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Edward H.

Edward H.

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Just what I needed!

ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro - Compact Multi-Compatible Tower CPU Cooler | 92 mm PWM Fan | for AMD AM4 and Intel 115x CPU | Recommended up to 115 W TDP
ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro - Compact Multi-Compatible Tower CPU Cooler | 92 mm PWM Fan | for AMD AM4 and Intel 115x CPU | Recommended up to 115 W TDP

Pros: Core i7 860 on a Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 micro-ATX MB. With the stock CPU cooler the chip was running 31C. Not shabby, but the side vent on my case let me hear the CPU cooling fan howl through the night. I needed a quiet CPU cooler that was also inexpensive. Found it in this cooler. The plastic X mount that goes on the MB has three spots for pegs in each arm. For the 1156 socket, the proper hole is the middle one. I messed up and put the mount on at right angles to what was needed, so I had to remove it. This was a straightforward needle nose pliers job. No problem. You remove the fan (instructions show you how) to get at the screws that hold the cooler to the plastic mount. They do a great job of holding the cooler to the chip nice and tight. It has pre-applied thermal transfer paste, so no sweat there. This was the first computer I built, so I wasn't sure whether the fan would push or pull the air. It pushes air into the cooling vanes. I found out by going to arctic-cooling.co

Cons: I had to figure out for myself to point the cooler airflow at the case exhaust fan. Actually, that's not much of a con, is it?

Overall Review: So, the howl is gone. Mission accomplished. And, hey: the chip now runs at 19C - a drop of 12C. Pretty cool, eh?

10/15/2009
Most Critical Review

Veer off

NZXT BETA EVO Classic Series CS-NT-BETA-EVO Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
NZXT BETA EVO Classic Series CS-NT-BETA-EVO Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: This case has so many good ideas - it is 3/8 inch wider than its NZXT peers, so there is just enough room for regular SATA cables with HD's, for example. The HD's sit at right angles so that their cables are out of the air path; this is especially important for legacy IDE drive flat cables. It has provision for six fans, including two to cool cards in all the slots as well as parts of the MB. With the front fan, you have a balance of up to three intake fans and up to three exhaust fans, although with two open grids that more than accommodate 140mm fans, the top two fans are clearly optional. Toolless drive mounting. Access hole in the MB tray to mount modern CPU coolers. I thought this would be the best case. Alas

Cons: The filter for the power supply unit is fastened to the bottom of the case with screws. In order to get it off, you must unscrew the four screws from the outside and then remove the PSU to get at the filter from the inside. Because similar NZXT cases have exterior-mounted slide-off filters, I thought this would be true of this case. Wrong! You are left with three unpleasant choices: 1. Remove the PSU periodically to change out/clean the filter. 2. Remove the filter and let your PSU suck up unfiltered air from underneath. 3. Run your PSU upside down. This will suck air from the case, providing a fourth exhaust fan. OTOH, it might disrupt the airflow in the case, so that you no longer have the air going up. BTW - the front-mounted fan is not quiet enough to live there. The motor noise is not terribly loud, but it does buzz. It might be OK in the back.

Overall Review: The NZXT Gamma and M59 have either the same (Gamma) or similar (M59) fan arrangements, but they are a trifle taller and a little narrower - you will need right-angle SATA cables for the HD's for example. Despite the case's problem, I give it 3 eggs because it is otherwise a good case, and reasonably priced.

Precision fity

Coboc Model SC-SATA3-10-LL-RD 10" SATA III 6Gb/s Data Cable w/Latch,UV Red
Coboc Model SC-SATA3-10-LL-RD 10" SATA III 6Gb/s Data Cable w/Latch,UV Red

Pros: Plugs on each end fit nicely into standard SATA sockets on motherboard and SSD. They don't pull to the side and they don't pull out. The fit is not too tight. Perfect. If I ever need more, I'll get more of these.

Cons: none

Overall Review: These have SATA III speed. Most inexpensive cable plugs fit loosely into SATA sockets. These fit just right.

Old reliable

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold (SS-650KM Active PFC F3) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Hasw
SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold (SS-650KM Active PFC F3) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Hasw

Pros: + Steady, reliable. + It is modular. + It has extra modular cables.

Cons: - None

Overall Review: Newegg tells me I got my first one of these in 2010. Can it really have been so long ago? That one worked so well I couldn't pass up another one during the winter sales. These X-series do well in reviews, and my two are doing just fine. The secret to buying PSU's is to anticipate about when you will be building a new rig, then looking for sales, pulling the trigger when you see the right price. It's also a good idea to have a spare PSU if you can afford one. You can buy almost any other part off the shelf from a local retailer, or wait a few days for Newegg. If you do that for a sudden right-now need for a PSU, you're likely to pay more than you wanted to pay.

Wow

Acer K242HL Bbid Black 24" 6ms HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor250 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (3000:1), Tilt Adjustable
Acer K242HL Bbid Black 24" 6ms HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor250 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (3000:1), Tilt Adjustable

Pros: + No dark pixels. + Rich and supple coloring throughout. + Even lighting throughout. + Wide field of view. + Very light weight. + Came together easily. + Very low price for a 24-inch display

Cons: - No place for a separate audio cable. - No digital video cable included.

Overall Review: I was getting a little tired of my 19-inch Asus cheapy. The colors were not supple (don't know how else to describe it). Meh. It displayed, and it had its own speakers; but I was never happy with the view. I have another Acer on my wife's machine. Rich viewing. So when this became available for $99 in a Black Friday sale, I bit. I live in New Jersey, so I guess I was not shocked when it arrived on Cyber Monday. I put it to work immediately. I found and old DVI-to-HDMI cable from a TV and used that for my hookup. The picture was bright and perfect from the start. So far I have not tried any sound, but I don't think DVI carries any. Still exploring, but for $99 this was a great purchase.

Outstanding service

Brother MFC series MFC-J625DW Up to 35 ppm Black Print Speed 6000 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality Wireless (802.11 b/g/n) InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer
Brother MFC series MFC-J625DW Up to 35 ppm Black Print Speed 6000 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality Wireless (802.11 b/g/n) InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer

Pros: I have had the MFC-J625DW for more than a year. Setup was easy. As we have added computers to our home net, adding the printer to those machines has been straightforward each time. The scanner and printer functions have worked perfectly. For example, if you want to scan, you go to the AiO. You tell it to scan to file, and pick which computer you want to scan to. It then sends a PDF file of the scan to that computer, which opens a window to the scans directory. Dead simple. So much easier than going to an app and telling it to scan, using Windows software. Of course, you can still do that, but the on-scanner method is much better. And there is a document feeder that actually works. Copying is easy, too. The other day the AiO stopped communicating over the wifi. I was convinced the radio had died -- and just over a year old. But I discovered from the Newegg page that the J625DW has a two-year limited warranty, so I called customer service. I reached a nice Philippine lady who spoke perfect English. She guided me through a printer reset, and Lo! the J625DW was communicating on the net again. And then the lady guided me through arcane corners of the Windows operating environment to improve the network settings. I have dealt with good and bad service over the years. This was superb service.

Cons: The naming system for scanned files includes a date format of mm-dd-yyyy. I wish they would use yyyy-mm-dd instead. As a con, this is pretty small beans.

Overall Review: I also have an HL-5250DN laser printer that just soldiers on. That works so well, that I turned to the same company when I needed a replacement AiO. I am happy I did. I am thinking that this printer is no longer being made. If I need another, I will follow the link to its successor.

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with all the pieces intact. What more could I ask? Even the equipment works fine.

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Quick and painless

Got my USB wall charger as promised, and quickly too. Packing was good. This is actually the second time I have bought from them. I'd do it again.

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