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Aidan R.

Aidan R.

Joined on 12/22/05

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Most Favorable Review

Best thing I've ever bought

EVGA 512-P3-N807-AR GeForce 8800GT AKIMBO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
EVGA 512-P3-N807-AR GeForce 8800GT AKIMBO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Pros: I have had this card since 2008. It is now 2013. It has lasted through two CPUs, two motherboards, two sets of RAM, three PSUs and probably 10 installs of Vista and then 7. I even bought a card to replace it two years ago (A 650 something, I think) that died from underpowering (my bad!). I didn't have the cash to upgrade again, so it went back in. I have played every game I've bought with this card. The only ones it's had trouble with were Crysis and Crysis Warhead, which I had to run windowed at 1024X768. EVERY other game I have ever played has been stellar. I might not be playing it on the highest settings, but I don't care as long as I can play it, and I never turn the settings below medium. That includes games like Far Cry 3, Bioshock Infinite, Supreme Commander 2- all at 1080p (and in SC2s case, on two screens). I regularly play a game on one screen and netflix on the other with no lag or stutter. It is quiet enough, quieter than my case fans. EVGA makes a great product. I actually will keep this card for a long time just for sentimental value long after it is replaced.

Cons: None. I mean, it's a lower level card from more than 5 years ago and it still plays all the games I play at maximum resolution with NO problems ever.

Overall Review: This may be a useless review, but I don't even care- this has been the longest lasting part of this current computer other than the case.

Pretty good mid tower

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: I've had this case since 2008, when I built a computer for college. Apart from the disk drive (which currently isn't hooked up anyway), it's the only part that has survived the myriad of upgrades I've made to the computer. Solid, clean, good looking.

Cons: Small. I've kept most of my hard drives, so I currently have 3 and an SSD in the case. There's room for six, but just barely, and they wouldn't be cool at that point. The video card (I have a Radeon 65XX series atm) buts up against them, especially with SATA and power cables in the mix. My cable management is horrible because there's just no room to put anything with 4 HDDs, DVD drive, big video card, CPU cooler, all 5 fans, and a PCI card or two. I don't care much since it doesn't have a window but you get the point.

Overall Review: Next time I'll be buying a larger case. If you are absolutely sure you don't be adding lots of stuff inside, then don't worry about it.

Great mouse for anything.

Cyborg CCB437030002/04/1 Black 3 Programmable Buttons and 2 regular left and right mouse buttons Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 3200 dpi R.A.T. 3 Gaming Mouse
Cyborg CCB437030002/04/1 Black 3 Programmable Buttons and 2 regular left and right mouse buttons Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 3200 dpi R.A.T. 3 Gaming Mouse

Pros: Like I said, great. Fits my little hand very well- most comfortable mouse I've ever used, including a RAZER Salmosa and a Logitech MX Revolution. Just as sensitive as you want it, whenever, with the on-the-fly option. Programmable buttons (I know there's only two, but you can use them 6 different ways thanks to the little glowy button) that I use for CTRL+T and CTRL+TAB on the web. Not a single problem with the soft or hardware since I bought it a good while ago.

Cons: After the MX Revolution, the scroll wheel is a letdown, but totally acceptable otherwise. Sometimes it's a bit touchy and will scroll when you didn't mean to.

Overall Review: I bought this on a whim to replace the RAZER, and it was the right thing to do. Also, I love how it looks.

Best keyboard you'll buy today

Logitech K740 Illuminated USB Keyboard
Logitech K740 Illuminated USB Keyboard

Pros: See the pros from everyone else? they still apply. Illuminated, great typing, lots of new keys to change around, super classy.

Cons: I double capitalize words sometimes (BUrgerbob) but I did that on my old Logitech UltraX keyboard, which has similar key action.

Overall Review: Some people complain about the F keys being only one or the other- F keys or the new functions Logitech gave them, but you can set the F keys in the SetPoint software to be the original function while primarily being set as the new keys. I use Alt+F4 a lot, so I set the F4 key to F4 instead of opening Windows Messenger.

Great little case

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Solid case, looks great with all blue LED fans, hold all my stuff- 3 HDDs, one DVD drive, Zalman CNPS 9700 cooler, EVGA 8800GT. A crapton lighter than my friends' 1200s, and I like the shape more, not the stylized thing going on with the 900 and 1200.

Cons: Gets pretty tight inside, my cable routing is terrible, mainly because I have no choice of where to put anything.

Overall Review: Easy to get into and out of, cleanable air filters, relatively lightweight, classy.

Awesome cooler

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Pros: Quiet (on lower settings), blue, sweet looking (in my steel case with no window), very cool.

Cons: Gets loud when turned up, but I never do, so no big deal.

Overall Review: Got this to replace a CNPS 9500. Same deal, different name. Paired with Arctic Silver 5 on my Phenom X4, my temps never get above 40C on the lowest setting in my heated room.