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Philip H.

Philip H.

Joined on 08/22/05

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One of the best from OS from Microsoft

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Pros: Very responsive. Little to none program crashes. Recovers quick and painlessly, response time is quick *depending on your computer specs* very easy to use, great short cuts, program support, and software-backing.

Cons: Like all Windows OS tradition, you still get those blue screens of death here and there but that could be due to hardware problems, rarely software. PCs with older Windows OS can't recognize or connect to Windows 7 networking systems due to certain file sharing encryption issues. Windows 7 uses 128 bit, but Vista and older doesn't. Not really a con, but it did take some time for me to figure out why I couldn't set up a networking system for my printer at home that is connected to four computers.

Overall Review: Windows 7 really is just a overhauled Vista. Instead of updating Vista to fix all the bugs and nannies, Microsoft decided to make a whole new OS, which I think is one of the best one they made. For some reason, Microsoft has this habit of making awful OS systems every other generation of OS since Windows 95. I think I'll be sticking with Windows 7 till they fix everything that's wrong with Windows 8 for power PC users. For touch screen and mobile, I'm sure it's a great product, but not for gamers, media or PC enthusiasts.

Very Sleek, Looks awesome!

IN WIN 901 Black Aluminum / Tempered Glass Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case Compatible with ATX PS2 / EPS 12V PSU Power Supply
IN WIN 901 Black Aluminum / Tempered Glass Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case Compatible with ATX PS2 / EPS 12V PSU Power Supply

Pros: Very clean, unique, looks better than a Mac, small, good amount of cabling management, roomy for a small mini-atx case. Touch sensitive "on" button is a great touch.

Cons: No 3.5" bay for optical drives. Only fits Mini-ATX motherboards! Radiator needs to be installed outside of the case at the rear. A bit difficult to connect all the usb cables and dvi cables because you have to unscrew the back panel to connect it and then screw it back. Not a hard thing to do, but it's a bit tricky when there's a radiator hooked on the back panel.

Overall Review: This case was really fun to build around in. The cabling management is thoughtfully planned out, there is enough space for a GTX 970 GPU, and the HDD bays are well laid out where and not very visible when the glass panels are on. The screws are nicely sized so that you can just hand screw them without tools. Don't screw it too tight or you might crack the glass. The only issues I have with this case is that it requires a slim optical drive. The drive bay is located at the bottom of the case where the bottom opening is. Internal slim optical drives are hard to find these days so I opted for an slim external drive with the same stainless steel finish to match the case. Another thing that I don't like is that if you're going the water cool route, the radiator can only be installed outside of the case, this is a problem if you want to set up a push/pull fan set up on the radiator but it's not a big deal for me. It's very nice of them to design some holes to allow the water tubes to go through from the back to the inside so it's still maintains a clean look. About the back panel though, in order to hook up all of your peripherals to the motherboard, you will need to unscrew the back panel to get access to it and then screw the panel back on. This is a bit tricky if you have a radiator attached to it and the water tube is a bit short. Kind of nerve racking since it makes you worry if the tube will come off the unit and liquid will start spilling out. Overall, the heat dissipation inside the case is mediocre. There is one fan bay in the front, and you can install a 90mm fan inside the case at the back and a 120mm fan for the radiator. Conclusion: Besides the set backs on those points, I will definitely build another unit with this case.

Awesome upgrade, works flawlessly

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-3975-KR 4GB SSC GAMING w/ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-3975-KR 4GB SSC GAMING w/ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling Graphics Card

Pros: Handles Far Cry 4 at ultra setting like a champ! Barely notice any lag....actually no lag at all! Same with BF4. It will take anything you throw at and performs flawlessly. EVGA quality!

Cons: There's no second DVI port for a dual screen set up. You will need to connect it via HDMI, which I personally do not prefer to use. Not a real problem where I knock off an egg. The fans do get loud at certain points when it's performing at heavy loads.

Overall Review: A huge upgrade over my year old GTX 660 Ti. Don't know why I didn't go with the 670 last year but now I'm glad I waited for the 970 GTX. This is something I'm not used to and it's a great investment when it comes to gaming and video editing.

Clean design, very slim, backlit keys are a great touch

Logitech K740 Illuminated USB Keyboard
Logitech K740 Illuminated USB Keyboard

Pros: Very slim design, key touches similar to laptops, backlit keys are awesome, adjustable brightness feature, logitech reliability.

Cons: When it gets dusty, that's why all hell breaks loose on the resting pad. The material they use is similar to a matte-type surface. Makes wiping away dusts off your keyboard a chore. You need to really scrub at it to get all the dust off or it starts smearing. Pretty nasty.

Overall Review: Other than the cleaning issue, everything is great. I will recommend it to my customers.

Does what it's supposed to do

Corsair CO-9050030-WW Air Series SP120 120mm White LED High Static Pressure Case Fan - Twin Pack
Corsair CO-9050030-WW Air Series SP120 120mm White LED High Static Pressure Case Fan - Twin Pack

Pros: Clean design, LEDs are bright, blows good amount of CFM, quiet. Corsair quality.

Cons: None yet so far.

Overall Review: Matches well with white case w/clear side panels. Pushes good amount of CFM to keep the interior cool and it's pretty quiet at mid load. I will recommend to my customers.

Follow up on Review from 06/17/2014

Crucial M500 CT120M500SSD1 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) 2.5" 120GB MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Crucial M500 CT120M500SSD1 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) 2.5" 120GB MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Works like a charm, fast reading/writing, great price, does what it should do after you do some "tweaking" to your OS system

Cons: For those who are not tech savvy will not know what to do when it starts to get all jittery. Loses connection time to time, freezes up, motherboard will have a hard time reading it. Look at other thoughts.

Overall Review: I first wrote a review about this back in 06/17/14 regarding how jittery and unstable this drive is, losing connection on random moments, and the computer will just freeze up. I called tech support and they suggested that the drivers be updated to fix this problem and once I did, no more problems. Works flawlessly since then and had no problems since then. It's been 3 months since then. For those who are having problems similar to mine and runs Windows 7 or 8, try updating your driver Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sounds > Device Manager > Disk Drives > Crucial_CT120M500 ATA Then click on the "Driver" tab and "Update Driver" It should be automatically done for you from there and hopefully, this will solve your problems as well.

10/30/2014