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Steven H.

Steven H.

Joined on 06/05/11

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Most Favorable Review

Perfection.

Corsair Graphite Series 600T Arctic White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Arctic White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: This case was engineered very beautifully. Elegant and simple, the Corsair Graphite 600T is going to be my case for the next decade AT LEAST. Perfect. This case is a showpiece, guests in my home are stunned at the sight. I will certainly continue to purchase from Corsair, as in the case I have equipped the Corsair H80 and have Corsair XMS3 memory and Corsair power supply as well. Way to go Corsair! I am proud as a technical individual to see such a fine product being sold. Very impressed, would give it a 10 rating if possible. This was more than well worth the money I spent, seriously I do not feel that I wasted a single penny, because every time I look at the case I am floored.

Cons: Are you serious?

Overall Review: This marvelous case houses the following: System Board - MSI H67 Socket 1155 CPU - Intel Core i5 2500 @3.7GHz Cooler - Corsair H80 closed loop Memory - Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333MHz 8GB SSD - OCZ vertex 80 GB Video - 2 x Radeon HD 6770 1GDDR5 CrossfireX Power - Corsair CX600 HDD - Western Digital 7200RPM 500GB 16MB cache

Virtual Machines!

Intel Core i5-2500 - Core i5 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 2000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I52500
Intel Core i5-2500 - Core i5 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 2000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I52500

Pros: An amazing CPU. I built this machine with the intention on doing some projects that require CPU power. This thing delivered. In a test, with VMWare 7.1, I was able to run all editions of Microsoft Windows and 5 distro's of linux before this thing was maxing out. That's right. Windows 1.0, 2.0, 3.1, NT 4.0, 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista (With Aero enabled), Windows 7, and Server 2008 R2. (With Server 03 it got bogged down a bit so I omitted it.) After I installed all the Windows (which were running all fantastically with no lag , keep in mind this was with 8GB of memory across 4 SSD's to avoid disk from being bottleneck) I began to install Mint Linux 11, Ubuntu 11.04, and Fedora 15 WHILE ALL WINDOWS WERE RUNNING! Needless to say I installed them one after the other, not at the same time =D That is 15 virtual machines, CPU was 70% idle, 100% with each of the OS's running miscellaneous tasks. I was highly impressed.

Cons: It ran a little hot. Toward the end after all the VM's were installed and the CPU load hit the red line, it began to get a little hot (70 Celsius on liquid cooling!) But why should I complain? I am suprised this chip didn't explode! Also got a bit hot when running games, Metro 2033 in particular.

Overall Review: CPU-Intel Core i5 2500 @ 3.7GHz (No need to overclock) Memory-Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333MHz 8GB Video - 2 x Radeon HD 6770 CrossfireX SSD - 4 Intel 120GB SSD's 6Gbps Cooler - Corsair H80 Closed loop Case - Corsair Graphite 600T White Power - Corsair 850Watt

Very Nice Price/Performance

MSI H67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI H67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This board is quite wonderful. I paired this with an i5 2500K and got a stable 4.2GHz and the whole thing works nicely. The UEFI BIOS is cool. The color of the board is cool. Inexpensive board that supports the latest Intel CPUs. Two PCIe x16 slots. The OCgenine2 is a neat feature, and it has USB 3.0 . Yes that's USB 3.0 for 90.00 $ =D MSI you've done it again!

Cons: Wish it had DDR3 1600MHz or better frequency, but eh that's a small price to pay for such a neat product. An HDMI port would have been cool.

Overall Review: I don't know if SLi is supported ? Says CrossfireX is supported on the manufacturer website but no SLi ?

12/30/2011

Great Mid-Level CPU

AMD Phenom II X4 945 - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket AM3 95W Desktop Processor - HDX945WFGMBOX
AMD Phenom II X4 945 - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket AM3 95W Desktop Processor - HDX945WFGMBOX

Pros: It has four cores. Remember when we only had a single core and they costed hundreds ?? And 6MB of L3 cache is more than enough. AMD's CPUs (this one in particular) are ideal for the following people. People who want a great deal of performance without burning a giant hole in their wallets. Let's face it. Intel is a great brand, but really, how on earth do they expect anyone to just be okay with their prices. For example. The Intel i3 Dual Core Clarksdale is going to run you ~215. That is a DUAL CORE. Clearly this products price is more attractive and in my opinion provides optimal performance, not only for gaming, but for MOST everything.

Cons: I cannot really complain about this one. AMD has always made great CPUs, I have been with AMD since the Athlon XP days.

Overall Review: Still wish AMD had their own version of Hyper-Threading technology.