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Ralph C.

Ralph C.

Joined on 12/20/09

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Most Favorable Review

Good,Quiet,Cool!!!!!

XIGMATEK Durin D982 92mm Rifle Ultra Low profile CPU Cooler
XIGMATEK Durin D982 92mm Rifle Ultra Low profile CPU Cooler

Pros: The size.......not to big not to small,fan is quiet if one sets the speed in the bios to standard,lowered my temps by 3 deg. C ,do the math thats near 10 deg.F....Primes at 50 to 55 C and idles and cools down very quick to 29 to 32 C with a room temp at 77 to 79 F.the mounting was gr8 ,glad it came with screws and a back plate(with Xigmatek asgard also from Newegg I did not have to remove the motherboard to mount with the back plate kit).I like the rubber fan mounts they hold strong and had no prob mounting them AFTER,I put on heat sink.

Cons: None ........

Overall Review: with this cpu cooler and the case from newegg I run 3low rpm fans to assist air into the case+ 1 1500 rpm fan for exhaust,I dont think that I can acheive a better temp loaded with prime or idle with all I do (videos ,games ,internet,on a e8400 O.C.to 3.6G and 1066 ddr2 ram) with a dif cpu cooler,love the concept of the heat pipes and low air flow it takes to keep it all well below specs for temps........if you are looking for a good cpu cooler and dont want one that is big this is a good med size cooler that will fit in any case and will get the job done.Oh one other thing apply the thermal paste on the heat sink and use a safety blade to mash and scrape th paste on. makes for a better app. to fill in any gaps and makes a nice thin coat to make contact with cpu,screw the spring screws till they bottom out using very little force and then mont fan.............you will love the results

Most Critical Review

No what you hear (sound mix)

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Pros: None with W-7.......Will not take being forced to buy new card.I know they came out with Newer Card that does it all but I will buy from another company after 10 plus years of loyalty to this company...I am dissapointed in their choice to not update drivers for W-7......Look at their site and you will see old drivers...........works Gr8 for xp but not in 7...Depends on what you want to do with this card...................Works fine if all you do is surf web and play video or music................will not do recording work.

Cons: wont give you what you hear (sound mix )in windows 7 32 or 64.......

Overall Review: this card works well with windows xp for sound record work in studio.Will not in w-7 any flavor.It will enable playback so its not useless front panel conection works .This co. released drivers for the audigy cards(older) for play what you hear (sound mix)W-7-32 and 64...........but from what Ive read and seen on the web about the xfi cards they will not release an updated driver for these cards and some folks have owned them for 3 years or less and now they get left out i if they try to do sound work with W-7.I do studio work at home with personal computer and found out my old audigy card works Gr8 with W-7 play what you hear(sound mix )Im also a computer systems analysist for a major firm and fellow co-workers have found out the same things I have about this card and the xfi cards when switching over to windows 7 from xp.....It only plays sound thats all you will be able to do...Until someone with this co. figures its better to keep happy customers than force them to buy another card

GR8 fan

Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 - Sleeve Bearing 200mm Silent Fan for Computer Cases (Black)
Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 - Sleeve Bearing 200mm Silent Fan for Computer Cases (Black)

Pros: blows gr8 air

Cons: None

Overall Review: attach this to molex 4 pin from ps and you will love this fan high cfm and gr8 cooling,low noise,almost silent compaired to 2 120 mm fans in front of haf 912 it puts out (or in)more air than the 2 120s..........and at less noise.................love this fan,,,,,,,,new egg packaged gr8 and free shipping ty newegg for a gr8 product,,,,,,,for those who have the case and room for a 200x30mm fan for front or top,,,,,,,,,,,,,this fan is the one you want,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,you could hook up to a fan controller,,,,,,,,,,,,,but why?............at 700 rpm and its size and high airflow its a silent fan and droped my internal case temp by 3degrees C...........proc temp went down and vid card also ,,,,,,,,,,,,,you cant go wrong with this fan

Jury still out

MSI Z77A-G43 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
MSI Z77A-G43 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: nice fetures,good for mild overclocks

Cons: Ive had this board for a month now and it came up with only one problem,,after testing post speakers and post buzzers ,,,,,,the darn thing just quit giving me post beep,,,,crossing fingers that this board doesent have any more problems.Post beep worked for a week

Overall Review: Im comptiaA+ certified and been building computers for the last 5 years and have had no problems out of builds,but would you know when I want to build one for myself it would come up with a minor problem of not posting a beep.I went with this brand of board for the first time,but I do understand that if I have one problem in 5 years of building ,I guess I cant knock off but one egg,,,,,,Built this board with I5-3570 K ,* gigs of kingston hpx 1600 (off of list from msi web site)kingston hpx ssd,evga gtx650,sound blasterrecon audio card,,,,,Makes a nice system ,,,,,I Would send this board back,but I like my new build and not going to send it back for a no post beep, and not have my computer and wait for replacement.If this board fails,I would take one more shot with this manufacturer

GR8 Card Reader

XIGMATEK USB 2.0 CF I /CF I Pro /CF I Pro II /CF I Elite Pro /SD /EXTREME SD /SD PRO /SDHC /HS SD /MMC /HS MMC /HS RS MMC /RS MMC /mini SD /HS mini SD /MS /MS PRO /MS DUO /MS PRO DUO /Micro SDHC/ xD  3.5" Internal 75-in-1 Card Reader
XIGMATEK USB 2.0 CF I /CF I Pro /CF I Pro II /CF I Elite Pro /SD /EXTREME SD /SD PRO /SDHC /HS SD /MMC /HS MMC /HS RS MMC /RS MMC /mini SD /HS mini SD /MS /MS PRO /MS DUO /MS PRO DUO /Micro SDHC/ xD 3.5" Internal 75-in-1 Card Reader

Pros: Works Well,reads all my cards fast

Cons: None

Overall Review: This card reader worked gr8 and mounted in my asgard case just fine.It even read my xd pic cards,My last card reader did not....sd and xd cards incert upside down,not a con ,,,,,,,just the way it was designed,,,,,,,,,,the red light will show power on ,green light when card is in and blinks as it reads card or files are read,,,,,,,I like this card reader.It does fit tight and be sure to remove plastic film before mounting in bay.And remove front cover of computer case,makes mounting this thing easier.Dont take shortcuts when mounting any thing in your computer case.Bought this on special and with free shipping(took only 4 week days)cost under 10 bucks.....TY again Newegg!!I can use other companies but I get gr8 service and nice prices from Newegg.So Im staying with what works.Customer for Life!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WOW

Kingston HyperX 3K 2.5" 90GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive) SH103S3/90G
Kingston HyperX 3K 2.5" 90GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive) SH103S3/90G

Pros: Fast Speeds,,,,stays cool,sata 2 motherboard,21 second from pushing button to home page.Fast shipping from NEWEGG

Cons: None

Overall Review: This has put the pep back in this 775 sata 2 mb with e8600 and 8 gigs of ram.Bought this when it was at special price and rebate(still waiting for rebate)but final cost with rebate incl.shipping is less than a dollar a gig.Cant complain about that,I remember the days not to long ago hard drives 7200 rpm cost was a dollar a gig,so these things have come down in price nicely,I have win7-64 pro loaded on this ssd and a few games,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the rest of files(pics,music,movies....ect.....)have on wd 32o 7200 drive.Trim command works well.I just set mb for AHCI and made sure that my second spinning drive was AHCI compatable,,,,,not all spinning drives are.When you mount this with inclosed bracket in your case,Put it on bottom of hd bay and spinning drive 2 slots up in hd bay,so heat from spinng drive affects temps of ssd.Will move this drive with next build with sata 3(6gb)MB, Im sure its faster,but in the mean time Im blown away by the speed and w7e went from 5.9 to 7.8.SSD is way to go!!