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MSI H61M-E33/W8 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cheap, reliable, stable.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: It's a solid performer for the $50 price range. It works well with Windows 8 and Windows 7. Haven't tried Ubuntu on it. Normally I steer clear of MSI products after some bad experiences about a decade ago, but this one is OK!

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CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I found it for half price at a local store.

Cons: Out of the box I noticed what smelled like something had been burned, but I wrote it off and put this in my case (after having to tear out my old unit and it was zip tied for cable management, so that sucked) as I was installing the 24 pin connector I saw BURN MARKS on the +5 (yellow) wire! I pulled the thing out and have started the RMA process with Corsair. This is DOA and I won't risk running it in that state in my computer!
Shame on you, Corsair! QC needs to wake up and pay closer attention!

Other Thoughts: Seems good, if not a little old design. If mine didn't have this problem I would have given it 5.

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ZOTAC Synergy Edition ZT-60601-10L GeForce GT 610 2GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is a good entry level card. I must emphasize the words "entry level" because if you expect anything aside from basic usability you will be in for a rude awakening.
* Uses only ~40W of power
* Only requires a 300W PSU.
* 2 GB of video memory (slower DDR 3, but it's functional)
* Feels like solid construction (doesn't feel cheap or flimsy)
* Works great in Windows 7 or Ubuntu 12.04
* Comes with Low Profile brackets
* The fan is pretty much dead silent.
* Idle temp is low ( Idles at 37 C in my case.)
* Works great if you want to add multiple displays but already maxed out your current video card.
* Great for dedicated PhysX.

Cons: This card is only entry level, so gaming on it isn't going to happen (at least not on anything other than the lowest levels.) Price seems a little high here on Newegg (I found it for 75% less locally)

Other Thoughts: My first Zotec product, and I am impressed with the quality and fit and finish. I will definitely consider them in the future for something other than this card. An excellent buy.

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Display Name: John G.

Date Joined: 05/03/09

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 05/18/09
  • Last Review: 06/20/13
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