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Brandon K.

Brandon K.

Joined on 10/01/08

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Most Favorable Review

Amazing CPU

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 - Core 2 Duo Wolfdale Dual-Core 3.16 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80570E8500
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 - Core 2 Duo Wolfdale Dual-Core 3.16 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80570E8500

Pros: With stock cooling this thing maxed out at 55C on both cores under 100% load, which is WELL within the safe zone (anything over 65 is a bad idea). I haven't tried OC'ing this thing yet because I should probably change the fan/heatsink. If you are just running stock though the fan/heatsink it comes with is perfectly acceptable.

Cons: The fan it comes with was a #($*% to install as the instructions were very vauge. You have to rotate the pins FIRST as the arrow indicates and then push down! Also as you push some in, others might pop up, so you really gotta be careful and play around with it until you are sure it is on as tight as possible on all 4 pins. It should not move AT ALL when it is on properly, and each white pin should be pretty much touching the top of the black pin casing (you'll know what I mean when you see it). Just be careful when installing it.

Overall Review: MASSIVE improvement over my AMD Athlon 64bit 3600+ CPU makes such terrible crunching noises when installing it. Though I had wrecked it until I got the computer booted to confirm I hadn't. That one would have made me cry. Be extremely careful when installing this CPU and follow the instructions PERFECTLY and you'll be fine.

10/14/2008

Great monitor, bad dead pixel policy

Asus TUF Gaming VG249Q 23.8" Monitor 144Hz Full HD (1920 x 1080) 1ms IPS Extreme Low Motion Blur FreeSync Eye Care DisplayPort HDMI D-Sub
Asus TUF Gaming VG249Q 23.8" Monitor 144Hz Full HD (1920 x 1080) 1ms IPS Extreme Low Motion Blur FreeSync Eye Care DisplayPort HDMI D-Sub

Pros: Great colors. Very reasonable IPS glow. Takes a few hours for the display to fully "burn in" (for lack of a better word) and everything to settle. When I first turned it on I thought I was going to have a bad display, but everything evened out. Maybe it was just cold at the time. No backlight bleeding (yet anyway). Extremely adjustable stand, which is DEFINITELY a very nice thing to have. (Up/down, tilt, rotate, swivel.) Works with Nvidia G-Sync, even though it isn't technically listed as compatible by Nvidia (yet anyway). 144HZ

Cons: In my opinion Asus's dead pixel policy isn't acceptable in such a competitive market as LCD displays. Copy and pasted from their policy: "ASUS conforms to the acceptance level between 3 to 5 defective bright/dark pixels. In order to deliver ultimate vision experience to ASUS customer, if your panel is less than or equal to the above number of dots, then, it is considered as an acceptable LCD monitor."

Overall Review: Great monitor overall, but if dead pixels are a deal breaker, then you are gambling on this monitor due to Asus's policy, so just keep that in mind. This is why I couldn't give it a 5 egg rating.

Great card for the price

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100259-1GL
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100259-1GL

Pros: I had an XFX 8800 GTS 320MB card before I upgraded to this, and the upgrade was well worth it. The gig of ram is great for running high textures, even though I still only use 1280x1024 as my resolution since I haven't got a better monitor yet. The FPS is about double what my old card could do, and the HDTV support is MUCH better than Nvidia. I got an HDMI-to-HDMI cable at my local tech store and now I get picture/audio on my TV straight out of this card with no additional connections. :) Just remember to use the converter that comes with the card! Also to use the audio you may need to change your default output audio device in programs like Windows Media Player. The card runs very quite, and stays very cool. Idles at 50C and gets to around 70C running full tilt.

Cons: None. Was only a tiny bit longer than my XFX card so I can't complain about size at all.

Overall Review: I haven't had any problems with this card yet, and the fact that ATI actually supports HDTV's properly (unlike Nvidia where I have to reboot my computer to extend my desktop onto my TV. *groan*) I can't see myself going back to Nvidia any time soon.

Game of the Year

Fallout 3 PC Game
Fallout 3 PC Game

Pros: An amazing game that will provide well over 60 hours if not over a 100. If you are looking for a western RPG that is fun to play this is the game to get. Definitely the best game of the year.

Cons: Nothing, works flawlessly on my system.

Overall Review: Ignore the newbies who can't get this game to work. The game is rock solid stable as long as your system is as well.

11/18/2008

Works great

Western Digital Blue WD6400AAKS 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Western Digital Blue WD6400AAKS 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Working great so far. Makes an occasional wind-down sound which just sounds super cool to me, and other than that, it is perfectly silent.

Cons: As long as it doesn't start getting bad sectors any time soon, none!

Overall Review: Got it for $80.

10/14/2008

Great case

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

Pros: TONS of screws come with it which is always nice cause I never have extras laying around. Fans are super quiet on low and still suck quite a nice bit of air. Nice design and made of metal. A bit heavy which I personally like. I love that the PSU sits on the bottom of the case, very unique. Like the position of the power/reset swtich, and the HD/device cages are easy to remove and install things into.

Cons: They don't leave a lot of room for extra PSU cables. I ended up jamming one into one of my front fans by accident and didn't notice it wasn't rotating for 8 hours (oops). Didn't hurt it much though surprisingly, lol. As well the bottom case fan was making too much noise (likely warped a bit or something like that) so I simply disconnected it till I have time to deal with it.

Overall Review: Honestly, I don't think there is anything seriously wrong with the design that would make this a bad choice for anyone (other than SERIOUS OC's possibly).

10/14/2008