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William D.

William D.

Joined on 10/29/06

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Most Favorable Review

Nice for the Price

SONY - Studio Monitor Series Headphones (MDR-XD100)
SONY - Studio Monitor Series Headphones (MDR-XD100)

Pros: Padding is comfortable, where it exists. They sound good if you don't know the difference like me. Look cool, but a little blocky. Cord is longer than necessary but very light and springy and fun to play with, even if you aren't a cat...

Cons: If you have basically no hair like me (buzz cut) the absence of any padding on the cross-bar thingy will start to give you a slight, localized headache. Not that bad, though.

Overall Review: You'll look like a DJ wearing these in public. May bolster your street cred.

Most Critical Review

Still in Beta

Empire: Total War PC Game
Empire: Total War PC Game

Pros: Visually stunning. Great sound. Enemy general no longer suicide-charges at the beginning of every battle... he simply orders all his infantry to do so. Naval battles are gorgeous and, contrary to some reviews I've seen, very fun.

Cons: Where do I start? I love the Total War series, but it seems as though this game hasn't left the beta testing stage. I've not yet gotten it to run a campaign game stably for more than a day or two... many CTDs. System is very well-maintained and very powerful and I'm running a fresh Windows install so the CTDs are extremely vexing. In-game, AI is terrible - around half my battles have seen waves of enemy riflemen simply bumrush with bayonnets without bothering to fire a shot. I really want to like this game so far but it's been very disappointing overall... guess I'll go back to playing Medieval II until some of these game-breaking issues get fixed. I'd hate to have the game discs become drink coasters :\

Overall Review: I hate Steam. It's effectively bloatware, if you ask me, though it probably helps limit pirated use of the game to a certain extent. Do yourself a favor and wait a while if you really want to enjoy this game. There will be updates that fix many of the major issues.

Take bad reviews with a grain of salt

CORSAIR CMXAF1 Fans
CORSAIR CMXAF1 Fans

Pros: Very quiet, sturdy build quality, moves a respectable amount of air.

Cons: Zero

Overall Review: I have no clue how these would possibly not install easily. If you have ever snapped two legos together, you can do a tight installation on this in under five minutes. It just clips onto your DIMMs. And yes, it sits a good distance off the sticks themselves; otherwise, how would it move air around them? Some people love to blame their lack of patience and installation skills on the manufacturer...

Tornado

ASUS Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe
ASUS Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe

Pros: Good price, good features. Came basically next-day, even with standard shipping. Newegg continues to impress me with that...

Cons: It's loud, and... well, it's loud. Not rattling loud, just sounds like a powerful little fan blowing air like crazy inside the case. Only when it's reading/writing, though. If you leave a disc in, it quiets down after a while.

Excellent Cooler

Thermaltake CL-P0200 80mm Silent 939 K8 - AMD K8 solution w/ Heatpipe Cooling Tech
Thermaltake CL-P0200 80mm Silent 939 K8 - AMD K8 solution w/ Heatpipe Cooling Tech

Pros: Very, very quiet. Excellent build quality. Fully copper heatsink & pipes. Looks pretty :) Very effective cooling... yes, I am running single-core, but it is still a testament to this cooler that I can run an AMD 4000+ at 3GHz and keep it slightly above room temperature.

Cons: Heavy, but it's not like it's going to break your mobo or something.

Overall Review: This fits on AM2 platforms also. Case cooling heavily contributes to the effect of your CPU cooler... don't drop $60 on a Zalman if you are going to use an empty captain crunch box as your case.

Wanted to like it

MEDIEVAL II: TOTAL WAR PC Game
MEDIEVAL II: TOTAL WAR PC Game

Pros: Unique uniforms for each man in a unit, though faces are still cloned. Smoother and more realistic terrain generation for battles than Rome - no more Mt. Everest rising from Spanish plains.

Cons: Well... where do I start. I can't help but compare this game to Rome. And in that respect, I am sorely disappointed so far. I understand the drive for realism, but even running 1680x1050 with AA/AF I can barely discern in the heat of battle which troops are mine and which are not, despite their banners. In the early campaign, your units (in stats as well as appearance) will be exactly the same as every other faction's around you. The campaign map seems cumbersomely slower than Rome (movement-wise) while any infantry unit in a battle can nearly outrun charging cavalry. The camera in battles is very jerky most of the time. And, as I've experienced in every other TW title, enemy troops will not respond to a bombardment by artillery. I feel bad when I sit with my ballista army and mow them down. Another reviewer mentioned that he was not compelled to build a balanced or realistic army whatsoever, and I'd have to agree. There also remain countless annoying bugs in V1.2.

Overall Review: Been trying to warm up to it for weeks. But, somehow it seems that if you get used to Rome, this game just looks and feels like a downgrade.