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James F.

James F.

Joined on 10/28/02

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Excellent Card for the price

BIOSTAR GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card V9603GS39
BIOSTAR GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card V9603GS39

Pros: G92-based video card for under $100, very good CPU cooler

Cons: The only con I can think of, and this is minor given most modern video cards, is that the card is long and despite the pictures of the card the cooler does cover the PCI / PCIe slot below the PCIe x16/2.0 slot.

Overall Review: I wanted to upgrade an old tower without spending a fortune. Paired with an Athlon 64x2 4800+ and 4GB DDR2-800 I have a very snappy computer that plays games well for less money than some of my friends spend on a video card alone.

Most Critical Review

Second set better than first

PNY 4GB (2 x 2GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Laptop Memory Model MN4096KD3-1066
PNY 4GB (2 x 2GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Laptop Memory Model MN4096KD3-1066

Pros: Worked in the new white unibody MacBook.

Cons: First set lasted 24 hours before failing. Had to RMA. Second set has been working for a couple weeks now, and hopefully will hold up.

Overall Review: Even with Newegg's lower prices, after the return shipping for the first set the savings over having Apple install their memory was mostly consumed. While it could be just luck of the draw, I've never had memory arrive DOA before and it will make me think twice before ordering products from this brand again.

11/27/2009

Excellent for the price

Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse
Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: Ergonomic, light, pretty, adjustible dpi

Cons: no official mac support

Overall Review: Logitech's gaming keyboards and G13 advance gaming pad are fully supported in MacOS. The MX518 and all other logitech gaming mice are not. That said, the two buttons that control the DPI do work under MacOS X, and that was the main draw the mouse had for me.

Excellent for the price

Logitech G330 3.5mm/ USB Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset
Logitech G330 3.5mm/ USB Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset

Pros: Good bass frequency response, dual 3.5mm to USB adapter, price

Cons: none for the pricepoint

Overall Review: With no software installation it worked perfectly with my mac out of the box, it has great frequency response, and it was still comfortable for me after 3+ hours of warcracking - though apparently this point is extremely subjective as there are many who note that it is heavy. I would personally recommend this headset. However, if you're sensitive to heavier headphones you may want to keep in mind that these are not the lightest headphones in existence.

Decent for the price

Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 CSD-00001 Black 104 Normal Keys USB RF Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard & Mouse
Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 CSD-00001 Black 104 Normal Keys USB RF Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard & Mouse

Pros: The keyboard and mouse are comfortable to use for long periods of time. The keys and the scroll-wheel are nice and quiet (a pro for those people who prefer quiet keyboards). The calculator button right above the number pad is also a very nice touch and it doesn't cost a small fortune.

Cons: The feet to angle the keyboard aren't attached via a hinge. You twist them and remove them completely. This could make it easy to lose them if you lower/raise the keyboard frequently, not a true split-style ergonomic keyboard.

Overall Review: I got this from a local store because my split-style ergonomic keyboard died, I had a major project which required working from home, and this is the closest to an ergonomic split-style keyboard I could find on short notice. After 8.5 hours of continuous use my wrists were no more fatigued than when I was using my split-style. I'm impressed with the quality for the price.

Solid Case

HEC 6K11BBX585 Black 0.8mm SECC Steel Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 585W Power Supply
HEC 6K11BBX585 Black 0.8mm SECC Steel Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 585W Power Supply

Pros: Solid Construction, extremely roomy interior allows for a long video card, simple asthetics.

Cons: Heat duct included on side panel did not line up perfectly with where the motherboard placed the CPU, It was a slight pain to unhook the front drive bay covers.

Overall Review: A guildmate needed a computer. She ordered this case and asked me to put it all together. It had plenty of room for a rather long dual-slot Radeon 4850, and the power supply had more than enough juice to power a budget gaming rig. I was happy that the case layout made assembly easy, and she continues to have a trouble-free experience.