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HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 HyperX Plug n Play Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3P1K2/4G
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This ram runs at the universally accepted 1.5v, which is rather rare for tight latency ram. The price is insanely good, think you're getting 4GB low latency fast ram for that price! The ram even matches the newer black motherboards, which really looks nice when everything matches. Being 1.5v, it actually puts out less heat and uses less electricity, lending to longer life as well.

Cons: None, really.

Other Thoughts: I got this for my secondary system, a 3GHz quad core, and it runs at advertised speeds perfectly. This is all the ram that system needs, and it's right quick with this speed of ram. The only thing this isn't that I would like is actual black instead of dark charcoal grey heatsinks, but I buy first for functionality and second for aesthetics.

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MSI R5450-MD512D3H/LP Radeon HD 5450 512MB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This card, unlike the HD4350, is not a mobile chip and does not require specific manufacturer drivers to work properly, this is a big advantage to me, keeping track of the original CD is a headache.
This card is only 19 watt TDP, meaning it draws almost zero power compared to all other real video cards out there, combined with the fact that it is a HD5xxx series, this means it has all the advanced hardware video decode assist available with the newer (verymuch newer) chipset.
The card never really gets over 65c for me when doing video decode with the passive heatsink, which is really nice for a passive video card... perfect for the modern 1080P HD PVR / HTPC.

Cons: The only disadvantage I can find to this card is that the VGA connector does need some fenagling to get into an adjacent low profile slot if used as such, including taking off the plastic jacket for the VGA connector that sits inside the case.
Remember also, this is a video card targeted at low wattage and build cost so this is not the best card to game with - the easiest way to tell that is the bitwidth of the ram bus combined with it's GDDR3 usage.

Other Thoughts: The card does dual display just fine when in a LP case using the LP bracket. I think the other poster conveniently forgot there is a DVI and HDMI port on the main bracket, and if you want another VGA port you can always buy a DVI to VGA adapter for like 3 bucks. I think that poster forgot how cheap this card is, and how little profit the manufacturer sees from this kind of card. C'mon, it has three different video outputs and is an HD5xxx series, that's wonderful for this pricepoint!

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Intel Celeron E1500 Conroe Dual-Core 2.2GHz LGA 775 65W Desktop Processor BX80557E1500
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Awesome bargain cpu...but... 01/06/2010

This review is from: Intel Celeron E1500 Conroe Dual-Core 2.2GHz LGA 775 65W Desktop Processor BX80557E1500

Pros: 65nm dual core for under $50 shipped... the actual cpu power used is well under 65w, it stays nice and cool with it's stock cooler (for a stock cooler, that is), the hsf is not very noisy at all for a stock cooler, the multiplier is open from 6x to 11x...

the particular CPU I got actually runs at 1200(300 actual)x10 (3GHz) on default voltage with stock heatsink stable and error free with 24 hours of prime95, that is one heck of an overclock, not many CPUs have ever gotten that high let alone with stock volts and heatsink.

Cons: The CPU only has 512KB total L2 cache, that kinda stunts it's performance some... it does not support intel VT which is needed for 64 bit VMs and also windows 7's XP mode... the hsf has a quiet but slightly annoying ticking sound when being speed-controlled (it is the 3 pin non-PWM type), and the cpu is a bit outdated with the 65nm fab process.

Other Thoughts: I built a new system 3/1/2009 using this cpu and a gigabyte P43 based motherboard with the intention of upgrading the cpu when better 45nm duals and quads with vt got much cheaper. I gotta say I have been very impressed with this CPU. It was a great purchase.

The only real problem with this CPU is that (right now) you can get the E3200 wolfdale for $3 more, which has intel VT, 1MB L2 cache, 200MHz more stock speed, and seems to be able to be overclocked well over 3GHz on average with stock voltage and heatsink. This CPU was wonderful while I used it, but it is simply outclassed by the newer wolfdale. The wolfdale however is 45nm which requires a motherboard that supports 45nm processors - for older motherboards the cpu here is the best budget/overclocker choice by far.

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Display Name: Jacob C.

Date Joined: 11/18/04

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  • First Review: 03/17/05
  • Last Review: 10/27/12
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