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This review is from: Antec P50 Black Micro ATX Computer Case
Pros: Very attractive case. Plenty of cooling options and the case is staged to keep power supply and hard drives out of the same area as the motherboard and add in cards. Room for as many as 5 hard drives. Excellent cable management set up, too.
Cons: It's long enough, but way too narrow for a lot of modern video cards. Framed cards like the MSI R9380 can not be mounted because the output side can not clear the left side of the case. Non-framed cards like the MSI GTX 960 can be mounted and will clear the left edge of the case, but the heat pipes extend beyond the door so you can't put the side on the case. This case should be avoided if you want to put a gaming graphics card in your computer... but if you're using it with onboard video or some sort of a low profile graphics solution, it really is a good looking and well laid out case.
Other Thoughts: If my HTPC wasn't already in a really nice looking Lian Li case, I'd move it to this one. As it is, I ordered another case for this new gaming pc build and this one will end up waiting on the shelf until I decide to build another HTPC or maybe a general purpose workstation. It just isn't appropriate for anything with a graphics card in a modern form factor. Many new cards are just too wide for this case, and that's unfortunate.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-C2SBC-Q-O ATX Motherboard LGA 775 Intel Q35
Pros: There are not many decent lga775 boards left to buy anywhere. This one is one of a bare few you can get.
Cons: For one hundred and sixty plus dollars, I expect a motherboard manual and a driver CD. It is currently impossible to download the drivers from the manufacturer website. That's absolute nonsense.
Other Thoughts: Again, for a high dollar motherboard to not come with a driver cd and a manual is unheard of. Completely pathetic nonsense. If they can't provide something as basic as a driver disk, what else did they skimp on?READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It plays modern games acceptably and is short enough for smaller cases. It has DVI, HDMI, and VGA ports. The fan is quieter than I expected and it added no perceivable extra noise to my set up. MSI Control Center allows easy overclocking, temperature monitoring, and fan speed control. The MSI software allows you to record in game demos in whatever video format you choose. I bought this card for my work computer so I could do a little gaming at the office when it's slow. Borderlands2, COD3, Painkiller, etc all play just fine at acceptable frame rates at 1280x720 and most of the settings on high.
Cons: Not CrossfireX compatible. Problematic Drivers. In my entire PC gaming history, I have never known ATI to be able to write problem-free drivers. I had high hopes when AMD bought ATI. I was wrong. No catalyst driver for this card was without side-effects (laggy mouse, random crashes, 3D artifacts etc etc etc) in WXP32 for my machine. It was beyond time to upgrade my operating system anyway so W7U64 is on it now and the current catalyst driver seems to be working so far.
Other Thoughts: My system is an AMD1055t on an 880g board with 4 gb DDr3. The onboard HD4250 isn't much and not very useful for running any 3D games made in the last decade. This card made a huge difference for 3D applications. And the price: As of the time I'm writing this there really isn't another sub-100 dollar card on the market that compares. If you want to game and need to keep the price under a hundred bucks, this is not just the best choice, but really the only choice. Even considering the driver problems I had, I would buy this card again.READ FULL REVIEW