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Jamie C.

Jamie C.

Joined on 03/26/07

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Most Favorable Review

Ideal bundle

Microsoft Comfort Curve Value Pack
Microsoft Comfort Curve Value Pack

Pros: As someone else said, the keys are perfect. They are not too soft like laptop keys and they have good tactile feedback. Never used a curved keyboard before, but it only took me an hour to get use to the wider keys. Another plus, for anyone that uses Office produces, is the keys have their CTRL operation printed on it. No more looking in the menu to see what CTRL Z does. In addition to the normal key sets and the extra print, you get programmable keys at the top.

Cons: The software for the programmable keys is not included with the package. Good news is you can easily obtain it from Microsoft's website: http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/download/download.aspx?category=MK&type=Keyboard&sku=B2L-00002

Overall Review: It would be nice to have better iTunes support for the programmable keys, but that is more of an issue in general. Never had a keyboard that made full use of iTunes. Also, this keyboard fully works in Ubuntu 9.10.

Most Critical Review

Great for Windows 8/10

GIGABYTE GA-Z170-HD3 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z170-HD3 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: It does what it's advertised to do. The NIC is fast, there are enough USB 3.0 ports to choke a small pony, and the color scheme works will if you're a nitpicker like me.

Cons: The BIOS is HORRIBLE. Instead of looking on all drives EFI partition for all bootable EFI files, it will ONLY find Windows 8/10 EFI files. This means if you're running any operating system and you update the BIOS, you are going to have a bad time. The BIOS update will destroy your EFI boot manager and your saved settings and basically give you a dead PC until you boot from a USB drive and fix your efi boot order with efibootmgr or some similar program or reinstall your OS. There is nothing worse than updating your BIOS an then spending 2 hours trying to figure out why your PC is dead only to find that Gigabyte decided you only needed Windows 10 to boot. As junk as Intel motherboards are, they even know you do not kill the EFI boot manager.

Overall Review: I would not recommend this motherboard to anyone, not even a Windows user. When a company blatantly disregards other operating systems and labels options in setup to favor the one OS they seem to support *Cough Windows 8/10 mode instead of uEFI Enabled mode cough* I can no longer trust that company with the task of making sure my CPU isn't a 300 dollar paperweight. Stick with ASRock or MSI. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT buy any Gigabyte board until they learn that there is more than Windows in this world and that a BIOS update shouldn't hose the EFI boot manager.

Very nice PSU

CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750 W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750 W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Pros: I'll admit, I bough this PSU for the name brand. I couldn't resist buying something from a company that, to me, only made memory. Was I shocked when it WORKED PERFECTLY! I put an ATI 5770, i7 920, and 6 gigs of G.SKILL ram in my PC with this and it didn't skip a beat. I've even over-clocked the all three and still no hiccup. I was fully expecting I would have to reorder my PSU, but I wanted to give Corsair a sporting chance. The number of connections you get on this thing is INSANE! My system will soon have 4 HDDs, 2 disc drives, and 2 video cards and I will have a plug for everyone of them. Also, the cables com pre-wrapped. This PSU is awesome... in a box.

Cons: Nada

Overall Review: For anyone with a case where you mouth your PSU at the bottom: I put my PSU at the bottom with the fan pointing up and ran it for 2 hours. It stayed frosty. Did the same thing again, but with it facing down. It ran at the same temp. With the massive fan in this thing you have NOTHING to worry about.

It's an HDD.

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: What can I say? It's a fast HDD that just works. I've been a major Seagate fan since Western Digital drives took a dive in quality back in 2001. I have noticed some performance boost in Fallout 3 when compared to my older Barracuda 7200. I think the 32MB cache is the reason.

Cons: The drive does make some sound under heavy use. This isn't a big enough problem for me to drop an egg. I have a fairly large, and fairly open, case so it may be due to sound carrying. Just don't be shocked when you hear some clickety-click when installing Windows 7.

Overall Review: Personally, this is the best bang for your buck until solid-state drives come into the price range, and storage size, of us normal humans.