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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card ( 100292DDR3L)
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Easy to set up with the install disk, or downloaded "new" Catalyst software recognizes it immediately.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Several people have stated that it runs hot, which it does. But the temperature on mine has always stayed in range. That said, I went ahead and added a small 5v fan to the front side of the cooling fins. Now, it runs cooler and I don't have to be paranoid about it overheating.

I have used this same card in three computers. I don't mean different cards, it is the same card. I like it, so I do not see any reason to buy another one when I upgrade my computer.

The computer that I use this in is used to stream movies and such to my 46in TV. The picture is 1080 and the audio is great. The only system that I couldn't get the audio to work was an old HP with XP on it. I just used the audio out on that computer and it worked really well for three years.

I also use the TV computer to play songs through my stereo. It's easier than changing CDs, and I have a few thousand to choose from. It is also just cool to have a 46in computer monitor with a great picture. :)

If this thing ever goes on sale AND has a rebate, I would like to buy a couple more of them to put in my other computers.

I don't know how this card would do with games as th only games I play are the simple few that come with Windows. But for what I use it for, I would definitely recommend it.

I have used the card in the following machines.

Home Built Unit
HP DC 7700
HP DC 7900
HP Elite 8000
Dell Optiplex 740
Dell Optiplex 380

It is presently in the Dell 380 which is running Windows 7 Ultimate with 4 GBs of memory. I don't need a super computer to stream ballgames and movies. What I have does a great job.

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WD BLACK SERIES WD1003FZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Fast - Quiet

Cons: None yet. It has a five year warranty. WD drives are usually pretty good.

Other Thoughts: I had a bad experience with one of the 1.5 TB "Green" drives a while back, but WD replaced it quickly. The old MAXTOR drives were built like tanks. I still have two of them that are now 12 years old (as of 09/14). No defects whatsoever. Still reads perfectly and tests perfectly after all these years. :)

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WL 250GB 7200RPM 8MB Cache ATA/100 IDE PATA 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: N/A

Cons: It seemed to be very quiet at first, but the more I use it the louder it gets.

Other Thoughts: I have a lot of backups on this drive that will be transferred as soon as possible. It was good for a few weeks, but I think it won't last long.

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Johnny L.'s Profile

Display Name: Johnny L.

Date Joined: 10/28/04

  • Reviews: 34
  • Helpfulness: 15
  • First Review: 12/27/07
  • Last Review: 06/12/15
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