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Cynthia T.

Cynthia T.

Joined on 03/20/09

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Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 - Core 2 Quad Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 775 95W Processor - BX80580Q9400
Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 - Core 2 Quad Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 775 95W Processor - BX80580Q9400

Pros: Runs much cooler than the Q6600. Overclocked easily to 3.6GHz on a Gigabyte-P45-UD3R

Cons: There are less expensive CPUs with the same or better overclockability and performance ratings.

Great.

Acer V213HBJbd 21.5" 1920 x 1080 D-Sub, DVI LCD Monitor
Acer V213HBJbd 21.5" 1920 x 1080 D-Sub, DVI LCD Monitor

Pros: Exactly what I was looking for to match my slightly older and not in production Acer monitor.

Cons: 1 stuck pixel that cleared up after a few resets. Not really a con just an observation.

Works.

Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC 7mm Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT128M4SSD1
Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC 7mm Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT128M4SSD1

Pros: Faster than listed with new firmware version, no issues so far.

Cons: None.

MSI Laptop AMD Athlon X2 QL-62 (2.00GHz) 4GB Memory 250GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT 15.4" Windows Vista Home Premium GX630-028US
MSI Laptop AMD Athlon X2 QL-62 (2.00GHz) 4GB Memory 250GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT 15.4" Windows Vista Home Premium GX630-028US

Pros: Nice and sleek looking, thinner and lighter with better performance than many laptops in this price range. Graphics card is very nice and eats almost everything without flinching. Documentation is well written. Initial install of Vista went flawlessly.

Cons: Too many stickers everywhere that leave gunk behind when removed. Took me 15-20 min with some rubbing alcohol to remove it all.

Overall Review: After considering several laptops up to $1000. We settled on this. There just isnt any other laptop on the market right now that offers comparable performance at this price.

APEVIA CVT48 9.5 in. 4 Pin P4 /12V  to 8 Pin P8 /12V Power Supply Converter Cable Female to Male
APEVIA CVT48 9.5 in. 4 Pin P4 /12V to 8 Pin P8 /12V Power Supply Converter Cable Female to Male

Pros: It works. It's sleeved. It's inexpensive.

Cons: Absolutely none.

Overall Review: This is exactly what you want if you have an older PSU and upgrading your motherboard to something like the Gigabyte-P45-UD3r.

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Absolutely flawless operation so far. I've had this board running a Q9400 @ 3.6GHz at full load with Prime95 for a week now. Not a single error. Oodles of BIOS options, lots of SATA and USB ports. Comes with a full set of cables and other sundry extras.

Cons: CPU power connector is in a tight location, very hard to get to in cramped enclosures, especially after the HSF is mounted. The enclosed driver DVD was completely unreadable on several PCs. You might want to download the board's software from Gigabyte's website before installation just in case.

Overall Review: Note that this board uses a 8pin CPU power connector. Make sure your PSU has such a connector or order one along with the board.