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Cheap and Works Perfectly but is Loud.

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Pros: Portable, USB connector, Great for keeping the 5.25" bays open.

Cons: Loud when reading discs, Shakes all over the desk if it isn't perfectly level.

When I switched to a Cooler Master HAF XB, I needed to use a dual 5.25" bay housing for my 3.5" HDDs so that meant my old DVD-RW drive had to go. Now that I was without a DVD drive to watch and rip my movies I needed a solution, fast. I got an email from Fry's saying they had this DVD drive on sale and it had all the things I needed, while being easy to store away when I didn't need it. So far it has been working amazingly and run perfectly, I would definitely recommend it if you needed one for your Ultrabook or SFF LAN build.

High Quality All-Around But Not For Everyone.

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Pros: 7.1 Dolby ProLogic sound, Amazing microphone, Range of adapters for different devices, Sturdy construction, Customizable headband strap

Cons: Price is too high to justify it, Ear pads are uncomfortable until they are broken in, No way to buy custom headband straps from Plantronics.

I got this headset from MillionManLan as a giveaway and after using it for about a month, I love it! I came from a Plantronic GameCom 780, which was one of the best headsets I've used, and it doesn't even compare to this headset in audio quality but isn't on the level of true audiophile headphones. I've used both for recording podcasts and the clarity of the microphone on the Commander beats out the 780 completely. While both are 7.1 surround sound headsets, the Commander wins out once again, thanks to the USB sound card that comes with it providing much more defined sound than the 780. The build quality on the Commander is also one of the things that it stomps the 780 in, with the heavy...
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Better than air but not by much.

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Pros: Provides much better temps at higher clocks under full load. Easy to install. No need to piece together multiple parts.

Cons: Idle temps seem to sit higher than my old Hyper 212+. Operates better on intake instead of exhaust, not good if you have a GPU that dumps in the case.

I got this cooler from a guy at a LAN event I went to. He had been trying to get rid of it for a while now and it had just been sitting around in a box not doing anything but collecting dust. After chatting with him for a while and explaining my interest in water cooling but lacking any real funds to do so, he gave it to me since he would rather it have some use instead of doing nothing. And so it came to be that I had ventured into liquid cooling but not without some hiccups along the way. While the H70 was, at it's time, the top-of-the-line AIO cooling solution, it was far from being the best cooling solution, period. At high clocks and full load it kept temps down much better than my...
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Good for budget gamers.

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Pros: Somewhat modular, Crossfire/SLI Ready and low cost.

Cons: Kinda loud fan and fairly short cables.

I picked this up when I was first doing my Enyo build because it was a modular PSU, was Crossfire/SLI Ready and was cheap. This power supply has held it's own and work fine for me over the time I've had it but my biggest gripe is the length on the cables. The main connectors for the EPS12V are a bit on the short-side to the point that I can reach the connection on the motherboard with a little bit of play going over everything inside my Coolermaster CM Storm Scout case. Look into a different power supply if you are getting a larger case.

Great general-purpose mobile processor.

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Pros: Quick and low power usage.

Cons: High heat output.

I got this processor with a Dell Inspiron 1440 from a family member to replace an old Dell Inspiron 6400 whose battery had failed. Now this was a fair bit of a jump from the 1.66GHz T2200 that was in the old laptop so I had no issue with it. One thing that seems to be a common theme with these processors is the fact that they heat up a fair bit so keep that in mind. This processor can handle most task with ease but don't expect to do any major video-encoding work or anything that need serious cpu power in any short amount of time.

Lots of features, small size.

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Pros: Many OC-friendly features, Crossfire/SLI ready, quality components and small size.

Cons: Doesn't sit well in CM Storm Scout.

I had gotten this motherboard in a trade to upgrade from the LGA775 Socket series and it is certainly a great upgrade. With the 2 x16 PCI-e lanes I can run 2 graphics cards in Crossfire or SLI configurations and mATX form factor helps it fit into the smaller cases, though this is where I had some issues. When running this board in a Coolermaster CM Storm Scout, I found that the placement of the SATA ports made it difficult to connect cables when the board was in the case. I liked the placement of an on/off button and others on the bottom of the board a useful feature but have not used them myself. This is a great motherboard for those who need something for serious gaming or overclocking...
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Great processor for people with 3+ graphics cards.

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Pros: Hyper-Threading and great for overclocking

Cons: Price compared to Sandy-Bridge processors.

I received this processor in a trade a little while back and have been in love with it ever since. I upgraded to this from a Core 2 Quad Q8300 so the jump in power was significant to say the least. The only reason I went with the LGA1366 socket instead of Sandy-Bridge is because this was free for me. While it may not be as fast as a SB processor it can run anything I can throw at it and still have a bit of kick to it when needed. Another thing is that this socket series can support up to 32 PCI-e lanes meaning that those who want to run 3 or more PCI-e devices, such as graphics cards and PCI-e SSDs, can do so without limiting their devices. If you want to run 4 ATI Radeon HD 5850s in...
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Great for budget gamers.

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Pros: Very quiet, efficient, Crossfire-capable and low cost.

Cons: Poor Eyefinity capablities.

I had bought this when I did the first rendition of my Enyo build because it was marketed as a cheap Eyefinity card with lots of gaming potential. I loved that the price was in the ~$100 range and had great experiences with SAPPHIRE products before. This card is great if you need something cheap and able to run most games on medium settings but don't expect much from Eyefinity when gaming. You can run 3 monitors on the card with no issues other than the fact you won't be playing any games with all 3 of them. If you need to run multiple monitors for the extra screen space when coding or doing non-graphically intensive work then this card is perfect but if you are looking to run anything...
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