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John E.

John E.

Joined on 09/07/07

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Most Favorable Review

Good for what it is

Seagate Momentus XT STBD750100 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Solid State Hybrid Drive -Retail kit
Seagate Momentus XT STBD750100 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Solid State Hybrid Drive -Retail kit

Pros: Large Read/Write Cache 8GB 750GB of HDD storage Improved boot time and commonly used programs Sizable performance increase over a 5400RPM drive. Not bad compared to what a 750 Drive costs(got this on sale) Very good drive for people who commonly use the same programs over and over, the startup time will be much lower with commonly used apps/files vs. a standard HDD

Cons: Drive does not spin down to save power, some people with laptops might find this problematic as it will use power faster.

Overall Review: Please don't give yourself a tech level 5 and complain this drive isn't SSD speed, research up what you buy. Anandtech has a really good review on how these drives work. What the 8GB of NAND cache does is take commonly used apps and cache them in it, thus if you open MS Word often the files will be cached in the 8GB of NAND storage allowing SSD performance of that app. It will do this for a large amount of programs/files until the cache is full or the app is not considered "commonly used". Thus meaning if you install a new game/app for the first few times you open it, it will pull right from the 7200RPM drive, thus it will be no faster than a normal 7200 drive that would load an app, after 3-4 times opening it, some of the program/files will cache and it will load faster. However, until that happens you won't notice a serious improvement over a standard HDD. The same goes for the R/W performance people say is bad. Realize it will cache SOME of the Writes in the NAND cache however be aware once the write cache is full it will have to wait for the cache to write to disk, thus changing the performance of it to that of a 7200RPM drive. To those saying and rating this down because it is not a super-fast SSD, please realize it is not an SSD nor is it marketed as one. 256GB SSD's are about 150-175(at the time of writing this) you can look into those if you want the raw performance, this is meant for people who commonly load the same apps and have large storage requirements, who are looking to speed things up. As someone who uses their laptop as a Desktop replacement for work/school/play, this is a nice in-between(for outlook especially) allowing me to keep my VM's, Work Docs, and School Docs in a drive that performs a step or two above most laptop hard drives; Without having to rely on external drives for storage or an SSD which costs probably more than the laptop I use.

Most Critical Review

Good deal but misslabeled by newegg

ASUS Laptop Intel Pentium B960 (2.2GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit X54C-BBK3
ASUS Laptop Intel Pentium B960 (2.2GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit X54C-BBK3

Pros: Good laptop for the price no complaints there, perfect for light office/web work. HD 2000 Nice screen Looked new Nothing wrong with the hardware/speed of it, uninstalling the junkware helps, or just reformat which I do on any new laptop I get.

Cons: Dear Newegg, this is NOT an X54C I was delivered a K54C. The differences are minimal but still I would be happier if I had gotten the X54C like the product is described as. I would send it back but I need it for work and can't be bothered waiting 1-2 weeks for a replacement Also no receipts come with Openbox items? Is this new? Battery life is a bit lacking with the 3 cell but this might be due to the fact I got the K54 and not the X. 3hrs is tops on mine

Overall Review: I would have liked to get the product I though I was buying.

Great midlevel card

PNY VCGGTX750T2XPB-OC GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card
PNY VCGGTX750T2XPB-OC GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card

Pros: highest STOCK clock 750Ti you can purchase, at one of the lowest cost No 6pin requirement Decent cooling, temps never go above 60c even with a mini case with low airflow 2GB vRam This is a great card if you have a prebuilt system, low powered system, or just a budget build. Performance is a bit higher over the normal reviews of stock 750Ti's, near the amd 265x but without the 6 pin

Cons: Would be awesome if it had a 192 bit interface but then it wouldn't cost 149 it would also be nice if the plastic casing encased the card aside for the exhaust, unfortunately this does have some gaps where heat gets blown into the case

Overall Review: If you are going for a low powered, highest performing card, grab this. While the R7 265x is more powerful for the same price, it also uses more power, and is larger. So while the 265x is infact more powerful, you also have a hotter, larger, power hungry card. Make your purchase based on what you need not by brand. As far as rebates and such go, like most vendors you get a pre-paid gift card, it can be used anywhere just like cash. No idea why you would rate it down unless you've never done a rebate.

Nearly the best bank for buck

Intel Pentium G3258 - Pentium Haswell Dual-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 1150 53W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646G3258
Intel Pentium G3258 - Pentium Haswell Dual-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 1150 53W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80646G3258

Pros: Decent clock speed, and cache size Overclockable even with stock to 4.0ghz cool tempature Priced nearly 50 dollars below the cheapest i3, with near like performance(for gaming anyways) 54W Virtualization support for anything like virtualbox or vmware player Amazing performance for a 70buck CPU, even comparative to AMD. If you don't need the APU's GPU then this beats most anything in the price range

Cons: No Hyperthreading but this is a Pentium, not sure what you are expecting

Overall Review: I don't know why someone would compare this to a flagship highest end CPU, of course something 1/4th the cost won't hold up to it. If your a light-moderate gamer, do office apps, with a touch of virtualization, this is the CPU to get. Personally I bought this CPU, because I didn't want to fork out 50 more for an entry level i3. My plan is to wait for intel's next refresh cycle or when I can nab an i7 on sale. Until then this will keep me happy

Decent board

GIGABYTE GA-B85M-DS3H (rev. 3.0) LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-B85M-DS3H (rev. 3.0) LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Moderately priced LGA 1150 board okayish feature set Decent manufacturer with a good reliability rating 32GB support

Cons: Could use some more heatsinks, might be just be but gigabyte boards always seemed to run a bit warmer than Asus/Msi Assuming you don't need 4 RAM slots or more than 16GB there are better motherboards for the price, I really only got this because it was 47$ off with a G3258 Feature set, aside from chargeUSB while PC is off, is nothing you can't get in an ASUS or MSI board, maybe even asrock as well

Overall Review: I can't say I'd recommend this board unless you get it with a combo deal, there's nothing really compelling about this board aside from the 4 DIMM slots and 32GB support. Features are okay, but there isn't really anything that sets it apart from the other boards in the price range for +/- 10 dollars.

Good Value case

APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case

Pros: Cheap, generally 20-25 bucks on sale. Easy to carry, the handle is great for anyone who needs to go to a lan or just moving things around. Good airflow, Some might complain the plastic cone on it is intrusive but this isn't the case you should be buying if you are doing a ridiculous OC, and you can get the "wind tunnel" off fairly easily if you have something other than stock. Case is light, it makes it easier too move Fits most video cards and PCI cards

Cons: Virtually no cable management if you want cables hidden, the best you're going to get is zip ties, but since this case does not have a side window, I can't take a point off for it. Top mounted PSU might annoy some people as well. No USB 3.0 Metal is a bit flimsy Again I can't take an egg off because this case is 20-30 dollars, and if you are expecting everything to be on par with a Antec P280 or +75 dollar case that has these features.

Overall Review: This is a smaller case, it will not fit your highest end video cards. PSU is also top mounted so keep that in mind as well, if you are super OCD about cable management Cooling is limited as well, there is no installed front fan, for best cooling you should install one 120mm fan, in the front. (personally I suggest the Antec 3 speeds). Case is thinner, and easier bent than most but this is by design hence the handle. Please understand these things BEFORE buying and down rating the product, it's a good case for a use of mobility. It is not a NZXT 400 or Antec 900.