Extreme Hiatus

by LLR_RoD on March 16th, 2011

Wow! My last post was a few months ago. Time goes by quickly. I apologize to all the blog readers here. I’ve been on somewhat of a web hiatus. Real life sometimes gets in the way and I was unable to complete many of my online responsibilities as a reviewer and news provider.

Alas I am back and will be trying to post up daily updates again.

I’ve also got a pretty interesting build coming up. It’s an upgrade to my current watercooling setup.
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New Stuff Coming Up!

by LLR_RoD on September 30th, 2010

I’ve got a lot of things lined up here in October 2010. There’s another build coming up soon. This one isn’t too complicated, in fact it’s taking a lot of recycled (used) gear and turning it into a $500 dollar gem.

For reviews there will soon be a new review up in the next couple of weeks including a nice set of Comply Tips from the guys over at Hearing Components. I also have a review of the latest Infinity Shuttle from the peepz over at Black Magic. A lot in store, so definitely stay tuned!
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Blazing Fast With A Side of Kick-Ass

by LLR_RoD on August 29th, 2010



Our newest build is finally complete! This one was a real fun one to do and quite a treat. It’s the first time ever we’ve brought in an SSD into our build gallery.

The budget was around $1500ish with the monitor so we had a pretty good set of parts to work with. To name off a few of the specs, it’s a quad core, i5-760. It’s got 4 gigs of ram, 60gig ssd (main), 1 terabyte dump, an ATI 5750. Did I mention it’s liquid cooled and running inside a sleeper, Lian-Li case??

We dubbed it.. Phallix (don’t ask). Just check out the pics ;)

Computer Build – Phallix


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New Day New Build

by LLR_RoD on August 5th, 2010

Okay, so I admit, I’ve been playing Starcraft II every night straight since it was released. After work I would do my normal day to day errands and then bam, Starcraft II for 2-3 straight hours.

Almost done with the Single Player Campaigns and then onto the League grind on Multiplayer :)


On another note, we do have another build in order! This is going to be a pretty exciting build, consisting of an i5 Quad Core and for the first time, a solid state hard drive! It’s going to be fun playing with this stuff. It is scheduled for delivery all next week and then will be put together the following Saturday so stay tuned for that.

It will be a pretty small, elegant Lian Li Case. Completely sleeper build much like our Serendipity build.


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Starcraft 2 Unleashes

by LLR_RoD on July 27th, 2010

So unless you live under a rock, then you probably have heard of Starcraft. After 10 years of waiting the second installment of the game has finally been released.

My first impression? It’s a whole lot of lovin…

Since this is pretty much my favorite game of all time, I went ahead and forked over the cash for the Collector’s Edition. I downloaded the installer client, so it didn’t take that long at all to install. Within 15 min I was watching the first cinematic like an excited kid on his first trip to the toy store.

I opted for Single Player – Brutal Mode. And they weren’t kidding! Units are upgraded 1 1 and are smarter. They will bait you and do some crazy stuff. It’s definitely fun. The in-game cinematic are beautiful and the storytelling is just as good as the previous installments.

After a while I decided to head on over to the Multiplayer aspect and try it out. Everything is pretty much the same from the beta (if you were a part of it). Except now, the achievements are all unlockable and everything just.. works.

Anyway these are just my first impressions. If you haven’t picked up Starcraft 2 yet, then you’re definitely missing out!


Be sure to send me an e-mail with your tag that way I can add you on my buddy list! :)

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Computer Build Spartacus

by LLR_RoD on July 26th, 2010

Our latest build is complete! It was a small and fun little build. Our target budget was around $800 bucks and the outcome was a little engine that could.. and then some :)

Introducing, Spartacus :)

Be sure to head on over to our Gallery and check it out!

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Form Factor Challenge

by LLR_RoD on July 5th, 2010

So my uncle calls me up and tells me he’d like me to build him a computer on a $600 dollar budget. The added stipulation is that it has to be small enough to fit on carry on luggage because it has to go on a plane for transportation back home. My brother and I were thinking quad core AMD…

We’ll see how this goes!
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New XBOX 360

by LLR_RoD on June 19th, 2010

So I’m not really sure I how I feel about the new XBOX 360. While it does offer a lot of cool perks, 250gb internal hard drive, internal wi-fi, a very nice back panel, smaller form factor and of course lower power consumption.. I’m not really sure it’s ‘necesary.’

Sure if you don’t already have one, then it’d be something great to have, but I already own one, and unless it breaks (again) then I don’t see the reason to shell out more money to buy basically the same thing that really isn’t that much better? I guess to each his/her own, as some people rush out to get the latest iPhone even when they already have one, JUST to have one. Which is understandable if you have money, but for those of us who are living on college type budgets or single income, lol… then I think the new XBOX 360 is more of a luxury than a necessity.


XBOX360 Version 2

What do you think?


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Latest Video Card Drivers

by LLR_RoD on June 17th, 2010

Both NVidia and ATI have updated their drivers.


NVIDIA ForceWare 257.21 Driver


ATI Catalyst 10.6 Driver

What are you waiting for?! Get um..


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Gigabyte HD 5870 Super Overclock Review

by LLR_RoD on June 14th, 2010

HardOCP just published a review of the Gigabyte HD 5870 Super Overclock Edition. It’s a good read if you’re looking for a new graphics card, or just want to know what the latest badass video card is on the market.

Here is a snippet:
GIGABYTE’s famous 2oz Copper PCB is in play here, as we are used to seeing on their motherboard line. GIGABYTE uses the best cherry picked Samsung and Hynix memory chips, remember the memory is also overclocked so this is important. Solid capacitors are used as well as Ferrite core chokes and Low RDS MOSFETs. All of these high-end components also mean that typical buzz sounds heard from lower-end components on some video cards should not be a problem here, there should be no buzzing parts here as all the components are of the highest quality.

Click Here for the entire review!


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