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Noah A.

Noah A.

Joined on 12/29/05

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Most Favorable Review

Why Corsair leads the pack....

CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWINX2048-3200
CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWINX2048-3200

Pros: ...now I know. For the price you pay for them, this pair of RAM is pretty nice. The black heat spreaders are a nice touch as well... they make the inside of your case look a little slicker and they have a good function, too.

Cons: Be cool, stay in school. Crack is whack, yo. Or that's what I <i>would</i> be saying to you if you <i>actually</i> thought there were cons to be uncovered.

Overall Review: It's RAM, and it's by Corsair, what else do I need to say?

Most Critical Review

Extra 0.75" of silicon too much to ask?

MSI K9N2G Neo-FD AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI K9N2G Neo-FD AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Good price, good features, plenty of options in the BIOS (so many I probably won't ever touch more than half of them).

Cons: The motherboard is about three-quarters of an inch or so too narrow to reach the third column of motherboard standoffs for a standard ATX motherboard. This means that putting in RAM and plugging in/unplugging the PSU will cause the motherboard to bend due to the force required. Personally, I don't like seeing my sensitive electronics bending at a ~15 degree angle, no matter what I spent on them. The BIOS is also a tad finnicky in that a setting I changed caused me to get an error upon restart that "an overclocking setting failed" (not the exact message I received, but close enough), even though none of the settings I changed had anything to do with overclocking. This forced me to reset the BIOS to defaults and change one setting at a time to figure out which one upset the BIOS. Then, even though I changed the SATA settings back to RAID before attempting to boot back to Windows, I got a "missing operating system" error due to , which caused further headaches.

Overall Review: A slightly less nit-picky BIOS and an extra 12x0.75 bit of silicon to let one use standoffs to support the motherboard on the right side edge would have made this board a solid 5-egg motherboard in my opinion.

Very quiet, but not very powerful.

Antec TrueQuiet 120 Non-LED LED Case Fan
Antec TrueQuiet 120 Non-LED LED Case Fan

Pros: Even on the high setting I can barely even hear it unless I put my ear within an inch of the fan. Essentially, if you're explicitly paying attention you'll be able to tell if your computer is on or not, but if you don't you'll never notice the noise.

Cons: I originally purchased these fans to replace the stock fans on my Antec Twelve Hundred case, which I love (but would love more if it didn't sound like a jet engine). I didn't notice until I got home, though, that the high setting on these fans doesn't even match the cubic feet of air moved per minute or RPM on the LOW setting of the stock fans, much less exceed it.

Overall Review: Great to replace the stock fans on a pre-built machine, but if you've already got enthusiast level equipment, you probably don't need this unless the noise level of the fans is mission critical to your application (recording music, for example). I'd like to see Antec release a version of this that could match or at least compete with the power of their TriCool line, if only to see how much of a difference the fan blade design, rubber corners and metal-free mounting system actually makes.

Pricing doesn't make sense

ASUS Eee PC EPC1002HA-BLK006X Brushed Aluminized Intel Atom 10.0" WSVGA 1GB Memory 160GB HDD Netbook
ASUS Eee PC EPC1002HA-BLK006X Brushed Aluminized Intel Atom 10.0" WSVGA 1GB Memory 160GB HDD Netbook

Pros: Looks like a great netbook spec-wise (I don't actually own it... read below). Very stylish with the brushed metal finish, which I happen to really like...

Cons: After browsing a little bit and narrowing down my choices to a few models, all ASUS EeePCs, I started an in-depth scrutinizing of the specs of three models (1000-BK03, 1000HE-BLK005X and this one). This one would've taken the cake, and I certainly would've been game to get the brushed metal finish for $30 extra, if it wasn't for the battery. Unlike EVERY OTHER EeePC NewEgg carries (that I looked at, anyway, and I looked at practically every one under $500) it has a very short-lived battery life, even on the white-paper estimates, which are almost always longer than you really get if you're using more than half the capabilities of the machine. For $55 less ($25 of which is because it's currently on sale) you get almost the same thing, except for the processor (which is actually better) and a plain black finish in the EeePC 1000HE-BLK005X.

Overall Review: Mildly disappointed in ASUS' pricing scheme. I would've been absolutely sold on this netbook and even willing to accept the one-notch-down processor if I could get a 6-cell Li-Ion battery on this model instead of the polymer battery that it ships with.

A good but reasonably-sized GPU.

EVGA GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 512-P3-N956-TR
EVGA GeForce 9500 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 512-P3-N956-TR

Pros: Standard eVGA quality. I've owned all eVGA GPUs over the past 4 or 5 years for a total of 4 cards, including this one, and would buy from them any day. If your graphics needs aren't way high, this card is nice because it's not a behemoth like the top-end GPUs these days.

Cons: It wasn't free? *shrug* I got nothin'.

Overall Review: Unless you need bleeding edge graphics, buy this card.

Hooray x64!

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders

Pros: 64-bit. Recognizes all your RAM. Runs older programs just fine (if it can't run your program, you probably shouldn't be using it anymore anyway... upgrade versions, you cheap bums). Stable. User Account Control ("those annoying popups" for less technically inclined folk) can be disabled, so if the constant requests for permission to do stuff annoy you, a few clicks solves the problem. Aero is teh shineys if you have a graphics card (note: I did not specify a GOOD graphics card... practically any current PCI-E graphics card $60 and up will get you a 5.0 (out of 5.6) or higher windows experience rating in the Aero graphics category.

Cons: Forces you to manually load SATA and RAID drivers to install. I slipstreamed them into a custom installation using vLite and I still had to load them manually. Also, for nLite users, vLite's unattended options for the product key and user accounts/localization settings don't work and must still be manually entered as well. This will probably be fixed in a later version of vLite, but it sucks for now. Driver slipstreaming still works, though, which still allows you to shave an hour or so off the total time required to get the installation up and running.

Overall Review: Quit draggin' yer feet and upgrade. Whoever told you Vista sucks doesn't know what they're talking about. Only reason to wait at this point is for Windows 7.