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Christopher H.

Christopher H.

Joined on 03/30/06

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Most Favorable Review
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: first motherboard that supports AM2, AM2+, and AM3 its gigabyte works well with other hardware.

Cons: hyper transport speed is 2000MHz vs the 2600MHz on AM2+ and AM3 boards.

Overall Review: this board PII X3 720 BE gskill DDR2 1066 5-5-5-15 Before changing hardware, I uninstalled old systems audio drivers, motherboard drivers and video card drivers. I changed out motherboard, cpu, ram, and sound card onto the same hard drive. I turned the computer on, windows vista 64 ultimate detects new hardware, I reboot, installed video card drivers, reboot into bios and set up my ram and disabled on board audio, load into windows, install sound driver, reboot and began benchmarking. Easiest upgrade I've ever done.

Most Critical Review

RE-GARBAGE

Rosewill RCX-Z2-EX 92mm 2 Ball PWM CPU Cooler
Rosewill RCX-Z2-EX 92mm 2 Ball PWM CPU Cooler

Pros: read below

Cons: read below

Overall Review: Dear Rosewill customer service, If you would fully read and understand my review you would realize the cooler is functioning properly and is not defective and I do NOT need a replacement (a refund would be nice). My review is not about a broken cooler but about a bad product.

10/31/2008

Works Great

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

Pros: Lifetime warranty Nice heatsink graphics

Cons: none

Overall Review: First order had one bad stick. Replacement order works great. Newegg got me my replacement in a few days after receiving my return. I went from 4 gigs to 8 gigs and I can really tell the difference in gaming. Especially when alt tabbing and exiting the games.

5 year review

Creative HQ-1400 3.5mm/6.3mm Gold-Plated Connector Circumaural Stereo Headphone
Creative HQ-1400 3.5mm/6.3mm Gold-Plated Connector Circumaural Stereo Headphone

Pros: good quality speaker parts

Cons: glue melts

Overall Review: I've had these bad boys for over 5 years until my dog ate them about a month ago. For 2 of years they sat in storage in a tiny area pack away in salt lake city where it gets freezing cold to 100+ hot outside. Over time the glue melted around the sides that hold the cushion/material to the plastic. It created sticky goo all around the edges but other that that these things rocked out of my computer for many many hours playing games, listening to music, watching movies. The quality is great and stayed great through the speakers and the cord is super long so it's ok to plug in the back of the tower.

THE HSF

AMD Phenom II X3 720 - Phenom II X3 Triple-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 95W Black Processor - HDZ720WFGIBOX
AMD Phenom II X3 720 - Phenom II X3 Triple-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 95W Black Processor - HDZ720WFGIBOX

Pros: This cpu is amazing, having owned only AMD cpus since my Pentium II died. I must say this is giant leap for them. The performance in games, the low temperatures, the unlocked multiplier, the L3 cache and some get a free working core.

Cons: The stock heatsink is terrible, it reminds me of heatsinks amd would ship 4-5 years ago. minus 1 egg for skimping on the heatsink.

Overall Review: I'm using the stock heatsink that came with my amd X2 6000+ and on stock 2.8 my temps are 25C idle and 35C load.

Only one problem

Thermaltake V9 Black Edition ATX Computer Gaming Chassis with Dual Oversized 230mm Ultra-Silent Cooling Fans VJ400G1N2Z Mid Tower
Thermaltake V9 Black Edition ATX Computer Gaming Chassis with Dual Oversized 230mm Ultra-Silent Cooling Fans VJ400G1N2Z Mid Tower

Pros: keeps my system cool and looks great.

Cons: the top fan would hit against the sides when it spun. I had to tie the fans support brackets up to wire mesh to hold it a bit higher, it was sagging because of the large fan and weak supports.

Overall Review: my old system only had a large exhaust fan in the back, coming to this case my HDD is 10C cooler, from 45C to 35C. the rest of the parts I changed out so I can't compare them.