Matthew B.

Matthew B.

Joined on 12/07/06


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Most Favorable Review

Excelent and Very Poor at the same time.

ASUS P5NSLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI Intel Edition ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5NSLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI Intel Edition ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -Price. Great MB for the price. -Somewhat decent overclock ability. (more on this later) -Easy setup. Runs solid (without heavy overclocking). -Board recovers fairly well from a botched extreme overclock attempt. -SLI compatable. Easy switch to SLI. -Supports wide range of CPU including Core 2. Also supports Pentium 4 (not mentioned in specs) -Good Bios (I updated to newest bios ver right away so don't know if stock bios was any good) -Update was easy with USB Floppy Drive. Bios update program for windows caused me some problems though.

Cons: -Overclocking is limited. Especially the voltage settings for Chipset (1.4v or 1.5v only)and RAM (1.8v to 2.1v). -CPU-Z showed my RAM timings and voltage settings were WAY WAY WAY off on [Auto] even with bios update. I don't remember exactly but I believe the CAS was around 18 on [Auto] and I manually set it to 4 (where it belonged) So depending on your RAM it's possible you will have to adjust your settings manually. -Poor layout for the expansion slots. -Going SLI will block 1 PCI and and 1 PCIe x1. But most if not all SLI boards have this problem. -Not many useful cards for the PCIe x1 yet. (hard to blame that on the MB though) hopefully some WiFi and Soundcards will come out soon. -Nforce 570 chipset is a bit dated. For a little bit more $$ the ASUS P5N-E 650i offers a lot more features. While the 650i doesn't have some of the (very expensive) southbridge perks of the 680i -Like linkboost, SLI 16x16 and EPP. It has the same NB and is well worth the upgrade.

Overall Review: SLI: -If you don't plan on going SLI I HIGHLY recommend choosing another board. In fact, I DEMAND it! I can't stress this enough. If you want an ATI card DO NOT BUY this board. If you don't plan on going SLI DO NOT BUY THIS BOARD! -If do go SLI but need more than 1 PCI slot there is a similar Nforce570 model from another brand which will give you 2 usable PCI while in SLI. OVERCLOCKING -If you don't care about oc or if a minor oc is all you're looking for, you will be satisfied with this board. If you want to go buckwild (and who doesn't?) the limitations of this mb will disappoint you. Final Thought: If you must have SLI (and why not) AND you must have enough Overclock options to fry your CPU (and why not!) AND you can afford it, the ASUS P5N-E SLI with the 650i chipset has much more OC options with support for DDR2 800. It's worth the upgrade. Dual XFX 7600 GT's in SLI -slightly OC'd P4 3.0 running at 3.75 1GB of Crucial Ballistix 667 OC'd to 800mhz All From NewEgg!


CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

Pros: -Quiet -Effective -Quality This is clearly a well-built cooling system. All the necessary parts are included and installation is fairly straightforward. Dropped my idle temps roughly 10-15c and load temps by over 25c from stock cooler. Also gives the bonus of pulling more air out the back. The 2x120mm fans are quiet enough. (They make less noise than most of my other fans)

Cons: -Size -Installation This thing is a monster! It BARELY cleared the heatsinks on my NB. Make sure you have plenty of room where you plan to install the radiator/fans. I had to make some modifications to the included rear brackets so they would fit around some unfortunately placed heatsink screws underneath my MB. This would only be an issue for a select few. Still, I don't enjoy taking a dremmel to a brand new piece of equipment.

Overall Review: This is a very effective cooler. After installation I cranked up my overclock and pumped 1.45v vcore through it just to see what kind of heat this could absorb. Running prime95 blend and OCCT linpack the Tj temps barely made it to 50c before settling at about 48c. The Tc CPU temp never broke 45c. To put these numbers in perspective. With my stock cooler I had auto thermal shutdown kick in with the same OC and Vcore. So my CPU temps went from 80c (load) to 42c (load) under my max overclock. If you have a serious need to keep down the heat, this is a great (if not too huge) cooler. If you don't, then this is overkill.

Worth it.

DYNAPOWER USA Prestige Black / Silver 0.8mm SECC steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply
DYNAPOWER USA Prestige Black / Silver 0.8mm SECC steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply

Pros: Good price - It's true that usually you get what you pay for. However, in this case, you get a bit more. Nice design - I have a much more expensive apevia case and I must say I liked the design of this case better. The drive bays are easily accessible. There's plenty of room. Both left and right side panels are tooless and easy to open. Room for 2x80mm fans in back and front. I was able to install a 120mm in front without any difficulty (looks like a 200mm might also fit). Appearance - This is highly subjective, but I like the appearance. The black isn't too glossy. The LED's aren't too bright. Everything is just right. Power button looks really cool.

Cons: Cheap plastic - It does look nice but you can feel that it isn't very tough. The main 5.25 drive bay is particularly flimsy and easy to break if you pick up the case by the top. Build quality - The plastic button on the top 5.25 drive bay didn't line up well with the four different DVD drives I tried (long story...). Too close or too far from the button and it won't work. I had to be very carful when lining it up (the margin of error is truely tiny) and make sure that the screws were tight so it didn't shift. The power button is cheap. Again, it looks nice but the spring mechinism behind it allows it to wobble when pressed and occasionally it gets stuck. I was able to fix this with some modificatoin. The LED lights on the main side fan need to be bent inward (away from the fan). I highly recommend doing this before powering on the machine (the sound of fan blades scraping across the bulbs is not pleasant). Metal punchouts - Somewhat difficult to remove the IO panel.

Overall Review: The few minor issues aside. I'm very happy with the case. All of problems are manageable and after inital setup, only the power button issue might be noticed during day to day use. I didn't trust the power supply for the build that was going in this case. It was just... too lightweight. As though it were an empty metal box. So I decided to use it in a frankenstein build. So far it hasn't caught fire so I havn't put it as a *con yet. Will update on how that goes in a few months. Also this case only comes with the single 250mm side fan. Nothing else. So order yourself a few more 80mm's to go with it. This case is not built for use as a chair or a dinner table, but it is sturdy and lightweight. A good case for the price.


Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms  Widescreen LCD HDMI Monitor 500 cd/m2 800:1 Built-in Speakers
Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms Widescreen LCD HDMI Monitor 500 cd/m2 800:1 Built-in Speakers

Pros: -Price ***** -Sturdy and solid base -Good color -Very bright -Good contrast -Built-in speakers -No visible defects (bleeding, dead pixels, etc.) -No observable ghosting -All possible cables are included (HDMI, DVI, VGA, Audio, and Composite.) The overall value of this monitor would easily put it above 5 stars. The picture is sharp and text is easy to read even at the highest resolution. Assuming that nothing breaks or fails in the near future, this will be the most satisfied I have been with an electronics purchase. My only disappointment is that I didn't buy two of these while they were on sale.

Cons: -Viewing angle -Controls -Speaker placement/quality -Headphone jack audio quality The viewing angle is probably the biggest complaint and some color shifting can be seen at roughly 120° which was about on-par with my other lcd monitors. The controls are placed in back which makes them a little difficult to use if you are in a dark room. The settings menu is fairly basic. The The speakers are not high quality and placed in the back which could be a problem depending on your setup. Still, they are convenient and loud enough. The headphone jack on the monitor is a nice feature but the jack is not easy to get to (located in back) and the audio quality is very poor. I like it because my rig does not have audio jacks in the front so having a headphone jack in the monitor is easier to get to than the back of my comp.

Overall Review: If you are heavily into graphics editing where color and consistency are paramount than this is not the monitor for you. (But you probably already knew that) If you are looking to upgrade one of your smaller lcd screens with something that doesn't cost more than a house payment this monitor will not disappoint. Great for gaming, watching movies, surfing the web, and everything else that you like to do. The minor flaws go completely unnoticed under normal every day use and overall the value is fantastic. 5 stars *****

All Good

Transcend 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory Model JM667QSU-2G
Transcend 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory Model JM667QSU-2G

Pros: Works like a charm in a Fujitsu Lifebook 4220. Saved over 100 bucks buying this from newegg instead of Fujitsu.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Plugged this in with a 512mb stick for 2.5gb total. New stick was detected perfectly with no issues whatsoever.

So Far So good...

BOSS AUDIO In-Dash AM/FM/DVD Receiver w/3.2" TFT WideScreen
BOSS AUDIO In-Dash AM/FM/DVD Receiver w/3.2" TFT WideScreen

Pros: -Inputs/Playable Media- Plays MP3/MP4/WMA/JPG on the available SD/MMC slot. Can connect to many Mp3(iPod) and PDA devices through the front USB port. Reads DVD,CD,CDR,CDRW,VCD,SVCD. Lots of outputs for additional monitors, RCA & SUB. Installation was easy. Nothing more than that of a standard head unit except for the parking brake wire that disables the screen when the vehicle is not parked... which I "accidently" attached to the "wrong" place so the screen is never disabled... The screen looks good. Response time, brightness and contrast are good enough for the average consumer to be satisfied.

Cons: There's not a whole lot to complain about at this price. I can only use the remote in the daytime. The button layout is not very intuitive. There is no backlight so forget trying to find a button at night. The contrast isn't great, but unless you are very picky about that sort of thing, you won't notice. I have trouble getting the face-plate on sometimes. But I usually have trouble with that on any unit. There are a few 'minor' annoyances like no fancy visuals while playing music. The unit can be difficult to navigate at times. I made an MP3 CD with some Movies on it and I'm still trying to figure out how to easily switch between the songs and the videos. (I should probably read the manual..) Customer service responds quickly but not very helpful. I dont get a good impression.

Overall Review: Normally I would not go for something that has this many features at such a low price. (you get what you pay for... anyone?) However, since I have a vehicle that can be easily broken into, I decided to put in a cheaper off-brand unit. So far I am not at all disappointed with this unit. Actually, I'm supprised at how cool it is. It feels solid and well built. You can see where they saved money on the 'dazzle' part. If you are looking for a unit that has cool visuals and fancy menus, you will not be happy. If you want a cheap in-dash DVD player with a nice little screen and enough inputs and outputs to kill a large animal.. this looks like the product for you. Will post update in 1 month