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Brian N.

Brian N.

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Most Favorable Review

Update on RAM Performance!

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P10664GK
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P10664GK

Pros: This is an update to a review I posted 10 days ago. Thanks to the watchful eye of the OCZ Support Techs, I was directed to a forum that talked a lot about the type of motherboard I had, and the most common problems with their RAM. I found out that I needed to adjust a couple settings in BIOS that had to do with Overclocking performance. Also, I was advised to set the voltage just slightly lower than what the sticker says on the chip because some boards (like mine) tend to allow more power run through the chips than what is stated in the settings - which in turn causes instability. I now have all 8GB's of RAM stable in my system and haven't had a BSOD since!! THANK YOU OCZ!!!

Cons: This is why I don't like saying bad stuff about anything. There aren't really any Cons on this RAM, and from my experience, I can say that if future users do have problems, it may just be a misunderstanding of settings. However; bad chips do exist, they are just rare, especially to receive so many like I thought I did.

Overall Review: My system uses an ASUS P5Q-E motherboard, and the settings I have in BIOS to get this RAM stable are as follows: DRAM Frequency = DDR2 1066Mhz DRAM Static Read Control = Disabled DRAM Read Training = Disabled Mem OC Charger = Enabled AI Clock Twister = Lighter Timings = 5-5-5-15 Voltage = 2.10 Everything else = Auto I've thrown several graphic intense games, CPU crunchers like Adobe After Effects CS4 and Movie Edit Pro 15 Plus, and several other senario's at this setup and can't get any errors to reproduce with these settings! Current setup: ASUS P5Q-E Motherboard Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83Ghz CPU 8GB OCZ Platinum 1066Mhz RAM (2 x 4GB sets) DuOrb CPU Cooler 2 x Radeon HD 4870 Graphics Cards (one's from Gigabyte and the other's from XFX) xCrossfiredx ASUS CD/DVD Combo Drive LG Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Drive 1,000W hecZephyr PSU Xclio A380BK ATX Full-size Tower and running on Windows 7 RC. Hope this review proves helpful! Enjoy the RAM!

Most Critical Review

Listen to your gut feeling.

Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Ultimate HDV&AVCHD USB Video Editing/Captuer 82301002241 USB 2.0 Interface
Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Ultimate HDV&AVCHD USB Video Editing/Captuer 82301002241 USB 2.0 Interface

Pros: Hmm, Pros... well, I got it at a discounted price, and plus, I got green screen material to shoot small film projects with! :) Also, it does work, but see Cons.

Cons: Right, as I said, the capture device does work, but so far, I've only been able to capture (with a preview) at 480x480 resolution under MPEG2 format. Whether it can capture video at 720x480 and above is still to be discovered, but right off the bat with everything installed correctly, 480x480 is the highest res it'll capture at, nothing close to HD.

Overall Review: I personally am going to keep this product simply because of the green screen material - which, by the way is only 6' x 5 1/2'. Nothing too big or great, but if you film guys can manipulate it right, it'll work out for ya. I also noticed that I recieved a 'returned' product from someone else as the USB bag already had a rip in it, and the box itself was taped shut. Really Newegg? So, as the title says, listen to your gut feeling when buying a product. If you get a bad feeling simply by reading the reviews, chances are the product isn't that great. I bit the bullet and bought this anyway, and if it weren't for the green screen material, I'd be returning it too. I docked one egg for the poor recording resolution, and one egg for being sent a 'returned' product that was advertised as new.

Best bang for the buck!

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Low Profile Video Card 100357LP
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Low Profile Video Card 100357LP

Pros: I am pleased to share that this card works painlessly in an HP Slimline s3400f that came with a 165w psu! I bought this to improve on a low-power upgrade plan from the original specs. Over time (since 2008), this tiny system has gone from 2.7Ghz cpu - hard drive - onboard graphics to 2.9Ghz (nothing great i know) - ssd - 7750 discrete graphics. The cpu is the bottleneck now as far as performance goes, but for what this system is used for, this HD7750 has given it an acceptable outcome (for someone who's used to working with video editing machines). The HD7750 has made the noise level far more tolerable as the system sits upright on my desk (less than 2 feet from my head, it's a tight space), and under the same usage scenario is as quiet as larger case fans (120mm and up) whereas the HD4650 it replaced got obnoxious after running for about 10 minutes.

Cons: The only complaint I have, which I can't really do anything about, is that the DAY AFTER I purchased this, and confirmations had been made and all, the price was lowered by $5... *sigh*

Overall Review: - Yes, it works with the skimpiest of psu's. It doesn't get much lower then 165w. - W.E.I: HD4650 1GB 5.0 (graphics) and 6.4 (gaming graphics); HD7750 1GB 7.4 (graphics AND gaming graphics). - Yes, it is peacefully quiet, even when sitting less than 2 ft from the system. - No, it does not cook you breakfast - doesn't get warm enough to do so (the s3400f has decent passive cooling in the side of the case). Overall, Yes, I am a satisfied customer. I'm happy enough with the performance of the HD7750 to let the price drop pass.

P8Z68 Review Update

ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: In my other review on this board, I stated in Cons that the Mouse wasn't working properly in UEFI. To my satisfaction, ASUS made an updated BIOS Revision that fixed the problem!! Update to BIOS Revision 0706 (8/5/11) and you will be able to use a Combo PS/2 and USB port Mouse / Keyboard setup without any hassles!

Cons: ABSOLUTELY NONE NOW!~ THANK YOU ASUS! =D

Core i7 compatible, Yes. Xclio Case, No.

COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD AM3/AM2+/AM2
COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD AM3/AM2+/AM2

Pros: I bought the V8 for a system upgrade because I had bought the V10 before for another system, and wanted to have something in common between the two for a change, other than the CPU. - Installs easy (if you can install a V10, you can install this one in your sleep). - Fan on its highest setting is inaudible! - Keeps the CPU very cool (can lay my hand on the heatsink fins and its cool to the touch on a 2nd Gen Core i7); the video cards (HD 6870's) are responsible for most of the heat now! - Pretty RED Lighting scheme on top of the cooling fan (this particular system has no real color scheme, so any color is fine!).

Cons: This cooler was among several items that were upgraded in an Xclio A380COLOR Full-size case. The single biggest Con for me is that this cooler is too tall, and conflicts with the video card cooling fan on the side window of the Xclio case! However, with a little bit of modding, you can unscrew the fan from the inside, then reattach it on the outside, but it will be loose (at least the way I did it) and it will be vulnerable to objects hitting the fan blades. The 'turbine' shell design on the Xclio case prevents one from securing the fan firmly on the outside, and unless you're willing to cut into the shell (which I'm not), the fan will always be loose. Other then that, I haven't found any Cons with the V8 itself, but the case-modding detail did get an Egg docked.

Overall Review: I will admit the Con above is as much my fault as it is either Manufacturers. Actually, it's not really their fault as they are two different companies - Xclio (case) and Cooler Master (V8). But, I didn't pay attention to this small detail (and I'm not sure if its mentioned anywhere either), so if I could, I'd give the V8 4 1/2 Eggs!

A Perfect Fit for the CM HAF-X case!

LOGISYS Computer CLK12RD 12" Cold Cathode Kit Light
LOGISYS Computer CLK12RD 12" Cold Cathode Kit Light

Pros: It works! I know, I know, reviews should probably be a little more informative than 'It works!'. As the Headline says, this kit is a perfect fit in the HAF-X case. I have my light nested vertically at the rear of the case (on the inside of course), with the power cable facing the bottom. With this orientation, the other end fits snug against the 120mm exhaust fan. I almost didn't need the velcro pads, but used them anyway to prevent the light from having the chance to pop free of this snug fit. And being that they are black as well, they blend in with the black interior of the HAF-X.

Cons: No Cons! Just more Pros! Another plus with the HAF-X case is that it comes with a shroud to put over the cables of your power supply, to make it look less cluttered inside. Since most of the power cables are routed through the back in mine, I just put the blue power block under that, and WOOT! No mismatched color scheme! :D

Overall Review: Some of the reviews for this item have stated that the Cathode lights up an 'Orange-ish/Red' color. Now that I see it in person, I can see where most would make that interpretation, but honestly, it MATCHES the red color of the HAF-X fans.... at least on mine it does. With that said, it has a switch that is made to install in an open expansion slot, so you can choose between "impress your friends" ON, or "i like a dark room for movies" OFF. Also, it is VERY easy to install! If you can find a flat 12" of space somewhere in your case, with the velcro pads, you can install this just about anywhere you please! I have never owned one of these before, yep, first-time buyer of a Cathode light, and I thought I was gonna screw it up upon install. Never came close! :) Just take your time and use common caution, and you'll be fine.

seller reviews
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Works great for generic usage.

Bought this to replace a dying ssd in a friend's eight year old laptop, and it worked out perfectly! She just uses it for web browsing mainly, so she's not missing out on any benefits of higher priced drives. If I were to buy this for myself, I'd use it as a scratch disk for video editing or visual effects work. Great drive for a great price!

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