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Richard T.

Richard T.

Joined on 08/13/08

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Most Favorable Review

Matches my other one

Pioneer CD/DVD Burner 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW Black SATA Model DVR-217DBK
Pioneer CD/DVD Burner 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW Black SATA Model DVR-217DBK

Pros: Quiet, reads and writes great. Does what it is supposed to do. Its a Pioneer.

Cons: There is no plug to transfer sound to the mb or sound card. No big one if you have good onboard sound.

Overall Review: I've had the earlier version of this, the 216DBK, for about a year and Have had zero problems with cd or dvd applications. I've had great luck with pioneer burners and have them in several builds. Not one failure in over two years. Get one of these.

Most Critical Review

Gigabyte no

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS4P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS4P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: heat sinks are pretty, good layout, easy install.

Cons: Board was extremely unstable. Random shutdowns. Tested six different memory sticks in board with no success. Tried everything to get this board to load operating system. Dual bios will not allow you to flash until you have an operating system to get online and use the flash utility. Spent hours on the phone with gigabyte support until they just gave up.

Overall Review: I have given up on the new gigabyte boards.

Nice Board

DFI LANParty DK P45-T2RS Elite LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
DFI LANParty DK P45-T2RS Elite LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Bios is Awesome, very similar to my old Lan Party ultra D s. Overclocks easy. Fast with good chipset. looks good Easy setup. Rocks the core 2 duos. Bios jumper on i/o shield.

Cons: Not enough sata cables, 2 only. The board doesn't support the clip style cable well. Front audio header is underneath graphics card. You have to remove the card if you don't plug in the front audio on your case first. Minor stuff not quite -1 egg maybe -2/3

Overall Review: Before you bolt the board down, replace the bios jumper cap on the back that goes out the i/o shield for easy reset. Get one that has a tab on top . The auto boost software really isn't necessary, unless you are uncomfortable with adjusting voltage fsb etc. There are jumper pins for FSB and Ram settings, the default settings probably work the best. The board appears to be very quick. The raid 5 boots in about 50 secs. Bought 2 more

Push Pins suck

Scythe SCCSI-775 CPU Cooler Stabilizer
Scythe SCCSI-775 CPU Cooler Stabilizer

Pros: Replaces push pins on cooler. Adds stability to board with heavy coolers.

Cons: none

Overall Review: took a freezer pro 7 and replaced the push pins and got a 15 degree drop on my load temps. Who the hell ever thought up push pins?

Best cooler going

ZEROtherm BTF90 92mm Silent UFO CPU Cooler
ZEROtherm BTF90 92mm Silent UFO CPU Cooler

Pros: Intel core 2 duo idles at 28 degrees. Load under 40. It don't get no better! Screw down unit, no push pins. Fan has awesome led lighting.

Cons: Pricey

Overall Review: Very wide, you may have to bend a fin or two.

Love it

RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case
RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case

Pros: Case opens completely up, with mobo foldout tray. Lights are awesome. Lots of room. Very easy to build in. Nice hardware tray

Cons: Fan atx connectors are cheap. A good pair of needle nose pliers will help you shove the pins into the connectors.

Overall Review: Had the case for a month before building,did not notice front bezel clips were broke. Contacted raidmax and they sent the front bezel out free the same day. Awesome support!!! Would buy again at the price.