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Donald M.

Donald M.

Joined on 03/09/01

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Most Favorable Review

Bad to the Bone

EVEREX Laptop AMD Mobile Athlon 64 X2 TK-53 (1.70GHz) 1GB Memory 120GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS 17.0" Windows Vista Home Premium XT5300T
EVEREX Laptop AMD Mobile Athlon 64 X2 TK-53 (1.70GHz) 1GB Memory 120GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS 17.0" Windows Vista Home Premium XT5300T

Pros: Some serious horsepower for not much money. Drivers on everex website for the xt5000t for xp work exceptionally well. Converted from Vista to XP was no hassle at all. Made a ghost image, used XP cd to make a dual boot system and away it went. Good enough to play Crysis with most settings on low, some on medium. 3DMark03 Benched at 7700 haven't gotten around to doing the newer ones yet. Nice large screen, great speakers and subwoofer, extra slot for 2nd hard drive. Connections out the Wazoo! DVI, SVid, Firewire, USB, PC Express, Front mounted Volume control, Mic, Line In, Audio out

Cons: Almost none at all, had to go find the XP webcam driver on my own as it was not on the everex website, and also had to get the XP touchpad driver on my own. The built in driver for XP worked fine, but I wanted all the same features as it has in Vista. Also Video card driver I had to get on my own, but I knew that before I even got started with the dual boot setup. My friend's 2year old dell has a better screen but he paid $2500 and definitely CANT play Crysis. With ram so cheap now, it wouldn't have hurt to add an extra gig of ram and raise the price a little, but that is easily upgraded.

Overall Review: A CD with a manual and drivers etc. would have been nice, but it is all included on the hard drive so no biggie.

Most Critical Review

2 out of 2 bad for me

Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K160 HDS721616PLAT80 (0Y30002) 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA133 / ATA-7 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K160 HDS721616PLAT80 (0Y30002) 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA133 / ATA-7 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: None for me, buyer beware as another reviewer had the same luck as I did.

Cons: I got the first drive and it had the heads crashing and a very loud screeching noise. Got the replacement drive, it also had head crash. This is with only hooking up the power connector, not even the IDE cable. I do a lot of computer repair work, so I always only hook up the power first to make sure the drive spins up properly. If it does, then I get a new cable and go from there. .

Overall Review: I have now spent an extra $20 in return shipping and am awaiting my third replacement. I noticed this time I am getting a different model number as the replacement. It is a little more expensive so hopefully it is a little better build quality. It sucks thinking back to the IBM days of very reliable storage and getting this kind of garbage. Also shipping has been with UPS and the boxes have been roughly handled. Pay the extra couple of dollars and go FEDEX.

Great replacement 92mm fan for Dell cases and some aftermarket cases

ARCTIC F9 - Value Pack (5pc) - 92 mm Standard Low Noise Case Fan Model ACFAN00070A
ARCTIC F9 - Value Pack (5pc) - 92 mm Standard Low Noise Case Fan Model ACFAN00070A

Pros: Good flow, low noise

Cons: none

Overall Review: I use these for replacing worn out oddball 92mm fans common in Dell's and HP's

Good but Issues with Warranty

Rosewill ARC Series, ARC 750, 750W Non-Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Single +12V Rail, SLI & CrossFire Ready, Black
Rosewill ARC Series, ARC 750, 750W Non-Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Single +12V Rail, SLI & CrossFire Ready, Black

Pros: Good value for an 80 plus bronze power supply. Lived up to claim and reduced power from wall over non 80 plus power supply. Handled OC'd FX-8350 4.67Ghz on MSI 980a Mobo, Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo and GTX 760, and 5 WD RE Drives. No issues with heat or power fluctuation.

Cons: Died just over a year, no warnings, no power fluctuations, just dead. Not entirely sure what happened but something blew from the inside and broke a fan blade. On warranty claim, I checked Rosewill's website and it stated I would need to return the power supply and accessories (power cord). After waiting over a month expecting my replacement power supply, I instead got my original dead one with a notice saying it wasn't covered because I didn't have the box. I checked the website again and it said the same as when I had placed my rma claim, so I called them. After a bit of haggling, they did offer to replace it after shipping it a second time. I just checked the website today and it says all packaging must be original etc. I have 7 computers in my house, and keeping every box from every rosewill part is just not practical. So a 3 year warranty on Rosewill power supplies is only as good as the original condition of the box. Seems pretty silly. It is a major disappointment to me because I have not only purchased Rosewill Stallions, Hives, Fortresses and ARC's for myself, but for others like my family and friends. I can tell you I didn't keep the boxes for any of them either, so it's OUT of LUCK (abbreviation got flagged) for my loved ones. These changes to the website seem to be this year, but I am not certain. Also keep in mind, if the Rosewill power supplies have a rebate that requires the original UPC and Serial, it will VOID your warranty as you will not have an ORIGINAL box. The information was what I got from the Customer Service Rep. regarding the packaging. So no rebate if you want to keep the warranty.

Overall Review: To be completely honest this is the first power supply from Rosewill I think I have even had to RMA, all the others, including the Stallions, outlived their warranty. I have kids who love gaming and family who is more PC than Console so my computers per household is higher than average I think. But even still, if the power supply still has it's serial number and model number and my Invoice has the same info, I don't understand why I have to keep the original box.

11/16/2015

Good Motherboard for the Money

MSI A78M-E45 V2 FM2+ AMD A78 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI A78M-E45 V2 FM2+ AMD A78 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Great board for the money. Lots of USB 3.0 and internal header for 3.0. Heatsinked VRM's. PS/2 Ports for Older Microsoft Split Ergonomic Keyboard a definite plus. Pretty much one of everything on a small board. No trouble with A10-5800k and Gskill 2133 Ram at all.

Cons: none

Overall Review: I put this in a Cougar Spike case with a Rosewill Hive 550 Watt power supply and 16Gb DDR3-2133 Gskill ram and WD 500Gb RE4, A10-5800K, and MSI Geforce 650Ti. Not bad at all. Pretty nice little budget gamer rig. Also used a Coolermaster Hyper 212+ to keep things nice and cool.

Pretty Nice Ram

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model 994124
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model 994124

Pros: Nice black heat spreaders give an aggressive look. Timings are pretty good for 2133. Mushkin is U.S. based so that's a plus to buy here supporting companies in the US.

Cons: none

Overall Review: Had some issues with getting timings and speeds set at anything above 1600 on Asus Sabertooth R2.0. It didn't want to use the XMP profile properly with 2501 BIOS. After manual settings of both Voltage and Timings everything went smooth at 2133. Never had to RMA Mushkin ram so no experience or comments on service, but I don't mind paying a little more for ram from a company based here in the states.