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Brian B.

Brian B.

Joined on 11/10/06

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Eyefinity WHO?

Matrox Graphics eXpansion Module TripleHead2Go Digital video converter T2G-D3D-IF
Matrox Graphics eXpansion Module TripleHead2Go Digital video converter T2G-D3D-IF

Pros: Duh... three monitors! Even if you NEVER played a game using a tripple wide screen set up the productivity value of having three different screens opened at once makes you giggle like a 5 year old. But, I did purchase this especially for gaming and I have had a blast with it. The list of native support for wide screen gaming is large and there are about 210 supported games. It was easy to set up, pretty much plug and play, but learning how to set up your screen resolutions takes some hit and miss trial and error with and end result that really makes it all worth it. Tech support (free) was there for me (after the second try). The first guy was a bit short with me and not so friendly, but after my set up issues ticked me off I called again and got much better service. The tech used a remote service and was able to change all my settings for me to get me started.

Cons: Conflicts occur in every bit of hardware and this one is no different. The tech support said it was my 8800GTS 512/drivers having issues with the T2G. When I would activate some games my monitors would flash on and off with a quick image on the screen but leave me only with all black screens. I know that every piece of hardware is not friendly with others, but I thought that my video card was around long enough that driver issues would be resolved by now. NOT.

Overall Review: Look, if your waiting for one of those EyeFinity cards that supports tripple monitors for gaming then maybe that is a solution for you, but read up before you buy. They are having issues with game support too so dont buy before you investigate. If you are like me, having my midlife crisis toy purchasing craze or a part time gamer and computer junky and want to get the latest and greatest cool thing... THIS is the time to buy! Even though Im a bit bummed out that support for games and driver/hardware conflicts are there in some small cases, this is still a no brainer. If your a flight sim guy and have NOT moved on to the tripple monitors... you must be living in a cave and its time to evolve and pull the trigger and get started with this product (and a couple more monitors). And of course... ALL HAIL NEWEGG FOR THEIR SPEEDY SHIPPING AND GREAT SERVICE... WHY BUY ANYWHERE ELSE!

Just Do It

EVGA GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 512-P3-N841-AR
EVGA GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 512-P3-N841-AR

Pros: Ran Crysis on all HIGH settings (but no AA) with only a few lag issues here and there, but comepletely playable and still sweet to see. At this new price it is a no brainer unless you are the fortunate few who have money to burn.

Cons: Heat of course. Not so much a "Con" but a general fact of life when we talk about GPU's. Before manually taking turning the GPU fan up to 100%, using nTune, the card cooked up to a toasty 74C (165F ish). Turning the fan up sounds like you are ready for lift off in Apollo 13, but not a real problem especially if you game using a headset.

Overall Review: Experiance and advise from some people in the industry advised me to avoid SLI if I can and buy the fastes single card I could afford. Friend has two of these SLI with only about a 12 to 15% boost in performance. I know, I know.. depends on alot of things. Just saying that the card does great on its own and on a budget. Spend your savings along with a little more cahsola to upgrade your CPU and give this card a try.

Dont miss out on this deal ! ! !

Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC22G6400LLK
Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC22G6400LLK

Pros: Fast and stable now for 2 years. I just purchased another 2 gigs for the astounding price of $72.99 (WOW) with a $42 rebate. Dont hesitate... just buy some. Needless to say, prices drop over time. I originally bought this 2 gig set for $289.99 2 years ago. Needless to say, its time to go to 4 gigs with a price like this. Im and avid gamer and this ram rocks.

Cons: Zero...

Overall Review: Patriot was nice enough to honor the rebate when I bought the ram the first time. I know there are those of you who never see their rebates, but I have had great luck with Patriot. It may not be a "trusted" brand to many of you but my experience has made me a believer in their product. I realize its not the fastest speed out there, but It definitely holds its own!

Saweeet!

EVGA GeForce 7900GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card 256-P2-N624-AR
EVGA GeForce 7900GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card 256-P2-N624-AR

Pros: Easy install as usual with most cards. Matched with EVGA 680I MOBO and 2gig of ram, 750 wat p/s and Core2 6600 2.4. Just ran 3Dmark03 and scored 19,667 without any tweeks and stock driver. Now that ROCKS!

Cons: none so far... come on 19,667 3Dmark03 ... what could be bad.

Overall Review: Price is coming down. Dont worry about what is bundled with it.... just buy it for the cards performance at the price.

11/17/2006

Buyer Beware

APEVIA X-Navigator ATXA9NW-AL/500 Black/ Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply
APEVIA X-Navigator ATXA9NW-AL/500 Black/ Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

Pros: Nice looking case and plenty of LED lighting. It brightens up even the darkest room! LOTs of room for upgraded power supply just short of putting in a Kilowatt which is a problem with many cases. For a mid tower.. its plenty big with room for your extras. It is a bit heavy but that makes it feel sturdy. Has fold out legs but you wont need them. Super quiet fans and manual control works fine!

Cons: Front door is very flimsy. Use caution that you dont bang or bump into it when its open. The hinges will break easy! Did I say the front door is flimsy... just checkin cuz it is! BIGGEST downfall is not the case but the power supply that it comes with. The 500watt supply is advertised as ATX but it does not have the right pins for some of the current SLI boards. I needed 8 pin connect for MOBO and 6 pin connect for PCIe card which the Power supply did NOT have. When I removed the p/s to replace it I discovered it was very light weight and certainly bargan basement leftovers. So, dont buy this case for the power supply. You WILL have to upgrade it if you have a newer MOBO. Tried to call the APEVIA to verify the p/s connectors but never got through cuz of the impossible wait time. BUYER BEWARE

Overall Review: Nice looking for plastic case front. Quiet and bright! The instructions for building are on the side of the box and you will need to pay STEP by STEP attention to them for the LED connection. It can be confusing if you dont pay attention.

11/17/2006