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Michael L.

Michael L.

Joined on 03/31/04

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Most Favorable Review

Decent, but Copper would be better

ZALMAN ZM – 32K Heatsinks only
ZALMAN ZM – 32K Heatsinks only

Pros: Fanless design, which replaced the noisy stock fan on my motherboard. It reduced the temp of my northbridge from mid to hi 65 C to around 54 C (under load). Excellent compatibility design. This should work with 99% of all motherboards.

Cons: The Aluminum is less conductive than a copper heatsink so the performance isn't as impressive as I would have liked, but it does its job.

Overall Review: Zalman should release a copper heatsink for the northbridge for those of us, which really need cooling.

HTPC - Solid Performance once I added RAM

ASUS Desktop PC Eee Box EB1036-B0534 Celeron J1900 (2.00GHz) 2GB DDR3 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics Window 8.1 64-Bit with Bing
ASUS Desktop PC Eee Box EB1036-B0534 Celeron J1900 (2.00GHz) 2GB DDR3 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics Window 8.1 64-Bit with Bing

Pros: * Quad Core processor * Upgradable to 8GB ram * HDMI output * Small form factor * Virtually Silent * Wireless N * Gigabit NIC * Excellent ASUS hardware design * Serial port for legacy

Cons: * Ships with 2GB RAM (60% used out of the box) * SATA II only. Most platter hard drives can't go any faster than that anyway.

Overall Review: ** Upgrade to at least 4 GB RAM or your ram will bottleneck your performance * Wireless N works well with streaming video such as Netflix or Hulu. It falls short when trying to stream HD from a local computer or file server. Use Ethernet for that. * Windows 8.1 with Bing is essentially Windows 8.1. The reason why this computer is so inexpensive is MS doesn't charge manufacturers for the license. *Be sure to run "Belarc" on your computer and record the results. It is a free computer audit program. It will save the windows key in case you need to reformat the computer at some point. New Win 8 computers do not ship with a key sticker. * Once the cover is removed the RAM, HDD, and MINI PCI-E slot are easily accessible. This computer is made from a single PCB.

One of the best cases on the market

Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite Grey and Black ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite Grey and Black ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Pros: I have purchased three of these cases so far. Excellent build quality *Great cooling *Water cooling support *Cables can be stored behind the motherboard to *improved ventilation *Hole in motherboard mount allows user to replace CPU *heat sink without pulling motherboard. *No tools required except to install motherboard

Cons: *Cable compartment could be a bit larger. I have had to jam unused power cables from the Power supply. *The cable issue can be mitigated by getting a modular power supply so there aren't as many cables.

Overall Review: Bottom Line: This is the best case for the money.

12/24/2013

Works very well

Belkin A3L980-30-BLK-S 30 ft. Cat 6 Black UTP Patch Cable
Belkin A3L980-30-BLK-S 30 ft. Cat 6 Black UTP Patch Cable

Pros: Good transfer rates. Gigabit speed.

Cons: N/A

12/24/2013

I have had mine for 10+ years!

MagLite 3 Cell D Flashlight, Boxed, Black
MagLite 3 Cell D Flashlight, Boxed, Black

Pros: *Very rugged design *10+ years *Batteries last a long time

Cons: If you want a light weight flashlight look elsewhere.

Solid Performance

XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD-577X-ZNFC
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card HD-577X-ZNFC

Pros: 1680X1050 Max video settings in Fallout 3 with solid performance. So far I haven't been able to lag this card with any game at any visual quality.

Cons: Large plastic heatsink cover isn't needed. If this wasn't a waranteed card I'd remove it without hesitation. I have to use my lower PCI E slot because the plastic housing hit my northbridge heatsink.

Overall Review: For the Price this card can't currently be beat.