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Ryan L.

Ryan L.

Joined on 03/21/07

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Most Favorable Review

One of the best CPU's to do down in history

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 125W Processor - HDZ965FBGMBOX
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.4 GHz Socket AM3 125W Processor - HDZ965FBGMBOX

Pros: The 965 really deserves more of a shine than a little review. This CPU has been out for nearly 5 years now and in my opinion is one of the best all around CPU's to hit the market. Especially for us 'gamers on a budget' The 965 overclocks to 4.0Ghz without much fuss at all. It generates a bit of heat but if you get the later versions it runs cool enough. It runs pretty much any game, even more recent games, at great speeds despite its age if it's paired with a good graphics card. And in the last 2-3 years since prices have come down it is, in my opinion, probably the best budget performance CPU on the market today. It's really a pretty darn epic processor - A work of art for AMD. I believe it will go down as one of the best CPU's of all time.

Cons: The Phenom is beginning to age. It's starting to have a bit of a time keeping up with the newest games. It's well into its middle ages and can't rough it with the young bucks like it used to. I ran a 965 for a long time - about 3 years. When I upgraded to my 3570K the difference was significant. But although twice the price of the 3570K, it does not give me twice the performance. Again, this is a 'bang for your buck' CPU. Awesome for a budget gamer but by no means the best thing out there anymore.

Overall Review: This is to you, 965. May your legacy live on forever. Zambezi, Trinity and Vishera will look back at you as an example and pioneer. May your predecessors follow your example and stalwart abilities. And may all those gamers that couldn't afford an i5 or i7 bow and acknowledge your greatness and aptitude in opening the doors of gaming to us lowly poor souls. Phenom.....we will forever be in your debt.

Most Critical Review

Works ok but don't push it.....

LOGISYS Computer PS550E12 550 W ATX12V Power Supply
LOGISYS Computer PS550E12 550 W ATX12V Power Supply

Pros: Decent quality as a budget PSU. Quiet 120mm fan. Good price (when on sale anyway.....).

Cons: Definitely not a gaming PSU. I wouldn't use this for any more than a 300W-400W build.

Overall Review: I've purchased 8 of these from Newegg, 2 of which have failed. Both of the ones that have failed did so within a year and were used in relatively light-weight gaming rigs - one with a GTX 650 and the other with a Radeon 6750. Those cards are pretty much the lowest wattage cards with a 6-pin power requirement you can find and the PSU's still failed. The other 6 were used in standard desktop PC's with onboard graphics, 1 or 2 hard drives and 95W or lower CPU's. All of those are still truckin. This tells me that the PSU is probably fine for lightweight use, but nothing even close to gaming.

No bad (when on sale.....)

Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid-Tower Gaming PC Computer Case, Expansion Ready: Internal 3.5" Bays & External 5.25" Bays, 3 Pre-installed Fans with Side Fan Mount Option
Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid-Tower Gaming PC Computer Case, Expansion Ready: Internal 3.5" Bays & External 5.25" Bays, 3 Pre-installed Fans with Side Fan Mount Option

Pros: Decent quality, plenty of room, good cooling capabilities (two 120mm fans included). Not a bad looking case either. Rosewill puts outs some pretty good cases at good prices.

Cons: I've used quite a few Rosewill cases and have liked most of them. This one isn't my favorite. It seems a little cheaper than some of the others, even at the same price point. I'm afraid I'd likely never purchase it for regular price. When it's on sale it's a pretty good buy though.

Overall Review: Not a bad case for a budget gaming system. Functional and semi-good looking.

Pretty good - a couple compatibility problems....

Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS8G3D1609DS1S00
Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS8G3D1609DS1S00

Pros: Great overall. I picked up 20 of these on a combo deal with a motherboard. No DOA's and no failures with any of them. Easily run at advertised speeds.

Cons: I encountered some compatibility problems with a couple older LGA 775 motherboards. I didn't dock an egg however since I believe it's because the boards only supported 1066 memory at best, or possibly did not support 8GB DIMMS.

Overall Review: Love Crucial memory and SSD's. They've treated me well. I've only had one RMA ever, and they were very good and speedy about the replacement.

Not bad

RAIDMAX Vortex ATX-402WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
RAIDMAX Vortex ATX-402WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Pretty decent for the price. Looks good, plenty of room, ok material quality for the price point. Everything works, nothing broken - some have reported buttons or USB's not working but of the four cases I purchased, everything is A-OK. Side window is a plus as well. And it has decent cooling (top, rear and 2X front 120mm fan options - only rear is actually included)

Cons: Cheaper materials but that's to be expected at this price. Raidmax can be hit or miss sometimes when it comes to cases. This isn't anywhere near the worst case I've gotten from them :) But it certainly isn't the best. Cooling is somewhat mediocre. No side fan option. Somewhat fragile. Paint scratched easily.

Overall Review: To put it in perspective, I'd purchase more of these at this price ($35 w/free shipping). I wouldn't use it for a high end build since I'd expect a little better build quality, cooling and features for high end. But for entry level to mid range, it does just fine.

Works just fine.

G.SKILL Value 4GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C11S-4GNT
G.SKILL Value 4GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C11S-4GNT

Pros: Good stable memory at a good price. Easily clocks to advertised speeds.

Cons: No heat spreaders, but they're not really that critical.

Overall Review: GSKill FTW :)