in the upper face shrowd that reminds me of the [XPS-DhELL]series of systems and really adds to the aura of quality. If you only have 60$ or so to spend on a case - this is the one you want.

Cons: Cant think of anything.

Overall Review: IT comes with a fan filter on the base but that may impede air flow thru the power supply so i removed mine. Instead, I simply blow out the PS 2x a year as I always have.