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Amanda S.

Amanda S.

Joined on 09/02/12

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Most Favorable Review

If you don't need 4 Cores, this is the way to go.

Intel Core i3-3240 - Core i3 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge Dual-Core 3.4 GHz LGA 1155 55W Intel HD Graphics 2500 Desktop Processor                                                                                   - BX80637i33240
Intel Core i3-3240 - Core i3 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge Dual-Core 3.4 GHz LGA 1155 55W Intel HD Graphics 2500 Desktop Processor - BX80637i33240

Pros: It's fast. It's cool. It's reliable. It has hyper-threading. As someone who doesn't need a quad core processor for any of the day-to-day tasks I do and was on a bit of a budget building my first hackintosh I'm quite happy that I skipped the I5/I7 and went with this I3. I do mainly photo scanning, editing in PS, music recording in Logic and a bit of WoW. This thing has been able to power me through all of it with no issue. For the price you're getting one heck of a processor.

Cons: None to speak of.

Overall Review: I was a bit hesitant at first because when I purchased this it was brand new to the market, there were no reviews. I'm glad I went with it. I truly am. Unless you're playing the latest titles at ultra settings or doing 3D rendering or video encoding at 1080p on a daily basis this thing should be sufficient for most people.

It just works

Kaybles Model DVI-DD-6FT Black 6 ft. M-M Premium DVI Digital Dual-Link with Ferrites M/M 6 feet - OEM
Kaybles Model DVI-DD-6FT Black 6 ft. M-M Premium DVI Digital Dual-Link with Ferrites M/M 6 feet - OEM

Pros: DVI Dual Link, black, gold plated plugs. Flexible, unlike some cables I've had that are as stiff as a priest at a chuck-e-cheese.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: It's a cable, it's inexpensive, it appears to be high quality. What more do you want?

Great monitor for the price

LG IPS234V-PN 23" Full HD 1920 x 1080 D-Sub, DVI, HDMI LCD Monitor IPS
LG IPS234V-PN 23" Full HD 1920 x 1080 D-Sub, DVI, HDMI LCD Monitor IPS

Pros: Very very sharp IPS monitor, 5ms G2G (not 14 as advertised), no ghosting when gaming, very bright, non glossy screen, very thin (about .625" around the bezel, maybe 1.25 at back ports), thin bezel. Overall I've been very impressed with this monitor in the first few days of ownership. Menu system is pretty good, lots of customization. Vesa mount is a plus, too many monitors these days don't include one and it was a must, since the base isn't really all that great.

Cons: Base is somewhat wobbly. Not terrible, not great. No height adjustment. The LED light for the power button could go, I'm not a huge fan of things sticking off the bezel or LEDs in general, I find them to be somewhat tacky. Color wasn't great out of the box, but fine tuning wasn't horrible either. I found that adjusting to my eye rather than trying to use guides was the way to go. No DVI cable, but I knew that going in and ordered one to go along with it. For the price, whatever, an extra $6 for a cable isn't going to cause me to fret, especially when I spent less than $150 to have this thing shipped to my door.

Overall Review: I'm impressed. For the price it's hard to find a 23" monitor that competes. Not sure why it's advertised as 14ms when it's most certainly not. Sharpness is great, I've seen people take issue with it but it's quite a bit better than I had expected. For the photo editing I do it's perfect. Been doing a good amount of gaming on it thus far and have been pleased. People have made much larger deal about the power brick than need be. It's literally 3.25" x 1.5" and although it takes up just enough space to cover two power plugs it's not nearly as huge as I had anticipated. The base is probably the biggest downfall, considering that there is no height adjustment. It's low. Wall mounting is the way to go with this one. If it's on sale, pick one up if you're looking. I don't think I'd be happier with any of the other IPS monitors that I was comparing this one to, especially for under $200.

Great value case

Fractal Design Core 1000 Micro ATX Computer Case w/  1 x 120mm fan
Fractal Design Core 1000 Micro ATX Computer Case w/ 1 x 120mm fan

Pros: •Great value for the money • Nice looks, not too flashy • Includes fan is quiet and efficient •HDD mounting is unique and allows for good airflow with minimal fans •Nice paint,inside and out •Perfect size

Cons: •LED on the case is insanely bright.Do yourself a favor and don't connect it •Thumb screws aren't perfect.Paint built up in a few of the holes and made mounting the standoffs a pain.

Overall Review: If you want a nice, inexpensive case that's high on looks and value you can't go wrong. 4 eggs because of the screws being a pain and the unnecessarily bright LED.

11/12/2012