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James J.

James J.

Joined on 05/01/05

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Most Favorable Review

Its paste, man

Arctic Silver CMQ2-2.7G Céramique 2 Tri-Linear Ceramic Thermal Compound
Arctic Silver CMQ2-2.7G Céramique 2 Tri-Linear Ceramic Thermal Compound

Pros: Look man, its paste. I don't know about this whole tri-linear ceramic thermal compound jazz, but this is some paste. Its some great paste, don't get me wrong. But this is paste my friends. It does a fine job of getting the job done.

Cons: You may think they forgot to ship it to you, but they didn't. It's wrapped up in some of the bubble wrap. Keep searching, its in that box somewhere. Somewhere in that box is your $7 tube of paste.

Overall Review: Ralph might eat this paste. I would not recommend eating this paste.

Most Critical Review

Crashed After 1 Power Outage

Corsair Neutron Series 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-N256GB3-BK
Corsair Neutron Series 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CSSD-N256GB3-BK

Pros: When it worked, it was fast.

Cons: Crpped out and won't turn on at all after one measly power outage. No other hardware failed, just the SSD. This Neutron SSD had my OS and all my applications on it, so thankfully not much was lost. Then again, this is supposed to be a reliable SSD, and you pay a premium. Obviously not worth that at all. My research indicates Intel SSD is more reliable these days. Corsair seems to have gone majorly downhill here. Forums are cluttered with Corsair SSDs that have failed after power outage. Buyer beware!

Overall Review: Going to try for a warranty claim since this has 5 years and the drive was purchased in 2013. Did I forget to mention that? The drive is less than a year old and failed after one measly power outage (no other hardware affected all over the house in multiple other pcs/electronics)

Worked then Failed

Cooler Master Seidon 120V - Compact All-In-One CPU Liquid Water Cooling System with 120mm Radiator and Fan
Cooler Master Seidon 120V - Compact All-In-One CPU Liquid Water Cooling System with 120mm Radiator and Fan

Pros: Bought and installed in March very easily. Died in July. Initiated RMA. Not fun to have to troubleshoot an overheating CPU. After you finish all that you get to install the stock CPU cooler. Yup, it was the CM Seidon 120V that failed. Causing the CPU to see north of 80C

Cons: Dies on you.

Overall Review: My case did not allow me access to the bottom of the motherboard. Had to complete remove board to uninstall Seidon and install stock cooler. Ultra bad. I blame Canada.

Workhorse! Totally reliable

Western Digital AV-GP WD20EURS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital AV-GP WD20EURS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Have had this thing in a home theatre library working 24/7 for over a year. No issues. Excellent drive for the price. Plenty of space and speed for 1080p movies and TV. Formats to 1.81TB in Windows. Not bad at all.

Cons: none.

Overall Review: 4TB is now available but 2TB is where the sweet price point is currently.

Initial Reactions

ASUS MAXIMUS VI FORMULA LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX gaming board with double-sided ROG Armor, 23C-degrees cooler CrossChill and 120dB SNR, 600ohm audio
ASUS MAXIMUS VI FORMULA LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX gaming board with double-sided ROG Armor, 23C-degrees cooler CrossChill and 120dB SNR, 600ohm audio

Pros: Have had this board installed for about a week. Build went very easy. The board is obviously high quality given the price point. Sure you could get another 10 port SATA for $160-$180, but this board has about ten billion crazy addons that make up the price differential. BIOS is decent. Overlclocking profiles do make things easier, but those will only work to a certain point...Make sure you switch to XMP profile if you purchase high speed DDR3. It's easy, and I did find the board detected the profiles correctly. The core i7 and GSKILL overclocked easily to 3.9 on the basic mobo profile. Board comes with some whiz-bang stuff. Most of it's good, some of it's useless. At least the SATA ports have 90deg angles on them. Works well since the SATA ports are mounted to the side. Plenty of fan leads, though I found I ran at the top of the board and I had to route some fan cables down to find slots on the motherboard. Since my install ultimately went down extremely easily and this board has performed as expected I think it's worthy of the 5 eggs. That's my initial reaction, will update as time passes. The 10x SATA, socket 1150, Z87, and extras were what sold me. Now it just needs to work reliably for the duration. I have had Asus in the past with no problems on the mobo, lets see how this one does.

Cons: Wish it was cheaper, but it's understandable.

Overall Review: If all you need is Z87 and 10x SATA you can save $100 by sacrificing on all the extras. If you don't care, like Asus, want the extras, then this works great.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 - Core 2 Quad Kentsfield Quad-Core 2.4 GHz LGA 775 105W Processor - BX80562Q6600
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 - Core 2 Quad Kentsfield Quad-Core 2.4 GHz LGA 775 105W Processor - BX80562Q6600

Pros: Will play Crysis, GTAIV, BF2142, HL2 very well. Significant increases in 3D Mark scores for CPU.

Cons: You have to continually balance current cost against performance. Chip supply changes over time. I wish this was a little cheaper.

Overall Review: Q6600 is a great quad core chip. Significant increases in speed. Doesn't run that hot. Can be overclocked pretty easily. GTAIV doesn't stutter when played with medium settings. It plays on high too, really. Quad Core Q6600 GA-EP45-UD3P Gigabyte 4GB DDR21066 GSKILL 2+TB G8800GT 512MB XFX Arctic Freezer 7 Pro WinXP Pro x64 SP3