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Brian H.

Brian H.

Joined on 12/13/06

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Most Favorable Review

WOW! Just WOW!

ASUS VE248H 24" Full HD 1920 x 1080 D-Sub, DVI, HDMI Built-in Speakers Asus Eye Care with Ultra Low-Blue Light & Flicker-Free LED Backlight Monitor
ASUS VE248H 24" Full HD 1920 x 1080 D-Sub, DVI, HDMI Built-in Speakers Asus Eye Care with Ultra Low-Blue Light & Flicker-Free LED Backlight Monitor

Pros: 1080P monitor, 2ms refresh rate, LED back lit, HDMI in, NO DEAD/STUCK Pixels! This screen has very nice colors and very nice over all look and feel to it. Has a non-glossy screen so you get no reflections at all. BIIIIIIGGG. I used to use my VH222H as my primary monitor, and this is roughly 2" larger and I notice the difference. Games look fantastic on this, especially Reach.

Cons: I don't want to take off the sticky protective clear around the edges and base... At first the monitor didn't look right, and that's because it wasn't. If the picture looks kinda washed out, it's your gamma settings. This particular monitor doesn't mess with gamma settings so I used the one built into windows and fixed it properly.

Overall Review: Colors finally look true to their color. White's are white, blue's blue, etc... This monitor doesn't come factory settings perfect, you will have to tweak it a bit to make it look exactly the way you want it to. W7 Pro x64 GTX 260

11/21/2010
Most Critical Review

The Opposite of Quiet! LOUD!

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Plenty of cables, sleeved cables, 700w... And that's about it. Oh yeah, its black, and I guess it powers my system.

Cons: Fan is just the opposite of what we would call "Stealth". The only time this fan is truly quiet is when it is off. I recently went through a RMA process, replaced my old with a BRAND NEW one, and still EXACTLY the same sound levels. The box says: "Silent Operation: PowerWisper technology diminishes noise to ensure silent yet efficient operation." YEAH RIGHT! *sarcasm* The fan runs based on the load that you draw, mine normally is drawing 200w just at idle and the fan wants to make sure that it doesn't overheat when its not even loaded, cause we have to have the PSU the coolest thing in the system! No matter what load I throw at it with CPU and GPU maxed out at 100% and maybe drawing 450w, fan stays the same speed and still blows out cold air. The only thing warm is the air its pulling out of my case, as it is effecting my air flow too, cause it wants to pull as much air as it can through that one fan.

Overall Review: Recently went through an RMA, and got back one exactly in the same position as my old one. LOUD. I was using an Antec Earthwatts 650 as a temp PSU and, WOW, now that PSU is silent. It was at least 2x quieter than this Piece. With the Earthwatts one you could barely hear my PC running when standing in the door to my room, and with this one you can hear it 10 feet down the hall from my room. I'm selling this and getting myself a Corsair CMPSU-650TX. Now that one I know will be silent.

Perfect replacement for a cheap 128gb SSD

LEVEN SSD 2TB 3D NAND TLC SATA III Internal Solid State Drive, 6 Gb/s, 2.5-Inch/7mm (0.28"), Read Up to 560 MB/s, Write Up to 530MB/s, Model JS500SSD2TB
LEVEN SSD 2TB 3D NAND TLC SATA III Internal Solid State Drive, 6 Gb/s, 2.5-Inch/7mm (0.28"), Read Up to 560 MB/s, Write Up to 530MB/s, Model JS500SSD2TB

Pros: Replaced my father's small 128GB SSD that was full with this. Used Macrium Reflect 8 to clone the C drive, and it did so quickly in less than 20 minutes. Pulled the old drive, and Windows didn't make a fit with it.

Cons: The JS500 2TB I ordered came with a plastic body. I expected Aluminum but I doubt it'll effect the performance or life much if any.

Overall Review: Good product. Will expect it to last quite a long time.

Decent cheap chair. So far. --Update: Not so great after all.--

Mesh Back Gas Lift Back Tilt Adjustable Office Swivel Chair with Headrest & Armrests Black
Mesh Back Gas Lift Back Tilt Adjustable Office Swivel Chair with Headrest & Armrests Black

Pros: Ordered this off a Shell Shocker deal so price was reasonable. ---Updated: see cons--- Pros: - Seat cushion is firm but comfortable. --For a few weeks-- - Sits well enough in a "nap" position where I can take a nap in. - Easy to assemble with simple non-worded instructions. - Arm wrests are comfortable as long as you aren't trying to reach off them to use mouse and keyboard from them. - It's a cheap chair, don't expect too much.

Cons: ---Update: 2 months later--- - So after two months, the seat cushion is now super soft and just compresses and you're left sitting on the hard board underneath. - One of my armrests came loose, so I tightened the screws more to an uncomfortable level. ------------------------------------------------ Right off the bat I can complain about a few things. - Arm rests are hard plastic. But given the price you'll be hard pressed to find any cushioned. They are also spaced outwards in a V shape from the user. I'll have to remedy this by placing some washers or spacers in between the mounting bracket and the base to straighten them out some. - Instructions could have been much more descriptive by having at least bolt measurements and arrows for orientation on seat cushion. I didn't make that mistake but I can see a confusion point there for others possibly. - Included bolts (2 sizes) are definitely much longer than they need to be. 25mm and 35mm respectively. They could both easily have 10mm cut off and still be comfortable. The ones used to bolt the back retainer on used the long 35mm bolts but really only need to be 15mm so they stick out towards your back in a noticeable way. They won't hit you, but its a small eye sore. Also if you press hard enough on seat cushion you can feel the extra long bolts used for the arm rests. Over years of use and break in I can possibly see them becoming an issue. - Description says lay flat, but like other user mentioned and pictures show, it's only about 45 degrees. Comfortable enough, but I've seen other similar chairs go 110 or lower. - As with other chairs this chair could stand to be 2-4" lower in the minimum setting. At max height, my feet brush the ground.

Overall Review: --- So for a cheap chair I didn't expect much. Maybe I can do something with this, but I feel like it's going into the trash sooner than 6 months. Such a waste. Back to the market trying to find another chair. I updated the review to 1 star because chairs should last you longer than a few months before your rear end is destroyed. ------------------------------------------------ I didn't use the included wheels so I have no comment on those since I have the larger rollerblade type wheels I reused from my last chair. Personal description I'm only 5'7" and 140lbs, so most chairs will always feel a bit stiff, but this way they will last longer. Hopefully this chair will suffice until I can find a decent affordable genuine leather chair.

Can I call this a title?

BIOSTAR A75MG FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR A75MG FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Fast BIOS post when it wants to.

Cons: Motherboard errors out 90% of the time. Booting off a USB drive to install Windows blue screens or locks up before it starts. The motherboard will sometime show glitches (little blue lines in the screen) at the POST screen. From there it's locked up. Sometimes it'll show the big logo and nothing else. Locked up. Changing settings and browsing though the BIOS will eventually cause a lock up. No BIOS updates available, and even if there was you have to install it through Windows as there isn't an option to update it through the BIOS itself like the majority of every other board on the market.

Overall Review: Never had bought a Biostar just because, Biostar. Always have had a bad reputation in my mind and from reviews for being cheap and always having 15x more likely chance of being bad than other manufactures. This just solidifies my view on Biostar and will never recommend them. Never have, never will. Now I'll end up being about $10 out for shipping and receiving a new board to cross my fingers and hope it'll be good and last. Got this board as a combo with an AMD A4-3400. Would have loved to have seen how this processor works, but alas, board doesn't even allow me to install Windows.

More Ram

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9

Pros: 8GB of Ram

Cons: None

Overall Review: It runs at advertised speeds and was a cheap upgrade to get me to 12GB of Ram.