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RICHARD W.

RICHARD W.

Joined on 04/05/10

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Most Favorable Review
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4670 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100296HDMI
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4670 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100296HDMI

Pros: - Stays cool - Quiet - Low power consumption - Price

Cons: None

Overall Review: I bought this card for an aging dell that I have passed onto my cousin. He wanted to game a bit so he needed a gpu upgrade from some old nvida 7600 but the system only had a 300w psu. After reading around I figured that this is probably the best price-performance card that can run on that and so far I think I was right. He can watch HD movies, play his WoW, and other games with good fps at 1280x1024 just by OCing it a bit.

Most Critical Review

Cannot be put in raid array

WD Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
WD Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: - Price during the sale - 64MB Cache - SATA 6 gb/s (although most drives barely even cap the 3

Cons: - Very very loud compared to my other drives - Cannot be setup in a raid array (see other thoughts)

Overall Review: Western Digital have been a favorite for me in HDs in the past because of their solid products and decent customer service. However, now they have decided to slap a lot of their loyal customers (that put their drives in raid) in the face by disabling TLer in order to force them to buy their raid versions which are a more expensive yet very similar drive (if not exacty). If you want a very loud HD with decent performance (not the best...f3 spinpoints is where its at) and are not planning raid this is an ok product. However, I will not be buying Western Digital products anymore.

CM Hyper 212 Plus

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: - Keeps my CPU cool ( Phenom II X6 1090T) - 21c- 23c during idle and low 40s after running prime95 for 13 hours. Room temperature at that time was around 15c so roughly 6 - 8 degrees over ambient, which is excellent. - Includes an extra bracket so you can attach an additional fan

Cons: - Very large and kind of blocks the first two RAM slots on my GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H. You can move the bracket up a bit to have it hover over to clear those slots though - The fan that comes with it is mediocre and is a bit too loud for me. Replaced with x2 GELID Solutions FN-PX12-15 120mm PWM for push/pull and it runs great - Thermal paste was really thick and did not use it. Applied some Artic Silver 5 the first time I installed/tested it. Currently using some Shin-Etsu.

Overall Review: A lot of my friends complained that this was really annoying to install but I just watched a youtube video before doing it myself and was able finish in just under 5 minutes. I bought this quite a while ago for around $25.00 at a local store. Newegg sells this at $29.99 for Canadians but have jacked the price up to $59.99 for Americans. I find this odd because CAN usually gets the higher prices... CPU: Phenom II X6 1090T Case: HAF 922 CPU Heat Sink fan: x2 Gelid FN-PX12-15 120mm PWM push/pull Sidefans: x2 Gelid FN-FW12-15 Green 120mm case fan

A lot of good but also a lot of bad

GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: - Price - USB 3.0 - SATA 6 Gb/s - Raid Controller - Better core unlocker (can choose specifically which cores to enable/disable rather than just enable/disable all hidden cores

Cons: - The RAM slots are too close to the CPU HSF which makes me unable to use the first slot on my other rig with a CM 212 or if I wanted to use all 4 slots for 8Gb I would not be able to on that one. I'm using this with my h50 though. - No eSata - Not enough 3 pin connectors for fans - Clear cmos pins are right under the PCI slot, which makes it difficult to reach once you install a discrete video card as the card's cooler will block the pins. - 1 PCIe x16 or 2x PCI x8 which means a slight performance decrease when crossfiring (not a lot but its still some) - The 4290 is barely an upgrade from the one the 790GX boards but its still good for an on board (pretty much just rebranded) - Had issues with my F3 spinpoint HDs

Overall Review: I got the rev 1 and it let me boot and setup with the X6 but the bios was unable to disable C&Q along with some other functions without flashing first. I used this on two different setups before deciding to stick with it in my X6 build. AMD Phenom II X6 1055T This Board 4Gb G.Skill Ripjaw 1600 60Gb OCZ Agility 2 Sandforce SSD 500Gb Seagate 7200.12 Two in a Raid 0 1Tb Seagate 7200.12 Storage Sapphire Vapor-x 5870 1 Gb Seasonic X750 Gold PSU Corsair H50 CoolerMaster Storm Scout and AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE (This board unlocked it to X4 and also to a X3) GIGABYTE GA-MA785GT-UD3H - I tried this board in this rig but that didn't go too well as I had HD compatibility issues and the ram slot thing (you can see in the Cons) 4Gb G.Skill Ripjaw 1333 F3 Samsung Spinpoint Two in a raid 0 1Tb WD Caviar Black Sapphire Vapor-x 5770 1 Gb Corsair 650 HX PSU Cooler Master 212 Plus Lian Li K62 Decent board with a lot of pros but also a lot of cons (I didn't name ever Pro

Great keyboard that comes with a mouse

Logitech Internet 350 Black 104 Normal Keys 8 Function Keys USB Standard Desktop
Logitech Internet 350 Black 104 Normal Keys 8 Function Keys USB Standard Desktop

Pros: - The keyboard

Cons: - The mouse

Overall Review: I bought this for my parents as their older one had a few broken keys. This keyboard is very solid and fulfills their needs (media control) but the mouse is just terrible. It is tiny and does not track well at all on any surface. Its a good thing their old mouse still works fine. Logitech excels at making decent products for low prices and this keyboard is no exception.

Rosewill RFA-120-BL - 120mm Computer Case Cooling Fan with LP4 Adapter - Blue Frame & 4 Blue LED Lights, Sleeve Bearing, Silent Case Fan
Rosewill RFA-120-BL - 120mm Computer Case Cooling Fan with LP4 Adapter - Blue Frame & 4 Blue LED Lights, Sleeve Bearing, Silent Case Fan

Pros: - Moves a good amount of air - Fairly quiet - Bright LED (could be a con for some people but they shouldn't be getting a LED case fan if they didn't like bright things in the first place!)

Cons: Doesn't come in green...

Overall Review: I purchased this along with a green Cool Master R4 (also very nice) to add to my collection of case fans. Although the r4 seemed to push more air this is actually quieter even though the dBA rating is supposed to be higher. Like previous reviewers have said this is a very good product for the price. Pickup a few of these if you want solid case fans without having to spend a lot.