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Robert G.

Robert G.

Joined on 02/15/07

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Most Favorable Review

Wow!

ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink

Pros: Dang! Where should I start? 1. It lowered my idle temps on my e6320 from 47c, to 22c! 2. This thing looks GREAT! And is virtually SILENT! I can't hear it unless I take off the side of the case, and it's not even the motor I hear, it's the air moving. 3. Paired up with some AC-5, this thing FREEZES your CPU!

Cons: A little hard to install, took me a second try to get it on. This thing is a PAIN to install for first time builders. I've built a few computers, and haven't ever used a after-market CPU heatsink/fan before. I gave up trying to figure it out. Looked at the price-tag 2 days later, and figured I'd give it another go. Well, here's an easy way to do it:

Overall Review: 1. Remove motherboard from case 2. Apply paste (AS-5) to CPU (not too much, just 1.5 rice grains) 3. Make sure you're on a hard, flat surface and align the back-plate so that the holes on the motherboard and back-plate align. 4. Place metal piece (forget the name of it) on the top of the heatsinks bottom part. 5. Screw the plastic piece that has the legs to the metal piece, use the small screws. 6. Align the fan to point towards your rear exhaust fan. 7. Hold one corner down, while you screw in the other corner (long screws) just enough to hold the screw in place. 8. Screw in the other 3 corners just enough to hold it in place. 9. Screw in each screw one by one about 2-4 revolutions until it doesn't move anymore. 10. Plug it into the CPU fan slot. 11. Enjoy your new super-cooled CPU! :D I hope this helped a few confused newbies.

Most Critical Review

Pass on this one

Cooler Master eXtreme Power RP-600-PCAR 600 W ATX from factor 12V V2.01 Power Supply
Cooler Master eXtreme Power RP-600-PCAR 600 W ATX from factor 12V V2.01 Power Supply

Pros: It ran the machine for a week.

Cons: Short circuited, AND killed my motherboard...

Overall Review: I'm the reviewer "BobbyG2" below that said that it ran warm and loud. I now see why. Whatever you do, DON'T buy a Coolermaster PSU. I got the OCZ GameXStreme 700Watt PSU and it makes this PSU seem like a piece of cr*p... Well, because it is... ;)

Quiet

IPCQUEEN IPC-12025 Case Fan
IPCQUEEN IPC-12025 Case Fan

Pros: Moves air, is quiet, didn't come DOA.

Cons: Definitely NOT 80cfm. Moves more like 40cfm.

Overall Review: If you are looking for a quiet fan, this is the fan for you. If you're looking for a fan that moves a lot of air, loo elsewhere.

You get what you pay for.

ECS NF650iSLIT-A (V1.0) LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
ECS NF650iSLIT-A (V1.0) LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Was a pretty good motherboard about 2 years ago, decent price, SLI ready, acceptable northbridge cooling, I was able to get two 1GB sticks to work in dual-channel, lasts a long time (although for me that was a con :P), had this for almost 2 years now and it still works; giving to a freind for a starter build.

Cons: Doesn't support PCI-E 2.0 (although I knew that buying it), runs cards at PCI-E 8x mode (regardless if they're SLIed or not), could not get more than 2 RAM slots filled without major declocking of RAM (800-500), even with declocking of RAM, more than 2 slots filled programs would crash when load was applied. Max RAM voltage supported is 1.95v, would not overclock my C2Duo E6320 passed 2.55GHz without severe instability or inability to get passed hardware check screen, games would randomly freeze up, installing programs would sometimes freeze up the computer, Had lots more problems but can't remember them all.

Overall Review: When my graphics card blew a few capacitors and packed it's bags for GPU heaven, I decided to get a 9800GTX+. After getting the 9800GTX+ I wasn't seeing the performance I hoped to be getting. So, I decided to take the leap to a REAL motherboard and bought myself an EVGA 750i F.T.W. Ed. motherboard for about $180. WELL worth the money spent. EVERY problem I had with this motherboard completely went away, very noticeable performance gains, all my expectations were exceeded, and now I can game with the comforting thought of knowing I'm now getting the most out of my hardware. When it comes to computer equipment, you get what you pay for. Obviously this motherboard isn't as good as most more-expensive motherboards. If you want the most out of your hardware, I suggest looking elsewhere. C2Duo E6320 OCed to 2.7GHz, 4GB Patriot DDR2-800 RAM, EVGA nVidea 750i F.T.W. Ed. MoBo, EVGA 9800GTX+, 320GB Seagate Barracude HDD, able to run Crysis Very High settings 1680 x 1050 16 AF no AA 20FPS A

EVGA 9800GTX+

EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 512-P3-N871-AR
EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 512-P3-N871-AR

Pros: Huge step up from my 7600GT. Registers as a 9800GTX+, runs cool (45c idle, 55c loaded with Crysis), only needs one 6-pin connector, clock speeds higher than listed on Newegg, a little smaller than the 10.5" listed on the EVGA site. This is perhaps the best-reviewed card on Newegg, and for good reason. If you have the $$, have less than a 8800GTS, and are looking for a performance boost, don't hesitate to buy this card.

Cons: Deal offering a free copy of CoD WaW was offered directly after I bought it. Big, make sure you have enough space for this, and it takes up two slots. These aren't really cons as they are to be expected. Make sure you have enough room for this thing, it's almost as long as my motherboard is wide (I have an ATX).

Overall Review: Runs Crysis very well at 40fps with medium/high settings, I'm only running this in a PCI-E 8x 1.0 slot, so I'm only getting 1/4 the power from this thing. Windows XP SP2, Core 2 Duo E6320 (not overclocked atm), 1GB Patriot DDR2-800 RAM (Not overclocked as well), ECS 650 Motherboard (not recommended, I hate it), 300GB Seagate SATA Barracuda HDD, Coolermaster Centurion Mid-Tower Case.

Great Monitor for the Price

SCEPTRE X22WG-1080P Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2000:1, US Warranty
SCEPTRE X22WG-1080P Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2000:1, US Warranty

Pros: I've been impressed by this monitors clarity, brightness, and size. More than I expected. I've been gaming with this for the past week and have noticed no ghosting. Supports 1080p connections through the DVI port, though you need a separate cable for that. Plenty of real-estate for me.

Cons: Not much of a con, but 3 pixels in from the left center there is an unnoticeable stuck red pixel that I only discovered by my black desktop background. Although it supports 1080p using it at the 1080p resolution results in blurry text. Doesn't include a DVI cable but they're cheap here on Newegg so that really doesn't matter much. Stand is kinda hard to adjust, but I'm a big boy I can handle it.

Overall Review: If you're going to get this monitor, invest the few dollars in the DVI cable. There is a large improvement in image quality with it over the included VGA cable. Overall great monitor though, I can see this sitting on my desk for years to come.