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Jeffrey F.

Jeffrey F.

Joined on 09/25/01

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Most Favorable Review

Nice card

PNY Quadro K4200 VCQK4200-PB 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card
PNY Quadro K4200 VCQK4200-PB 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card

Pros: Fast. AutoCAD certified drivers. Cool and quiet. Options to connect everything except HDMI.

Cons: Very expensive. About as fast as a gaming card that costs half as much. But if you need Quadro drivers, you have no choice.

Overall Review: I'm running one monitor using Display Port with a DVI adapter, and a second monitor using DVI with a VGA adapter. Not running super high resolutions, 1920x1200 on one and 1440x900 on the other.

Most Critical Review

Didn't work well for me

GWC UA-270 (UA270) USB A Male to PS/2 Female Adapter
GWC UA-270 (UA270) USB A Male to PS/2 Female Adapter

Pros: Didn't start my computer on fire. Sort of worked a little.

Cons: Connecting either keyboard or mouse to this device caused erratic operation and weird slowdowns.

Overall Review: Too inexpensive to return. I bought this and a Tripp-Lite USB to PS/2 adapter because it was not clear which one would work better (or at all). I figured one would work and one would go into the junk drawer. This one went into the junk drawer. Your mileage may vary.

Works with my PS/2 KVM switch

Tripp Lite USB to PS/2 Adapter - Keyboard and Mouse (B015-000)
Tripp Lite USB to PS/2 Adapter - Keyboard and Mouse (B015-000)

Pros: Works perfectly with my new X99 motherboard and my ancient (10 years old, at least) PS/2 KVM switch, keyboard, and mouse.

Cons: None

Blazing fast!

SAMSUNG XP941 MZHPU512HCGL-00004(0) M.2 2280 512GB PCI-Express 2.0 x4 MLC Solid State Drive
SAMSUNG XP941 MZHPU512HCGL-00004(0) M.2 2280 512GB PCI-Express 2.0 x4 MLC Solid State Drive

Pros: FAST FAST FAST No cables or messing around for installation Installed as Windows 7 boot drive on ASRock X99 Extreme6 motherboard without having to jump through hoops.

Cons: Costs a lot. OEM drive, as in meant for OEMs so no support for mere humans unless you are a Samsung OEM.

Overall Review: Need to choose your motherboard and processor carefully if you don't want to cripple your PCI-e performance for other devices. X99 is a better choice than Z97 if you can afford it. Which, if you are spending $500 on a 512GB SSD you must not be building a low-end computer.

Fantastic case

Fractal Design Define XL R2 Titanium Silent EATX Full Tower Computer Case
Fractal Design Define XL R2 Titanium Silent EATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: In 25 years of building computers, this is hands-down the best tower-style computer case I have ever used. Tons of space, tons of ventilation options, built like a bank vault.

Cons: Absolutely none if you are aware that it is BIG and HEAVY.

Overall Review: Worth every penny!

I like it

CORSAIR Hydro Series H110 Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 280mm (CW-9060014-WW)
CORSAIR Hydro Series H110 Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 280mm (CW-9060014-WW)

Pros: Easy to mount cold block on Intel 2011-v3 socket. Radiator/fans fit perfectly in top grille of Fractal Design Define XL R2 case. Fans are quieter than I expected running at 7 volts. Keeps i7-5930K CPU well under 35 degrees all the time.

Cons: Fans are LOUD when running at 12 volts. But at 7 volts are nearly silent, and at 5 volts are completely silent.

Overall Review: I've been building computers for almost 25 years and this is my first one with liquid cooling. This kit made it easy.