PC Hardware - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I thought I would start a little discussion to go over peoples experiences with different PC components and manufactures. I get asked a lot of PC related questions regarding components and I can recommend different components based off of my own experience and the reviews of others.

If you have had a good or bad experience with a product or manufacture let us know here! Have you been impressed with a new product or disappointed in your latest purchase?

Products I would recommend:

OCZ Solid State Drives: Super fast, great performance per $, reliable

NZXT H2: I was surprised how much I liked this case. Great features, good cable management, quality construction and a $99 price tag make it winner in my book.

Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Mouse: I LOVE this thing. If you have big hands like me you will love this mouse. Great size, adjustable, comfortable, programmable buttons.

Mushkin/Corsair RAM: Cheap, fast and reliable.

Intel i7-2600K: Fastest processor available for single threaded CAD applications. Easy to overclock and great all round performance.

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T: For the money probably the best performance per $ CPU out there. Although out performed by the i7-2600K in single threaded applications the 1090T is easy to overclock and offers better multi-threaded performance for 1/2 the cost of the i7.

BOXX 3960 XTREME: Great service from BOXX, my PC arrived in less than a week. High quality, name brand components. Factory overclock (4.5GHz). Very nice all aluminum case. Great performance.

Product to avoid:

Dell: I have yet to have a "good" experience with any Dell product. They may be the cheapest out there but you get what you pay for. Poor build quality, cheap hardware and terrible customer service.

Rosewill 750W PSU: As soon as I fired it up the noise began. The wire fan grill was mounted to close to the fan and the fan blades were clicking against it. After fixing the issue the fans themselves were very noisy and the PSU still produced a lot of heat. Died after 6 months.

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I would just add that newegg.com is a great resource and has excellent customer service too. The product reviews are generally a good guide to finding decent components, their prices are reasonable, and they have one of the fastest turnaround times on the web.

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In Dell's defense, their business support is excellent. When my gpu was having issues, they sent someone to my apartment the next day to replace my motherboard.

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We are intended to build a workstation, the software we use is solidworks, autocad and adobe, but mostly sdw. I found this post and I wonder if this components you listed are enough to run solidworks with no problems, because right now we are running it in a very powerful pc, but, obviuosly it´s not enough, it takes a life make a walk-in video. So could you please tell me what would work better?


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