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Kelly G.

Kelly G.

Joined on 01/29/10

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Great card

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100245HDMI
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100245HDMI

Pros: Best card in the $100 price range right now, hands down. For someone playing at medium resolution (1280x1024), it's a great card for games such as TF2, Left 4 Dead, Fallout 3, BioShock and Modern Warfare 2. I was able to keep all of the special effects on, in addition to 'extra high' Textures in MW2 and maintain a steady 60FPS.

Cons: The card was DOA the first time; RMA took about 12 days, which I will guess is average. Sapphire loses an egg for the DOA card though.

Overall Review: When I got the second 4850, I installed it in the mobo as soon as I got it giddy like a child on Christmas morning. It didn't POST. I started going crazy until I opened up the case and noticed I forgot to plug in the 6-pin power connector in my haste. Plugged it in and it was butter from there. Gaming build: AMD x3 425 2.7GHz Triple-Core Sapphire HD 4850 WD 500GB Centurion 534+ CM 500w Corsair 2GB DDR3 1333 GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 Motherboard

Nice headphones

PLANTRONICS 79731-01 1 x microphone ( mini-phone 3.5 mm ) 1 x headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ) Connector Circumaural GameCom 377 Open-Ear Gaming Headset
PLANTRONICS 79731-01 1 x microphone ( mini-phone 3.5 mm ) 1 x headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ) Connector Circumaural GameCom 377 Open-Ear Gaming Headset

Pros: Excellent headphones for the price (got them around $20-$25 for Christmas 2010). I personally don't notice any sound issues; if you're an audiophile with a dedicated sound card and meticulously setup .flac music files, you're probably looking to spend a bit more on headphones anyways. Microphone is decent quality, with a nice comfortable adjustable fit.

Cons: Fuzz and dirt tend to collect very easily and often on the headphones in a house with a cat. Cleaning is not particularly difficult, just annoying. Headphones broke about 7 months into ownership when I went to grab them and they snagged on my chair. Headphones still work, but the left side no longer rests comfortable on my head. My fault, of course, but buyers should note that these headphones don't feel very sturdy in general, and aren't the kind you can get away with tossing around the room.

Overall Review: Overall, an excellent headset for the price for casual music listening and gaming, but if you're picky about your sound you might want to spend a little more.

Excellent Monitor

SAMSUNG 2333T High Glossy Black 23" 8ms Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR 50,000:1 (CR 4,000:1)
SAMSUNG 2333T High Glossy Black 23" 8ms Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR 50,000:1 (CR 4,000:1)

Pros: - Great, vibrant colors - No dead pixels upon arrival - Auto-adjusts to many resolutions well

Cons: The stand is garbage. If you want to something serious with it, consider aftermarket monitor accessories. In addition, there is fairly noticeable light bleed from the corners and edges of the monitor in dark areas of the monitor.

Overall Review: The control buttons for the monitor (power, contrast, etc.) are secreted away on the right side of the monitor, and I was searching for them on the underside of the monitor for a few minutes before I had to grab the manual and look for their location. I felt pretty stupid. I would definitely recommend this monitor, as none of the cons are particularly large nuisances for me.

Excellent RAM

CORSAIR 2GB DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model VS2GB1333D3 G
CORSAIR 2GB DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model VS2GB1333D3 G

Pros: Bought one stick of this January of last year for my computer, and just bought another for a total 4GB of RAM. Amazing RAM, have had absolutely 0 problems with the original stick and the new stick is just as amazing. Would highly recommend this for intensive multitasking or gaming.

Cons: No heatsink, but you get what you pay for. Packaging of the RAM is minimal, so if your shipping is rough it might arrive dinged up a bit. No problems with the actual RAM.

Overall Review: Have never had a problem with Corsair. I'm glad this is dependable, amazingly cheap RAM.

Beautiful budget processor

AMD Athlon II X3 425 - Athlon II X3 Rana Triple-Core 2.7 GHz Socket AM3 95W Processor - ADX425WFGIBOX
AMD Athlon II X3 425 - Athlon II X3 Rana Triple-Core 2.7 GHz Socket AM3 95W Processor - ADX425WFGIBOX

Pros: Fantastic processor for those who need a cheap processor for their home or gaming rig. Performs almost as well as high-end dual cores like the e8500 for 1/3 the cost.

Cons: Stock heatsink fan is somewhat noisy in this case of mine - if you're crazy about sound, be prepared to get an aftermarket cooler.

Overall Review: Paired with a Sapphire HD 4850, Windows XP, and 2GB DDR3 1333

Nice drive

Western Digital Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Cheap, fast, spacious hard drive. Reputable manufacturer, not much else to say about it!

Cons: None