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Jonathan N.

Jonathan N.

Joined on 05/27/08

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Most Favorable Review

Absolutely sweet.

XIGMATEK FCB (Fluid Circulative Bearing) XLF-F1253 120mm 4 white LED Orange Case Fan  PSU Molex Adapter/extender included
XIGMATEK FCB (Fluid Circulative Bearing) XLF-F1253 120mm 4 white LED Orange Case Fan PSU Molex Adapter/extender included

Pros: For my new build I decided to purchase 2 of these fans and another 3 of a cheaper brand. Needless to say I wish I had shelled out just a few more bucks so that all my fans were these. They work beautifully. They look beautiful. The white LEDs work well with the orange fan and give it a very unique look. They are also very quiet compared to the other fans in my case.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: If you want to shell out more money for fans that are so-called "quiet" go right on ahead. Even the more expensive fans that I've encountered make some noise. I don't think anyone could be disappointed with these fans.

Most Critical Review

Don't know what I was expecting

APEVIA X-JUPITER S-Type X-JUPITERS-BK Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
APEVIA X-JUPITER S-Type X-JUPITERS-BK Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Looks cool in the picture. Fans aren't too shabby. Large. That's about it.

Cons: This case was the worst build I've ever had (I've built 5 computers over the last few years). I've used cases from Antec and Thermaltake before, but decided I couldn't pass up this Apevia on looks and price. The one I got has a cracked side window, the paint finish is cheesy, and the back side looks like it has been attacked by a cat (scratches in the metal). The locking PCI holder is useless, I took it off only to find it's nearly impossible to screw in the PCI cards. The side panels are flimsy: side panel release handle doesn't even work. Someone said there is space behind the motherboard to hide cords. This is true if you want your side panel to bulge. Comes with a minimum amount of screws so don't lose any, you will probably need more.

Overall Review: I suppose my case may be one bad apple out of the good ones concerning the other reviews. I expected an at least SOMEWHAT decent case for this price. I got nothing of the sort. Specs: EVGA 790i mainboard, Intel E8400, EVGA 9800gx2, 4gb G.Skill DDR3, 500gb WD Caviar, Asus DVD burner. This case does fit the ZeroTherm BTF80 HSF.

A sound motherboard, great purchase!

EVGA 132-CK-NF79-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA 132-CK-NF79-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This motherboard is a beast. I was originally iffy on buying the new 790i but I decided it was worth it for DDR3. Glad I made the choice. With Vista 64 Ultimate, this thing handles 4GB 1333 with no problems at all. This thing not only looks sweet, but it handles extremely well. If you are a serious gamer, make no mistake, this IS the board you should buy. Do not go for a cheaper DDR2 board, make the jump, DDR3 is the future, and you can also find some pretty cheap DDR3 ram out there right now. I decided EVGA because their graphics cards are quality, and I wanted a board that would be immediately compatible with my EVGA 9800gx2.

Cons: The fan for the heatsink is loud (a very minor con). Originally I thought I wouldn't need it, but I overclocked it and it got pretty hot. The fan blows air right onto my 9800gx2, which is running hot enough as is, but I haven't had any serious heat issues. With the fan on, I can't imagine fitting a PCIexpress card into the top slot, and the bottom slot is blocked by my GPU. Also, the board has a problem overclocking my ram (G.Skill 1333 DDR3), so I had to unlink the FSB from the RAM to get it from FSB 1333 to roughly 1600 (which the board did easily). This is a RAM problem though, as the board CLEARLY supports higher frequency RAM. But I thought I would point it out.

Overall Review: I doubt I'll ever run a tri-SLI system (three 280s anyone?), but who cares. The board's heatsink surrounds the processor, so if you are planning on getting an HSF for the processor make sure it can fit. I am running a Zero-Therm BTF80 and the heatsink slightly touches the mainboard heatsink. This can be avoided if the HSF is angled down or up, but to have best cooling the fan should be blowing towards the exhaust fans. Specs: E8400 3.0ghz OCed to 3.6ghz easily. 4gb G.Skill 1333 DDR3 ram. EVGA 9800gx2. WD Caviar 500gb SATA 3gb/s HDD. PC P&C 750watt PSU. Vista rating 5.8.

Excellent choice for DDR3, but won't OC for me.

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-2GBNQ
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-2GBNQ

Pros: 4 gigs gives 5.9 mem rating in Vista (I expected nothing less). For the price this RAM is amazing. I've used G.Skill before and I've never had a problem with them. G.Skill also does a good job marketing their RAM: the sticks look cool and their packaging is just as nice. People say DDR3 is too expensive and there aren't enough benefits over DDR2. But if you are building a new system, do not upgrade to old DDR2 technology. This RAM is cheap and although you may have to shell out more for a new mainboard, it's well worth it in the long run.

Cons: This RAM runs incredibly hot like another reviewer mentioned. I have it running at the stock 1333 speeds at the specified 1.65volts. Unfortunately it will not overclock AT ALL. Even with loosening the timings I still had to unlink my FSB and RAM to get my processor to OC to get a stable setup that would not BSOD. I thought it was probably a voltage problem but bumping up the voltage past 1.65v did nothing either. These were running for me at 1.5 volts stable (my mainboard had it at this default voltage), so I'm not sure why it says 1.65 volts on the specification page. This may have something to do with their heat problem.

Overall Review: I'm not sure why people are saying that this RAM is expensive? This is some of the cheapest DDR3 RAM there is, much cheaper than even most DDR2. Although it won't overclock (possibly a newbie mistake), it's somewhat to be expected with the price. But with four gigs running at 1333 anyway, I see no reason to try to OC it right now. I am running an EVGA 790i mainboard with e8400 OCed to 3.6ghz, and 9800gx2 with a PC P&C 750watt psu. Everything runs exceptionally (computer rated 5.8 overall in Vista)

Amazing!

Creative FATAL1TY 3.5mm gold-plated Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset
Creative FATAL1TY 3.5mm gold-plated Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset

Pros: This headset feels absolutely awesome. The velvet-like (or maybe it is velvet?) ear coverings are amazing, and I can wear this for long periods of time without my ears/top of my head hurting, which is generally the problem with most headsets. These are more comfortable than my David Clarke headset I wear while flying! The volume/mic controller is quality. The previous headsets I've owned had these and this is (in my experience) the first thing that cr@ps out.

Cons: Though nothing against this headset, I am not getting the best sound because I am plugged into an onboard soundcard. I also won't comment on the microphone since I haven't had a need for it yet.

Overall Review: I have owned three gaming headsets prior to this. They all ended up failing on me. One was an around the back of your head headset. Very painful as those pull on your ears. Another lost it's center channel so I could no longer hear any singing in my music (very strange). Both were logit3ch. I was going to shell some cash for a serious headset, but I'm glad I came across these because they are great quality for cheap!

Good for the price.

APEVIA CF12SL-URED 120mm Red LED Cooling Fan
APEVIA CF12SL-URED 120mm Red LED Cooling Fan

Pros: I wasn't expecting anything fancy when I bought these, I just needed some red LED fans to go with my case. The air leaving the case is cool, so I would say they do a good job at moving air.

Cons: They aren't that quiet. They are the loudest fans in my case, but again, you get what you pay for. Also, I was shocked to find that the fan IS PINK (minus an egg). However, they glow perfectly red when they are running, and since they are somewhat hidden and I leave my computer running for the most part, this isn't a big problem.

Overall Review: If you are looking for a red LED fan and don't mind an average amount of noise, these are the best for the price. Just be sure you don't mind that the fan itself is pink.