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Chris M.

Chris M.

Joined on 09/11/03

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Best $229 I ever spent!

LG Black 6X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model GGC-H20L
LG Black 6X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model GGC-H20L

Pros: Perfect! Not only does it play BD & HD movies flawlessly, but it even played some Paramount DVDs that my old DVD-ROM drive wouldn't! (i.e., Star Trek II, III, Star Trek: Voyager, etc.)

Cons: Um, it isn't free? ;-) Seriously, the only flaw I can find is that you need to upgrade the bundled PowerDVD Ultra software if you want more than simply 2-channel audio, which will set you back $79.95.

Overall Review: I purchased this drive for my PC so I could finally watch Blu-ray and HD-DVD movies (even though the format war is over now). It comes with CyberLink's PowerDVD Ultra (2 channel version) and playback of the movies was VERY choppy/stuttering or they wouldn't play back at all. After spending a few hours tinkering, I narrowed down the problem to the process DLLML.exe (a Creative Labs process that came with my X-Fi sound card). It was causing the drive to read the disc every few seconds and once I terminated the process, all movies played perfectly! Creative needs to release a fix for this soon; until then, I'm disabling the process from starting up anymore.

Mostly good

EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX SLI Micro Intel Motherboard
EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX SLI Micro Intel Motherboard

Pros: Rock-solid and stable.

Cons: A possibility you might get a defective unit.

Overall Review: I think this is an excellent motherboard, overall. I'm not a big-time reviewer and know how to stress test each part of the mobo, nor do I know how to evaluate each part and how they stand up when compared to other mobos. All I can say is that the onboard audio died (well, the left channel died, which is enough), so I now need to purchase a separate sound card. I just hope nothing else dies on this motherboard.

Works just fine.

ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-AP <GREEN> LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-AP <GREEN> LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Built-in WiFi, plays CDs & MP3 players even when the power is off, etc. Has everything but the kitchen sink!

Cons: The built-in WiFi keeps losing the signal, but it could just be our office environment causing that.

Overall Review: Aside from the Wi-Fi not working well, I am pleased enough with this product to continue buying ASUS motherboards in the future.

Outstanding video card!

EVGA 512-P3-N802-AR GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
EVGA 512-P3-N802-AR GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Pros: SUPER fast video cards! More than DOUBLED my 3DMark06 score from my old 7950 GT KO card! Putting two in SLI mode increased the score considerably more, too!

Cons: Just a tad bit high on price, but still well worth it! The cards are also very long, so make certain your case has the room for it.

Overall Review: eVGA is probably the best video card manufacturer I've ever dealt with and I am quite pleased with every card I've purchased from them. I bought two of these cards to make my first SLI rig and I can finally play Crysis on a setting higher than LOW! Hehehe... I can run it at High or Very High, but Medium seems to be perfect for the best framerates with two of these cards on my Q6600 system.

Excellent drive!

Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Supposedly faster than 7200rpm drives. Works great!

Cons: Costs more than a 7200rpm drive.

Overall Review: I say "supposedly" faster because I cannot see any difference so far on my Vista machine from the old 7200rpm drive and this 10,000rpm one. (It replaced my main C: drive, by the way.) Perhaps I just need to get a good defragmenter, like Diskeeper. Otherwise, I am perfectly pleased with this drive!