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Eric M.

Eric M.

Joined on 01/20/11

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Great Optical Drive

SONY Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 8X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BWU-500S
SONY Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 8X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BWU-500S

Pros: 1) I have 'ALWAYS' had good luck with Sony products, and with this drive there is no exception. 2) Looks good, very fast, quiet, and does what it is supposed to do – no coasters yet. 3) Comes with bundled software to get you up and going (Retail Box).

Cons: None so far! It is a bit pricey in comparison to other drives, but you do get what you pay for, so not really a con in the long run.

Overall Review: My new PC Build for reference is as follows: - CM Storm Sniper 'Black Edition' - RAIDMAX RX-1200AE 1200W PSU - Intel i7 2600K (Rocken' at 4.8GHz) - CM V6GT (Top-Notch air cooling for OC'ing i7 2600K) - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB - ASRock P67 Extreme 6 (This thing ROCKS!!!) - ocZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD, SATA III (Incredible) - Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB, SATA III - Dual EVGA GTX 580 - SLI

Very AWESOME Case

CM Storm Sniper - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with Fan Controller and LED Light Switch
CM Storm Sniper - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with Fan Controller and LED Light Switch

Pros: Where do I start? 1) Excellent design, build, and quality. 2) Case Fan/Fan LED control from font panel is great and convenient! 3) *Plenty of USB 2.0/FW ports on front panel as well, along with headphone & MIC jacks. 4) Excellent, excellent air flow with 2ea 200mm intake fans, 1ea 200mm exhaust fan, and 1ea 120mm exhaust fan with quiet operation. There is also the bottom bracket (with mesh filter) for installing an optional 140mm fan, which draws in cool air from the bottom of the case, across your components, and up/through/out the top 200mm exhaust fan. 5) **Excellent cable management. 6) Mesh strategically placed throughout case to filter out as much dust as possible from getting inside the case & on your components. 8) I upgraded from an Antec 900, which I loved & was great for its time, but the Storm Sniper is leaps & bounds above it. It is very spacious & a dream to work with during the system build/upgrade, & plenty of space for the larger video cards (i.e. GTX 580).

Cons: 1) * My only hesitation with purchasing this case was due to the lack of USB 3.0 ports; however, the ASRock P67 Extreme6 comes with a front mountable (or rear) USB 3.0 panel (2ea. ports). One of the case's 5.25" drive bay mesh covers has a pop-out panel to accommodate a 3.5" diskette drive, which I used for the USB 3.0 panel that came with the ASRock P67 Extreme6 MB. BAM! Problem solved; now I have two USB 3.0 ports on the front of my Storm Sniper case. IMO, this is still the best case on the market all the way around! 2) Not a con, but this case can't be classified as a 'mid' tower - it is in between a 'mid' & 'full' tower, but closer to a ‘full’ tower. This thing is a beast, but not in a bad way, as it is very spacious to accommodate excellent airflow and room to work during system build/upgrades. 3) No slide-out/removable fan filter for PSU when it is mounted with the fan face-down. This would have finished off the case design perfectly!

Overall Review: ** Some reviewers complained about the mess of wires coming from the front I/O panel coupled with all the other wires during the system build. Although I was eager & in a hurry to get my new system built and up & running, I still took my time & a methodic approach to it: What each wire was used for, where it needs to go, grouped them as necessary, & then routed them each accordingly from there. Walla! Now I have a clean build with all the wires routed & tied down on back panel & out of the way of airflow. Inside of the system looks neat & clean! Just take your time, think it out, & it will turn out great! My new PC Build for reference is as follows: -CM Storm Sniper 'Black Edition' -RAIDMAX RX-1200AE 1200W PSU -Intel i7 2600K (Rocken' @ 4.8GHz) -CM V6GT (Top-Notch air cooling for OC'ing i7 2600K) -G.SKILL RipJaws X Series 8GB -ASRock P67 Extreme6 (This thing ROCKS!!!) -ocZ Vertex3 120GB SSD, SATA III (Incredible) -WD VelociRaptor 600GB, SATA III -Dual EVGA GTX 580s - SLI

SSSSMOKEN!!!

EVGA GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 015-P3-1580-AR
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 015-P3-1580-AR

Pros: 1) It is NVIDIA tech. 2) DirectX 11 3) 512 CUDA Cores. 4) 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory over a 384-bit memory interface. 5) I finally built a new fully upgraded system; my old system had EVGA GTX 8500s running in SLI, which have served me ‘very’ well for over four (4) years. Now I am running two GTX 580s in SLI and the leap in technology, lightning fast performance, and astounding visuals is absolutely incredible! They are taking anything I can throw at them without a flinch or problem whatsoever.

Cons: Price, but again, you get what you pay for!

Overall Review: My new PC Build for reference is as follows: - CM Storm Sniper 'Black Edition' - RAIDMAX RX-1200AE 1200W PSU - Intel i7 2600K (Rocken' at 4.8GHz) - CM V6GT (Top-Notch air cooling for OC'ing i7 2600K) - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB - ASRock P67 Extreme 6 (This thing ROCKS!!!) - ocZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD, SATA III (Incredible) - Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB, SATA III - Dual EVGA GTX 580 - SLI

Lightning FAST!!!

OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) VTX3-25SAT3-120G
OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) VTX3-25SAT3-120G

Pros: 1) Hoely Smokes this thing is Lightning FAST!!! 2) SATA 3. 3) TRIM Support. 4) Includes 2.5" to 3.5" Adapter. 5) Window 7 x64 cold boots in less than 20 seconds and shuts down in less than 10 seconds. 6) Applications open, run, and close in a SNAP!

Cons: NONE! You could say price, but you get what you pay for with this baby without a doubt!!!

Overall Review: I am a new fan of OCZ. I am using this as my main Windows 7 x64 / MS Office drive and it is working out excellent. My new PC Build for reference is as follows: - CM Storm Sniper 'Black Edition' - RAIDMAX RX-1200AE 1200W PSU - Intel i7 2600K (Rocken' at 4.8GHz) - CM V6GT (Top-Notch air cooling for OC'ing i7 2600K) - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB - ASRock P67 Extreme 6 (This thing ROCKS!!!) - ocZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD, SATA III (Incredible) - Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB, SATA III - Dual EVGA GTX 580 - SLI

Arctic Cool

Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G
Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G

Pros: Excellent heatsink compound. Coupled with my CoolerMaster V6GT my OC'd i7 2600K (4.8Ghz) idles under 30C and under 60C under full load. If you follow Arctic Silver's application method/guide and 'Tint' the CPU surface before hand, you can't go wrong!

Cons: None.

Overall Review: My new PC Build for reference is as follows: - CM Storm Sniper 'Black Edition' - RAIDMAX RX-1200AE 1200W PSU - Intel i7 2600K (Rocken' at 4.8GHz) - CM V6GT (Top-Notch air cooling for OC'ing i7 2600K) - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB - ASRock P67 Extreme 6 (This thing ROCKS!!!) - ocZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD, SATA III (Incredible) - Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB, SATA III - Dual EVGA GTX 580 - SLI

Jaw Ripping Memory

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

Pros: 1) High Performance Speedy RAM. 2) Cas Latency 8, Timing 8-8-8-24, and low voltage of 1.5V 3) Set to 'XMP Profile' in the BIOS and it was off and running per specs. 3) Stylish Lower Profile heatsinks - Blue goes nicely with blue theme of MB and Sniper Storm 'Blue' LED Case Fan Lighting. 4) Lifetime Warranty (limited)

Cons: None so far...

Overall Review: I have always used and been a fan of Corsair memory, but I ended up having two bad memory sticks, from two different matched sets (Dominator Series TWIN2X2048-8500C5D), on my last PC build. I had to go through the whole RMA hassle twice. So, as of right now, I am very impressed with G.SKILL and their design, esthetics, and performance of the Ripjaws X Series memory. Hopefully I won't have issues with them like I did with the Corsair. My new PC Build for reference is as follows: - CM Storm Sniper 'Black Edition' - RAIDMAX RX-1200AE 1200W PSU - Intel i7 2600K (Rocken' at 4.8GHz) - CM V6GT (Top-Notch air cooling for OC'ing i7 2600K) - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB - ASRock P67 Extreme 6 (This thing ROCKS!!!) - ocZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD, SATA III (Incredible) - Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB, SATA III - Dual EVGA GTX 580 - SLI