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Casey B.

Casey B.

Joined on 07/03/06

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent budget gaming laptop

Acer Laptop Aspire Intel Core i7 2nd Gen 2630QM (2.00GHz) 4GB Memory 640GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit AS5750G-9463
Acer Laptop Aspire Intel Core i7 2nd Gen 2630QM (2.00GHz) 4GB Memory 640GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M 15.6" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit AS5750G-9463

Pros: *Fast CPU and GPU means good framerate in games, even with high quality, AA, etc. *Motherboard supports DDR3-1333 speeds and 8 GiB if you want to upgrade (but the RAM it comes with is 4 GiB of DDR3-1066). *Reasonably attractive looking. *USB 3.0 *Supports Nvidia's reference drivers, so you don't have to wait for Acer to put out their own builds.

Cons: *Ugly 1366x768 screen with signficant discoloration at different viewing angles (especially vertical), which is probably an expected compromise at this price point. It's usable, and looks OK when it's angled right, but definitely not impressive. No stuck pixels, though. *Slow 5400 rpm hard drive. *Gets hot under load. *Keyboard layout takes some getting used to (LCtrl should be bigger and I still have to glance at the keys to find the Delete key).

Overall Review: A nearly perfect budget gaming laptop. Would have preferred a nicer screen and a faster hard drive, but not enough to spend more. Recommended for gamers on a budget. Non-gamers might prefer instead to compromise on the CPU and GPU to get a nicer screen.

No problems

Patriot 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Laptop Memory Model PSD38G1333SK
Patriot 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Laptop Memory Model PSD38G1333SK

Pros: Works at advertised speed and timing with no errors.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: It's RAM; not much to say. Stores my 1s and 0s without complaint.

Great PSU

CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply & New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply & New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Pros: Well put together and well designed. All the connectors one will ever need. Efficient and quiet. Single +12 V rail, so no need to worry about balancing all your +12 V components between rails.

Cons: It's not modular. Can't have everything, I suppose.

Beautiful

EVGA GeForce GTX 275 1792MB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 017-P3-1175-AR
EVGA GeForce GTX 275 1792MB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 017-P3-1175-AR

Pros: Speedy and whisper-quiet, even at load.

Cons: Not a one.

Overall Review: Can handle pretty much anything you throw at it, at max settings.

No-frills quality

Intel BOXDP55WG LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel BOXDP55WG LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: For a midrange LGA 1156 system, this board has almost everything you need, and nothing you don't. Well-built. SATA ports plug in parallel with the board rather than perpendicular to it, which is fantastic. Omits legacy stuff like PATA and PS/2, which most people won't need anyway.

Cons: No eSATA port. Not a big deal if you pair this with a case that has one up front, but it seems like an odd omission.

Overall Review: Not really built to be an overclocker's board, but the BIOS configuration will let you tinker to your heart's content.

Great case

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Bottom Fan
Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Bottom Fan

Pros: Plenty of fans, plenty of room, eSATA, well-built, looks great, tastes great, less filling

Cons: The HDD activity light is a little hard to see at an angle.

Overall Review: This is exactly what a midtower case is supposed to be.