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Michael E.

Michael E.

Joined on 11/08/06

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It is....

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Haven't bothered to bench it, but for sure it's noticably faster than my prior hdd. Scores a 5.9 all by itself in vista's 'Windows Experience Index'. It's quite a bit quieter than my previous drive as well.

Cons: It Doesn't get me my coffee in the morning. Of course, neither does the wife. so...

Overall Review: 32 MG cache = tasty

Got Two sets...

OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPR800C44GK
OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPR800C44GK

Pros: Well made.. Pretty. Work exactly as advertised. Installed 2 sets on a DFI UT LP P35, for a total of 8GB, and as drama free as a memory upgrade should be. CPU Multi 8, FSB at 1600, (3.2Ghz) memory divider set to 1:1. Running a hair tighter than advertised - 4-4-4-12 2T at 2.0v, passed 12 hours of P95 blend with no errors at that setting. Result.

Cons: Can't even complain about cost, since DDR2 prices have fallen so much...

Overall Review: Check the relevant threads on the OCZ forums if you're going to run more than one set - Particularly W/R/T setting tRFC to 54+. Seems it's important your Mobo support a setting that high. More Homework = Less Drama

Oh Emm Gee

AUZEN Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
AUZEN Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Pros: Amazing sound - Clearer, more detailed, and even on stereo headphones directional information is Hugely improved - I can hear not just right/left, but also have a sense of above/below.

Cons: After listening, I threw out my old headset and bought a new sound system for my office. Seriously.

Overall Review: Good enough for a *serious* Audiophile's sound system.

D*mned Nice Case

LIAN LI PC-B20B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
LIAN LI PC-B20B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Removable Mobo tray, rubber mounted and tool-lessly removable HDD. Solidly made, well insulated for sound, clearly labeled, and very well laid out. Provided standoff-driver a very nice touch. Makes a VERY nice home for the E6600 on a D975XBX2KR, Plextor CD/DVD and the 500GB 7200.10 I put in it.

Cons: 80mm exhaust fan is small, so therefore not the best from a strict airflow~cooling~overclocking point of view. Instructions aren't in the best English, but the case is laid out and marked more than well enough to not need them. So meh...

Overall Review: Built this comp for my sister, who has 3 pre-computer-using young boys. So I actually chose this case because it has a LOCK to keep out curious little fingers. Pleasure to build this one from more than one perspective.

10/29/2007

For Joe

DFI LP UT P35 T2R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
DFI LP UT P35 T2R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Still as great as when first reviewed. Had it up to 3.6 on air (for grins), but turned it back down. Currently at a 400Mhz FSB, which this board does in it's sleep.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Joe - To reset your Bios without opening the case: Power on, then hold down your power and reset buttons for 10 seconds. Regarding Memtest in the Bios: There's simply not enough space to do that.

10/17/2007

Happy Camper

DFI LP UT P35 T2R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
DFI LP UT P35 T2R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: No-nonsense: Seriously well made and solid. It almost feels crafted, rather than assembled. Don't have to play with the jumper to reset. Bios does *exactly* what you tell it to - No guessing required. Overclocked my Q6600 to 3Ghz on less than stock voltage!

Cons: Lime Green!?!? Meh - I'll just keep the case door shut. :p

Overall Review: I thought the trans-piper thingy seemed kind of gimmick~ey. But went ahead and installed it on the CPU anyways. It works: Same case, same CPU, same CPU cooler, yet 3~5 degrees cooler. (31~34 @ idle, 55~ish after 4 hours of Prime 95 test 1. nice!) You will *not* be able to use the heat pipe on your CPU with a stock fan though: You must have an aftermarket one that installs via screws.