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Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 Yorkfield Quad-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 775 95W BX80569Q9650 Desktop Processor
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5 out of 5 eggs Now this is fast. And it doesn't require a mortgage 01/03/2009

This review is from: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 Yorkfield Quad-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 775 95W BX80569Q9650 Desktop Processor

Pros: Fastest Quad-Core in the Core 2 line up that doesn't cause $1000 or more. Definitely a CPU for a gaming rig.

Cons: Probably just the fact that it's multiplier is locked compared to it's Extreme Edition brother.

Other Thoughts: This is the first Intel CPU I've ever bought to build a system and the first one I've used in a system in over ten years. Been using AMD all that time. It makes more since to buy this than it's Extreme Edition brethren if you don't plan to overclock since it has identical performance.

BFG Tech GeForce GTX 280 DirectX 10 BFGEGTX2801024E 1GB 512-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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Pros: This card is what the 9800 GTX SHOULD HAVE been. It's fast, has plenty of memory, and doesn't run any warmer than the 8800 GTX did.

Cons: Really wished nVidia's Vista x64 drivers were a little more stable. City of Heroes loves to freeze (untill I downgraded the drivers a few versions) and the nTune utilities will cause BSOD.

Other Thoughts: Great card... just don't use the 184 drivers with it.

ASUS P5E3 Deluxe/WiFi-AP LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard
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4 out of 5 eggs Great Board, but needs better Wifi 01/03/2009

This review is from: ASUS P5E3 Deluxe/WiFi-AP LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: ASUS has always made excellent products and this board is no exception. It features pleanty of memory, USB, network, and SATA expandibility and great memory, CPU, and audio flexibility. It also comes with many of ASUS's fantastic conntectors and plates that make installing and connecting this board easier than most out there. It also minimizes or lacks some of the older technologies like PATA/IDE which help to reduce clutter on the board. This is definitly another great board great board from ASUS.

Cons: This board isn't without it's problems. The first issue is the age of the BIOS software on the board. Once the system is assebled, the BIOS should be flashed to the latest version as soon as possible. This is especially true if you are going to use any of the Quad-Core or newer 45nm CPUs. The Wi-Fi network adapter is also not as reliable as it should be. I have experienced sub-par performance and stability with the wi-fi adapter. Another complaint is the fact that one of the built-in Gigabit ethernet adapters is connected PCI bus rather than the PCIe bus, adding a performance overhead. Other than these few complains, the board is reliable over all and even runs cool. I currently have it in a Lian Li case that has it inverse mounted and it still runs cooler than my the QuadFather rig that it replaced.

Other Thoughts: This baord really seems to have too many PCIe x16 slots... two seems enough, and I really would one day like to see a board like this in a microATX form factor (with fewer PCIe x16 slots and NO integrated graphics of course).


Matthew H.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew H.

Date Joined: 12/08/05

  • Reviews: 12
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  • First Review: 12/30/05
  • Last Review: 01/03/09
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