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James G.

James G.

Joined on 08/17/04

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Most Favorable Review

great board

ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: No Problems. I noticed some users have had memory compatability problems. After researching the reviews, the G. Skill memory seems to work the best with this mobo. My board fired up with no problems. Not the mobo's fault but the PSU I had needed to be RMA cuz the voltage was wacked. So I have not had a chance to really run this board thru a stress test yet. See below for the memory I purchased. Also, you will need to manually configure the memory timing as it defaulted to the wrong settings on auto.

Cons: only con, if you have a long video card, have to reach underneath it to connect the IDE drive ribbon, or connect it before installing card - not a big deal, easy to work around.

Overall Review: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK. Board is built like a bunker, heavy duty and seems well put together.

Most Critical Review

PSU

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-550VX 550 W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-550VX 550 W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Pros: comes in a nice bag. Newegg's RMA process is simple and fast. This is why I only purchase my computer items from this site.

Cons: Mobo tagged the 3.3 volt rail as out of range. I was getting 3.6-3.65 volts, the allowable should be + or - 5%. I rma'ed the PSU as I was concerned it would damage my components. Now I have a brand new computer sitting for 2 weeks waiting for the turn around on the PSU. Other con is I had to pay to return the defective PSU, cost $12.50 to return.

Overall Review: Next time I will get a completely modular PSU, stuffing all the extra cables into a corner of the case does not make for a clean build. Other reviews rated this really high, which is why I did'nt rate it lower - just got a bad unit.

2 yr lifespan

OkiData B4600n White Monochrome Laser Printer
OkiData B4600n White Monochrome Laser Printer

Pros: small for under desk mount

Cons: I have had 2 of these, one the B4600 and the second B4600N. 1st one died after 3yrs, 2nd one died after 2yrs. OKIDATA used to be known for a rock solid printer, but I gave up on them. The error I was having does not show up on OKIdata website??

Overall Review: Gonna try something else from a different manufacturer.

11/18/2012

dead

Rosewill Model RC-300 - Single Serial Port PCI Card
Rosewill Model RC-300 - Single Serial Port PCI Card

Pros: easy to install, worked fine initially. Recognized by Win7 immediately.

Cons: I think it is dead after 1 month, no longer seen in device manager.

Overall Review: Going to try the usb to serial, maybe that will be more durable. Don't understand why this failed, it was only popping a cash drawer.

Buy It

KINGWIN Mach 1 ABT-700MA1S 700W ATX / BTX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply
KINGWIN Mach 1 ABT-700MA1S 700W ATX / BTX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply

Pros: Great PSU. Powered up no problems and the modular cables make a cleaner build. As mentioned before in reviews, the fan is controlled by the internal PSU temp - I like this as is gets really quite when on idle. The connectors to the PSU are solid. Did'nt use alot of the cables, but this is why I got a modular unit.

Cons: none at all

Overall Review: I was hesitant of buying a PSU of a unit I never heard of before, but this is better then the Corsair I purchased (I had to RMA it). Reviews have complained of the cables too stiff, I don't believe this is a issue.

Love it

Dynatron K199 80mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler for Intel LGA Socket 1151 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156
Dynatron K199 80mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler for Intel LGA Socket 1151 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156

Pros: I have a intel I-7 860, they tend to run on the warmer side. With the stock Intel CPU fan I would get up to mid 50's at rest. With this unit I am staying in the upper 30's (20 degree drop!). I used Artic Silver instead of the thermal grease that came with the unit. If you use too much thermal the CPU will heat up, only use the size of a rice kernel.

Cons: can be a bit loud, but if it keeps the CPU cool I can put up with it

Overall Review: At least now I feel comfortable running prime95, concerned that it would overheat my CPU with the stock CPU fan (piece of junk)