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MSI N8400GS-D1GD3H/LP GeForce 8400 GS 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Thinner than I believed, and the low profile plate that was included works fine with the low profile chassis of a Dell Dimension C521. Quiet and not too hot. Works prefectly with the latest GPU drivers available directly via NVIDIA (MSI's via the website are outdated, as are those on the included CD-ROM)

Cons: The ribbon cable for the VGA port out is just barely long enough to allow for compatibility with the low profile brackets on one side (right) of the DVI low profile bracket. This turned out to be unnecessary, as I only needed to use the DVI-D out. However, it looked like a potential weakness in working with the existing layout of the PCIe-x16 slot on an older motherboard

Other Thoughts: This was a tremendous value for the money, especially after MSI rebate, for improving on the inadequate integrated graphics (NVIDIA 6150 LE) coulpled with an AMD™ Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core processor on a Dell Dimension C521. After finding that I needed only the DVI-D output to the monitor, and several reboots to install the latest graphic drivers, the monitor is working really well at it's native resolution of 1440x900 pixes, under 32-bit Vista. It's perfectly fine for the basic needs of the desktop machine in which it's installed, for a non-power-user.

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Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR800D2K2/2GR
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This fit very well inside the low profile chassis of a Dell Dimension C521 with AMD™ Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core processor.

Cons: The RAM modules are themselves low profile, and don't provide a great deal of leverage to push down into the DIMM channel.

Other Thoughts: I use this to upgrade from 2x512MB slower sticks that were installed as stock in a Dell Dimension C521, circa 2007. Doing this upgrade really breathed new life into an adequate desktop machine running 32-bit Vista, but getting taxed by modern antivirus and voice recognition software. I will probably place another order for this exact model, for the long haul on this no-frills basic workstation.

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TOSHIBA Satellite Pro L300-EZ1004X NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T5870 (2.00GHz) 1GB Memory 160GB HDD Intel GMA X3100 15.4
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Lighter, faster, as rigid and with as straightforward a design compared to the Toshiba Satellite M35-S456 from 2004 this replaced. Forward-facing SD card slot and easier to reach WiFi switch. Larger touch pad area. Responsive keyboard. Quiet fan with sensible power management software.

Cons: Unimpressive battery life unless the screen is turned way down and multitasking abandoned. The digital volume control (linked to software) is a bit annoying and the sound quality is lacking. The touch pad buttons are a little too resistant, and could be deeper. This is mostly a desktop replacement and not a multi-media wonder.

Other Thoughts: Upgraded with another 1GB RAM DIMM and did all the necessary updates to keep Win-XP in good health. I wasn't really looking to replace my M35-S456, but by considering the added value of updating it to this L300 (3x processor speed, 2x bus speed, 2x HDD, faster HDD, 2x RAM, same screen, 4x shared video RAM) at about 1/3 the purchase price, this seemed very reasonable. My family now has two of this exact model and everyone is very happy with them.

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Christopher W.'s Profile

Display Name: Christopher W.

Date Joined: 08/21/08

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 09/19/08
  • Last Review: 12/03/12
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