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Joseph M.

Joseph M.

Joined on 08/04/09

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review
ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Working great Looks Good RAID capable DDR3

Cons: X16 PCIe slot with a long VGA card make the SATA ports a **** to mess with once installed. Manual misprinted. Manual shows alternating DIMM slots for dual channel RAM. I had to pair RAM next to each other for dual channel.

Overall Review: Overall very happy with this board... especially for <$100. I love it/ -1 egg for manual's memory confusion and the poor SATA/PCIe placement.

Most Critical Review
OCZ OALKBELX2US USB Wired Slim Alchemy Series Elixir II Keyboard
OCZ OALKBELX2US USB Wired Slim Alchemy Series Elixir II Keyboard

Pros: Functions great Shortcut keys Looks slick slim/lightweight with full size feel Rubber inlay on the keys Very long cable for easy arrangement.

Cons: The left shift key is not fullsize. Power off hotkey only puts PC into "sleep"

Overall Review: Left Shift shares space with another key. If you are a touch typer, this makes using the left shift key very very annoying. So annoying, I'd like to take off two eggs... but it is my fault for not researching. If you want a slim sleek keyboard that feels great - then this is a good choice if you can live with a shift key that's about 1/2 as long as normal.

ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4870 Dark Knight 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4870 Dark Knight 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Pros: 1GB GDDR5 Awesome looking heatsink Comes with alot of adapters. Nice swag too.

Cons: Driver/monitor issues for me.

Overall Review: I'm not sure if it's the VGA drivers or the monitor, but if I update the Radeon/Catalyst drivers online (to the most recent versions) the image becomes under sized on the screen leaving a black border. My monitor works great woth other PCs and the issure only comes up if I update the original OEM drivers on the support disk. I'm just using the original oem VGA and motherboard drivers w/ no update so evreything runs OK now.

PC Power & Cooling ModXStream Pro Series 600 Watt 80+ Semi-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ600MXSP)
PC Power & Cooling ModXStream Pro Series 600 Watt 80+ Semi-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ600MXSP)

Pros: Some modular ability Working great. Big quiet fan. Comes with alot of extras for carrying cables and other computer necessities.

Cons: Short +12V ATX 4pin connector.

Overall Review: The 12V 4pin connector ended up being a strech, but this was due to MoBo connector @ very top and PSU mounted @ bottom.

Phenom-inal

AMD Phenom II X3 720 - Phenom II X3 Triple-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 95W Black Processor - HDZ720WFGIBOX
AMD Phenom II X3 720 - Phenom II X3 Triple-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 95W Black Processor - HDZ720WFGIBOX

Pros: 3 cores is better than 2 and it heas ALOT of overhead to overclock. Comes with unlocked multiplier (easy overclock) decent stock cooler.

Cons: TIM Paste on OEM cooler was a small round dot that did not fully cover the processor.

Overall Review: Despite minimal TIM compound, the processor is still runnign cool idling around 34c. Best bang for your buck in the processing world, IMO. 2.8+GHz, triple core, lots of cache for only $120.

Crucial Ballistix 2GB DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model BL25664BA1336
Crucial Ballistix 2GB DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model BL25664BA1336

Pros: Great price cosidering DR3-1333 and 6-6-6-20 performance. Running dual channel well. Have heat spreaders

Cons: Only running @ 9-9-9-24.

Overall Review: It was advertised as 6-6-6-20, but is running about a 9 latency. Being spec'd for 1.86V, I may have to bump up the stock memory voltage.