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Heath H.

Heath H.

Joined on 11/28/07

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Rosewill RC-508 USB 3.0 PCI-E Express Card with 4 USB 3.0 Ports, Speed Up to 5.0 Gbps
Rosewill RC-508 USB 3.0 PCI-E Express Card with 4 USB 3.0 Ports, Speed Up to 5.0 Gbps

Pros: High-speed ports, 4x external ports. Supplies plenty of USB power via 4-pin Molex power connector inside PC. Works as far back as Windows Vista. Great for adding new USB 3.0 ports to an aging system or to bypass dying USB 2.0 ports on a motherboard.

Cons: Doesn't have a power-fault for DC voltage flowing back through the card from a powered USB hub. The power flowed back into the motherboard after a shutdown and kept the system in a semi-locked state (fans still spinning). Without backwash power from outside, the card works flawlessly.

Overall Review: My solution was to unplug the AC adapter from my USB 3.0 Hub. This stopped the power backwash and allowed my PC to fully shut down. The PC has worked smoothly since. Ports are very fast, great for external HDDs, thumb drives, or network adapters.

Great 130Watt CPU cooler

Scythe Byakko 92mm CPU Cooler (SCBYK-1000), New Arrival!!
Scythe Byakko 92mm CPU Cooler (SCBYK-1000), New Arrival!!

Pros: - three heat-pipes with dual ends in the heatsink. - Fits in a 130mm height space limitation, so basically where a Hyper212 Evo won't fit. - LGA775 compatibility, sorely missing from lots of today's tower heatsinks. - Quiet! - CPU offset means the fan clears all memory slots, so no memory clearance issues.

Cons: - Could be my motherboard, but it occasionally throws a CPU Fan Error on restart/boot due to low RPMs on the fan. The fan IS spinning, so I just hit F1 to bypass and the system works nice and cool. - Heatpipes don't directly contact the CPU - they're encased in a block that does. This may not be a con for some people.

Overall Review: I would recommend this product for anyone with a case not big enough for regular 120mm CPU heatsinks that stand around the 150mm height like the Hyper212 Evo. This was installed in a Dell Vostro 430 case and the door was able to close. There's less than 1 cm (10mm) of space left between the top of the heatsink and the door.

Does what it's supposed to do well

EVGA GeForce GT 1030 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card 02G-P4-6338-KR
EVGA GeForce GT 1030 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card 02G-P4-6338-KR

Pros: - GDDR5 - HUGE performance boost over the DDR3 version. - Works with PCI-Express revision 1.1 on old LGA775 motherboards. - Runs cool, no PCI-E power cable needed. - TRUE single-slot card.

Cons: - Only uses 4x PCI-Express lanes instead of 16x, limiting the bandwidth on old motherboards, but all GT 1030s are like this - it's not EVGA's fault. 4x is FINE on bandwidth using PCI-E 3.0, but on older 1.1 boards, you get roughly 1/4 the data bus speed, so the card is further limited.

Overall Review: I replaced an aging GeForce 8400GS card with this and it was a MASSIVE improvement in performance, even limited to PCI-Express 4x as it is. The intended use of this card is in a daily working home computer for an older person who only wants to listen to YouTube videos and play simple puzzle games. It allows Windows 10 to use GPU acceleration where available and further improves the performance of the Core 2 Quad Q9650 running the system. Not recommended for modern gaming, but for older classics or to boost an older system, this is a great card to have - especially if you do lots of PC testing.

Great ATX case, good features, some minor quirks

Thermaltake Versa H26 Tempered Glass Edition CA-1J5-00M1WN-00 Black SPCC / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Thermaltake Versa H26 Tempered Glass Edition CA-1J5-00M1WN-00 Black SPCC / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - 2x 5.25" optical drive bays while not obstructing top-mount radiators. - 2x 120mm front fan intakes with a dust shield and front-facing vent (instead of side-holes in a lot of cases now). - PSU shroud, bottom fan intake, dust filters there too. - 3x 3.5" HDD slots also inside PSU shroud for clean look. Also allows intake air to blow across them for cooling. - 2x 2.5" HDD/SSD mounting points on back wall, allowing for clean mounting look. Would show off LED SSDs very well. - Fits two separate radiators at the same time without interference. Incredibly flexible design choices. - Top dust filter held on with magnets and flush-fit. Very nice. - 4x USB front panel ports included (2x 3.0 and 2x 2.0). Plenty of length on the cables to reach MB ports as well. - Holes for power cables are rolled to prevent sharp edges. Other people here are complaining about them, but they're adequate for the job and don't really need rubber grommets. Just take your time building. - Plenty of loops on the back for zip-ties during cable management stage. - 4mm thick tempered glass side panel takes up entire side, rubber mounts, very nice.

Cons: - Steel for motherboard tray is a little bit thin. It can be bent if too much force is applied. - Some of the MB screws did need to be forced in, almost like you're cutting the threads in yourself. Not necessarily a bad thing as you'll get a fairly strong hold that way, but I can see where that could scare beginner builders off. - Does not come with socket tool for the MB standoffs in order to properly secure them down. Considering the nature of the previous point - I would have expected at least a screwdriver attachment to be able to do that be included. - No longer available on Newegg, otherwise I'd probably buy another just to have a spare case for my next build in the future.

Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this for water-cooling enthusiasts who want a clean build and clean look and are experienced in building systems. I would NOT recommend this case for beginning builders or those who want simple air-cooling. There are better and cheaper cases that fit that bill. This case allows me to combine a dual-radiator custom water-cooling loop with a 5.25" Blu-Ray writer drive, which is precisely what I wanted. The case looks fantastic in a minimalist way and has actually gotten me interested in getting some LED fans and strips for it.

Powerful processor

Intel Core i7 6th Gen - Core i7-6700K 8M Skylake Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80662I76700K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 530
Intel Core i7 6th Gen - Core i7-6700K 8M Skylake Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80662I76700K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 530

Pros: 4 GHz Stock speeds. Nice! Overclocks to ~4.8 GHz! Wow! No useless fan and heatsink to throw away. Because let's face it, if you were going to use a stock heatsink, you wouldn't be buying the UNLOCKED 4GHz version of this processor.

Cons: None that I am aware of.

Overall Review: Mated to an MSI Z170 Gaming A7 motherboard. While trying to use both integrated graphics output to 2nd monitor while gaming on GTX 980Ti Primary Monitor, the Intel graphics will wink off and on occasionally. I attribute this more to the motherboard than anything, but it's still an issue. Cooled with a Corsair H110i GT sealed liquid-cooler 240mm system. Keeps the processor at a barely warm 21C (idle) to 29C (load) @ stock speeds. I haven't tried overclocking it yet, but I'm sure it'll hit 4.5 easy with barely any tweaking from me.

COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP Silent Case Fan (4-Pack)
COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP Silent Case Fan (4-Pack)

Pros: Almost silent fans that move plenty of air. These are not high SPL fans, though, so they are not good to use on watercooling radiators. But as straight case fans, you can't go wrong. The fan screw holes are solid sleeves all the way through the fans, so mounting them with long screws won't squash the frame like some other fans might.

Cons: None

11/11/2015