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Mike S.

Mike S.

Joined on 08/23/02

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Most Favorable Review

Pretty decent

MSI Radeon R7 250 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card R7 250 2GD3 OC
MSI Radeon R7 250 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card R7 250 2GD3 OC

Pros: Crossfired with a 7850 APU.

Cons: Crossfire still needs a bit of work.

Overall Review: Cheap with a rebate.

12/29/2014
Most Critical Review

Ups N Downs

AOC E2260SWDN 21.5" HD 1920 x 1080 Monitor, 20M:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, DVI-D/VGA, VESA Compatible, EPEAT Gold, EnergyStar
AOC E2260SWDN 21.5" HD 1920 x 1080 Monitor, 20M:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, DVI-D/VGA, VESA Compatible, EPEAT Gold, EnergyStar

Pros: Cheap and it works mostly.

Cons: The best viewing is with it centered above eye level with it slightly tilted backwards at a distance of ~24". Closer, lower or flat it looks washed out. No amount of adjustment could make it look better.

Overall Review: I had an odd issue with a border appearing around the screen edge. With the AOC set to 1920x1080 the size of the border varied with the other monitors screen resolution. I had this thing hooked to 4 different computers to verify this. 1st- 1280x1024 primary & AOC 1920x1080 secondary had the widest border of ~1" on each side. 2nd - AOC 1920x1080 primary and 1856x1392 secondary had a thin border of ~.25" on each side. 3rd - 1920x1080 primary and AOC 1920x1080 secondary had no border. 4th - 1920x1080 primary and AOC 1920x1080 secondary & 800x600 third had no border. In the first two cases the color was also horrid. Refresh rate in all cases was 60Hz. The input (DVI, VGA) selected didn't seem to make any difference either. I have two f these and they both behave similarly. I wish I'd have spent the $20 bucks each more and got a ASUS 23.6" on sale with a rebate.

10/18/2014

Needed more research...

Thermaltake Chaser Series Chaser MK-I (VN300M1W2N) Black SECC Extra Big ATX Tower Computer Case Support ATX PS2 Power Supply
Thermaltake Chaser Series Chaser MK-I (VN300M1W2N) Black SECC Extra Big ATX Tower Computer Case Support ATX PS2 Power Supply

Pros: Was able to fit the H110i 280mm cooler in by mounting using top back location and putting the fan on top with the radiator inside. Turned the included top case fan over and moved it to the top front position as an intake. Used the other H110i fan as the back case exhaust. Keeps my I5 6600K cool at any speed with case fan speed set to low. The heat spreaders and CPU power connector on the MSI Z170A M7 interfered with mounting both the fans and radiator inside. Wasn't able to mount the radiator outside because I would have had to clearance the case for the radiator hoses. The included fans are quiet and move decent amounts of air. Has a nice amount of ports. The case is roomy and sturdy.

Cons: Didn't really like the drive bay block offs. They kept falling out while I was putting the system together. Turned out not to be a big deal because that area rarely gets disturbed in use. Mostly just the card reader with the 3.5" adapter cover that fits a little tighter. The 5.25" bay drive holders didn't secure my LITE-ON optical drive very well so it needed a full set of screws on the other side, the ASUS one was ok.

Overall Review: Wish the sound ports were mounted on the front in a low position. I knew that going in so it's not really a con.

Thumbs up...

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C14D-16GVK
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C14D-16GVK

Pros: Came up in XMP no problem on MSI Z170A M7. Fast and reasonable.

Cons: None so far.

Does it's job

Cooler Master Blade Master 80 - Sleeve Bearing 80mm PWM Cooling Fan for Computer Cases and CPU Coolers
Cooler Master Blade Master 80 - Sleeve Bearing 80mm PWM Cooling Fan for Computer Cases and CPU Coolers

Pros: Cheap 4 wire CPU fan that does it's job.

Cons: Had to drill out the mounting holes on one side so I could get a screwdriver in to tighten the screws to the heat sink. It's plastic so no big deal.

12/29/2014