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Daniel M.

Daniel M.

Joined on 12/13/07

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Most Favorable Review

Great Drives

WD Black 1TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD1003FZEX
WD Black 1TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD1003FZEX

Pros: - Fast, if not the fastest 7200RPM drives you can get consumer level. - Available in multiple sizes (1Tb, 2Tb, ect.) - Reliable thus far

Cons: none

Overall Review: I love these drives. I have multiple in my system and have installed them into many others. None so far have been DOA and I have not been informed of any needed warranty replacements. Speed, reliability, and size make these a great deal. Other brands and models are cheaper, but they will not be as fast as these and maybe not as reliable. Do yourself a favor, if you wish to have a system that feels very stable, cannot afford a good SSD, and are looking at that WD Blue for $49.99... save the extra $25 and grab this.

Most Critical Review

1 out of 2 bad

TOPOWER X3 Series ZU-550W 550 W ATX12V Version 2.0 / EPS12V SLI Ready Power Supply
TOPOWER X3 Series ZU-550W 550 W ATX12V Version 2.0 / EPS12V SLI Ready Power Supply

Pros: - Seems well built by weight (kinda fooled me into buying #2) - Price - Can power a small entry level gamer - Turbo fan on/off switch - Decent number of connectors for the price

Cons: - Quality control (a lot of units burning up as soon as they are plugged in)

Overall Review: Purchased one for a client sometime ago. It is still running fine today. It's powering 1 HDD, 1 burner, 6 case fans, an AMD FX-4100, an AMD HD 7770, 4Gb's DDR3 1600, and a MSI 970 chipset. In light to how well that system performed for the price, I built my wife virtually the same setup except with 8Gb's of ram. No sooner I plugged in the power cable the Topower PSU sparked and I was greeted by a cloud of smoke. Newegg issued me a refund and I picked up the LEPA N500 for a few $ more. So far that psu is doing fine for us. It's hit or miss, if you wish to test your luck, go ahead and click that add to cart button :)

What a CPU!

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X - Ryzen 7 5000 Series Vermeer (Zen 3) 8-Core 3.8 GHz Socket AM4 105W Desktop Processor - 100-100000063WOF
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X - Ryzen 7 5000 Series Vermeer (Zen 3) 8-Core 3.8 GHz Socket AM4 105W Desktop Processor - 100-100000063WOF

Pros: - Noticeably faster than the 2700x - Still AM4 Socket - SAM (if you have a board that supports it)

Cons: - My only con is the voltage of stock auto settings, not sure if that would be the cpu requirement or the board manufactures. Stock I was getting stupid high temps in the 90c range running 100% loads. Thankfully, locking the cores at 4.75ghz and lowering the vcore down to 1.25v did the trick, now I can render all day and never go over 73c!

Overall Review: Great cpu, very rarely as of the last few years you could tell the difference between 2 very good cpu's. This verse the 2700x was a very noticeable improvement both in gaming and in other workloads like rendering. I paired it with my Strix x470-f as I did not want to upgrade my board and SAM isn't super important to me. Keep it up AMD, the Ryzen love it real.

Very Decent AIO

ASUS ROG Strix LC 240 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler 240mm Radiator, Dual 120mm 4-pin PWM Fans with FanXpert Controls, Support for Intel and AMD Motherboards LGA 1700 Compatible
ASUS ROG Strix LC 240 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler 240mm Radiator, Dual 120mm 4-pin PWM Fans with FanXpert Controls, Support for Intel and AMD Motherboards LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: - Looks - Cools Adequately - Tube Length - Pump is very quiet - Easy install

Cons: - Fans are very loud if they go over 70%, audible at 50%, and decent at 20% - Subjective, price

Overall Review: I do not right many reviews these days but felt I should for this product. I upgraded from a 2700x and a cooler master lite 120 cooler to a 5800x and this. At first the temps were surprisingly high, 90c in prime and cinebench. I got to reading up on the 5800x and apparently from factory they pump the vcore way up, so I under volted the cpu down to 1.25v and put a 4.7 oc all cores to stop any fluctuations. Now, I'm doing a very complex render on it, it's been 20 minutes, and I haven't passed 73c at 40% fan speed. I could render all day with this cooler and never have to worry. Now that the 5800x has been tamed, this cooler has been very adequate for my needs of doing 100% cpu loads constantly. I game too, but that doesn't really push a cooler like this these days. If you have a 5000 series cooler, there are many great options to choose from for cooling, you can add this to that list. Just remember that most of the time, you can lower your voltage and still get the same performance with less heat generated with most cpu's these days, especially the 5000 series.

Impressed so far

CM Storm Devastator - LED Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo Bundle (Red Edition)
CM Storm Devastator - LED Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo Bundle (Red Edition)

Pros: - LED's look great - Keyboard has a good tactile feel to it (media buttons a plus) - Build quality seems decent - Mouse is precise - PRICE!

Cons: - Mouse is lighter than I would like - Must press the scroll lock in order to turn on the LED's - Mouse DPI at the highest setting still isn't as sensitive as I would like - Cannot see the keys unless the back light is on, no problem for me but for some it may be an issue

Overall Review: I personally do not use this but have tested it each time I have picked it for clients or friends. Have ordered 3 thus far and haven't had a complaint from the individuals who use them. At $30, you are getting easily $45-$50 worth of quality and features. Even looking on e bay, you are hard pressed to find a combo to beat this. I personally like the feel of the keys and the color of the red and blue (haven't ordered green yet). Gaming with it, I do not feel a noticeable disadvantage towards the higher end Logitech gear I'm used to using (and that's a bold statement for a $30 combo. I recommend this product for anyone looking to step up into an entry level gaming mouse and keyboard combo.

Decent drive and good concept

Seagate ST500LM000 500GB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Laptop Thin SSHD Bare Drive
Seagate ST500LM000 500GB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Laptop Thin SSHD Bare Drive

Pros: - Works as advertised, most frequently used applications store bits into cache to give SSD like perfomance. - Windows boot times in between 15-25 seconds depending on the system after a couple of boots.

Cons: - 5400RPM - Only 8Gb's of cache available - If installing an applications, game, ect. and trying to do multiple other things, the cache system will not save you from a bit of slow down and haults.

Overall Review: I have installed 3 of these into computers now. All three worked as intended from the first boot. For the users of the computers, these drives will do but for intense users who like to do multiple things at once, a westren digital black or SSD will be your better option. Ran HDTune with these drives and all 3 were consistently in between 80-110 Mbps. Now that isn't testing the NAND cache, that's testing the platter. A WD Black will out perform this when doing multiple HDD intensive tasks such as installing, rendering, ect.. If they could increase the NAND to 16-32Gb's and make it a 7200RPM drive which may increase its form factor to 3.5" then charge an additional $15-$20 that would be a winner. For now, if you are not an intense user, you will enjoy SSD like speed without sacrificing the needed storage space with these SSHD's.