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This review is from: Noctua NH-L9a 92mm SSO2 CPU Cooler
Pros: I used this CPU cooler in a living room computer. It's not a low profile HTPC, but I thought I might move it to a smaller case later. My main concern was that it was quiet, and in that respect, this cooler is great. It silently cools the computer with no problems. I use Noctua fans almost exclusively, so this was no surprise. This machine is an AMD A6, so it's not making a ton of heat anyway. The cooler fit the AMD FM1 mount with no problems or additional hardware required.
Cons: However...after less than 1 year, the fan has failed. It still runs, but requires help to get it started.
Other Thoughts: I'm not limiting the fan speed in any way, so it should be able to start at boot. The fan, heatsink, and the computer have been dusted/cleaned. I'm thinking the bearing is shot, which is not typical of Noctua. I was going to replace the fan with the exact part (Noctua NF-A9x14) but I think maybe I'll get something that spins a little faster to prevent the same failure.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This APU is excellent. Fast, built in GPU, dual graphics capability, and inexpensive. What more could you ask for?
Cons: I bought this as an upgrade from the A10-5800K. This isn't really a fault of the the APU, but be aware that most motherboards require a bios update for this upgrade, which can be a pain for novice system builders. If I didn't have the old processor, I would have been dead in the water. By now, I assume motherboards that can support this APU come with the correct bios to do so.
Other Thoughts: Mine is overclocked to 4.62 GHz using MSI's OC Genie capability. This is on the stock cooler in a Corsair 600T case.
I use an additional HD 6670 GPU for dual graphics, which does great at HD resolutions for most games I play. More serious gamers will use more powerful GPU's, which makes the built in GPU unnecessary, but it's still nice to have in case your graphics card has a problem. It also makes for a very scalable system.
This review is from: Microsoft 7ZJ-00001 USB Wired Ergonomic Comfort Curve Desktop 3000
Pros: This keyboard is perfect, as long as you're looking for a wired keyboard. It has all the standard buttons, volume +/-, Play/Pause, and a dedicated calculator button. There are no ridiculous macro keys, modifier keys, unnecessary lights, etc, and no software to install. It just works.
Let me emphasize: I love the dedicated calculator button!
This keyboard is the perfect combination of the quickness and short button throw of the Apple keyboard and the ergonomic features of the Microsoft Wireless Desktop Ergonomic keyboard, without the big price tag.
Standard windows shortcuts are labeled, i.e. Ctrl+C for copy, etc.
Cons: The body is gloss black plastic, so it is a magnet for fingerprints and pet hair, and also reflects the monitor. The keys are matte black, thankfully.
Other Thoughts: It is slightly curved, but doesn't feel curved...just comfortable. There is no gap between keys for the left and right hand, which is usually what frustrates people about ergonomic keyboards.
I use this keyboard for everything; gaming, programming, writing, video editing.