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ALBERT B.

ALBERT B.

Joined on 12/07/12

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UPDATE FROM 12/4/14

EVGA 430 W1 100-W1-0430-KR 80+ WHITE 430W Power Supply
EVGA 430 W1 100-W1-0430-KR 80+ WHITE 430W Power Supply

Pros: Price- 17 after MIR; turn was quickest I've ever gotten at ~ 6 weeks Silent Good build quality/aesthetics/heft(but not too heavy) Now I have it in an HAF912 case running a Phenom II X3 ~130% OC(still only using ~ 92w)/R7 250 1G DDR5/8 DDR3 sticks/2 dark/2 led'd fans, does just fine. The MUCH bigger case I upgraded to has plenty of room/ways to tuck away the cables I'm not (yet) using.

Cons: Probably too many/too long cables for many simpler builds and smaller cases.

Overall Review: For an efficient, well-built PSU from a well-regarded brand, you can't go wrong.

Most Critical Review

Probably great for spec'd wattage

ARCTIC Alpine 64 GT CPU Cooler - AMD, Supports Multiple Sockets, 80mm PWM Fan at 22dBA
ARCTIC Alpine 64 GT CPU Cooler - AMD, Supports Multiple Sockets, 80mm PWM Fan at 22dBA

Pros: Cheap, quick shipping, let me evaluate MX-2 vs Ceramique, silent/4-pin PWM.

Cons: Cable to fan header is ~ 3x longer than it needs to be, resulting in clutter. Attachment scheme is kind of hokey.

Overall Review: Based on some previous reviews, decided it's worth $7 to give it a try on higher than rated PhenomII X3 720. The heatsink itself is practically identical to the AMD stock; the fan is silent, whereas the stock is not. I have a wife, 3 kids, a dog, and two aquaria contributing to background noise(but not necessarily in that order, right?), so sound has never been an issue for me. If you're a bachelor, or setting up an HTPC, the silence might be worth what I infer would be a modest trade-off in cooling at rated wattage. 80 degree ambient/Ceramique/decently vented case: Athlon II X2 240 stock hsf ran Athlon II X2 240 65W 100/118 idle/80% load, >6 month burn-in time Athlon II X2 240 stock hsf ran Phenom II X3 720 95W 110/130 idle/80% load 1 week burn-in time ACALP64-GT did not run Athlon II X2 240 65W so that I did not use pre-applied MX-2 ACALP64-GT ran Phenom II X3 720 95W 118/155! idle/80% load 2 hour burn-in time I know I would have seen some drop after a more throrough burn-in. In my limited experience, with Ceramique/Rosewill's preapplied TIM, I have typically a drop on the order of 8/5 after around 100 hours. I think this would probably be okay on a 65W, if you must have silence.

Awesome PSU for most single-GPU builds

EVGA 450 B1 100-B1-0450-K1 80+ BRONZE 450W Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply
EVGA 450 B1 100-B1-0450-K1 80+ BRONZE 450W Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply

Pros: This is my issue-free 4th EVGA PSU. Quality build, bronze-certfified, and enough nicely sleeved cables of adequate length. Very quiet too. MIR cleared(but did take a while longer than previous EVGA rebates), leaving me with a reliable, bronze PSU for a penny less than $20.00. Wow just wow!

Cons: Hardware - none whatsoever, but please see other thoughts.

Overall Review: Number/length of cables may overwhelm smaller cases. Turn time was bad. I ordered 03/10/17, didn't get item for 11 days! Newegg just met delivery commitment. BTW, I live in a close in DFW suburb that is ~ 10 miles from 2 MAJOR distribution airports and has very good USPS infrastructure/performance. I was tempted to forego the MIR, and have it on my stoop the next day for an addl $10(but I'd still have the warranty), but I wasn't in a hurry. Newegg used to get my things to me quickly, but the last 3 deals have left a lot to be desired in terms of processing/shipping. They almost seem to be trying to weary/cajole me into paying for expedited shipping. It's a drag because I started out ~ 5yrs ago buying upgrade/build items from the egg, and now I don't feel like I can count on them to get me things reasonably quickly.

Update from 1/9/15

Cooler Master Sleeve Bearing 120mm Blue LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators (Value 2-Pack)
Cooler Master Sleeve Bearing 120mm Blue LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators (Value 2-Pack)

Pros: Silence is cheap

Cons: None

Overall Review: Rebate took forever, but finally came through. Fans move a decent amount of air and are silent.

UPDATE FROM 8/19/2013

Rosewill RCX-Z1 Long Life Ball Bearing CPU Cooler with 92mm Silent Fan, Aluminum Heat Sink, Supports AMD Socket : AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2 / 940 / 939 / 754
Rosewill RCX-Z1 Long Life Ball Bearing CPU Cooler with 92mm Silent Fan, Aluminum Heat Sink, Supports AMD Socket : AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2 / 940 / 939 / 754

Pros: Sturdy and reliable; between cpu/mobo/tim upgrades and testing has been detached/reattached ~ 20 times. Included controller works fine( but pls see other thoughts). Pretty cool-looking. Pre-applied TIM is probably OK, never had it in use long enough to tell really(switched for Ceramique) and saves extra expense if your'e just a casual user replacing a filed cooler.

Cons: $$$/value ratio. I thought RAM had gotten expensive! I got this for 13 shipped. That's a steal. 20-25 would still be a deal. I lurve me some Rosewill CPU coolers(this is my 3rd one, oldest is >3yrs old and still doing AOK), but TBH at this price, IF you have the room in your case(and this cooler does have a bit of a Goldilocks thing going on for smaller cases), you can do so much better in the $40 range or get a cheaper Rosewill that would proll still be small and good enough. No trippy blue LED, so it could look cooler and be a back-up failsafe if your mobo's cpu fan sensor/thermal-throttling circuitry lunches on you.

Overall Review: Keeping a Phenom II X3 at 3.64 GHz(130% of stock speed) at ambient temp at idle/ambient +8-9 F at full load and the Ceramique has only been curing ~ 1 week. Granted this is in an HAF912 with 3 120mm's & 1 80mm. $ick-a$$ , if VERY large case, btw; if you've got the space for it, upgrade to this or something similar, your hdwe and hands will both thank you! A prev setup did not allow fan throttling via MOBO control. I gave it the full 12v anyway via jimmy-rig into a Molex because after a lot of testing I figured noise/cooling trade-off sweet spot was ~ 2600 rpms, and the fan is still audible anyway, so to me, anyway, the extra couple or three degrees cooling was worth a little extra noise. This cooler is not loud, but it's not quiet, either. I came onto the egg today thinking that now that I have the case space, I might go for a bigger, quieter, copper-ier cooler with a blue LED. I think I'm gonna stick with my RCX-Z1 after all.

Great deal at the $60 I paid

Nextbook 7" Android Tablet - Dual Core 1.50Ghz 1GB RAM 8GB Flash, Android 4.1 GMS (M7000NBD)
Nextbook 7" Android Tablet - Dual Core 1.50Ghz 1GB RAM 8GB Flash, Android 4.1 GMS (M7000NBD)

Pros: Charges via USB/1 GB RAM/Dual core/good enough resolution at 7"/HDMI out Got this for 60; it's a great deal at that price, I have had to pay 70-80 for lesser specs (4GB/1.2 GHz)/comparable build 3 times within the last 6 months(bad luck with tablets being broken by neglect). Touch screen sensitivity seems "just right" and is consistent screen-wide. Battery life is decent at 4-8 hours. Wifi reception is excellent. Streams a 1080p 3 hour movie from youtube via the HDMI out without lagging/heating up(too much) or running out of juice. The speaker is functional/audio out jack gives impressively decent sound with cheapo headphones.

Cons: No bag as shown. There is also some confusion as to exactly what is being sold.

Overall Review: Don't bother with lack of USB charging or 512MB RAM; there are too many offerings in this range(albethem at on sale prices) to spend time looking for/replacing a proprietary charger and/or settling for slow response/limiting yourself to single-tasking. The display is good enough for a 7" screen. I thought it was just fine until I saw that of my kid's LG G2(which, btw, is the sickness). I guess that we are going to become more demanding/exacting when it comes to display quality, compared to our expectations for responsiveness and build quality. This makes a great entry level tablet. It's not a Tab/Nexus7/MeMO, nevermind an ipad, but at 1/3 the price, it's really good enough for kids or people that don't want to risk big money to accidents/theft/hdwe failure(not that 60 bucks is small change, to me at least.)