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Cullen G.

Cullen G.

Joined on 05/17/09

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So nice

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Drive door is strong and feels solid. Fan controls are really nice to have. LED switch (see other thoughts). The box is hardcore. When it got to me door the box looked like it was in a battlefield but the case has a lot of protection (see Newegg's review.)

Cons: Came with a little dent on the back lower right side but I just bent it back in place no biggie.

Overall Review: I have this on a table next to my desk so I can burn CDs easy. I was kind double guessing myself because my bed is behind my desk and the case is close to my head. At first the LED lights were rally bugging me until I noticed something that nobody mentioned. There is a LED switch on the back panel, top left. Its a round unmarked button.

A nice looking USB 3.0 enclosure.

BYTECC HD-3525SU3 Aluminum 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA III USB 3.0 Super Speed USB 3.0 to SATA III Enclosure for 2.5"/3.5" HDD/SSD
BYTECC HD-3525SU3 Aluminum 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA III USB 3.0 Super Speed USB 3.0 to SATA III Enclosure for 2.5"/3.5" HDD/SSD

Pros: After a lot of looking around, this was the only enclousure which hit all my requirements: A long-term enclosure with a metal casing that fits. 3.5" drives and is USB 3.0 Pros - Aluminum - Snug fit - takes up less space then my other enclosures. - The stand is pretty good, feels solid.

Cons: - No instructions, but it's pretty obvious to figure out. Just unscrew the screws on the side towards the front, like most.

Needs to be set manually

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM

Pros: Good make and size for the price. Cool heat spreader. Very stable after teaks (see cons) Works well with Core i3-550 and GTX 550 ti

Cons: As the reviews say, you need to set the timing yourself in the bios. Have to set timing as 8-8-8-24 but you should also change command rate to 2. I was getting BSODs when playing game for 10 minutes but I changed the command rate to 2 and I have had no problems for 2 weeks. P.s. Newegg has two different timing sets for this ram. Overview says it 8-8-8-21 and the details page says it 8-8-8-24. 8-8-8-24 is the correct equation.

Overall Review: If you have a motherboard that doesn't allow you to change voltage/ram settings you should get a different set. Well, really, you should get a better motherboard.

Good Gaming Card

ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card ZT-50402-10L
ZOTAC AMP! GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card ZT-50402-10L

Pros: - Runs WoW ultra at 60 fps. - Team Fortress II, Protal II and Homefront Max. - HDMI works well. - Silent (yes, the fan is working) - Very light weight. - Low power needed.

Cons: - Gets hot but does not seem to cause errors. - Install CD is worthless. Wouldn't even open. - Fan is kinda small and seemed kinda cheap (But no errors).

Overall Review: Don't use the CD! Just pop it in, let windows auto install their driver. Reboot. Get new driver from Nvidia. HDMI works well on my 19 inch monitor and superb on my 37 inch tv. Sound is only limited by my TV's speakers. I would buy Zotac again. Core i3 3.2ghz G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB 1333 Corsair CX430 EVGA P55 SLI

solid

CORSAIR CX Series CX430 430W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply
CORSAIR CX Series CX430 430W 80 PLUS BRONZE Active PFC ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply

Pros: Silent Value 80 Plus LONG SHIELDED CABLES! Works so well in my full tower. Reaches everything with no problems at all.

Cons: None, its a good product.

Overall Review: I find power supplies to be the hardest thing to choose in a build. Thanks to newegg's PSU guide thingy and the 80+ option in search I found this PSU and It's superb for my budget gaming rig.

Very Cool CPU

Intel Core i3-550 - Core i3 Clarkdale Dual-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 1156 73W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80616I3550
Intel Core i3-550 - Core i3 Clarkdale Dual-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 1156 73W Intel HD Graphics Desktop Processor - BX80616I3550

Pros: Seems to be very overclock-able! Speedster when using multiple programs. Windows Exp index rates it a 7 before overclocking Super quite fan!

Cons: Dual core but I'm using it in a budget gaming rig. Most games are either single or dual anyway so its doing a good job with a GTX 550 ti.

Overall Review: Idles at 30* running a few programs with stock cooler. I could only make it hit 45*