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Mike W.

Mike W.

Joined on 03/06/08

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Most Favorable Review

Great power supply

Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold - 1000W Power Supply with 80 PLUS Gold Certification and Semi-Modular Cables
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold - 1000W Power Supply with 80 PLUS Gold Certification and Semi-Modular Cables

Pros: - Very quiet. It's not "silent" in the purest sense of the word, but it's quiet enought that the fan sound gets lost in the background ambient room noise anyway. - It has more than sufficient power for my quad core and 2 x 5870 video cards. - Eliminated the weird squeal that my previous PS had with some games.

Cons: - Not really a con, but I would have preferred that the main bundle of power cables (non-modular) to be a bit more flexible for cleaner cable routing purposes.

Overall Review: - It's mostly modular, but I ended using all the non-modular cables anyway, so even if they were all modular to begin with it would have not made a difference here. - I feel that it's worth mentioning that initially there was a shipping snafu, but NewEgg did a wonderful job it straightening it our for me. I am very satisfied with their customer support!

Most Critical Review

Great entry level monitor, but NOT for serious Gaming

ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers
ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers

Pros: - Looks great in Windows 7 64-bit. Colors are very rich, bright, and vibrant.

Cons: - Blacks are TERRIBLE! Even with many tries at fiddling with the OSD commands and the presets (which are practically useless). The black levels are very much like my old rear-projection TV -- it could never get to true black, only very dark grey. This is likely because the thing just too bright.

Overall Review: - I struggled with rating this one a three, but for me the poor black levels are just unacceptable. - If you're looking for a general purpose monitor, and aren't too concernced with black levels (night scenes in games, etc), then I think this monitor is fine. However for gaming, I cannot recommend it.

Very pleased

StarTech.com PEXESAT322I PCI-Express x1 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 2 Int/2 Ext SATA Controller Card
StarTech.com PEXESAT322I PCI-Express x1 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) 2 Int/2 Ext SATA Controller Card

Pros: - Easy setup for on older system with PCI-E slot. - Inexpensive. - Kit contains one SATA cable. - Instructions were satisfactory for my needs.

Cons: - None for my setup.

Overall Review: I needed to add a couple of SATA ports to my older system, which I'm using as a combo HTPC and backup. The motherboard only has two SATA ports, so by adding this, I've now got two D: drives in software RAID 1 via the Windows disk management. As others have mentioned, take time and read the manual. For my experience, it's short but actually much better than normal. Basically my setup worked the first time.

Nice!

EVGA GeForce GT 630 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card 02G-P3-2639-KR
EVGA GeForce GT 630 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card 02G-P3-2639-KR

Pros: - Easy install in Windows 7. - Worked immediately on the first boot up. - Plenty fast for video streaming and simple games. - HDMI out works great; connected to my home receiver. - Stays cool, and does not need the extra power connector.

Cons: - none

Overall Review: I'm using this in my HTPC, and so far it's been great. I simply have the one HDMI cable running from the video card to my receiver, and both the video and audio are excellent. Very pleased.

11/14/2013

Belongs in the "Best Memory Ever" Category?

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK

Pros: - Works the first time, and at the stated speed.

Cons: none

Nice

Microsoft 5SH-00001 Black USB RF Wireless Standard Desktop 800 for Business
Microsoft 5SH-00001 Black USB RF Wireless Standard Desktop 800 for Business

Pros: - Full size standard keyboard. - Very light, but still feels durable. - Mouse is comfortable, and has an on/off switch.

Cons: none

Overall Review: There are only a few of those goofy "short-cut" type keys, but there all along the top and out of the way. It's basically just nice a nice standard 101 keyboard.