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Pros: Socket 775 is a dated platform, but even this architecture can deliver a considerable amount of punch with this quad-core low-power CPU. I replaced a Celeron E1400 with a Q8200S, and I saw better than three-fold gains in highly parallel tasks (media encoding).
Cons: If you really want to maximize performance, you would probably replace your motherboard. I worry more about replacing heatsinks and fans than the CPU itself.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: After years of operation with an Athlon X2 3800+, I was able to upgrade this in early 2014 with a used Athlon II X4 610e. The BIOS update made its recognition trouble-free.
Cons: Upgrading to a good volume of RAM was more troublesome, since it features only two DIMM slots, with a max of 8 GB. I opted for a pair of 2GB DIMMs for a total of 4 GB.
Other Thoughts: I appreciate items that just keep running. This one served as my daily PC for years but has served as a video compressor for the last two years. Now it will be a Linux box with respectable power courtesy of the new PC.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: LG NB2020A 2 CH Soundbar Single
Pros: This soundbar was very inexpensive (acquired at a box store sale for $50), and yet it delivers exactly what we were looking for: a way to clarify the sound from our minor-brand flat panel TV. We are glad to hear dialog again!
The soundbar is very low profile, and it adds only two wires to your TV stand (power and signal). Connecting the included optical cable was a matter of poking the connector into the back of the TV (make sure yours has an optical rather than RCA connection for digital audio) and then poking the other end into the only hole on the back of the speaker. Its auto-on and auto-off features essentially mean we can ignore its presence, other than when we adjust the volume.
Cons: The remote is a little larger and has a few more buttons that one might expect because it can also change channels on an LG television. The mute button for the TV may be mistaken for the mute button on the soundbar.
While an optical-only soundbar fills its purpose well, it does limit one from connecting an iPhone or a device that uses RCA for its digital output.