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Olivia K.

Olivia K.

Joined on 10/02/10

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K7B Black Aluminum/ SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K7B Black Aluminum/ SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Easy to maneuver in -Rugged and stylish -Discrete, not loud and flashy like all the other idiotic "LOOK AT ME" cases -Plenty of room, even for monstrous CPU coolers and video cards -Top panel I/O is convenient and has a firewire port -Easy cable management options -Removable Motherboard Tray! -Won't break the bank

Cons: -It won't get up and dance

Overall Review: Needed this for a working environment build with a 6870 Eyefinity6 edition. It runs cool and clean and is unobtrusive.

12/25/2011
Most Critical Review

Works okay, once I got it working

ASRock 870 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock 870 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: -Good features for the price -Boots up quick -Works fine... if you get it working

Cons: -Plastered with "supports 8-core CPU" yet required me to pull a quad core Phenom II x4 out of an old build so I could flash the BIOS. uEFI kept crashisng with the Phenom II in, until I was able to flash the BIOS. Generally just a pain in my tuchas.

Overall Review: I've had wonderful experiences with ASRock Intel motherboards, so I guess it's just an AMD thing.

12/25/2011

Blinding fast booksize

Zotac ZBOXNANO-VD01-U VIA VX900H Black / White Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Zotac ZBOXNANO-VD01-U VIA VX900H Black / White Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: Nano x2 absolutely destroys Atom dual-core, by far the fastest embedded processor on the market. Super low power consumption, plenty good for what it's supposed to do, give you a small quiet low power system. Good for light web browsing and some flash games, also pretty good for retro gaming. Half-Life runs great! Tossed 4gb of RAM and a 120gb Corsair Force 3 SSD in.

Cons: The VX900H IGP. While the processor blows the Atom away, the graphics are humbled even by Intel HD 2000, let alone the nVidia ION and ION 2 on more high end Atom systems.

Overall Review: I wanted something small and light to browse the web or play some old games when I don't want to power on my monolithic desktop. I preinstalled the operating system on the SSD from my desktop, made sure to put in proper drivers, too.

Adequate

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: -Reliable -80plus bronze -Semi modular -Powers the following with ease; AMD FX-8120 PowerCooler Raeon HD 6870 Eyefinity6 edition 32gb G.Skill DDR3 1600 RAM optical drive 1tb HDD 60gb SSD

Cons: -Semi modular, see other thoughts

Overall Review: My computer used no Molex 4-pin power connectors, yet there still are molex 4-pin plugs in the default set of cables attached. Also, uses attachments unlike any modular power supply I've seen. Fortunately, I had a big case.

12/25/2011

Excellent for 6 monitor surrround

PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card Eyefinity 6 Edition AX6870 2GBD5-6DG
PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card Eyefinity 6 Edition AX6870 2GBD5-6DG

Pros: -Drives 6 1080p monitors -Plays video across several monitors with ease -Looks good

Cons: -Catalyst Drivers are a pain often

Overall Review: I needed a computer to play gigantic videos across 4 1080p monitors at once, and this was the best solution.

12/25/2011

King of 1tb drives

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: I've used this in many computers, sometimes in RAID, sometimes alone, and it has never disappointed. It's fast and holds a lot.

Cons: The price now is gigantic, but that's not the drives fault, it's those accursed floods.

12/25/2011