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VisionTek 900358 Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Didn't cost much and works out of the box. HD video content looks great. No install and/or driver issues at all.

Cons: Loses one egg based on value.

Other Thoughts: The HD 5450 was well thought of a couple years ago as a great HTPC GPU for the price. Needed a card for that purpose for a new board with no onboard graphics and this one popped up near the top in search of PCIE 2.0 x 16, based on price. After purchase I noticed some higher end AMD GPU's for the same or few bucks less when searching 2.1 x 16. Not a gamer so it won't make a difference for my purpose but it would have been a no-brainer to upgrade at the same price or less. The fault is mine for not noticing, but it deserves an egg knocked off for value. Never understood why most cards end up heat sink down, it get's hot but not expecting any problems. This replaced onboard HD 4250 w/sideport mem. on a different board. Win experience index took a 0.5 point hit, from 4.6 down to 4.1, for desktop/Aero graphics. But, a 0.5 point gain, from 4.9 to 5.4, for 3D and Gaming. Read this in other reviews so not unexpected. Regardless, I think HD video actually looks a bit cleaner and sharper comparing both GPU's without enhancements. Maybe that Windows rating is just bunk. Good card for HD, not expensive and no problems with install or function so far.

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ASRock 980DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD RX881/760G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It works out of the box. Relatively inexpensive. 8 internal Sata ports. Read that Nortbridge runs hot but it really isnt bad at all.

Cons: No real cons considering price and purpose. A few minor quirks listed below. Layout could be better.

Other Thoughts: Bought for media and HTPC. Replaced Asus with onboard GPU that was acting up. Small board compared to the ASUS. HDD's connected to SATA III show as ATA in device manager despite BIOS settings and driver install. No big deal, just strange and it tweaks me for whatever reason. On SATA II ports they show as SATA. 1600 MHZ memory ran at 1600 on ASUS board with no overclock and same CPU. Same sticks run 1333 on this board, no overclock. Memory listed on QVL. Another no big deal but it tweaks me. Knocking one egg off for the quirks, layout could be better and because nothings perfect.

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Cooler Master HAF 922 - High Air Flow Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and All-Black Interior
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Drive bays and hardware make for easy install of HDDs. Plenty of room. ASUS MB lines up perfectly. Ample cooling and the large, low RPM fans are pretty quiet. Fan led is neat and subtle enough ... I never use it but some will.

Cons: Gotta knock of 1 egg for ... Front screen mesh that acts as dust filter is a pain to remove for cleaning which may be needed frequently if in dusty environment. HDD rack puts back of HDD's a little too close to side of case. another 1/2- 1 inch would allow for easier wire management in back of HDD's.

Other Thoughts: No complaints on actual case itself, just the two quirks. Fans have been reliable and remained quiet since purhcase. More than enough space for most users. Sturdy and well built. I'd buy another if needed at sale price or with rebate.

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Desmond G.'s Profile

Display Name: Desmond G.

Date Joined: 12/31/07

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 11/22/10
  • Last Review: 07/20/13
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