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Michael D.

Michael D.

Joined on 08/29/07

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Most Favorable Review

Train keeps rolling

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ - Athlon 64 X2 Windsor Dual-Core 2.6 GHz Socket AM2 89W Processor - ADA5200CSBOX
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ - Athlon 64 X2 Windsor Dual-Core 2.6 GHz Socket AM2 89W Processor - ADA5200CSBOX

Pros: Amazingly fast. Can't get it to slow down. Dual core technology is great for multi-tasking. Easily runs many programs simultaneously. Great value compared to intel.

Cons: Marriage isn't an option.

Overall Review: First build, my last computer was really slow (1.3 ghz celeron). Amazed with performance.

It's RAM, it's cheap (after MIR)

OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P800R22GK
OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P800R22GK

Pros: Lowest price I've found (after mail in rebate).

Cons: Heat spreaders seem flimsy was worried about them upon install. I HATE mail in rebates.

Overall Review: Already had 2 gigs of GSkill RAM. Didn't notice a speed increase, but probably due to fact that I'm not even close to maxing out what I had. Overall, good purchase.

11/19/2007

Huff and a puff

Rosewill RFX-100B - 90mm Computer Case Cooling Fan - PCI Slot, Super Quiet
Rosewill RFX-100B - 90mm Computer Case Cooling Fan - PCI Slot, Super Quiet

Pros: Blows a decent amount of air out.

Cons: Seems a little flimsy upon install... wouldn't want to travel w/ this in my case.

Overall Review: Like others.... I'd like to see cards that extended farther out into the case to get closer to the core of the video card. Didn't notice a drop in temps, but I'm a little obsessed with cooling and already had a very cool running system.

11/19/2007

Doubles as a hair dryer

SilverStone FM121-B Case Cooling Fan
SilverStone FM121-B Case Cooling Fan

Pros: Lots of flow. Highest CFM I could find. Adjustable speed.

Cons: Fan is big... I was it to be big, but this thing is huge. A little noisy.

Overall Review: Make sure you have a pretty big case as this is going to take up lots of room. Very pleased with performance, keeps everything nice and cool inside my system.

Medussa

Rosewill Stallion Series RD600N-2DB-SL-BK 600W ATX Form Factor 12V V2.2 / SSI standard EPS 12V SLI Ready  Active PFC Active PFC Power Supply - SLI Ready
Rosewill Stallion Series RD600N-2DB-SL-BK 600W ATX Form Factor 12V V2.2 / SSI standard EPS 12V SLI Ready Active PFC Active PFC Power Supply - SLI Ready

Pros: Lots of cables to power just about any system. Quiet fan, blue LED. No complaints yet.

Cons: Lots of cables. I mean, it's amazing how many there are. It's quite a handful working with this power supply.

Overall Review: After binding up the loose cables and putting them in a single area, all the cables were manageable. Impressive design, mucho power, very satisfied overall.

He seems like a nice guy

Rosewill R5604-TBK 0.8mm Japanese Cold Rolled Steel  Screw-less Dual 120mm Fans ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Rosewill R5604-TBK 0.8mm Japanese Cold Rolled Steel Screw-less Dual 120mm Fans ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Mostly solid construction. Slide in drives are a joy to work with. This case is HUGE (pro and con i guess). Easily fit everything I need in there with room to spare. Having standoffs built in was a nice touch.

Cons: Case fans are big, but don't move a lot of air.

Overall Review: This was my first build. If I ever need to do one again, I'll use this case.