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ZOTAC ZT-60901-10M G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Quality, Resolution, Size, Noise, Fans

Cons: Price

Other Thoughts: Great card for my small Dell 530 Inspiron case, which has almost no room for a high powered card. This design is perfect and offers great cooling. Be sure to download the Zotac Firestorm overclocking utility after installing the card. I was able to get a few more FPS's, but the card is pretty much maxed out with the stock settings. Overall, a great buy if you have space constraints. If not, there are better values to be had, but it was worth the extra $30 to prevent cutting up my case.

EVGA 02G-P4-3657-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Fast, Price, Quality

Cons: Size

Other Thoughts: Great card for the money. There are some other cards that are only a few dollars more that have similar performance, but I like the quality and support of the eVGA cards.

It plays Bioshock Infinite on Ultra settings at 1920x1080, which is pretty impressive on my 2008 Dell Inspiron 530 Q6600. It brought the life back into gaming and I should be good for a few more years.

Dell Inspiron 530 Q6600 2.4Ghz
8GB Corsair RAM
Intel 160GB SSD

The only down side with my setup is that it blocks two SATA ports on the Dell motherboard due to the card length. There are shorter alternative cards that should work fine, but I'll enjoy this card for a bit and then upgrade when I need the other ports.

WD TV Live Hub 1TB Media Center - WDBABZ0010BBK-NESN
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Nice Alternative 11/26/2012

This review is from: WD TV Live Hub 1TB Media Center - WDBABZ0010BBK-NESN

Pros: Output Options, Video Quality, GUI, Hard Drive, Network Sync to one Folder, Constant Firmware Updates, Footprint

Cons: Price, No Built-In WiFi, No Browser, Remote, Not Fully PogoPlug Compatible, No /\mazon Prime Movies

Other Thoughts: I picked this up for $159 on sale after deciding not to go with a PS3, which would have been a better choice if I wanted to play Blu-ray disks and have built-in WiFi. I already had a separate WiFi adapter from Belkin and download all my movies, so there's no need to use Blu-ray. Overall, this is a nice unit: easy to setup and use. 1TB of storage is nice and compensates for the lack of speed from my wireless router upstairs. I can stream a HD connection for about 30 minutes, but then the connection drops. However, I can sync it to the hard drive and watch later for a skip free experience. There is also an option to sync an entire folder on my Win 7 box or PogoPlug. Unfortunately, the PogoPlug drops the connection and reconnects every 30 minutes. WD and PogoPlug both state they are not supported, so I'm out of luck. My Windows 7 Pro box works just fine most of the time.

It's nice to see that it still has Component outputs since I have a 61" Samsung DLP from 2004 with a max resolution of 1080i. The Live Hub does 1080p, but the 1080i quality is amazing over Component. Even the Composite looks good. The overall footprint of the device is very small, so it's easy to hide. The remote is very simple and is one step above the credit card sized remotes found with similar players.

In my opinion, this should be priced well below a PS 3 to keep it competitive and needs /\mazon Prime Movies. If it were $50 - $80 less, they would sell a lot more units!


Darren P.'s Profile

Display Name: Darren P.

Date Joined: 03/09/02

  • Reviews: 20
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 04/24/08
  • Last Review: 04/30/14
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