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Michael M.

Michael M.

Joined on 04/17/06

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Most Favorable Review

Love it so far

GIGABYTE GA-D510UD Intel Atom D510 BGA559 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo
GIGABYTE GA-D510UD Intel Atom D510 BGA559 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: Dual Bios, small (well of course!), high quality build, dual DDR2 slots, simple layout.

Cons: CPU fan is tiny...too tiny...but that is an easy fix!

Overall Review: Love the board so far. Oh, and there are OC options...

Most Critical Review

Blaaa

NVIDIA Pick 1 of 3 GAMES: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4 and The Crew (Up to $59.99 Retail Value)
NVIDIA Pick 1 of 3 GAMES: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4 and The Crew (Up to $59.99 Retail Value)

Pros: Be great if UPLAY were easy....

Cons: Nothing but problems downloading from UPLAY....in the respect that it simply won't. Reading around it is a common problem. Good thing it was a free game...have zero interest in chasing it down through support.

It's great....and a white pcb!

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK S ATX Motherboard
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK S ATX Motherboard

Pros: Excellent board...and the PCB is WHITE!!!! OC is a breeze, lots of extra bits included...just LOOK for them before reviewing :)

Cons: None. Price has come down $30 since I bought it.....boo! That's the price you pay to be an early adopter I guess :)

Overall Review: If you are thinking about getting this board...think no longer and just get it before they are all gone!

Nice...poor ventilation

Thermaltake Element Q VL52021N2U Black SGCC / Plastic Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 200W SFX Power Supply
Thermaltake Element Q VL52021N2U Black SGCC / Plastic Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 200W SFX Power Supply

Pros: Nice and small. Good fit and finishWanted to replace my aging "homebrew" server made from what was at one time an eMachines t3025. Replaced...well everything in it except the case. It was big and a power hog so time to upgrade and downsize. The PSU is 220 watt. Fine for what I am doing which is using this as a NAS and print server box. My WD External HDD's died so cost just as much to make a more flexible "External HDD". Oh, it's metal not plastic BTW.

Cons: Since I had it I figured I throw in a CD/DVD drive. With it installed it is far too tight inside to get much of any airflow so out it goes. Speaking of airflow...there is none...I mean none. The PSU does not help matters as it exhausts right onto the motherboard. Flipped it over and cut a vent hole which helps. Now I have to install fans as my temps are still far too high on the 2 750GB HDD's for my taste. High 30's to mid 40's @ idle...yiikes! 20's are what my 1200 runs...under load. The MB is @ 38C. This is WITH crossflow fans installed. BUT the Atom at idle I have gotten down to 13-15C. I guess It isn't so bad as I like a challenge...and customizing cases but some plug and play is nice also. So my Sunday will be productive making this case coooool AND quiet...

Overall Review: If you are getting this for say an HTPC I think it is too tight inside for adequate airflow if you plan on using a DVD/Bluray drive. If not, it's a great little case for HDD's if you add the proper ventilation. 3 stars due to the PSU fan issue and little to no ventilation stock.

T61

ThinkPad Laptop T Series T61 (765803U) Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 (2.00GHz) 1GB Memory 120GB HDD Intel GMA X3100 14.1" Windows XP Professional
ThinkPad Laptop T Series T61 (765803U) Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 (2.00GHz) 1GB Memory 120GB HDD Intel GMA X3100 14.1" Windows XP Professional

Pros: It's a T61...what more can you say!? Generally most people "overbuy" with any computer products especially lappys. This is a tad high pricewise but I think worth it. Love the matte screens vs the trend of the glossys. Gloss is totally worthless in a high light enviroment or outside. This screen is nice and those that are wanting more "brightness" outside are I think comparing the matte to the gloss...and what you may get in "brightness" with a gloss outside you lose becasue you cannot see it. Sure the gloss appears brighter Nice small form factor, dvd drive, touchpad...all things I like and wanted.

Cons: None!

Overall Review: COME WITH XP PRO!!!!! What more could you want!??!

Fun!

NaturalPoint TRACK IR Ultra Optical Head Tracking Package
NaturalPoint TRACK IR Ultra Optical Head Tracking Package

Pros: Does what it should...really wanted one forever and finally sprung for it. Adds a whole new level to sim games my main reason for getting it.

Cons: Price

Overall Review: I have an LG 22 widescreen and have noticed on some racers it doesnt do too much to improve ones field of view as with the wider screens of today you can see much more.