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Eric B.

Eric B.

Joined on 03/07/04

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Decent Ram.

OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2F10664GK
OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2F10664GK

Pros: Good price, solid construction, runs cool even with a slight to moderate OC.

Cons: Would not post @ advertised 1066 speeds with stock 7-7-7-20 2t timings and stock voltage on an ASUS P5E x38 mobo. Even stepping up the voltage to 2.2v would not allow the system to post. Defaulted on first boot to 800mhz @ 5-5-5-15 2t, 2.2v. Currently running it OC'd from 800mhz to 961 on default voltage and 7-7-7-20 2t. Good luck overclocking it much further than that.

Overall Review: I still consider it a good buy for this price. Make sure to do some research to see if your mobo will allow this ram to post at advertised speeds. I will be sure to test this ram out on a different mobo before I consider using this ram in a future build. My ballistix DDR2-800 sticks overclock better than this stuff.

11/13/2008

9+degree C drop in temps, good stuff!

CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

Pros: Core i7-980x CPU idles now at around 23C, even when OC'd to 4.0 ghz. was idling at 32 with a Xigmatek Dark Knight that i was using before. Full load used to be around 54C, now it rarely goes above 36~37C. Well worth the investment. Next step: phase cooling!

Cons: Fans are a bit noisy, but I have closed-ear headphones on my head most of of the time. I may replace the two 120mm fans with quieter ones soon. The fans that come with this have no manual adjustment.

Great value

Sennheiser HD 202 II Over-Ear DJ Headphones
Sennheiser HD 202 II Over-Ear DJ Headphones

Pros: Own two pairs of these, one at home and other for listening to music at work. Great frequency response, and are very good for gaming, as long as you have a decent sound card as well.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Only ever had to replace one set of these, due to about 4 years of constant heavy use and stepping on them accidentally a few times over the years. (Original HD 202 model) Am tempted to buy another pair to keep in storage in case they ever stop making these. At this price, and w/free shipping, why not!

Great HSF

XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler with Stealth Aerospace Industry Thermal conductive ceramic coating LGA1150 Haswell Compatible
XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler with Stealth Aerospace Industry Thermal conductive ceramic coating LGA1150 Haswell Compatible

Pros: Does a great job at cooling my new Ci7 920. Used the stock HSF for about a day, then bought this. At stock cpu speed, I now idle @ 33~34C, and 50~51C under full load. Vast improvement over the 49-51C idle with the stock cooler. At 4.0 ghz, idle is 40C, load 54-56C. Combined with OCZ Freeze thermal paste, I couldn't have asked for a better HSF. Installation was a breeze, the included instructions are very easy to follow.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Will definitely purchase again for future builds. Ci7 920 @ 3.8 prime95 stable 6gb OCZ Gold ddr3-1600 EVGA x58 SLI LE 9800GTX SLI 2x Velociraptor 150g RAID 0 Win 7 x64

Great Quality for the $

Sennheiser - Professional DJ styled - Closed Dynamic Bass Headphones (HD 202)
Sennheiser - Professional DJ styled - Closed Dynamic Bass Headphones (HD 202)

Pros: Excellent quality for the price point. Have owned my pair for almost 2 years now and cannot complain about the sound quality of these headphones. I use them for gaming paired w/Audigy 4ZS, and the closed-ear structure allows me to hear everything without any outside noise interfering.

Cons: There is a thin plastic-like coating on the foam of the earpieces that will eventually start to peel off, but this only started happening after a solid 18 months of use and abuse. No other quality reduction noticed in this product, and this is not enough of a 'con' to knock off an egg.

Overall Review: When playing TF2 as a sniper, your ears can save your life when you hear a spy de-cloak behind you :)

Running hot? Flapjack time!

Linksys WRT310N Wireless-N Gigabit Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE802.11n Draft
Linksys WRT310N Wireless-N Gigabit Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE802.11n Draft

Pros: Able to flash with DD-WRT. runs like a champ and has never let me down. Gigabit ethernet for local-small domain database testing holds up to the load and begs for more.

Cons: None. If half of you would just do some research before buying this router, instead of complaining about the heat, you should have deduced one thing: ADEQUATE VENTILATION. Seriously, just flip it upside down.

Overall Review: I bought mine elswhere, back in May of '08. 6 months now of 24/7 uptime on DD-WRT, yeah it puts out heat. If you're too modest to just put this thing on its back, then you deserve to let it overheat. All I have done is layed it upside down and secured it to my desk. Has yet to shut down or fail on me due to heat.

11/18/2008