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Benjamin D.

Benjamin D.

Joined on 12/04/09

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

My First Build

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: + All worked right from the start + Good instructions + 6GB triple channel 1600 ram worked with minor changes in BIOS and no XMP settings + Lots of room for non-stock CPU heatsink

Cons: + Port plate for back of PC had a -too thick- thermal pad that had to be removed to mount the motherboard + ASUS BIOS does not like lowspeed CPU fans + If 6.0GBsec SATA ports not used - disable Marvell 9123 Controller to prevent "no harddrive detected" warning durring every bootup

Overall Review: Intel i7-950 processor: 3.06GHz Scythe SCKBT-1000 Kabuto: CPU Cooler ASUS P6X58D Premium motherboard 6GB G.Skill ram at 1600: F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ ATI Radeon 5850 - HIS brand Thermaltake 850W powersupply: W0178RU Thermaltake case - ATX full tower: VA8003BWS WD 500GB Caviar Black: 7200rpm, 32MB cache Windows 7 Pro - 64bit

Most Critical Review

Less than 6 months it broke

LG Blu-ray Player BD630
LG Blu-ray Player BD630

Pros: Great at Netflix Played BlueRay and DVD when it worked

Cons: Stopped playing BlueRays and DVD after 4 months, makes awful noise now when disks are inserted.

What I expected, a very good monitor.

SAMSUNG B2330H 23" FHD 1920 x 1080 D-Sub, DVI, HDMI LCD Monitor
SAMSUNG B2330H 23" FHD 1920 x 1080 D-Sub, DVI, HDMI LCD Monitor

Pros: Excellent color and brightness, Easy setup and no software needed for Windows 7, Zero defects (and I looked), Good looking design.

Cons: Stand could be more robust but within acceptable limits, No visible shaking with normal computer use.

Overall Review: Tilt feature works as advertised.

New RED TEAM recruit

HIS H585F1GDG Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity
HIS H585F1GDG Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity

Pros: + Takes every game I have and makes them bright, crisp, and intense + ATI Catalyst Control Center is great for controlling fan and overclocking + Quiet, less heat, and less power consumption than green team equivalent

Cons: + Default fan speed is 21%, need to set at 30% for idle and 40% for gaming for good low temperatures + Fan speed of 50% or greater makes lots of noise

Overall Review: Intel i7-950 processor: 3.06GHz ASUS P6X58D Premium motherboard 6GB G.Skill ram at 1600: F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ ATI Radeon 5850 - HIS brand Thermaltake 850W powersupply: W0178RU Thermaltake case - ATX full tower: VA8003BWS WD 500GB Caviar Black: 7200rpm, 32MB cache Windows 7 Pro - 64bit

Modular Cables - Oh Yes

Thermaltake Toughpower W0178RU 850 W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Thermaltake Toughpower W0178RU 850 W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: + Modular Cables makes my case organized and looking good + Ready for PCIe video cards with 8-pin power + Quality construction + Lots of extra cables for almost any setup + Powers my setup with lots of power to spare

Cons: + A bit large (somewhat expected)

Overall Review: Intel i7-950 processor: 3.06GHz ASUS P6X58D Premium motherboard 6GB G.Skill ram at 1600: F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ ATI Radeon 5850 - HIS brand Thermaltake 850W powersupply: W0178RU Thermaltake case - ATX full tower: VA8003BWS WD 500GB Caviar Black: 7200rpm, 32MB cache Windows 7 Pro - 64bit

Good Lower Profile Heatsink

Scythe SCKBT-1000 120mm Sleeve Kabuto 6 Heat Pipes CPU Cooler
Scythe SCKBT-1000 120mm Sleeve Kabuto 6 Heat Pipes CPU Cooler

Pros: + 5.5 inches in height (w/fan) + Very quiet - even at maximum stock fan speed + i7-950 at 32 C (idle), 63 C (max w/ prime95) room temperture at 20 C + Quality product with no obvious flaws + OK price

Cons: - Intel stlye plastic push pins are stubborn and non-adjustable - No fancy colors, finish, or LED lights

Overall Review: Intel i7-950 processor - 3.06GHz ASUS P6X58D Premium motherboard 6GB G.Skill ram at 1600 = F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ Thermaltake 850W powersupply W0178RU Thermaltake case - ATX full tower - VA8003BWS WD 500GB Caviar Black - 32MB cache Windows 7 Pro - 64bit