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Daniel W.

Daniel W.

Joined on 06/27/05

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Most Favorable Review

Awesome

EVERCOOL sidewinder STC-01 Cooling Grease
EVERCOOL sidewinder STC-01 Cooling Grease

Pros: I have been building rigs for years. I always went with the expensive arctic silver stuff. BUY THIS INSTEAD!!! I don't know why others have said that this stuff is too runny. Are you opening it up after it sat in the mailbox and melted in the sun all day or what? Don't listen to them. If you have a problem with it being too runny then just put it in the fridge for a few hours before using it.

Cons: none...

Overall Review: This pack is great for people who do a lot of work with CPUs and will need some later on. BTW - don't even think about using a whole tube on a single chip - it could squeeze out onto your mobo/CPU socket. I wouldn't assume that it is non-conductive.

Most Critical Review

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Antec NEW SOLUTION SERIES VSK-4000 Black SGCC steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec NEW SOLUTION SERIES VSK-4000 Black SGCC steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: - unexpected SSD bay - includes a case fan that actually is pretty decent - it's inexpensive.

Cons: - drive cage is too far back which causes wasted space in front of drives and makes the MB area cramped. - VERY think sheetmetal. - side panels are so think and wobbly that putting them on takes both hands, an arm or two, and your face to hold them flat against the case while sliding them into place. - MB tray extends to and actually connects to the drive cage which means that cable management is a nightmare. You cannot put excess wires and cables beside the drive cage like most cases allow. - front panel headers are barely long enough to reach the connections on my MB. If your MB has connections toward the back then forget about using this case at all!

Overall Review: I really wanted to like this case, but I cannot recommend it at all. There are much better options in this price range and only a few more dollars will get you a much better case. Don't be cheap like me. I am regretting my purchase. It's not worth RMAing. I don't understand all of the positive reviews. They are probably teens that are going their first build and don't have anything decent to compare with. There are just too many good cases out there for $35 to bother with this one at all.

Great

XPG V1.0 8GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600W8G9-RR
XPG V1.0 8GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600W8G9-RR

Pros: Inexpensive. Speeds as stated.

Cons: non really. My system did not automatically recognize the memory's timings so I had to manually adjust, but that was a problem with my MB and not the memory modules.

Overall Review: I was given a stick of this a few weeks ago and purchased another one to run in dual channel. Excellent value for the money. If you want to overclock you will want something rated for higher clock speeds.

great deal!

EVGA 500 B1 100-B1-0500-KR 80+ BRONZE 500W Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply
EVGA 500 B1 100-B1-0500-KR 80+ BRONZE 500W Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply

Pros: -Really quiet. -Inexpensive -quality build -Great Value for the money - not modular so no finicky connectors or plugs to come out. (modular isn't always a good thing) - Lots of connectors for any hardware you have. - Plenty of power for most users. (If you have 10+ HDDs and 4 GTX 980s in 4 way SLI then you already know what you need and you weren't looking at this PSU anyhow.)

Cons: - not modular, but as mentioned before this has its advantages - The cables are a bit stiffer than some of my prior builds so just plan out your cable management before you start trying to stuff wires into tight places. Not that big a deal, though. (The positive side is that they used nice thick wires to efficiently distribute the power to your system.)

Overall Review: If you are even considering this one then buy it. At the very least you will have a nice back-up PSU to use while you RMA your $200 one that randomly reboots on you from a bad connection at a faulty modular plug. (Why do I keep mentioning that expensive modular PSUs aren't always better? Experience maybe?)

Great Bang for Buck

GIGABYTE GV-N660OC-3GD G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 660 3GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready WindForce 2X Video Card
GIGABYTE GV-N660OC-3GD G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 660 3GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready WindForce 2X Video Card

Pros: -Relatively inexpensive. -Very quiet fans compared to my old 9800 GT - I can play older games with settings all maxed out and newer games are quite playable. - I do a lot of video rendering and when I allow GPU rendering I get much quicker rendering with this card than my old 9800 GT allowed. - This card is pretty short so should fit in most cases.

Cons: The card is quite heavy. My 9800 GT had started noticeably sagging after 4 or 5 years and I expect this one will be just as bad or even worse.

Overall Review: There is a section of heat pipe that is quite exposed. It's probably not as delicate as it looks, but it appears to be copper and as you know copper is a very soft metal and is easily bent or dented. I am concerned that anytime I go into the case there is a chance I will damage it. The 9800 GT that it replaced was entirely encased in a plastic air-directing shroud so I was never concerned about any damage to it. Not really a con, but a consideration if you plan on an open case or often poke around inside the case.

low-end budget power supply.

LOGISYS Computer PS480E12 480 W ATX12V Power Supply
LOGISYS Computer PS480E12 480 W ATX12V Power Supply

Pros: Seems to work. It is very quiet due to the 120 mm fan instead of the traditional 80mm. There is also plenty of ventilation in the unit.

Cons: This thing is extremely cheaply made. For instance - just plugging in the power cord into the back with it properly mounted with all screws makes the whole back push in and buckle slightly. The metal used is way too thin. when I installed it in the chassis and then turned the chassis upright the whole power supply box visibly flexed downword from it's own weight. What is even worse is that it doesn't weigh more than a few ounces. What that means is that it is completely solid-state (no transformers.) That could be a good thing except that due to it's light weight there is no way that it can have adequate cooling fins for the rectifiers/transistors/CMOS chips.

Overall Review: It may be great to get grandma's PC that is only used 1 hour a week in a well conditioned space. But this is NOT the unit for someone that will be moving their computer around much or a computer in a limited climate controlled environment. I would not trust it to give consistent clean power to my computer indefinitely like I would a better unit. I don't expect it to last very long.