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ASUS VE247H Black 23.6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Nice size
bright backlight
multiple connector types

Cons: Like many other reviewers, both digital connections on my monitor would gain and lose signal every few seconds, rendering them useless

Asus' idea of an RMA process is to get you to send them your defective product, shelve it for a month somewhere you can't pronounce, then send it back to you claiming inability to replicate the problem

Furthermore, their service staff couldn't be bothered to read my correspondence, forcing me to write, rewrite, and explain the obvious four times.

Now they want to charge me a $10 processing fee to replace a monitor I have owned for months, but never got to use, and which the few intelligent support staffers I spoke to agreed was clearly defective.

Other Thoughts: When a customer tells you he's tried, separately and collectively, 6 computers, 8 video cards, over a dozen cables, and multiple driver releases and each had the same issues, you really shouldn't treat him like an idiot.
Will never buy an ASUS monitor again

ARCTIC Alpine 64 GT Rev. 2 CPU Cooler - AMD, Supports Multiple Sockets, 80mm PWM Fan at 22dBA
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap
Easy Install
Outperforms most AMD coolers
Effectively cools cpus above recommended die power
Pre-applied thermal seems decent

Cons: A little tricky to uninstall
Plastic tabs are a little more fragile than steel

Other Thoughts: Have used 5 of these on socket 754, 939, AM2, even AM3, and they are cooler and quieter than stock AMD coolers were, even on a couple cpus above maximum approved wattage.

BIOSTAR NM70I-847 Intel Celeron 847 1.1GHz 2C/2T BGA1023 Intel NM70 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Inexpensive
Fast -see other thoughts
Decent features

Cons: 1.1ghz frequency means home server 2011 won't install, even though this chip is fast enough to handle it.
Intel onboard video isn't perfect, but still does most stuff okay.

Other Thoughts: I'm an AMD fan, mostly, -bias alert- but experimenting with this little number has me looking harder at Intel rigs.
Tech specs aside, this is roughly as fast on Win 7 as an Athlon X2 4400+, even though it's exactly half the actual cpu frequency. RAM speed may play a small factor here, but the only significant hardware difference is cpu architecture. I knew Intel had an edge in this area, but never considered it worth the expense to buy a rig until now. Glad to see they have an affordable option with decent performance.


Ian B.'s Profile

Display Name: Ian B.

Date Joined: 11/23/03

  • Reviews: 22
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  • First Review: 09/03/06
  • Last Review: 04/03/14
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