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VisionTek 900530 Radeon HD 5450 512MB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Ultra Low Power - Lowest TDP of any Modern Video Card
2560x1440 Goodness on DisplayPort and DVI Ports
Triple Play Glory on One Divine Graphics Card
HTPC Nirvana - Silent and Strong Home Theatre PC Card

Cons: Poor Gaming, but ask me if I care - No 600+ Watt PS required
DisplayPort 5450 models cost more

Other Thoughts: Unless your a gamer, this is still the card to beat and amazingly it has been for about 5 years. If you want The Triple Play/3 Monitor Utopia then make sure your 5450 card has DisplayPort. VisionTek has very good tech support.

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iView 3500STBII Multi-Function Digital Converter Box with Recording and Media Playback
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs NICE OTA TUNER + DVR (Turns Monitor into HDTV with DVR support) 03/21/2014

This review is from: iView 3500STBII Multi-Function Digital Converter Box with Recording and Media Playback

Pros: Great price for OTA tuner + DVR! NIce, solid remote controI. I had a USB hard drive with several recorded shows on it. This unit picked them up. I did not even have to reformat anything. So if you have a formatted HD you could say that it is "plug and play" and DVR ready. Tuner is very good, but for OTA you may need a good antenna to pick up your marginal channels. You can pause a live show for about 20 minutes and come back and start watching where you left off. Not sure if that time can be lengthened or not? There is good support for product on the AVS Forum.

Cons: Only has 1 tuner. My USB drive did not turn off when unit was powered down so now I unplug USB at the same time that I power down the device, unless I have a recording scheduled in the immediate future. Even if your HDTV has a tuner you can still use this as a cheap, decent DVR for recording OTA shows in high definition. Not sure about cable, but it probably just records in the clear channels.

Other Thoughts: Online support for this unit + company seems to be user friendly regarding firmware updates. Not sure how much it can be improved on, need to do more research. For $35 I'm very satisfied, and hope the improvements keep coming.

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AMD Opteron 180 Denmark Dual-Core 2.4GHz Socket 939 110W Processor OSA180CDBOX
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Multi-tasker's dream come true. No more stuttering videos while surfing the web.

Cons: Have to buy used.

Other Thoughts: Now longer for sale but still a practical cpu.

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Display Name: Chris K.

Date Joined: 06/14/07

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 02/02/09
  • Last Review: 05/09/14
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