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John B.

John B.

Joined on 01/30/06

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Most Favorable Review

Good Quality

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified  Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

Pros: More than enough power for everything I have running on it and will run in the future. High quality, 80+ certified (tests/reviews/charts that I've seen showed it running within specifications and at 85%+ efficiency even while overloaded at 700+ watts, don't exactly wish to test this out myself tho) low price, more cables than you need, barely even gets warm, and crossfire ready. Quiet! I cannot hear this things fan over my case fans(which are set to low ~ 15-19 dB if that helps you) this caused me to worry at first thinking that the fan was not running but sure enough it was.

Cons: Not modular, extremely minor con and one that knew before I bought this PSU, but if you have a decent sized case this is not a real problem as there are plenty of places to tuck them away. Painted off-white/beige, Antec could have painted it black considering that the majority of cases out there are black aswell, but how often do you look at your PSU?

Overall Review: Build: CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0 GHz 95w. Mobo: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X Mem: A-Data DDR31600 2x2GB Vid: Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 (Planning to crossfire this later on) Case: Antec 300 w/ 3 120mm fans added on. All fans set to low. PSU: This one.

11/20/2009
Most Critical Review

Failure utterly...

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 PC Game
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 PC Game

Pros: Very pretty. OK single player. Activision promised to accept my return based on the fact that the Steam requirement was not stated clearly on the box... we'll see how that goes.

Cons: Steam required! Not stated that is anywhere on the box. Multiplayer is extremely limited due to no dedicated servers. No modding allowed. Can't play without an internet connection due to Steam. Steam is an anti-privacy digital distributor with aims at Monopolization. Read the privacy agreement very carefully. It basically states that it will, can, and may take any data it collects while you are running this program and give/use/distribute it to 3rd parties. This is unforgivable to me.

Overall Review: Basically everything that made this games predecessor great for the PC vs Console has been taken away. What good is the fact that you can have giant teams fighting each other when you can't find a non-lagged game? PC version is utterly worthless outside of the single player. Considering buying it for the outdated consoles but limited multiplayer team size is an extreme con for me.

11/17/2009

Good when it worked

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100283L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100283L

Pros: Good card. Enough power to run the newest games @ High Settings(1440x900 res) with reasonable FPS. Quiet and cool; card never went above 64 C when gaming with stock fan settings and would hit a low of 26 C when idle. Eyefinity is nice for HTPC applications; card performs well when used to decode/upscale/de-interlace and etc movies/dvds. Refund from the RMA gave me enough moola to buy a 5850?

Cons: Stopped working about 4-5 days in. After performing wonderfully for a few days the card would not display video. PC would boot and Bios would POST but the card's fan would spin up to 100% (default safety until the card's bios takes control) however it would not display video. After hitting F1(continue button when errors are detected in BIOS POST) I would eventually hear the windows theme through my speakers and would be able to log on. Still no video. After flashing my MB's bios to the latest version and clearing the CMOS this problem continued. Assuming something could be wrong with my PSU I tried out my friends evga nv 260 which booted up promptly ruling out a power issue on my PSU's side. I then swapped the 5770 into his case and it gave the same issues however after cycling(power up / power down) a few times it would display video and work fine until you shut the system down for a few hours and then tried to boot it back up. Sapph did not return my call so I rma'd through egg.

Overall Review: Despite my problems with this card I'm still giving it 4/5 eggs since my issue was most likely either a mobo compatibility issue or a simple case of a DOA card(electronics are shipped for thousands of miles in poor conditions with barely adequate packaging I'm surprised the failure rate is so low) which happens. At any rate newegg accepted my RMA and seeing as how they were sold out of this card changed my replacement request to a refund and refunded 100% of the price minus shipping. I then bought a 5850 instead. System specs: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AMD Phenom II x4 945 Deneb 95w 3.0 ghz A-DATA 4GB (2x2GB)DDR3 1600 Antec EA650 w PSU Antec 300 Case w/ front 120 mm's installed Win Vista 32bit(sigh win7 64bit soon) ....called out of work to wait for my sapphire 5850 which should arrive in the next few hours..

12/14/2009

Nice Upgrad from Dual Core

AMD Phenom II X4 945 - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket AM3 95W Processor - HDX945WFGIBOX
AMD Phenom II X4 945 - Phenom II X4 Deneb Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Socket AM3 95W Processor - HDX945WFGIBOX

Pros: Low power consumption. Low temps (25C at idle and 42C load) with stock heatsink/thermal pad. Great performance and an excellent upgrade from an old Athlon x64 dual core 4200+.

Cons: None with the chip. AMD Cool'n'Quiet causes Vista to hang at logon so I turned it off.

Overall Review: Excellent price/performance ratio. Build: CPU: This chip Mobo: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X Mem: A-Data DDR31600 2x2GB Vid: Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 Case: Antec 300 w/ 3 120mm fans added on all fans set to low. PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650w

11/20/2009

Nice board

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Everything works as it should. Lots of nice customizable features in the BIOS. Updating the bios is extremely easy thanks to EZ 2 Flash (after you spend a few hours downloading the drivers/bins). Nicely setup, ports/pins are all in the perfect spots which makes for a nice clean and easy install. (No wires running cris-cross the board :D!). Haven't tried any overclocking or crossfire with it yet.

Cons: AsusTek's download server is hooked up to a 56k. At max I get 900 Bytes/s (Don't know when the last time was when I measured a DL in Bytes...) in NJ. Only 2 3-pin fan controllers, my case has 5 fans in it excluding the CPU/GPU/ PSU fans. Would be nice if I could have them all on auto control, this is a very minor con since all I needed to do was install my 5.25" fan controller.

Overall Review: Build: This Board. AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0 GHz 95w A-Data DDR3 1600 2x2 GB Antec 300 w/ 3 120 mm fans added on. Antec Earthwatts 650w Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 (going to xfire this with another later on)

11/20/2009

Works

Rosewill RMS-MA3210 - Monitor Mount / Silver 17.00" - 32.00" Tilt & Swivel Wall Mount
Rosewill RMS-MA3210 - Monitor Mount / Silver 17.00" - 32.00" Tilt & Swivel Wall Mount

Pros: Solid construction, low price, full motion, and bushings included in-case the back of the TV is curved. Easy install -- with some effort read bellow.

Cons: Suggested drill bit size for drywall/stud mounting is too small for the screws given. The torque needed to drive the screws into the wall using the suggested bit is to high for most if not all battery powered screw drivers. Ended up removing the screws halfway into screwing them in for fear of breaking the the head off. Redrilled the holes with a larger bit and it was much easier to screw in. Better off using 2-3x larger a bit than what they suggest; unless you want to spend 40 min screwing the mount in with a hand driver.

Overall Review: Hasn't fallen off the wall.

11/20/2009