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Ryan H.

Ryan H.

Joined on 09/23/06

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Most Favorable Review

Great board, great support

XFX MB-N680-ISH9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
XFX MB-N680-ISH9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I bought this a while back now, the first one I got didn't work(tech support and I couldn't pin point it, but we got it down to somewhere between the processor and south bridge). On that note, tech support was helpful, the RMA was smooth and I'm using it on my current gaming computer. runs sli'd 8800s just fine, if you want a gaming computer, this is a great board to go off of

Cons: none really, other than the location of the CPU power, right next to the cpu and I/O ports(which is difficult to reach with my heatsink being 15 cm tall)

Overall Review: Goes well with 8800s, and 4 GB of ram. I'm running XP/Linux(Debian AND Gentoo) over 1.5 TB of space(3 500GBs), SATA ports are easy to reach, and overall layout of things is wonderful. This is a great, inexpensive board to build off of(inexpensive compared to that awesome g-card and processor your buying for it, right?)

Most Critical Review

Terrible board

ASUS Striker Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX The Ultimate Gaming Motherboard
ASUS Striker Extreme LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX The Ultimate Gaming Motherboard

Pros: It all works, but if you get this board its going to be a lot of work.

Cons: You may have to send it in to Asus so they can upgrade the chipset, it doesn't support E6000 series processor by default, there are loads of problems even getting it to POST let alone setting up the BIOS and booting your OS. For the price, this board shouldn't need to be upgraded and tweeked as much as it does, if you're an expert on motherboards I imagine this would be a weeks worth of work tops, but for normal PC builders this isn't worth the trouble.

Overall Review: Support for this board is terrible, the layout is great, and a sound card ships with it and sucks up a PCI port because it's not built in.

Wonderful cable management

Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition (VN10006W2N) White and Black SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Four Fans - 1 x 200mm side, 1 x 200mm top, 1 x 200mm front, 1 x 140mm rear
Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition (VN10006W2N) White and Black SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Four Fans - 1 x 200mm side, 1 x 200mm top, 1 x 200mm front, 1 x 140mm rear

Pros: Easily the biggest pro is the cable management. You can route all the cables behind/under the motherboard. A huge plus which has been hit-or-miss with other cases for me is that all of the case's fans, and the controls for the fans come connected together and all I had to do was plug in a single 4 pin molex(which was already routed next to where the PSU sits). Also, the main side panel comes off(the panel that has one of the 200mm fans). Normally this would cause problems with the power cable for the fan, but Thermaltake was smart on this one and made it so it connects/disconnects when the panel is on correctly. Nothing special on your part has to be done for the connection to be made, no pulling connectors or pins, and you don't have to worry about dangling power cables when opening/closing that panel. Out of the box, the cable routing is done very well. I only had to move the USB 3.0 connect and everything else was right where I needed it. Quiet. I'm always satisfied with Thermaltake fans. I have the four case fans, two fans on my CPU's heatsink and 3 fans on my GTX 970 and the fan noise remains minimal. The case is sitting right next to me and when I'm playing games, music, or movies I can't hear it at all. A lot of the case is pretty easy to take apart or take off completely. Which will definitely be helpful when cleaning dust off of the meshes. Lightweight. Compared to my previous case(Armor series, which is 98% metal), this case is super light and easy to carry.

Cons: None worth an egg(for me). I had a bit of trouble seating the hard drives in the hot swap slots. The first time I put the drives in I pushed them in far enough to hear the *click*, but the motherboard wasn't seeing either of them(one a 2.5" SSD the other a 5.25" HDD). When re-seating I decided to hold on to the back plate and that helped. I won't be doing hot-swapping myself, but it kind of defeats the purpose of hot-swapping if you have to take off one side of the case to get a proper connection. Like I said, I'm not into hot-swapping so I didn't play with it more, so it could just be the first time I tried I didn't push in hard enough.

10/28/2014

Excellent Monitor

ASUS VG248QE 24" Full HD 1920 x 1080 1ms (GTG) 144Hz DVI-D HDMI DisplayPort Built-in Speakers Asus Eye Care with Ultra Low-Blue Light & Flicker-Free Backlit LED NVIDIA 3D Gaming Monitor
ASUS VG248QE 24" Full HD 1920 x 1080 1ms (GTG) 144Hz DVI-D HDMI DisplayPort Built-in Speakers Asus Eye Care with Ultra Low-Blue Light & Flicker-Free Backlit LED NVIDIA 3D Gaming Monitor

Pros: Large screen(well, it's not huge but 24" is more than enough for me) with low response time. I'm running it with a GT 640 for the time being and it runs very smoothly at full resolution in the games I have played(Borderlands Pre Sequel, Sid Meier's Beyond Earth, and others). The price is probably the biggest plus. It's a fairly large monitor, low latency, high contrast, does 3D, pivots, tilts, and raises/lowers. For gaming purposes, I'm not sure what else you need. I'm definitely going to buy a second one in a few months.

Cons: None worth removing an egg. It's like it really *wants* to have high brightness and high saturation, but through calibration you can get both to more appropriate levels. Also, the power cable that comes with it seems really short. I needed to go digging through my spare PC parts to find a longer one. My surge protector is off to one side of my desk, which just happens to be the opposite side of the desk where this monitor sits. Just a minor inconvenience though.

Overall Review: Colors are a *bit* of a problem. Most of them are fine. Other people have mentioned blues and reds but my problem areas seem to be the transitions from green->yellow and green->cyan. I have tried calibrating for a few minutes and have improved from the default settings, but it's not quite perfect. That said, it's not bad enough to be a con or worth an egg. And the calibration settings are plentiful. I'm sure with some more fiddling I'll get everything in order. I haven't tried 3D yet since I don't have the glasses(will get those after Christmas). I haven't tried the speakers at all since I have a separate stereo system. But it does come with an AUX cable if you want to use it for sound.

10/25/2014

Best Processor for the Price

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 - Core 2 Quad Yorkfield Quad-Core 2.83 GHz LGA 775 95W Desktop Processor - BX80569Q9550
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 - Core 2 Quad Yorkfield Quad-Core 2.83 GHz LGA 775 95W Desktop Processor - BX80569Q9550

Pros: I'm currently running this processor at 3.4 GHz on fan cooling, it idles around 36C and spikes around 40C on a load.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I upgraded from an E6600, which was terrible as far as heat goes. Not only does this processor run cooler, the stock heatsink and fan are smaller than the E6600's.

11/12/2008

OCZ releases more great RAM

OCZ ReaperX HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPX800EB4GK
OCZ ReaperX HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2RPX800EB4GK

Pros: I currently have 4 sticks of this in my computer. While 8GB is over the top, it's always nice for games like COD4 that allow you to allocate more memory to it. With a couple of sticks of these, allowing a game to use 1 GB or 2 GB doesn't have any negative affects(assuming the programmers know what they're doing).

Cons: None, this RAM is great for the price, dissipates heat well, and does what you expect of DDR2 RAM.

Overall Review: While it is kind of tricky getting these things to sit next to each other, it is possible. If you just have these two sticks though, putting them in a single channel is easy enough as most boards space channels apart, but that varies so I can't say it's true for all boards out there.