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Timothy H.

Timothy H.

Joined on 07/25/05

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Most Favorable Review
MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC
MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC

Pros: So far, very pleased. Runs super quiet and cool. Straight out of the box, I'm able to play Battlefield 3 on ultra settings without a hitch at 45-60fps at 720p on my HDTV - sorry, no fancy gaming monitor(s). At the hottest after about 3 hours of play, it didn't reach more than 51C. I got exactly what I expected from a card in this tier.

Cons: Nothing really. Just that it wasn't cheaper (or free), and it didn't come with the Dirt 3 promo at the time of my purchase - my fault, I couldn't wait.

Overall Review: Get the newest Catalyst from AMD. Long version: When I first popped this bad boy in (on a fresh gaming rig build), I had some issues with blue screening and random restarts. I was running Catalyst 12.3 ...then AMD said it had mislabeled that release, and put out a new 12.3 which fixed the random restarting/blue screens. But every now and then, I'd get the dreaded video lock that had to be resolved with a hard reboot (no recovery) - happened a few times when launching a game, and once when loading a video in MPC. Saw there was a 12.4 release, grabbed that, and haven't had a single issue since. Bottom line, if you need something better and have the cash, then grab a 7950 or better. For those of you that know what to expect from this, there's no reason to be disappointed. Just make sure your Catalyst is as current as possible (12.4 at the time of this review), your PSU has enough juice to power all your parts, and that you take proper care and pre-cautions when installing your hard

Most Critical Review

Decent for the price - BUT

ASUS Laptop AMD A8-Series A8-4500M (1.90GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 7640G 15.6" Windows 8 64-Bit K55N-DS81
ASUS Laptop AMD A8-Series A8-4500M (1.90GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 7640G 15.6" Windows 8 64-Bit K55N-DS81

Pros: Price. A quad-core A8 from AMD, and Windows 8 with minimal junkware installed - mostly just ASUS stuff. Comes with a good amount of options for the price - USB 3.0, Bluetooth, HDMI out, SD slot, webcam, etc.

Cons: When plugged in, the touchpad is jumpy. Erratic. Right out of the box on first boot. Put your finger on it, stationary, and it dances around. It's completely unusable in any basic functionality, period. Ran updates, uninstalled the drivers, reinstalled, tried basic drivers, messing with sensitivity/speed, fooled around with Smart Gesture, disabled InstantOn (reaching here), tried other AC outlets, etc. No dice. Unplug the AC power (running on battery), and the touchpad works fine. Not a hiccup whatsoever. Plug it back in, regardless of the battery's presence, and it's jumping all over again. So, just never use it while plugged in or charging? No issues at all, at any point, with a USB mouse hooked up.

Overall Review: "Only" 4GB of RAM. Pretty standard, and enough for most users. Not a negative or anything, but definitely the "lacking" component when compared to the rest of what the system boasts. Only 1 of 2 slots used, so feel free to fill them as your needs require - RAM's cheap these days. Nobody else seems to have mentioned the touchpad issues specific to what I'm experiencing, so maybe I'm the only one so far. Searching online shows the same exact problem across brands and models. Will see what happens with ASUS support, and still toying with the idea of RMA. If you don't end up with a bum touchpad, or it doesn't phase you if you do, this is a solid purchase. And for those complaining about Win 8, just throw Classic Shell on there - it's only a "con" if you let it be.

Beware...

ASUS Laptop Intel Core i3 2nd Gen 2367M (1.40GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 3000 15.6" Windows 8 64-Bit F502CA-EB31
ASUS Laptop Intel Core i3 2nd Gen 2367M (1.40GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 3000 15.6" Windows 8 64-Bit F502CA-EB31

Pros: See the specs versus price. Compared to other options out there, this was a fantastic deal at the time of purchase. Overall build quality seems solid when compared to some of the bargain/cheaply-made laptops out there.

Cons: The first laptop arrived in an unmarked, plain box with none of the branding and padding Newegg is known for. New discretion measures? I honestly thought something had happened in shipping, and the crew just tossed it in a plain box, relabeled, and sent it on its way. So, retail box was inside the brown box - no shipping peanuts or airbags. HDD was busted on arrival, making crazy clicking and grinding noises on first boot. After some awesome troubleshooting (sincerely) with Asus, they wanted me to ship it to them [at my expense], or return it to the point of purchase. Newegg RMA'd it with zero hassle whatsoever. Got the replacement a week later, and sooner than anticipated. Same shipping woes - plain brown box with the retail box inside, and no absolutely no shipping protection. Luckily, this one wasn't DOA. Great! Fast forward 5 weeks, and the fan is making an ungodly grinding noise. The case has just enough "give" that it's already warping, and the fan rubs unless you press and hold in juussttt the right spot. I'm a few days outside of the RMA/refund window now...

Overall Review: No optical drive. Not a big deal in this day and age, but it seems like something that should just be standard on a (full-sized) laptop. No gripes, but something worth noting for someone that didn't think to look before buying. No watching DVDs or burning CDs. The first (refurbished) Asus I bought is still going strong; used daily. The second, new, has a jumpy trackpad, addressed in a previous review (but otherwise going strong - it's a defect, not drivers/etc). This third one has had two chances, and failed both times for different reasons. For those keeping track, that's only a 25% success rate - with the refurbished one having no issues... go figure.

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Cooler Master GeminII M4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Cooler Master GeminII M4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: For the price, you get a metal backer plate and mounting brackets for Intel and AMD, decent thermal paste, the awesome cooler/heatsink itself, and a mounted fan. Bought this to replace the stock heatsink for an AMD A8 APU. It's a little pricier than, say, a Hyper 212 - however, this thing is very compact for those smaller, standard cases. It's roughly the size of a stock heatsink in terms of height. Keeps the APU cool cool COOL, even under heavy testing (Prime95, etc).

Cons: The instructions don't do a very good job instructing. Luckily, I've had past experience with Cooler Master coolers, so I already had an idea what direction to go in. Just recalling my frustration the first time around...

Overall Review: The original mounting brackets for the stock heatsink had 2 little plastic nubs that you clamped the heatsink to using metal clips. After about 10 months, one nub snapped, and the heatsink fell off. Fell off... I'll let that sink in. This cooler comes with a metal mounting plate that you literally screw the brackets/cooler to. If you're building a system, and have limited space, GET THIS, and save yourself a headache later. This is totally worth the extra cash. No problems with my RAM placement and height (2x4GB Crucial Ballistix RAM and ASRock A55M-HVS). People using fancy gaming RAM may have to maneuver some.

Crucial RAM... nuff said

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1333 (PC3L 10600) Laptop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BF1339
Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1333 (PC3L 10600) Laptop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BF1339

Pros: Quality laptop RAM from Crucial. Pop it in and go. :)

Cons: Nada.

Overall Review: They have a good reputation for a reason.

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Xbox 360 Wired Controller Black/Glossy Black
Xbox 360 Wired Controller Black/Glossy Black

Pros: The price is right - less than most (all) retailers. Lightweight design. Long cable. Works with the Xbox and PC - no need to buy the pricier "for PC/Windows" version. And it's plug-and-play too.

Cons: Absolutely none.

Overall Review: I'm just happy to get a genuine Microsoft product after being burned on Amaz- you know, where I got a third-party knockoff "360 Controller" when I clearly purchased under the correct/genuine controller listing. Don't waste your time on other sites prone to shady trickery (you know the usual suspects) trying to catch a deal. Just come here, save yourself from a headache and unnecessary spending, and get what you came for. Like I said, it's cheaper here anyway. Live and learn.