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Loc H.

Loc H.

Joined on 12/15/06

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RAM prices are up, so I settled for this

Wintec AMPX 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 3AXT6400C5-2048K
Wintec AMPX 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 3AXT6400C5-2048K

Pros: I was getting tired of my three and a half year laptop, so I decided to go with a budget build... nothing special, AMD Athlon II 425, Gigabyte MA78LM-S2, this RAM, Radeon 4850 1 GB. Basically, fast enough. RAM prices have gone up, so I went with this RAM. I hadn't heard of Wintec before, and I was aware that some Gigabyte mobos were picky about RAM, but these worked perfectly. I didn't really test them too hard, but the particular set I got could hit 900 without any extra voltage and also without loosening the timings. I let it run memtest for only 3 hours (I just wanted to get my game on), and they didn't get errors, so I just stopped the testing there. Unless I get a crash, I'll just assume the system is stable =) Oh, these also have heatspreaders. I doubt RAM really needs it, and I don't even know if these heatspreaders help, but they make handling the RAM easier, at least.

Cons: None, really. I got a little more than advertised, so I'm happy. I guess if you buy this thinking it's crazy high end RAM, then you'll be disappointed at your overclock... but I think you can tell this isn't the highest end RAM from the price.

Overall Review: Wouldn't mind buying Wintec next time. I wait for a previous high end graphics card to hit $100, and that's when I build. For me, this RAM is more than enough. (I normally go for value RAM, so this is a little better. We can consider this to be high end value RAM, right? Or maybe low end "gamer" RAM, whatever that means.)

So far, so good...

GIGABYTE M6800 GM-M6800 Noble Black 4 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1600 dpi Gaming Mouse
GIGABYTE M6800 GM-M6800 Noble Black 4 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1600 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: So far, so good. This mouse is certainly lighter than my previous OCZ Eclipse, but not by much. It's well within comfortable weight for me, and it's not light enough to feel "cheap" (not that weight reflects price...) It tracks accurately, though it's incompatible with one side of my double-sided mousepad. Tracks perfectly on the other side, so I don't really care. The mouse wheel feels solid enough, unlike the Eclipse (sometimes I accidentally scroll one too many notches on that mouse.) 4th and 5th button come in handy for browsing the internet. I pretty much have to buy a mouse with those buttons now. The clicking feels a little bit soft, but good enough. It's also not the quietest click, but not loud like the Eclipse's 4th and 5th buttons. Nice to pick up a mouse at this price (a Hamilton, a Lincoln, and a Washington, with a Lincoln mail in rebate.)

Cons: Cord's a little short, which isn't a problem for me, but be aware of it. If you're coming from a laser mouse (as I am), then you might have gotten lazy when picking up your mouse. You have to pick up this mouse a few millimeters higher for it to stop tracking. This might sound silly, but it does make a difference. You won't believe how precise your muscle memory is.

Overall Review: Giving it five eggs for now. You'll notice that the OCZ Eclipse is no longer sold by Newegg. Pretty much all of those mice (and the Behemoths, too) failed after a few weeks or months. I've noticed that some other cheap laser mice from other brands have failed, too. I guess there's something wrong with that batch of sensors, or maybe just bad soldering. Or maybe all those mice were made by Dexin (Dexin is the Taiwanese company that actually did the manufacturing for OCZ for the Eclipse and Behemoth.) In any case, I'm hoping that this mouse will last me for years to come. Yeah, I still haven't learned. I keep buying cheap mice... but at least I haven't had a cheap optical mouse die on me yet, unlike my cheap Memorex, Rosewill, and OCZ laser mice. Fourth time's a charm...!

Not bad

BIOSTAR Radeon HD 4850 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card VA4853NHG2-YB1RY
BIOSTAR Radeon HD 4850 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card VA4853NHG2-YB1RY

Pros: Strange... I was able to max out the core and mem clocks in ATI Overdrive. It seems most people can easily push 4870 levels on the core (ATI Overdrive limits you to 700 MHz, well below the 4870) but most people can't get the memory too high. Did Biostar use underclocked RAM on their 4850? I hit 1200 MHz no problem, and all games are stable. Benchmarks verify the card is indeed overclocked. Well, I'm happy. I should take the heatsink off sometime to look at the RAM.

Cons: Noisy. Biostar's cooler is kind of loud, but the most annoying thing is the pitch. It's not too high frequency, but definitely higher frequency than the 80 or 120 mm fans you may have in your system. Cooling performance also leaves much to be desired. I was hitting 105 degrees Celsius, which is bearable for the 4800 series core... but I'd prefer something cooler. I have a 120 mm Silverstone fan blowing on the card now, and max temps dropped to 78 degrees Celsius (furmark burn, overclocked to 700/1200.)

Overall Review: I suppose it doesn't make sense to purchase this card right now, with the 4860 (Sapphire-only) going for about the same price. Also, Nvidia is going to shake up the pecking order soon (in ~March 2010, about 2 months' time.) If you NEED a graphics card now, take a look at Sapphire's 4860. If you don't, wait for Nvidia. Otherwise, the 4800 series is a great bargain!

You get what you pay for

GIGABYTE gz-ph3a3 Black SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
GIGABYTE gz-ph3a3 Black SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: +Light (but flimsy!) +Relatively easy to work in despite the size +Looks nice for a low end case (beauty is subjective) +Plenty of bays (I realize that you can't use all the bays, since this is a small case, but it's still good they provided plenty of bays. Since this is such a small case and motherboards can vary, you don't know which bays will be blocked by your other components. By providing plenty of bays, no matter which bay ends up blocked, you still can install your drives) +Case doors are easy to open and close (Many cheap cases are hard to open and close. You have to carefully align the case door before trying to slide it in.) +The top 5.25" bay has a door and button +Fan slot placement seems well thought out (there's a preinstalled 80 mm fan in the rear and a spot for a 120 mm fan above where the graphics card would be) +The largest graphics cards should fit, though they'll certainly take up a hard drive bay or two. My 4850 fits with 2-3" to spare, but also steals

Cons: -Flimsy (but light!) The front is plastic, but everything else is thin aluminum, especially the rear. The doors are somewhat thin. -The button for the optical drive may press down on the eject button once you actually install your drive. I had to loosen the front panel at the top to fix this. -Some sharp edges, especially after you punch out the covers for the PCI slots or the panel for your motherboard. -The front panel audio cable is a little short. This can be a problem for some motherboards. Same for the front panel USB, although most motherboards tend to place the USB risers somewhat closely to the front panel. -Although this is a micro ATX case, it did not exactly match my micro ATX motherboard. I had to be careful when installing RAM, because the case had no place to secure the motherboard near the edge where the RAM slots were. Press too hard, and I'd snap my motherboard. For what it's worth, this is a Gigabyte case, and my motherboard is a Gigabyte MA78LM-S2. Odd.

Overall Review: Ran out of room for cons, but here's one more: As with most micro ATX cases, large power supplies will conflict with your Blu-Ray/DVD/CD drives. In my case, I have about an inch clearance between the two. Plug in the cables for the drive first, then install the power supply... unless you have magical fingers. Although this wasn't really an issue for me, if you plan on upgrading your computer every few months, you probably want a full ATX case. If you only work on your computer once, you only have to go through some slight frustration once. After that, you'll never open the case again. I'd get this case again, no regrets, since I'm the type to build a computer and use it for the next 3-5 years without upgrading. If you're going to occasionally pop in a new graphics card, I suppose this case is fine. However, if you're going to change motherboards frequently, why are you even looking at micro ATX?

Pretty decent mouse overall but there are flaws

OCZ Technology Eclipse Black USB Wired Laser 2400 dpi Gaming Mouse
OCZ Technology Eclipse Black USB Wired Laser 2400 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: +Tracking is good. I had a cheap laser mouse before, and this mouse tracks on more surfaces. Using a mousepad is always ideal, but sometimes you won't have the luxury. I've tested this mouse on a few semi-glossy and glossy surfaces, and this mouse reacts quite well. +Ergonomics are decent. This mouse is ideal for the claw grip; you wouldn't want to palm this mouse. Button placement is mostly decent; the DPI switch is designed well. There's a little "nub" on the DPI switch so your index finger can't slip off too easily. Rather than a simple unidirectional toggle, OCZ has elected to go with an up/down switch, so you can adjust DPI up or down. +There is an adjustable weight cartridge... but... see Cons. +The mouse comes with software on a mini-CD, which does work. You can drag-and-drop it to your hard drive, if you so desire. +The driver supports adjusting the USB polling rate to 1000 Hz. +The mouse is programmable, and has its own memory, so you can store 3 profile

Cons: -The software is not the most intuitive thing around, but you will most likely only need to run it once. The mouse can save up two 3 profiles, which should be enough. You can save more profiles on your hard drive and run the software to upload the profiles as necessary, but this is a slight hassle. Programming some of the scripts is a little bit of a hassle due to the interface of the software. -The adjustable weight is more of a gimmick compared to some other mice. You can change the weight of this mouse from really light to light. -The middle wheel is flawed, at least for me. When I rotate it, there's a certain position where it's easier to middle click. I've shifted my grip further back and now I use a lighter touch when using the mousewheel, but I shouldn't have to do this. Still, I haven't made a mistake since becoming aware of this flaw on my mouse, so it's not a big enough of a problem for me to RMA the mouse. -Buttons 4 and 5 are LOUD and resist a bit too much.

Overall Review: Overall, OCZ has made a mouse that tracks quite well and is quite sturdy. It's also comfortable with a nice rubbery feel. Compared to the more well-known mouse makers, I'd say the OCZ Eclipse is closest to a Razer in shape. It might be a tad taller, though. You can't fine-tune this mouse as well as some of the other gaming mice, but for the price, I think this mouse is quite the deal. My only gripe is with the mouse wheel (variable resistance to middle clicking as I rotate the mouse wheel.) Like I said above, I've adjusted my grip a little, so I haven't run into any problems regarding accidentally middle clicking. Half an egg off for the middle mousewheel flaw; a quarter off for the software being clunky, and another quarter off for the 4th and 5th buttons being a bit too hard to press and too loud for my tastes. Even then, this mouse is good enough such that I don't miss not using a Logitech or Razer. Would buy again... from Newegg, of course! =)

Unbeatable for the price

Rosewill RM-408 Blue & Black 6 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB or PS/2 Wired Laser Mouse
Rosewill RM-408 Blue & Black 6 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB or PS/2 Wired Laser Mouse

Pros: Can't find a better mouse for the price. Tracks pretty well (sometimes I use the surface of the laptop as a mousepad, and tracking is still good enough there.) The mouse isn't stunningly beautiful, but it looks pretty good considering it's about as expensive as most basic three button mice. Heck, I thought I'd have to pay the cost of a new game to get a decent laser six button mouse. All-in-all, a pretty sturdy mouse (I've dropped it more than a few times onto wood floors and other objects) with a thicker-than-average cord and good features.

Cons: Because of the price, I'm not subtracting anything from the overall rating, but I do have some minor complaints that may seem superficial: My fingers are relatively long, so the tips of my fingers can rest on the frame of the mouse rather than the buttons. The way the rubber grip is glued onto the mouse allows you to bend the bottom part of the rubber up. The buttons can move probably half a millimeter before actually hitting the internal switches that send the click signal, which make the mouse "feel" a little cheap. The Rosewill logo could look better. The drivers could be much better and allow for better configuration of macros. The DPI LED could be placed in a better location, so my palm doesn't cover it.

Overall Review: The infrared laser goes a bit into the visible light spectrum! I can see the laser! AUGH MY EYES