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ASUS VB Series VB198T-P Black 19
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I needed a standard format monitor to go into a PC driven arcade cabinet. Since CRTs are extremely difficult to come by, I went with a standard format LCD instead.

The picture quality is excellent on the monitor with great color saturation and darker blacks for an LCD. Pictures don't look washed out, I actually even had to turn the brightness down as it was at a really intense brightness out of the box. Great screen refresh timing so no blurring of moving images with the DVI connection on my system that I could see.

Has built in speakers

The monitor supports both DVI and VGA inputs should you still need analog support.

This also supports VESA mounting brackets which was another requirement for my specific use type, although you can use the provided stand.

If you need a standard format monitor, you would be hard pressed to do better than this monitor.

Cons: It's only a 19" display, I wish you could economically get larger standard format LCD displays.

Seems like a lot of money compared to 20-23+" widescreen monitors cost these days. Purely a supply/demand thing I'm sure.

Not a fan of the OSD setup menus. Feels a little cumbersome to use, although personal preference and really nit-picky for this. You don't have to use it often though, so not a huge deal.

The built in speakers are not very high quality compared to what you could get with a small cost investment. Pretty comparable to low cost/OEM throw-in type desk speakers. It'll get the job done, and worked well for testing/installing the OS. You don't buy a monitor for sound though, so it's not something to drop an egg with the rating.

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Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Must have for system builders 10/26/2009

This review is from: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G

Pros: Title says it all, better thermal compound is a must-buy component when assembling systems. Using better thermal compound will typically drop your CPU temp ~5°C over the standard paste that comes on fans, even with a stock cooler.

Cons: Pretty small tube. You don't need a ton of it, although you won't get many uses out of a single tube.

Other Thoughts: This material is conductive, so be sure to keep it off of contacts.

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ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Great Micro ATX board! 10/26/2009

This review is from: ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: -Supports all the AM3 chips on DDR2 being an AM2+ board
-Has easy overclocking abilities, including ACC to unlock cores on your CPU
-Supports up to three USB 2.0 expansions
-Great board for media center systems
-Supports Hybrid SLI if you have an ATI PCI-E video card that does also.

Cons: -Did not pick up settings for G.Skill F2-8500CL5D-4GBPQ RAM correctly, required manual change
-On-board video is underpowered for current higher end games
-No front panel Firewire or USB 3.0

Other Thoughts: -Micro ATX, so no SLI/Crossfire, not much expansion card room.
-ASUS US website is very slow for driver downloads
-For those ordering F2-8500CL5D-4GBPQ RAM, these are the settings I used to actually get DDR2-1066 instead of the detected DDR2-800 (Pulled from G.Skill forums):

Memory Clock Mode Manual
Memclock Value 533mHz
DRAM Timing Mode DCT 0
TCL 5 CLK
TRCD 5 CLK
TRP 5 CLK
tTRP 3-5 CLK
TRAS 15 CLK
TRC 41 CLK
tWR 8 CLK
TRRD 6 CLK
tRWTT0 Auto
tWRRD Auto
tWTR 6 CLK
tWRWR Auto
tRDRD Auto
tRFC0 127.5 ns
tRFC1 127.5 ns
tRFC2 Auto
tRFC3 Auto

Memory OVER Voltage 2.01000

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Bryan B.'s Profile

Display Name: Bryan B.

Date Joined: 10/03/05

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 10/22/09
  • Last Review: 05/06/14
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