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Oliver P.

Oliver P.

Joined on 12/30/05

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Most Favorable Review

Wow, room temperature case

Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-US-BA-WOPSU Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-US-BA-WOPSU Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: Excellent air flow, sturdy, beauitiful, HUGE, lots of expansion slots (front and rear), USB is flush on top of case

Cons: Loud, front intake fan not included, heavy.

Overall Review: Personally I normally don't care for how loud or quiet a case but this time I do. I knew from the start this case was going to be a little louder than normal so I bought a fan controller and trust me when I say that when I don't need the fans running full blast you won't even hear them. Other than the noise there is TONS of room to expand in this case more than you will probably every need. Now let’s talk cooling. First of all my three SATA hard drives NEVER get above room temp because the intake fan (purchased after market) runs right over the drives towards the PCI cards then is sucked out the back by another 120mm output fan. On the side there are two fans one positioned directly over the ram and the other over the CPU (perfect!). Whoever designed this case knew absolutely what they were doing!

Great Custom Build Mobo

Intel BOXD915GEVLK LGA 775 Intel 915G ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel BOXD915GEVLK LGA 775 Intel 915G ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Excellent PCIe 1x positioning, easy to install, manual gives clear instructions for the front headers, Intel board + Intel CPU = less problems

Cons: My X800's (not a dual slot card) heat sink does not take up the closet PCI slot however it does not allow enough clearance to allow air to pass between the cards.

Overall Review: Other than the PCIe 16x problem this board provides a host of features for those not wanting the complexity of a full blown gaming board but who still want to expand from the original setup.

Excellent!

CORSAIR 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model VS2GBKIT533D2
CORSAIR 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model VS2GBKIT533D2

Pros: Low low cost compared to most dual channel kits, trusted brand name (Corsair), matched pairs, good timings

Cons: No heatsink

Overall Review: I bought two of these kits and installed them both (4GB total) onto my mobo and trust me when I say the results were astonishing. The only thing that I noticed a tad bit odd was that in windows the two kits running in dual channel mode show up as 2.87GB I went back with some benchmarking and it (and many other programs) displayed the full 4GB. What I discovered is that 2.87GB goes towards PROGRAMS ONLY and the other half goes towards system level (kernal) apps. In the end this setup will prove beneficial to almost any PC.

Wow

Intel Pentium 4 540J - Pentium 4 Prescott Single-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 775 Processor - BX80547PG3200EJ
Intel Pentium 4 540J - Pentium 4 Prescott Single-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 775 Processor - BX80547PG3200EJ

Pros: Easy to install, excellent stock fan and heatsink, A+ support from Intel, price

Cons: Heat

Overall Review: Compared to an older part that I had (consumer P4) this CPU runs faster, long, and most importantly it is more stable. The instructions included with the product are top notch even for a first time user. If you end up purchasing this CPU and do not plan on overclocking then by all means USE THE STOCK FAN AND HEATSINK! It is more than enough to keep your processor running cool at all times.