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Brandon M.

Brandon M.

Joined on 03/04/08

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Most Favorable Review

Great Performance

EVGA GeForce GTX 285 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 01G-P3-1180-AR
EVGA GeForce GTX 285 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 01G-P3-1180-AR

Pros: This card rocks, and makes everything sing on my Apple Cinema HD display. Everything plays (except for Crysis, stupid un-optimized engine) at 1920x1200, all settings maxed, with AA smooth as butter. Seriously, you haven't seen the beauty of Fallout 3 and V.A.T.S. until you've cranked everything all the way up. I game pretty regularly, and I have yet to have it lock-up on me, even when I used my rig outside in 90+ degree weather for two days for an event. The quality over HDMI is amazing if you have a 1080p TV, and there is a digital in for audio if your sound card has a digital out. Blu-Ray playback is hardware-accelerated and flawless; I use Total Media Theatre 3. Also, free software not mentioned anywhere in the description, besides Batman.

Cons: Now I have to buy another (if one GTX 285 is this great, imagine two...)

Overall Review: Despite my above comment on Crysis, it does play on High settings at a very fluid frame rate, and only the most OCD gamers will have something to complain about there. Even my wife who thinks computer games are dumb likes to watch Mirror's Edge and Crysis on this beast. To get your free software, just register your card to activate it's lifetime warranty, and links for download will be shown on the product page (Cryostasis, Crazy Machines 2+, and benchmarking software). EVGA and lifetime warranties rock!

Great Board

EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Easy, flawless installation on Windows 7 x64 RTM. The only drivers I had to install were one SATA controller and the JMicron RAID controllers; everything else was detected and installed by Windows Update. No problems with RAM detection, processor installation, or anything else. This board has done all I've asked it to, was fairly priced, and comes from a quality company.

Cons: Not even worth complaining about since my case has no window, but the motherboards that are a step or two down have cooler color schemes and heatsinks. ;)

Overall Review: I haven't tried to overclock anything yet, but that's just because I haven't needed to. My RAM was initially underclocked at 1300, but once I set it to the correct 1600 mHz it's stayed put and run great. Windows rates my processor and RAM 7.4 and 7.8 respectively out of 7.9, stock clocked. Who needs to overclock that? Also, be careful with SATA settings for controllers that host optical drives; not all support AHCI mode. I though my LG burner was working great until I tried to burn something and it failed every time. Changed controller to IDE mode and it's been great ever since. Not a problem, since the board offers three different SATA controllers.

Pleasantly Surprised

Rosewill BRONZE Series, RBR1000-MS, 1000W Semi-Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS BRONZE, Blue LED Dual-Ball-Bearing Fan, ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V, SLI & CrossFire Ready, Black
Rosewill BRONZE Series, RBR1000-MS, 1000W Semi-Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS BRONZE, Blue LED Dual-Ball-Bearing Fan, ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V, SLI & CrossFire Ready, Black

Pros: This PSU has plenty of outputs; I think I'm currently using less than half. 4-pin molex and SATA power connectors are modular, so you can only connect what you need to avoid clutter. Has provided stable power with no problems for a new i7 processor on the X58 chipset and a GTX 285, a few hard drives and a couple of optical drives, and all of the fans in my Cosmos case. The PSU feels pretty hefty and seems to be of quality construction.

Cons: My egg wasn't thoroughly cooked from sitting on the PSU.

Overall Review: I'd never personally used a Rosewill product before, so I was somewhat hesitant in purchasing this. However, my workplace uses plenty of their USB wireless-N adapters, and my co-workers had great things to say. This PSU offers far more wattage than other brands in this price range, and seems pretty solid.

Perfect choice

Cooler Master COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Cooler Master COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: This case is beautiful to look at, cools well, and easily fits whatever you want to stick in it. The screw-less design for the optical drive bays is awesome and doesn't leave you wondering if things will fall out. Even my Cooler Master V8 easily fits inside of this case. Cables can be routed neatly with the plenty of cable ties included. The accessory case seemed a little gimmicky at first, but I actually really like having extra hardware and a few simple tools tucked away inside. The case feels sturdy and seems to be of solid construction; I have hauled my completed rig around by the carrying handles and have had no worry that they will break.

Cons: The only thing that bugs me is that it seems the mobo tray or the expansion slots are a little off. My video card lines up fine, but when trying to stick my Xonar D1 into one of the bottom PCI slots, I can't quite fully insert it. It's not the card, because I tried other PCI cards and all had the same problem. I could use washers on the mounting screws, but then I'd have to take the whole thing apart...

Overall Review: For me it was a toss-up between this, the 1200, 902, or Cosmos S. In the end I'm really happy with my decision, and everyone who's seen my case thinks it rocks.