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Sean M.

Sean M.

Joined on 12/09/03

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Most Favorable Review

Great Deal

ECS GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N8800GTS-512MX
ECS GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N8800GTS-512MX

Pros: Overclocked to 740/2080 without a hitch. Solid and well built. People seem to think that ECS is a low quality brand, but from the looks of it, they have just as much quality as the more trusted brands. It's the best deal on a G92 GTS after the $50 MIR.

Cons: Big and takes up 2 slots. But I can't really call these cons. I had about 1 inch to spare in my Antec 900. Gets a little hot on load, hitting 82C sometimes.

Overall Review: Scores about 12.7K in 3dmark06 with a e2160@3.2Ghz, DS3L and 2 gigs DDR2800@4-4-4-12 2T. If you've got a quad core, you'll be getting closer to 15K like Knut. Lastly, nvidia drivers set the default fan speed at 37%, which is quiet but not very cool. 100% fan speed takes the load temp down by 20C (to about 60C), but it sounds like a jet engine. It' loud as hell.

Most Critical Review

good while it lasted

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: fast and quiet, until . . .

Cons: it began to fail after about 6 months. I bought the drive in May, and now it's October, and windows only boots 50% of the time. The drive fails both long and short DST, and generic tests cause the drive to hang and ultimately cause windows to crash.

Overall Review: This is my first Samsung drive, and my first hard drive to fail. I guess I'm going back to WD; I've never had one of their drives fail on me.

10/25/2010

good and cheap

Rosewill RNX-G300EX Wireless Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128bit WEP WPA WPA2 802.1x, 802.11i, AES, TKIP with 100cm cable external 2 dBi Antenna
Rosewill RNX-G300EX Wireless Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128bit WEP WPA WPA2 802.1x, 802.11i, AES, TKIP with 100cm cable external 2 dBi Antenna

Pros: it works and has a good antenna

Cons: none

Overall Review: use the ralink rt256x pci drivers instead of whatever comes on the cd

10/16/2010

Excellent fans

Scythe SY1225SL12L Black LED "Slipstream" Case Fan
Scythe SY1225SL12L Black LED "Slipstream" Case Fan

Pros: nearly silent - I have 4 of these fans over two 120mm radiators in one case, and they are silent unless you put your ear up to them. good airflow - a decent amount of wind is pushed by these fans.

Cons: The airflow clearly isn't as much as the specs say, but it's plenty as long as you don't need a tornado in your case.

Overall Review: Hands down, these are the best fans on newegg if you have water cooling and you want a practically silent loop. I'm buying 4 more after I write this review.

great exhaust fan

APEVIA CF12SL-UBL Blue LED Cooling Fan
APEVIA CF12SL-UBL Blue LED Cooling Fan

Pros: quiet and moves a lot of air

Cons: none

Overall Review: This is an exhaust fan, not an intake fan. The wiring and support spokes will be exposed if you use it for intake. Also, the blue lights are very bright. They will light up a dark room. This fan fit perfectly right in to the side panel of my Antec 900 and works great (the blue lights match very well). However, I have it mounted backwards for intake right now, so the wiring is on the exposed side.

Great for the price

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard

Pros: If you want a nice mobo without all the bells and whistles, this is it. Paired with an e2160, I was able to get a stable bus speed of 400MHz (1600MHZ effective) with a +0.1v adjustment to both the northbridge and FSB voltages.

Cons: No SLI or any of that other stuff, but if you're buying this mobo, then you probably don't want that anyways.

Overall Review: Plenty of room for aftermarket heatsinks. I was able to get an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro on my processor and a Thermaltake CL-C0034 on the northbridge with about a cm to spare. The ds3l is notorious for having a hot northbridge with overclocking, but even with that and the extra voltage, I never break 54C with the aftermarket cooler. Lastly, to access the expanded BIOS options Which you need for overclocking, press CRTL+F1 in the main BIOS screen.