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Benjamin S.

Benjamin S.

Joined on 01/08/12

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

GREATLY reduced operating temps

Enermax ETS-T40-BK Black 120mm Twister CPU Cooler with TB Apollish Blue LED PWM Fan
Enermax ETS-T40-BK Black 120mm Twister CPU Cooler with TB Apollish Blue LED PWM Fan

Pros: Reduced my average operating temp from ~60-68 deg Celsius to ~27-33

Cons: It's very big, but it fits!

Overall Review: It's a great alternative to liquid cooling. It works so well I plan on getting 2 more for my wife's and daughter's computers.

Most Critical Review

It just died

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE
SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE

Pros: It worked great until about 2 days ago.

Cons: Just died 2 days ago. Right about 6 mos. of use.

Overall Review: I guess I'll start pursuing RMA/warranty replacement or, failing that, buying a new drive.

Everything worked out of the box

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX II AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX II AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: PCI-E 4.0, good amount of USB ports, rugged, the Ryzen 3600 I bought with it worked without any updates, heat sinks, low price.

Cons: None I can think of now. Everything works like I thought.

Overall Review: Easiest PC upgrade I've done in a long time. I watched a lot of reviews on Ryzen builds to pick out this mobo and have not been disappointed.

12/16/2019

Possibly PCIe not working

ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: It was in a bundle and priced right.

Cons: Everything powers up EXCEPT the graphics card. It powers up long enough for the fan to start to spin then stops. I have swapped PSUs and graphics cards and nothing will work. I even switched to the x4 slot, the fan powers up with that, but still no graphics.

Overall Review: I'm going to RMA this for a MSI or Gigabyte

Good mouse, bad scroll wheel

USB Wired Optical 7D 7 Buttons 2000DPI Gaming Mouse for PC Laptop
USB Wired Optical 7D 7 Buttons 2000DPI Gaming Mouse for PC Laptop

Pros: Light, nice shape, hi-res, looks good.

Cons: The only con is the scroll wheel, it has bad traction. As a result you have to push on it which activates the button - very bad for PvP and gameplay in general.

Overall Review: I'm ordering a new mouse and will let my kids use this one.

RAIDMAX Agusta ATX-605BT Black / Titanium Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
RAIDMAX Agusta ATX-605BT Black / Titanium Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: So roomy. Bottom HDD area with cooling fans. Extra room behind motherboard mount plate and case cover for cables. Easy HDD mounting brackets.

Cons: Kind of "plastic-y." It's no deal-breaker by any means. It takes down on the weight quite a bit.

Overall Review: I love this thing. Lots of room for everything and then some.