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Sean S.

Sean S.

Joined on 08/22/06

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Most Favorable Review

Sleak n Small

ZOTAC IONITX-F-E Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz, dual-core) MCP7A-ION Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo
ZOTAC IONITX-F-E Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz, dual-core) MCP7A-ION Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo

Pros: ~Intel Atom Dual Core *much better than single core* ~Nvida ION chipset with some pretty sweet graphics for such a small Mobo ~PCI express slot for expansion of a Raid card ~2 Wireless N antenna connectors built into card, 1 already installed and another which just needs an additional cable, with room in back for external antenna mount.

Cons: It's a tight fit for all of the features on the Mobo. You need to punch out the metal on the back plate before installing this Mobo. I think this is because Zotac decided to ship a generic back plate for all of it's motherboard to save on cost.

Overall Review: Installed the mobo in a Rosewill RC-CIX-01. I had to remove the power supply before installing the mobo due to lack of space. I like that they include a molex to sata power converter for those who want to install three Sata devices in there case, I just don't have any additional room due to the mini-itx case I chose to go with.

Most Critical Review

Good going Bad

GIGABYTE GA-A55M-DS2 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-A55M-DS2 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Micro-ATX for my small case Good name brand Dual-Bios Price (got originally for $40)

Cons: Died after approximately 8 months of usage Not an A75

Overall Review: System had most up-to-date bios version. Signs of a problem began around 7 months and slowly degraded to "brick" a month afterwards. Going with another brand for replacement.

Tax season

Intuit TurboTax Deluxe Federal + State + eFile 2011
Intuit TurboTax Deluxe Federal + State + eFile 2011

Pros: A company has been making the tax software for many years now. The product has always been straight forward when time came to fill out taxes. The software can be purchased on sale before taxes are due. When you price out what it costs to sit in a tax preparation office vs just entering in yourself, the trade off is pretty good for one self to fill out the information.

Cons: While the software totes that they are going to maximize your refund or lower what may be owed to the IRS, the reality of the matter is that not all tax incentives are offered up to each user of the software. Partly due to how some of the questions are answered by the user, and partlyq due to the logic built into the software. For complex tax returns, I wouldn't rely heavily on the software suite.

Room for Improvement

Rosewill RC-CIX-01 WI Glossy White Steel Cube Mini-ITX Computer Case with 150W Power Supply and 1x 80mm Fan
Rosewill RC-CIX-01 WI Glossy White Steel Cube Mini-ITX Computer Case with 150W Power Supply and 1x 80mm Fan

Pros: An aesthetically pleasing case from the inside. I liked that they moved the power supply to the front of the case to give overhead room to the motherboard for additional cooling. The case was easy to work with, the screws to remove the power supply were on the bottom of the case, and elevated by the rubber feet.

Cons: An issue that came up with my particular mobo, ZOTAC IONITX-F-E, was that the power supply cables interrupted the use of the PCI express expansion slot. A real downer at first, but after spending some time getting crafty with some ties, I was able to muscle the cabling to something reasonable for use of the PCI express slot.

Overall Review: It would have been a nice gesture for Rosewill to include some plastic/rubber protectors for the installation of devices into the 3.5" and 5.25" bays. I'm thinking about using the rubber bands that the dentist gave me for my braces as a temporary solution to dampen the noise.

Maybe 2nd Times A Charm?

Rosewill R604TSB-N 3 x120mm Cooling Fan Pre-Installed on the TOP,Front and Rear ,ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 450W Power Supply
Rosewill R604TSB-N 3 x120mm Cooling Fan Pre-Installed on the TOP,Front and Rear ,ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 450W Power Supply

Pros: 3 120mm fans! Tool free bays to handle my DVD-rom and HDs. A 450W PSU with dual fans for more air flow control. Top exhaust fan to pull out the rising hot air. Side duct for CPU channeled airflow. But.....

Cons: Minus 2 Eggs for the poor condition of the product. Not sure if it's poor packing or handling by the UPS folks. Either way, the front panel was badly cracked (cheap plastic), and all three of the 5 1/4 bay face plates were rattling around inside the case. It looked like it had gone 12 rounds with Mike Tyson and didn't fair well.

Overall Review: Newegg's customer support rocks and I was able to get an RMA done and in the mail within a day. Building new low end machine for relative for basic everyday use and would like to use this case if it ever arrives in good condition. I am a fan of Rosewill products, but perhaps some of their comp cases are in need of better quality control.

True Black Isn't Up2 Snuff

Acer X233Hbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 40000:1 (ACM)
Acer X233Hbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 40000:1 (ACM)

Pros: ~Size 23" Diagonal ~Full HD 1080p ~HDMI to comply with future video cards

Cons: ~Light bleed-over from bottom (rising sun syndrome) ~The Stand is Flimsy

Overall Review: While I was putting on the stand and heard a metallic noise rattling around inside the monitor. Upon further inspection, it appears that one of the screws was free to roam in the undercarriage ;-( Hopefully it wasn't connected to anything important Upgraded from a Viewsonic VP191b 19" LCD to improve screen real estate.