Date Joined: 03/06/13
Pros: I've had this for over a year and have had no problems whatsoever in terms of malfunctioning hardware. This card tears through most games on ultra. The overclocking on this is lacking. The highest I can get the core clock to run in 1090 and mem at 1510. A good investment overall, should last another year or so.
Cons: This two cards in one, so games that aren't optimized for Xfire won't utilize the full functionality of the hardware, meaning you have been dubbed down to a single 290 basically.
The power consumption is something I'll mention as well, but what do you except for fast.
Overall Review: I would not recommend getting a dual GPU on one PCB, it seems until they optimize all games for XFIRE. Get one really good card.
Pros: It was the most awesome trackball I have had in a long time.
Cons: After 6 months of use the buttons refused to work properly (they would get stuck). The trackball laser itself died shortly after that....
Overall Review: I would NOT recommend this product as it only has a 6-12month lifespan.... and for 50bucks?!
Pros: Used this on a few builds so far and I gotta say, this stuff is amazing. I saw temps drop by about 20C (Using the stock thermal compound.)
Very NICE consistency.
Very easy to use.
Cons: Maybe a con for some, but they come with no instructions - you must go to the website and look them up. It's pretty self-explanatory.
As others users posted, this stuff dries rather quickly and becomes cement. Make sure you have everything all prepared and ready to install!
Overall Review: Really good stuff - glad I bought a bunch.
Arctic Silver 5 is nice too, but for the amount/price you get this better for overall general use.
Pros: Used this to replace a dying 7750 Kuma.
I got to say, there is a noticeable increase in overall system performance. Not to mention this only uses 65W compared to the 95W of the Kuma.
The stock speed is just fine for me the way it is. I am sure this thing can OC to 4GHz no problem.
Overall Review: I used this to replace a dying AM2+ processor. Really good buy for your buck.
Pros: Its a fan and heatsink. I needed one after the stock one broke.
It looks cool.
Cons: This thing is junk. It keeps my 3.2 P4 at 70c idle. The stock fan was better than this believe it or not.
This thing is very LOUD.
Overall Review: Bottom line, due to the loudness and lack luster heat dissipation of this product - it's junk. I could have rigged a better heat sink and fan..
Pros: Bought four of these to replace an aging exhaust fans on a P4 System.
* They are dirt cheap.
* They work.
* Not loud.
* Easy Installation.
Cons: I should have done my research more, as these do not contain LED's.
Poor air flow. (Then again, these are 80MM and they are not Delta's ; which are LOUD)
Overall Review: I would not buy these again. I honeslty can't see myself buying 80MM fans any more. They lack CFM of decent air flow and are usaully louder.
Pros: I needed a PCI display adapter to help breath some life into an old P4 system with out APG.
In other words - this was perfect for what I needed.
Yes, it does play games - mostly pre 2006 - OK.
Should work in most vintage computers with a PCI slot.
Cons: If I were to say this was a slow card, I'd be right. However, I did not get this card for extreme gaming or video editing.
Overall Review: Works great for turning your old computer into a HTPC.
This went into a P4 Hackintosh System.
Pentium 4 3.2 GHz/800Mhz/1MB
4GB DDR 400 Kingston (4 X 1GB)
MSI 865PE Neo2-S
Sparkle GeForce 8400GS 512MB PCI w HDMI Port
1 X 400Gb Western Digital SATA I
1 X 250Gb Western Digital SATA I
1 X 80Gb Maxtor IDE Drive
1 X 30Gb Maxtor IDE Drive
1 X CD-RW Drive IDE
1 X DVD-ROM Drive IDE
Pros: Good basic motherboard. Supports functionality for both DDR2 & 3 technologies. Supports AM2+/AM3+ If you play your cards right, this board will make an entry level PC using older parts a good investment. Just reuse the board when you get a new proc/ram.
This board was perfect for what I needed it for. (HTPC)
Cons: The only bad thing I could say about his is - 95 W CPU support only. However, there is a 125W model. (More $$)
Con/Pro - While, this board contains DIMMS for both DDR2/DDR3 tech, there is no way to fully utilize all 4 DIMMS at once.
Limited DDR2 Support. BIOS has really funky option to configure DDR Volatge.
(You must choose from a list and hope the old memory you have isn't over 2.14 volts)
Overall Review: Good solid board. Good for a basic build. Runs Linux nicley.
Pros: Does what its supposed too.
This is the 4th one i have purchased for a customer, They all work great.
Overall Review: If you're one of those people who need to have a optical drive. This is it.
Optical media = the next floppy disk.
Pros: Looks cool. It's cheap. Really quiet.
Cons: Mine came with bent fins that I had to straighten out. I don't really think this better than the stock cooler I had. The processor runs about 5 degrees hotter than the stock one did. (I was using a 8350 stock cooler on a 7750 Kuma - just plain loud)
Overall Review: The main reason I got this was not for over clocking or anything intense. I had a client that was complaining about the noise level so I got this. No complaints so far from customer.
It is rather wide. It almost touches the first stick of memory.
This is a good product. Has very limited uses though. I would recommend this for any HTPC/LP setup.
Pros: It's a really cheap case (on sale for 20 bucks) Very very, basic. It works though. Comes with motherboard mounts and such.
Cons: Flimsy! Don't put any real weight on it!
Overall Review: All in all good for a basic build.
Pros: Smaller than excepted. It's plug and play with most distros of Linux.
Cons: None for 20 bucks.
Pros: Works. I needed a DVI-D for another monitor. Worked no prob.
Overall Review: I should have bought a longer cable.
Pros: Low CAS. Snappy, snappy RAM! Like most users I had to set it from 1333 to 1866. I used the XMP profile and bumped the the FSB up a bit and bam! Instant OC. Running them stable at 1929
Cons: None really.
Overall Review: Want to get another pair - but now that's just overkill.
Pros: This is amazing! Eight/Six Cores w/e people - this thing will blow you away, well for the price range that is. Got this to overclock to 4.9Ghz on a CORSAIR H80 and man, does this thing run cool. 17c IDLE and roughly about 43c @ 100% using PRIME95. Upgraded from a 965 BE.
Cons: Hmm, I really can't complain for the price of this. This is very impressive.
Overall Review: Don't even bother with the stock heatsink. For something of this level of computing power, I wouldn't really get all mad about some cruddy little stock fan. This thing should really be used with a HIGH performance air cooler if you don't plan to OC. If you plan to OC, then I would recommend an EXTREME performance liquid CPU cooler block.
Pros: These are the first 10,00RPM HDDS I have had. Bought two and have them configured in a RAID 0. YIKES! FAST!
Cons: None. You can say mechanical or price to gigabyte, but these are sick mcnasty sauce.
Overall Review: Some people where stating that they haven't noticed a difference from a 7200 WD Caviar BLACK - Well, duh! Seeing as is only 1,800 rpms faster, it would be such a small difference. These perform BEST when running a RAID 0/5/10 configs. They are other options in Windows to enable higher R/W
Pros: Popped this on top of my 8350 (running it stock really no need to OC, it's already stupid fast) Keeps idle temps at 10-12c. 41c max running prime 95. I didn't even need the installation manual - anyone who has half a brain should be able to install this. I was also shocked that it was refurbished, it came brand new.
Cons: installation, if your'e not experienced in, well building computers. It does 'jet' out quite a bit if you install both fans on the radiator.
Overall Review: Take your time installing this. MEASURE your case! This is worth it. I was going to get the h100, (refurb one is on new egg for bout 10bucks cheaper than this) but there's just that certain point where everything is overkill and space.
Pros: Wow, I just got this today. The first thing I have to say is the quality of this board is just ridiculous! I upgraded from an asus m3a79-t deluxe popped in a 8350 along with G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB 18666. The UEFI BIOS is just wow. I can't believe I thought the old BIOS was cool. Overclocking the memory and proc is a breeze. This BIOS give you ULTIMATE control. PCIe 3.0! I highly recommend this to a power user/gamer.
Cons: The only problem I can possibly see is depending on the case you have - the heatsinks on the board are just so massive that it may interfere with after market cooling systems. (i.e liquid coolers.) I fit my H80 no prob.
Overall Review: This board will keep you in the loop for the next couple years, until they come out with DDR4 or some other outrageously fast tech. In all honesty this thing is a power house, I highly doubt you will burn up the board. BUY IT!!!
On a side note don't use the ASUS PSU calc - it's junk. It reccommend that I get a 1200w PSU. I'm using a 750w and its perfect.
ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0
16GB G.Skill 1866mhz (8x2)
SAPPHIRE RADEON 7850 2GB (2x)
2X WD RAPTOR 500GB (RAID 0)
2X WD Caviar Black 500GB (2x)
1x ST Barracuda 320GB
COSAIR H80 Liquid CPU COOLER
Pros: This thing is huge. It's so big it's almost a full tower. The cable management grommets are such an improvement over using duct tape. This case is defiantly worth the money. The whole case is aesthetically pleasing. The air flow is superb. Fits my H80 perfectly on the rear. Had no problems at all with this case.
Cons: Heavy!! I would not recommend this to someone who is building their first computer, i consider this to be a little advanced.
Overall Review: I would recommend this to any power user. So far I only have 5 HDDs. Lots of room to expand, depending on your motherboard. If you take your time you won't regret it.
Pros: This thing is amazing! I currently have it OC'd to 4.2. (268 X 15.50 @ 1.41v) Idles at 35c with a Thermaltake CL-P0456 140mm CPU Cooler (I bought back in '08). Highest load on Prime95 is 57c. Using a Scythe SY1225SL12SH as an rear exhaust and one 80mm Delta fan above DIMM slots. (ripped it off an old stock AMD cpu heatsink.) I honestly think this can go way higher than this.
Cons: None really. It is old, but it crushes everything I throw at it.
Overall Review: I'm currently wait on a Corsair H80 CPU cooler to see if I can attain higher clock speeds
AMD 965BE II X4 @ 4.2 Ghz
ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe
8GB DDR2 1066 (due to hardware limitations was only able to oc to 1100)
CORSAIR HX750 PSU
X2 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB (970 Core 1365 MemClk)
Pros: It works. Very efficient. Somewhat modular. The extra cable bag is extremely useful. Comes with black screws. The badge is cool.
Cons: Way over rated. This power supply is WAY over priced. The cables do feel kinda cheap. wth is with the bag? It's like some cheap knock off of a Crown Royal bag. And why would I even need that bag after I installed it? There was a LOT of stuff to throw away after.
Overall Review: Honestly, it's a good power supply. It's just way too over priced. They get people all hyped up about how quiet it is... All the previous power supplies I've had were quieter than my GFX cards.
In conclusion, would I buy this again? No. Pricey and hyped up for nothing special. Go full modular or ThermalTake.
Pros: Wow really quiet upgrade from a Scythe SY1225SL12SH 120mm.
Cons: Can't think of none.
Overall Review: Some people complain that it has a molex connector... just pull it out.
Pros: This is following my previous review.
These are great!
See Other Thoughts.
Cons: See Other Thoughts.
Overall Review: Like most people, I had trouble getting the sticks to run at 1066. The system was only recognizing it as DDR2 800. Work around solution - overclocked system by 30% with a multiplier of X16.00 (4.03Ghz) this in turn achieves a higher DRAM timing. Then I had to adjust the DRAM timings manually and add additional voltage. (2.38) So I have been able to achieve a 1027 MHz clock.
Pros: I upgraded from a Sapphire 1GB 4870 and I gotta say, there is an incredible difference. The card is shorter and the dual fans seems to do their job efficiently at a really reasonable volume. There is some room to OC this card if you really want to squeeze all your money's worth.
Plays Skyrim and FarCry 3 beautifully on Ultra High.
Cons: can't think of any for now.
Overall Review: want to buy another for crossfire.
Pros: The power supply actually worked.
Came with all the screws.
The one I received looked brand new with no dings or dents.
Cons: Cheap, VERY flimsy.
Had to put a HDD in Optical drive in order to accommodate a slave.
Not sure how long PSU will last; Diablotek PSU's are usually junk.
Overall Review: For the price this is a steal if you want to take a gamble on that PSU, which I did. You can get better Case/PSU combos that are actually reliable for a few more bucks.