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This review is from: Curtis 32" 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV LCD3227A
Pros: When I bought this back in January there were no pictures and there was very little info. I took a shot in the dark because of how cheap it was. The sound is great for the price. I'm not an audiophile but it's more than good enough for immersion while watching South Park, Pulp Fiction, or playing a game like Darksiders. I mainly use it as a pc monitor and it shows everything with enough clarity and color fidelity to make using it pretty simple. I have my pc connected via HDMI, my Wii and PS2 are connected via compnent and the switching with the remote is nice.
Cons: It is a tv, one at 1366x768. Getting the PC resolution to show right on this in the beginning was a major headache. Their customer support was email only and wasn't of any use. They sent one general reply to check instructions, which I had already done, and it was useless. They ignored me after the first e-mail. If I wasn't a fair user I would 1 egg them. I settled for using VGA to get the resolution correct. Eventually, after a long fight with Catalyst center I got to create a custom resolution in Windows to get it to fit. In Fedora, the resolution was guessed at 1280x1024 by the free drivers and the tv auto scaled it fine. When I installed the proprietary things went dog awful and I had to fit with DPI settings, not a tv issue mind you. If this tv didn't rescale or had the option of turning off the proper rescaling options this would have been a much more pleasant experience. In fact the tv shows up as generic, if they put basic info for the identifier I wouldn't have had to fight it
Other Thoughts: I'd still recommend this tv, GTA IV and all of my PC games look great, I'm fine with settling for 720p+ fr my gaming and video pleasure. If I wanted to be serious I'd just buy a 16:10 monitor and save up for one that is at 28" or higher.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: PPA 1424V 8 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
Pros: It works. I compared it against my onboard audio and noticed anywhere between an 8% to a 17% difference in cpu usage. It was obviously much lower when I used it.
Cons: My onboard audio is better. I didn't read the stats properly and do enough research. I just bought it because it was cheap. The sound works, it's not bad sound. It just offers less audio options as far as frequency and quality are concerned. It doesn't offer speaker fill, which is basically distributing a stereo sound to all speakers in a surround sound set-up. That means that when you're listening to music that hasn't been properly created for such an experience you're only getting stereo sound. The other speakers are silent
Other Thoughts: If there's a firmware update or something else to enable this easily then I want it. I understand that it was my fault for not researching it properly, I wish I could have my cake and eat it too. That means having my speaker fill and lowered cpu usage.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RCX-TC001 Thermal Grease
Pros: My cpu constantly keeps good temperatures no matter what I'm doing. I'm too lazy to check for the exact temps of my processor right now, but it's been good since May. I still have enough left over to do one, and maybe even two more processors
Cons: It wasn't free.
Other Thoughts: it's thermal grease, it's cheap and it works. It comes from a good brand too if that means anything to you. Keep your processor cool, buy the grease.READ FULL REVIEW