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Nicholas A.

Nicholas A.

Joined on 03/01/08

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review
i-rocks RF-6520-BK Black 99 Normal Keys 2.4GHz Wireless Ultra Slim 1.5 AREA Keyboard
i-rocks RF-6520-BK Black 99 Normal Keys 2.4GHz Wireless Ultra Slim 1.5 AREA Keyboard

Pros: Out of every keyboard I have owned, this is my favorite. It's simple, stylish, slim, compact. It's been a couple of months since I had to replace the batteries and there are no issues with low signal

Cons: I can't type telepathically *yet*

Overall Review: The weight distribution is biased toward the left side of the keyboard :?

Most Critical Review
MASSCOOL FD08025S1M4 80mm Case Cooling Fan
MASSCOOL FD08025S1M4 80mm Case Cooling Fan

Pros: Extremely inexpensive.

Cons: Most of the ten I ordered burned out within two days. The ones that work are very loud and I keep them unplugged.

Overall Review: Not really worth it even at the low price, I recommend getting some fans that cost a little more because it will save you more than this will.

10/31/2008
Shuttle SZ87R6 Intel Socket LGA1150 Intel Z87 1 x HDMI High-Performance Multi-Display & Video Wall Barebone
Shuttle SZ87R6 Intel Socket LGA1150 Intel Z87 1 x HDMI High-Performance Multi-Display & Video Wall Barebone

Pros: This is a nice little box that's actually pretty roomy inside, I've never run into any cooling issues and I run it pretty hard, but don't expect some kind of crazy cooling capacity -- CPU and video card idle at about 34C for me. The drivers are fantastic and exactly what they should be, completely invisible. No garbage applications came with it that replace functionality present in the operating system, USB3 is the most reliable I've seen on the PC side of things, and I've never had any hiccups or bugs with any of them. It's also pretty quiet, not "is it running?" quiet but quiet enough that you won't notice it unless you listen for it. This thing is also crazy light! You would hardly know there was a computer in there, especially if you don't have a spinning-disk hard drive.

Cons: One thing I ran into, which is my own fault, is my video card's power connector is on the side instead of the end. This led to the hard drive/disk drive cage not fitting due to the added size of that power connector. Video card is an EVGA GeForce 660 SC -- planning on getting a new video card partially because of this.

Overall Review: I have no doubt that I will buy a Shuttle again when the time comes around for my next build. The compact size, overall quality, and amount of power you can pack into these is great.

DOA

BIOSTAR T5 XE LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
BIOSTAR T5 XE LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Priced averagely, not cosmetically unpleasing, plenty of compatibility.

Cons: I told a client to order this board for a custom PC build. It was defective on arrival. Twice. I'm telling them to return it and get a Gigabyte brand board instead.

adequate

GELID Solutions FN-PX08-20 80mm Case cooler
GELID Solutions FN-PX08-20 80mm Case cooler

Pros: Quiet, moves a bit of air, high quality construction, cord is reasonably long and has a temperature sensor pin. But the best part? it comes with an AWESOME STICKER WOOT.

Cons: Doesn't really move enough air to cool my 125w cpu at full load, but that's not really a problem.

Overall Review: FREE STICKER, YES!!!

perfect

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold (SS-650KM Active PFC F3) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Hasw
SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold (SS-650KM Active PFC F3) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Hasw

Pros: Silent when it's not under heavy load (fan turns off), which is exactly what I need because I sleep in the same room as it. High quality construction, everything that's touchable is cool to the touch, when the fan is on it is still very quiet.

Cons: Fairly expensive, though the price is easily justified.

Overall Review: Purchased this to replace a 500w Dynex, which was extremely loud. I find hard drive noise much more pronounced now that I can't hear the fans.