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Scott P.

Scott P.

Joined on 11/07/07

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Most Favorable Review

Painfully Cool

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler  I5 775 AMD compatible
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler I5 775 AMD compatible

Pros: Does a very good job of keeping my CPU cool. Read reviews on tomshardware.com indicating this was a really solid unit, and they've proven accurate.

Cons: One of the most painful installation experiences I've ever had. Literally. I ended up with several cuts on my hands dealing with the fins on this monster while trying to put enough pressure on the snap-on motherboard mounts to get them to "click" into place.

Overall Review: Despite the issues with an insane amount of pressure (and serious flexing of my motherboard) to get this thing clicked into place, it's doing a fabulous job keeping my quad-core cool, even after marathon 8-hour gaming sessions.

Most Critical Review

Disappearing DVD Drive

Sony Optiarc 20X DVD±R Burner with LightScribe 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7201S-0B LightScribe Support
Sony Optiarc 20X DVD±R Burner with LightScribe 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7201S-0B LightScribe Support

Pros: I didn't get around to enjoying any Positive aspects of this drive.

Cons: I had horrible luck with this drive. It would be inconsistently available when trying to install my operating system, causing me to re-start the process several times. Once I did have WindowsXP installed, the drive would fail to auto-play correctly, often ending up removed from my system as a visible drive. I would insert a game disk to install, the install might start, or the drive would spin then go silent. If the install did not appear running, I would check "My Computer" and not see the drive anymore. Horrible.

Overall Review: To get past the problem, I removed this drive and plugged in an old IDE dvd-rom drive I had laying around and everything worked great. The machine (which I built) has three other SATA drives, all of which worked perfectly. I even rotated SATA connections, and still had very inconsistent performance out of this drive.

Works as Advertised

Cooler Master Real Power Pro RS-850-EMBAD1-US 850 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Cooler Master Real Power Pro RS-850-EMBAD1-US 850 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Great looking PSU, if your case makes it visible. High efficiency. Plenty big enough for monster gaming rigs. And best of all, LONG CABLES, and they're nicely wrapped and protected.

Cons: Modular cabling would be nice, as there are several here that I don't need.

Overall Review: system: quad-core with dual hd3850 cross-fire, three 750G spinpoint F1 hard drives in a groovy Antec P182 case. I liked that both this power supply and the case are gunmetal grey, and the divided air chambers of the Antec case mean this PSU fan is cooling all my hard drives as well, and doing a great job. The Antec case has three fans, all of which I have running on Low speed to keep them quiet, and my system is holding temperature very well after extended gaming sessions.