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Shane F.

Shane F.

Joined on 03/18/09

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Most Favorable Review

Wow

Intel Core i5-2400 - Core i5 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 2000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I52400
Intel Core i5-2400 - Core i5 2nd Gen Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Intel HD Graphics 2000 Desktop Processor - BX80623I52400

Pros: Processor is amazingly fast...currently taking our Core i7 930s by a large margin. Video capabilities when coupled with the motherboard below are impressive. Windows experience tossed up these numbers: Processor: 7.4 Graphics: 5.2 Gaming graphics: 5.4 ASRock H67M Intel LGA 1155 Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core 4GB DDR3 1333 G.SKILL Thermaltake 430W Western Digital 250GB SATA 16MB LG DVD RW SATA

Cons: none...

Most Critical Review

Average case

Rosewill - Black & Silver, 0.8mm SGCC Steel Slim Micro ATX Computer Case with ATX12V Flex 300W Power Supply - R379-M
Rosewill - Black & Silver, 0.8mm SGCC Steel Slim Micro ATX Computer Case with ATX12V Flex 300W Power Supply - R379-M

Pros: I have about 33 of these now. The case is inexpensive and fits everything you want for a small office or HTPC box. I have low profile fanless third party video cards in there that work great. Everything stays cool. None of the USB or sound ports ever broke on me. Construction is average and matches the price.

Cons: So far 12 systems have had failed or failing fans on the top of the case. 7 systems have had failed power supplies. The fans started going almost immediately and the power supplies after a month or two. The optical drive button doesn't press down to well on the actual drive button since its hidden behind a swinging door. the rubber feet are stick ons and will come off if you look at them too hard.

Overall Review: The case isn't that bad a purchase...just keep in mind the power supplies are not built to last at all...and the current 80mm case fan will most likely need to be replaced. We use liquid bearing ones for about $2-$4 a pop.

Standard great board

ASRock H67M LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock H67M LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: The board is running stable. UEFI BIOS is great. Features on the board are nice for the price. Bought 6 for office systems...so far they are working great. Windows experience scores are way higher than our Core i7 930s. Also this board comes with a SATA 6Gb/s cable. Not that they are really different...but hey. ASRock H67M Intel LGA 1155 Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core 4GB DDR3 1333 G.SKILL Thermaltake 430W Western Digital 250GB SATA 16MB LG DVD RW SATA

Cons: none so far...

Overall Review: Big info I wanted to know was about the video capabilities. The on board graphics support dual monitor video! They look great and handle video and mild 3D really well.

Blazing fast/questionable stability

OCZ Vertex Series 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTX120G
OCZ Vertex Series 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTX120G

Pros: Drive is amazingly fast. Very impressed with the speed. Weight is negligible, no heat, very little power, snaps right it!

Cons: So I'm hoping my experience is due to having a single drive that was not working properly (only purchased one so far). I tried it on a Toshiba R705 and a couple Samsung Q430-11 laptops. Both firmware on the SSD and laptop BIOS are up to date. Sometimes a Windows 7 install would load just fine...sometimes not. Occasionlly would blue screen while working in the OS. Sometimes the drive would just disappear from detection. No rhyme or reason to it's anger. =0(

Overall Review: I gave the test/diagnostic period a week...my other loads on other drives work great (install and use). Called Newegg...as usual awesome service and I have a new one on it's way shortly after they receive this one via RMA. I'll comment again on part 2 of this saga after I receive it. This drive has decent reviews anywhere...if you are purchasing a MLC this drive by reviews should be your 1st or 2nd pick. Knocked one egg off for now, cause well...it didn't work...all the time. =0)

Over 45 in use

ASUS Radeon HD 4350 512MB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card EAH4350 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP)
ASUS Radeon HD 4350 512MB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card EAH4350 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP)

Pros: Card runs stable/cool in over 45 various system builds (see below). I've hunted around and this was definitely the best bang for your buck without comprimising quality. BTW I'm a big time nVidia guy too...but this card wins.

Cons: None... If you are doing hard core gaming and trying to push your FPS, then you need to rethink your build if you are looking at this card.

Overall Review: Work environment: Core 2 Duos to Core i7s. All Windows 7 builds running the latest reference drivers from ATI. Plenty of space with our motherboards, using H55, P55, X58 chipsets on various manufacturer boards. Housing varied from small form factor micro atx to full atx cases. Load on these systems is typically dual monitor users multitasking office apps. 17 of them are use in labs that run 3D applications (mainly DirectX)...no problems so far. Haven't tried out the HDMI interface. Low profile bracket assembly is easy to tackle with a small needle nose plier and a precision phillips screwdiver. Remember to consider your VGA and DVI cables and if they might require adapters to change between the two. Cheers Newegg!