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Jackson M.

Jackson M.

Joined on 09/03/11

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Cool board with a lot of features

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP5 TH LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with Dual Thunderbolt
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP5 TH LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with Dual Thunderbolt

Pros: -most everything you could want out of a mobo -stays way cool, supports loads of case fans if you really need it -z77

Cons: -my first one was DOA. shoddy QC? -side-facing SATA ports are a little hard to work with inside a case. if you want to move anything around you pretty much have to unplug all your drives and start over

Overall Review: While my first one was dead on arrival, and set me back almost three weeks in serving a client, the second one was as it should be. To the credit of Gigabyte's customer service, i spent zero time on hold when troubleshooting the board with them, and was connected to the same technician each of the three times I called. Strong job.

10/31/2012

Lightweight, low profile, quiet

CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CWCH60) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CWCH60) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Pros: - small profile, stays out of the way even in a 'busy' case - truly quiet -keeps my OC'd i7 running cool as a cucumber at 4.4ghz

Cons: -pretty irritating to install. almost needed to sprout another hand to hold all the junk together while trying to screw in the fan/radiator bit. in retrospect, i could have used some light tape to stick the two together for that part.

10/31/2012

Trusted brand, reasonable price

SanDisk Extreme 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SDSSDX-120G-G25
SanDisk Extreme 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SDSSDX-120G-G25

Pros: -my hackintosh boot is under 10 sec now -critical apps open in an instant

Cons: -its not a TB! =P

Overall Review: Excellent way to take your system wide performance up a level. Reward yourself with an SSD, even a small one.

10/31/2012

Another bulletproof psu from corsair

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CMPSU-750AX) 750 W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CMPSU-750AX) 750 W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: -built like a tank -plenty of juice -modularity is excellent - no unneeded cables interfering with airflow

Cons: -packaging is absurd and wasteful. ditch the plasticised sleeve and just print the specs on the brown cardboard. The little drawstring sacks for the psu and cables are way overkill too.

Overall Review: No complaints other than the serious overpackaging. Save yourself some money, Corsair!!! Your products speak for themselves - flashy junk not needed.

10/31/2012

Plug+Play Win or Hack

Rosewill 2+1 Port Firewire/1394a Low-Profile PCI Card (Cable Bundle) Model RC-501
Rosewill 2+1 Port Firewire/1394a Low-Profile PCI Card (Cable Bundle) Model RC-501

Pros: - Inexpensive - Solid build quality - Plug and play in Windows 7 or Hackintosh

Cons: - None so far

Overall Review: If you have old firewire perhiperals that you still intend to use (cameras etc) on a new mobo with no 1394 ports, pick this up.

10/31/2012