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Jason H.

Jason H.

Joined on 06/12/06

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Most Favorable Review

Great card, good price

EVGA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 512-P3-N801-AR
EVGA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 512-P3-N801-AR

Pros: One of the fastest cards on the market, and a decent price. You can buy a factory OC'd card for a few bucks more, but overclocking it is so easy, I suggest just getting the "normal" card and learning to do it yourself. It takes a single slot on the mobo, unlike some other recent cards which require two. I'm running it at stock speeds but will OC later. It's very easy to do this with a bios flash or registry editing. This card is VERY easy to OC. With a 7900 GTKO, I was pulling 24-40 FPS in WoW, and 25-30 FPS in NWN2. Now, I am pulling 35-60 FPS in WoW - TBC (Ironforge) and 55-60 FPS in NWN2 - no stutters.

Cons: It's long - about 11.5", so make sure you have room to fit the card in your system. Might need to replace the stock cooler if you're into heavy Ocing, as it seems a bit weak.

Overall Review: This is really a beautiful card, and my previous eVGA card is running smooth as silk (7900 GT KO). I put it in my girlfriend's Dell. Main reason for upgrade was some new DX10 MMOs being released soon (AoC, WAR), and to get a bit of a performance "facelift" for Adobe CS3. eVGA limited lifetime warranty sold me. Unless you put it in the microwave or solder something to the card, you can always turn it in (I exaggerate here slightly, but it's pretty durn close to that). With step-up, you literally are given technology insurance if the next "latest and greatest" comes in 90 days within purchase. eVGA is a great company with great products - and they are pretty attentive on CS. This is literally free money - if you choose to use it. If not, no loss. Win-win situation.

Most Critical Review

Ran great while it lasted

RAIDMAX Vampire RX-800GH Continuous 800 Watts ATX12V / EPS12V SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular PFC Power Supply Intel Haswell Platform Ready
RAIDMAX Vampire RX-800GH Continuous 800 Watts ATX12V / EPS12V SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular PFC Power Supply Intel Haswell Platform Ready

Pros: - Pretty PSU, went great with my black and white build. - Modular - Was quiet until it failed

Cons: - It failed 1 year and 2 months after purchase.

Overall Review: About a year and change after purchase, this unit failed on me. Fan is doing the "death rattle". I'd return it, but honestly, I'd rather just get a higher-quality PSU than deal with any sort of return process, and be without a computer for possibly weeks on end. I've had a few little "quirks" along the way with the PSU while overclocking with a 980 TI which made me believe the PSU was at fault, but nothing definite. Under normal use, this PSU seemed to work fine. I would not purchase again, simply for the reason that I've never had a PSU fail on me in less than three years' time before. Ironically, that 3-year PSU was also a Raidmax, so I won't be going with this brand again. I can only recommend to people to do your research on the tiers of quality in PSUs, and not try to shave 10-15 dollars off of a very vital component in your PC build.

Nice mouse for the price - but failed after eight weeks.

Logitech Recertified 910-004069 G402 Black 8-Buttons 1-wheel USB Wired Optical 4000 dpi Hyperion Fury FPS Gaming Mouse with High Speed Fusion Engine
Logitech Recertified 910-004069 G402 Black 8-Buttons 1-wheel USB Wired Optical 4000 dpi Hyperion Fury FPS Gaming Mouse with High Speed Fusion Engine

Pros: * 8 Buttons<br>* Fluid switching on responsiveness<br>* Good size for my somewhat large hands<br>* LED isn't intrusive, but nice muted slightly blue glow.

Cons: * Extremely light - I do prefer a bit more weight or heft to my mouse<br>* Middle click seems to register two inputs with a single click. Probably a setting, but an annoying default.<br>* Had to download the Logitech software to stop the LEDs from doing the annoying "breathing" mode (fade in and fade out) by default.

Overall Review: All in all, for a mouse, it's a good investment at the price. I'd buy it again. It's nice an responsive, perhaps a touch too responsive at times, but that can be tweaked with settings.<br><br>I'm not a big fan of HAVING to download 3P software for every peripheral. That being said, the logitech software is nice and easy to use. Once the settings are changed, you don't need to keep the software in place/on startup - so that's better than Razer IMO. EDIT: This refurbished unit failed after eight weeks. Middle click no longer works, and a side button is "sticky". Cannot recommend.

Recommended for a great boot drive

HyperX FURY 2.5" 240GB SATA III SSD - Cloud9 Edition SHFS37A-Z/240G
HyperX FURY 2.5" 240GB SATA III SSD - Cloud9 Edition SHFS37A-Z/240G

Pros: Decent size. With a base OS install and "core applications" you can still fit a few high-consumption apps or programs on here.

Cons: It wasn't 250GB?

Overall Review: Got a great deal on this, so no worries. It's a drive, it holds data. It's SATA3. I've seen a few reviews that go on about how it's slower read/write in XYZ benchmark. In real world use, you couldn't tell the difference between this drive and one for $50 more for the same price. Those faster benches seriously don't mean shaving 2-3 seconds off of boot time; we're talking 14ms. TLDR; Good drive, works well, and will run anything you need for a great price.

Masterworks all, you can't go wrong

EVGA 400 N1 100-N1-0400-L1 400W Power Supply
EVGA 400 N1 100-N1-0400-L1 400W Power Supply

Pros: Small. Powerful. Great quality. Worked.

Cons: No power switch.

Overall Review: This really puzzled me, I've never encountered a PSU that did not have a power switch directly on the box. It's a great PSU, so a pretty minor point... But no direct cut off is bad in a few different ways. However, it's EVGA, inexpensive, and will probably last longer than the person I built the computer for. One thing I admire about EVGA, they never cheap out on their stuff. This thing was solidly built, passed the system burn-in, and will be able to power more than what's in the system I built currently, for a fraction of the price of some others.

Cheap, and it worked.

Patriot Signature Line 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PSD38G1600KH
Patriot Signature Line 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PSD38G1600KH

Pros: Very inexpensive.

Cons: Heat spreader in two pieces, seems glued to the side? I don't see any cons to cheap, workable memory.

Overall Review: Honestly, for the price doing a cheap build for a relative, this was perfect. Posted, booted and works fast enough for most applications. No frills, saves the bills.