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RICHARD S.

RICHARD S.

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Most Favorable Review

Initial Boot/SPD Settings

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P20004GK
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P20004GK

Pros: I've made several comments on these Modules. They do work good. They are solid and don't get Hot. 2GB sticks @2000MHz Great price as under $100

Cons: You decide. Don't like them ...get a RMA. Not XMP or EPP compliant as they are 2GB sticks. If you want XMP or EPP Profile get the 1GB sticks.

Overall Review: With my 1 year old self-built PC they booted up at 533Mhz/(1066MHz). Had to Manually enter BIOS and change settings and increase Memory Voltage to 1.9v (added .3v-.35v). Have operating Stable at 1600MHz. Timings 8-8-8-24 1T. Above that was unreliable and unstable at 1800MHz. This is likely due to my Gigabyte Ga-X48T-DQ6 mobo (Intel X48 chipset). Remember that the SPD programming is set low so they will boot on initial startup. Use BIOS to make changes accordingly.

Most Critical Review

Good Mem.but not for OC

OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600EB2GK
OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600EB2GK

Pros: It's wonderful for Plug n Play. Nice price. Works on most Motherboards. OCZ still a good brand. Their forum assistance is OutStanding!!!!

Cons: Terrible for OverClocking on Gigabyte X48T mobo. It's on Gigabytes Approved Venders List but that doesn't mean it recommended to be OC'd. My mobo hates CAS7 so not able to do 1600 FSB. So SAD! No intel XMP.

Overall Review: Stuck with these for minimal performance as will buy higher grade if they become avail. I'll have to do more homework/research instead of taking Gigabytes recommended list of what is suppose to work. Bargain shop or wait till DDR3 prices start dropping.

moderate air flow okay as case fans, prefer Noctua NF-S12A PWM, Premium Quiet Fan

Corsair CO-9050039-WW 120 mm ML120, 120mm Premium Magnetic Levitation PWM Fan (2-Pack)
Corsair CO-9050039-WW 120 mm ML120, 120mm Premium Magnetic Levitation PWM Fan (2-Pack)

Pros: Because they use ML magnetic levitation.

Cons: not as Quiet as advertised, especially above 70 percent speed.Expensive, maybe the ML120 Pro are an improvement even though will cost you more than the regular ML120. Got the Twin Pack will use sparingly as will replace them with the Noctua NF-S12A PWM, Premium Quiet Fan, 4-Pin.

Overall Review: Good case fan, Noctua are better. Regarding price get these Noctua NF-S12A PWM, Premium Quiet Fan, 4-Pin providing you don't want RGB.

Enthoo Pro 2 lacks identifiable labeling and has exclusions

Phanteks Enthoo Pro 2 Full Tower - High-performance Fabric Mesh, Closed Window, Dual System/PSU Support, Massive Storage, Black
Phanteks Enthoo Pro 2 Full Tower - High-performance Fabric Mesh, Closed Window, Dual System/PSU Support, Massive Storage, Black

Pros: It's rather a nice full sized tower. Surprisingly you would be better off with the TEMPERED GLASS model. What is missing is 2 front panel control buttons for RGB. The Pro 2 does not come with any case fans. Just like the original Enthoo Pro version 1, cables are unlabeled which makes for guessing and doing some research where they go. The manual is not that useful. The Pro 2 does not have the PWM fan module as the Pro 1 did. This case has lots to offer including spacious room. Cable management is fantastic providing you have a Full Modular Power Supply Unit. Recommend either a 700 watt minimum to a mid-range 850 watt PSU to high end 1000 -1200W power supply depending on Overclocking and Graphics Card. Great for Custom Water Cooler.

Cons: Poor cable labeling and not making it clear that there are no front panel control buttons for RGB. Pro 2 does not include any case fans. There is no 5.25 inch drive bay for DVD Player - Optical Drive. Front Control Panel door protrudes which makes getting to the USB ports difficult and there is no lighting so at night time you'll need a flashlight. If into RGB you must purchase the Pro 2 with Tempered Glass. Oh! kiddie made magnetic filters for the side panel where most of the cable management work is done aka backside of motherboard. Phanteks had to cut corners to sell. Get the Enthoo Luxe 2 or Elite. I firmly believe Phanteks does not need the Pro anymore.

Overall Review: Yes! as long as you get the Enthoo Pro 2 with Tempered Glass.

Terrific Case with some minor issues

Phanteks Enthoo Pro TG PH-ES614PTG_BK Integrated RGB Lighting Control Tempered Glass Side Panel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Black
Phanteks Enthoo Pro TG PH-ES614PTG_BK Integrated RGB Lighting Control Tempered Glass Side Panel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Black

Pros: Spacious, cable management, PSU shroud, magnetic dust cover, slotted groves make easy adjustment for fans or AIO CPU Cooler, metal chassis, nicely done Phanteks.

Cons: Tempered glass door hinge alignment tough to take door Off and put back ON, TG Door has short thumb screws as could use 2 extra threads lengths, Front Control Access Panel door is unnecessary and gets in the way. Power switch on top as Power LED's do not work but the HDD LED does. Two 12 volt SATA cables are a mystery as Power Supplies do not have those type of connectors. One 12v SATA to Power Source guess you have to purchase some new gadget or adapter cable and other 12v SATA goes to HUB Controller or maybe a mysterious RGB light package. Rubber protector fittings for routing cables through holes are cheap as afraid they may tear. Once you DIY PC build it will weigh close to 50 pounds - It's heavy.

Overall Review: Recommend for all DIY Builds. Buy again if I had too.

AIO LEPA 120-HF CPU Cooler - Works Well, Not the Best

LEPA LPWAC120-HF AquaChanger 120 Liquid CPU Cooler 120mm
LEPA LPWAC120-HF AquaChanger 120 Liquid CPU Cooler 120mm

Pros: Needed an AIO cooler for 3 LGA 775 motherboards (EVGA nForce 790i SLI FTW, Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6, and Gigabyte GA-EP45-UDP3). The older style (1st few versions) of Corsair H-50, 60 and 80 did contain LGA 775 brackets and support. They also were noted for leaking. New revised Corsair AIO CPU cooler models no longer support LGA 775 and rarely leak. My LEPA 120-HF has not leaked and cannot identify why they would leak unless someone tampers with the hoses and block. I have own my LEPA 120-HF since April 15, 2016. Today is Dec. 27, 2017. The price has dropped from $74 since April 2016. The LEPA 120-HF is used to keep my Intel 2 Core Quad Extreme QX9650 temp. under 67c at full load while Over Clocked to 4.95GHz. I wasn't able to get a good deal on a GTX 770, so I'm using AMD R9-280X replacing the much outdated GTX 560. I have not noticed any Bottlenecking in the QX9650 cpu / R9-280X gpu configuration. For anyone using 2 Core Quad CPU's you will see bottlenecking with GTX 970 or AMD R9-390 as they're in the 1440p (resolution). You won't get any better performance from a 4GB memory/VRAM GPU card than you would from a 2GB Memory/ VRAM GPU. Reason is Intel 2 Core cpu's and LGA 775 motherboards limit or restrict your overall performance.

Cons: Provided LEPA fan does okay. Get a pair of Corsair SP-120 Quiet fans for Push-Pull which should reduce temps about 4 to 6 celcius more than using a single LEPA fan. Sure, there are better cooling solutions and many to choose from. Depends on your budget and previous experience with manufactures. With various Color Schemes coming out ... would of been nice to change colors on LEPA's AIO cooler.

Overall Review: My old 2008 rigs work well. They (LGA 775) are fun as you can tweek numbers and play with the BIOS. My newest rig: Gigabyte GA-Z170X-gaming 3, Intel i7-6700K, 4x8GB Adata XGP-Z1 2800MHz, 2- GTX 970's in SLI. Overclocking is simple. Only considerable difference between my old and new desktop systems is in playing newer games and on a higher resolution Smart TV / Monitor rather than playing at 720p/1080p. But I don't play PC games as often when I was younger or 10 plus years ago, when I was in my 30's. Today, there are so many options in the computer technology age. This year 2017 was the year that AMD crushed INTEL with the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950x. Competition is Good. After many years AMD is CPU KING of 2017. LEPA is making strides marketing better products.

12/27/2017