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John P.

John P.

Joined on 09/09/07

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Most Favorable Review

Easy overclock

Intel Core i7-2700K - Core i7 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623i72700K
Intel Core i7-2700K - Core i7 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623i72700K

Pros: Fast and stable

Cons: None

Overall Review: I've written a review a year ago on this processor, but I thought I would just follow up to mention that I recently decided to overclock this cpu. It's currently running at 4.5ghz and rock solid. Couldn't be happier with this processor.

Most Critical Review

Hope you like red

darkFlash FLEX800 Extended Large Oversize RGB Gaming Mouse Pad (30.5x11.8) Inch Soft Cloth Non-Slip Water-Resistant Rubber Base Computer Keyboard Mat with 9 Lighting Mode
darkFlash FLEX800 Extended Large Oversize RGB Gaming Mouse Pad (30.5x11.8) Inch Soft Cloth Non-Slip Water-Resistant Rubber Base Computer Keyboard Mat with 9 Lighting Mode

Pros: Larger than I expected. Lots of coloring options.

Cons: Doesn't memorize previous settings. This thing really, REALLY needs to have some sort of memory preset so that it doesn't default every single time you restart your PC. A little ripply/wavy

Overall Review: This is a neat pad - Even though I approximated the dimensions before purchasing, it actually seems even bigger. It looks good on my desk, works with my laser mouse, and has several lighting mode options. There is one fairly noticeable wavy edge which is caused from weaving the LED light tube into the fabric. This isn't a huge deal to me, but could be a big deal for some perfectionists. The biggest con for me is the fact that it always powers on with solid red lighting. To pick the option you prefer (assuming it's not solid red) you must cycle through until you find the appropriate setting. This thing really, REALLY needs to have some sort of memory preset so that it doesn't default every single time you restart your PC.

11/21/2019

Big help to avoid sitting too much

PUTORSEN Standing Desk Converter with Height Adjustable -32 inch Stand Up Desk, Ergonomic Sit Stand Dual Monitor and Laptop Riser Tabletop Workstation Black
PUTORSEN Standing Desk Converter with Height Adjustable -32 inch Stand Up Desk, Ergonomic Sit Stand Dual Monitor and Laptop Riser Tabletop Workstation Black

Pros: Solid; easy to use.

Cons: Takes up lot of desk space. Doesn't support (or have room) for two monitors.

Overall Review: I needed this to save my neck pain from working long hours at my desk. Unfortunately I have 2 Asus 3D monitors that are on the heavy side for flatscreens, and so I had to buy a separate swing-arm monitor stand to use in conjunction with this standing desk converter. (The stand isn't big enough for two monitors and they are too heavy to allow you to raise the desk if they are sitting on it). The whole ensemble works together adequately, but not great. Just bear this in mind for your own situation. If you are using one screen only, this stand is a fantastic upgrade. If you have a 2 monitor situation, you will need a separate arm bracket system for your monitors, and then the space that monitor bracket takes up on your desk/table will force this raising stand to stick out past your table-top.

Was it an upgrade? Yes.

HUANUO Dual Arm Monitor Stand - Adjustable Gas Spring Computer Desk Mount Bracket with C Clamp/Grommet Mounting Base for 13 to 27 Inch Computer Screens - Each Arm Holds up to 14.3lbs
HUANUO Dual Arm Monitor Stand - Adjustable Gas Spring Computer Desk Mount Bracket with C Clamp/Grommet Mounting Base for 13 to 27 Inch Computer Screens - Each Arm Holds up to 14.3lbs

Pros: More flexibility with monitor placement. Clears space from your desk. Easy to pivot around as needed.

Cons: Almost not stout enough for my monitors. Difficulty getting them to not pivot downward on their own due to weight.

Overall Review: I bought this to use it in combination with a raising desk. The results are... adequate. Although I carefully examined the measurement specs, I discovered that the arms do not raise the monitors as high as I really need. I'm using 2 Asus 3D monitors, and the arms are not super stable because the monitors are on the high-end of the weight limit of the stand. Due to the nature of my desk, I also had to fabricate my own bracket attachment to get it stable enough. This isn't the fault of the stand itself, - overall it's a good product, but it does bear mentioning that depending on your circumstances, it may either be a fantastic upgrade, or just a 'meh' upgrade. Mine was the latter.

Fan is fine, power cable not long enough

Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 V2 Blue led Square Frame Fan with  Air Balance Curve Blade Design, Sealed Bearing, PWM Control for Computer Case & Liquid Radiator
Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 V2 Blue led Square Frame Fan with Air Balance Curve Blade Design, Sealed Bearing, PWM Control for Computer Case & Liquid Radiator

Pros: Blue LED

Cons: The connecting cable was not long enough

Overall Review: I bought this to replace a failing case fan. My original fan had the large 4-pin connector style, where as this new one has the tiny style connector that must be plugged into the motherboard. Although my case is not large (Antec V900) this fan's power cable would barely reach the closest terminal on the MB. There is absolutely no slack and I fear that if I forget about this the next time I remove the face plate for cleaning, I will possibly damage the terminal on the MB.

Fits an Antec 1200 V3.. sort of

Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 - Sleeve Bearing 200mm Blue LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases
Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 - Sleeve Bearing 200mm Blue LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases

Pros: Blue LEDs matched my existing build. It works fine and is just as quiet as the original case fan. Wired for direct connection to MOBO, but comes with a 4-pin auxiliary adapter with lots of length.

Cons: Not crazy about it being all clear plastic. - Bruce Wayne says "Does it come in black?" Wish it had a speed controller (The Antec case fan it is replacing was a 3-speed with switch).

Overall Review: In case you have an Antec 1200 V3 case and are wondering if this fan will work, it will. But it is not pretty. The original Big Boy on the 1200 had a purpose-built fan shroud, which is totally different than this Cooler Master or any other fan out there. As it stands, there is no way to actually screw this fan into any mounting point on the case. The top plate and fan grille must be removed from the case, then this new fan must be gently pressed into the grille, at which point the mounting flanges of the fan will sort of wedge themselves into some of the holes of the grille. One the top plate and grille are reassembled and re-attached to the case, it all just sort of holds itself together and I did not experience any rattles or vibration noises. Because the new fan shroud is so different from the original, there is a .5" gap all the way around it compared to the case opening itself. So, like I said.. it's not pretty, but this case is over 10 years old and the original replacement is no longer available. See the photos I have included for more clarity.