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Aaron W.

Aaron W.

Joined on 05/24/12

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Most Favorable Review

Good cooler

Cooler Master GeminII S524 - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 5 Heatpipes
Cooler Master GeminII S524 - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 5 Heatpipes

Pros: It cools well and is very quiet. The downward draft helps to cool everything around it on the motherboard. My i5 2500k OC'd to 4.2 idles at room temp and is at 60-65 C at full load using IBT or Prime95. Lots of ground clearance, but definitely not for small cases. Technically has four mounting choices, but one is not recommended.

Cons: If it had an option for a 140 mm fan why not include it instead of the 120 mm fan? I would have gladly paid a few more dollars for that.

Overall Review: People who said you can't put this on without removing the motherboard must have an incredibly basic case. In my HAF 912 case, there is a cutout beneath the board that allows easy removal of the CPU heatsink while the motherboard is still installed. The instructions are very easy to follow as well, it has lots of illustrations for every type of socket it supports. For Intel, you just put on the brackets, move the pins to the correct slot, mount it to the motherboard, and install the backplate. Sure, the stock cooler was much easier to install but it also sucked. This cooler is fantastic for the price, don't let bad installation stories detract from its value. The versatility, price, and performance are all excellent.

works

SCOSCHE USB12V2 reVIVE Black Dual USB Car Charger
SCOSCHE USB12V2 reVIVE Black Dual USB Car Charger

Pros: It does exactly what it says it will.. can charge two devices at once

Cons: can't think of any

Works perfectly

WD Blue WD5000AAKX-FR 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
WD Blue WD5000AAKX-FR 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: BIOS recognized it immediately, pretty fast performance. My boot time is 16 seconds, which is superb for this drive in my opinion. I can't even hear it spinning, it's very quiet.

Cons: none

Overall Review: This refurb was a great deal. I've always used Western Digital and never had one crash. Actual usable space is around 475 GB.

uh.. it's RAM

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin PC RAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin PC RAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Pros: Motherboard instantly recognized it at the correct speed, type, and memory value. Truly great value.

Cons: It costs money

Overall Review: Truly plug and play performance. Nice sturdy top, I always felt like I was going to break other RAM when I installed it. Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H

Great value

Intel Core i5-2500K - Core i5 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I52500K
Intel Core i5-2500K - Core i5 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I52500K

Pros: Very fast, easy to install, overclock ready.

Cons: The heatsink and fan mounts are extremely flimsy.. This processor is meant for overclocking but I would never do it with stock cooling. It wiggles around when installed. However, I planned on buying a new fan anyway. Don't let the fact that the fan sucks dissuade you from buying this processor, it's super fast. I've always considered the fan an extra gift when buying processors, so not enough to dock an egg.

Overall Review: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H i5 2500k 3.4 Ghz 8 GB GSkill dual channel SATA III 500 GB HDD 16 second boot time WITHOUT a SSD

fast and cheap

TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless N150 High Gain USB Adapter, 150Mbps, w/4 dBi High Gain Detachable Antenna, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless N150 High Gain USB Adapter, 150Mbps, w/4 dBi High Gain Detachable Antenna, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2

Pros: Very fast, I'm consistently downloading at over 2 MB/s. Always connects every time I turn on the computer. I'm not a fan of LEDs and this one has a very small and subtle green LED that isn't distracting.

Cons: A little fat.

Overall Review: I thought it was weird that this unit was plug and play with Linux Mint but requires configuration with Windows. It also works on Windows 8, just select an Atheros driver and it recognizes it. The antenna points down when installed in a vertical USB port, but it moves so it won't block any ports.