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Clinton W.

Clinton W.

Joined on 12/13/06

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Most Favorable Review

3 = Perfect for eyefinity

ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED Black 24" (23.6" Vis) LED Backlight LCD monitor
ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED Black 24" (23.6" Vis) LED Backlight LCD monitor

Pros: I recently bought three of these after a great deal of research to construct my eyefinity setup. After reading through a ton of reviews for monitors that met my desired features and specs (21.5" - 24", accurate color representation, VESA mount, <$200, etc.) these hit the sweet spot. This review will serve to satisfy others looking for monitors that have the same high standards for their future set ups. Color: 9/10 - I have a 23" Dell IPS at work and these monitors are as close as it comes to that without dropping 500 bucks on a single monitor. - All 3 displays came out of the box with identical color representation (some tweaks to contrast and brightness in CCC are all it took to correct any issues) - No red, blue or green hues to fight. Whites are bright, blacks are deep and colors are true - No back light bleed at all once the brightness is adjusted (it comes out of the box a bit hot) - No color banding - No dead/stuck pixels Continued in CONS

Cons: Features: 10/10 - these have the exact feature set I was looking for - Thin black bezels (side bezels are roughly 1.5 cm and overlap easily due to the thinness of the monitors and curved edge, your mind quickly forgets about them) - Light weight design (feels like maybe 7lbs a piece without the stand) - VESA wall mount (100mm square plate style) - DVI input (cables are included for both D-SUB and DVI - if you need HDMI just use an adapter) - 5ms response time (I do video editing and some intense FPS gaming and I've never seen any motion blur/ghosting on these monitors) - Menu settings are touch input and are the easiest monitor menus I've ever navigated. -NOTE- in order to access brightness and contrast settings within the menu you have to select "user color" in "color mode."

Overall Review: I hate that my 5850 now idles around 50c with the multiple monitors. I realize that the memory clocks must go up to eliminate flickering but they have gone from about 10% with one monitor to 100% with 3. Other than that I am completely satisfied with my current set up and in extended monitor mode I now have more screen real estate than I know what to do with - not a bad problem to have. I will post a picture of my set up when I get a chance - I plan to build a custom 3 panel wall mount.

Most Critical Review

2 Eggs for current issue I am having

ECS BLACK SERIES A790GXM-AD3 AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
ECS BLACK SERIES A790GXM-AD3 AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Great board for what it costs. AM3, DDR3, Crossfire, HDMI out(for those without discrete graphics) Great on-board audio(5channel + optical)

Cons: After about 3 months the first two ram slots (orange) were causing lockups. I moved my 2x2GB GSkills to the yellows and since then no problems. I've checked my memory using 3 different programs and no errors whatsoever. I moved them back to the oranges tonight to see if the problem could be recreated and sure enough as soon as Windows loads it locks up. No error screen, just a hard freeze which leads me to believe I have a bad sector on my board. I am disappointed that I will not be able to install any additional RAM beyond my current setup and will be seeking service to this product through ECS. I don't know if this is common but it sure is a pain.

Overall Review: ECS' website is one of the worst to navigate. Their drivers and downloads are almost cryptic and it seems like they try to hide BIOS updates.

Thin light and bright...maybe too bright

HP 24WD 23.6" 1920 x 1080 60 Hz D-Sub, DVI LCD Monitor
HP 24WD 23.6" 1920 x 1080 60 Hz D-Sub, DVI LCD Monitor

Pros: - Extremely thin - Light - 23.6" diagonally - Easy menu navigation - No color cast - seems pretty accurate contrast and gamma wise out of the box. - no bright LED lights on front - Easy setup (Stand clicks onto base) - Great price on sale

Cons: - No VESA wall mount - No speakers (not a surprise to me, just making note) - Stand is slightly wobbly - Screen is too bright (easily adjusted in monitor menu) - Screen is a little undersaturated (easily adjusted in OS under video card settings)

Overall Review: - Buttons are in a slightly awkward location on lower right of panel and are somewhat hard to press. - Ports on rear of monitor are facing straight out, not down. -Panel as long start up initiation where it attempts to auto detect what source the video is coming from. Not an issue during bios load though.

Should have gone with the Black Edition

Newegg Crispy Bacon
Newegg Crispy Bacon

Pros: Got mine before they sold out. I can now run Crysis from within Crysis 2 on one of the terminals in the game - AWESOME. Free shipping :)

Cons: No specification as to how many pins these sticks have. Stuck them in anyways. Bios detects them as a having high fat content and because of that no OC for me :(

Overall Review: Tech knowledge ? bacon knowledge. My bacon knowledge is a modest 8 out of 10.

If you like atmosphere in your games get this one

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat PC Game
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat PC Game

Pros: This and all STALKER games have become yearly play throughs for me. They encompass something that I find very interesting - post-apocalyptic survival. I've played all the Fallouts, Borderlands, and all the STALKERs and I can say that if you're looking for something that makes you feel alone in the world STALKER is it. It's got a dark, gloomy, grungy feel. Everything has a brownish-green tone and the atmosphere really pulls you in. I love running around hunting for artifacts during a light drizzle with thunder and heavier storms looming in the distance. Weather cycles are realistic, day night cycles are realistic. Surviving in this game is much harder than in most other games. You bleed after getting shot, further draining your health. You can be head shot resulting in instant death. If shot you stop running. All of these subtle elements add up to a perfect survival horror game. And mentioning the horror. There are plenty of moments that when playing with...CONTINUED in CONS

Cons: NOT CONS a good set of headphones on will make you jump. Times like when you're walking through high grass at night with nothing but your flashlight on and you hear something breathing and running behind you from your left to your right. You'll turn but there'll be nothing there. Then you'll hear it to your left but this time when you turn and there's a bloodsucker on your face. The weapons system is excellent with upgrades actually making sense. Instead of just adding a point to accuracy or a couple of points to repair you have to depend a lot on mechanics in this game to aid you. Once proper tools are found mechanics can upgrade your barrel to accommodate different ammo, add scope rails, light weight components and more. You'll find that once you've gotten a weapon to where you want it you won't want to switch.

Overall Review: I can't speak highly enough of this game. To everyone who thinks the graphics are terrible maybe you're basing your expectations off games that have a lot of greenery in them or tons of bloom. Games like crysis or METRO 2033 look great but there are elements in every game that can be criticized. The game designers of STALKER made a decision to make the game look very bland and void of a lot of color. It works and it gives you the feeling that this place won't ever recover from what happened. Fallout 3 did a great job too of capturing this feel but the bloom in that game drives me crazy. Everything in real life doesn't have a coating of epoxy resin on it. Pay attention to the lighting at times in this game - it's incredibly accurate. During dawn or dusk while walking around a tree will come between you and the sun and light rays will filter through the tree. If you stop and watch them they will gradually become longer and more angled. Stuff like that make me love this game.

Large and in charge

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler

Pros: It dropped my Phenom II X3 temps from 32C Idle to 26C Idle and Load from 44C to 38C. I was never having cooling problems to begin with but I wanted to overclock a bit and figured I would need a little something extra over the stock HS AMD throws in. Thermal paste comes attached but I never had a chance to test it - see cons.

Cons: The MX-2 thermal paste melted/ran during shipping and was a large glob in the packaging.

Overall Review: At first I thought I might just scoop it up and reapply but I had some Tuniq TX-2 laying around and that stuff is amazing. Also this thing is rather big, make sure you check your dimensions.