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Milton P.

Milton P.

Joined on 10/14/04

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Hot or not hot???

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ - Athlon 64 X2 Windsor Dual-Core 3.2 GHz Socket AM2 125W Processor - ADX6400CZBOX
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ - Athlon 64 X2 Windsor Dual-Core 3.2 GHz Socket AM2 125W Processor - ADX6400CZBOX

Pros: Fast CPU, installation was easy on my motherboard, OEM fan included has heatsink paste already applied. I actually installed the CPU into a AM2 socket pending purchase of a new motherboard with a AM2x socket, so I lose some advantages of this CPU, but stillan improvement over the one it replaced.

Cons: Haven't run into any negative situations yet.

Overall Review: I read many of the reviews before buying this CPU. I saw a pattern. Some people found the CPU ran hot, others saw no heat issues. Since all the CPUs were the same, I guessed correctly that the difference was installation technique. The stock fan works just fine, as does the heat transfer paste on the heatsink. Before installation, go to AMD's website and read the instructions concerning installation of the heatsink. I installed the CPU, then cleaned the surface with Arctic Silver's Thermal Surface Purifier to remove any fingerprints or oil film that might be there. Then I installed the heatsink assembly per instructions (twist a couple of degrees to remove air pockets) and everything is working flawlessly.

Not the cheapest...but the best

SAMSUNG SyncMaster 305T 30" WQXGA 2560 x 1600 (2K) DVI-D (Dual link) LCD Monitor
SAMSUNG SyncMaster 305T 30" WQXGA 2560 x 1600 (2K) DVI-D (Dual link) LCD Monitor

Pros: NO DEAD PIXELS!!!!! Not one!!!!! This is the third Samsung monitor I have purchased over the years, and I like that I can depend on the quality. Both previous monitors are still working perfectly, I just keep upgrading to bigger ones and passing the previous ones along to friends/relatives. Great to have all this real estate....can open multiple programs or documents side by side.

Cons: Price made me wince a little....

Overall Review: If you buy this screen, be sure you have a good video card to push it, and if you have enough in the budget, you might think about a Blue Ray drive.

CORSAIR Voyager Mini 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model CMFUSBMINI-4GB
CORSAIR Voyager Mini 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model CMFUSBMINI-4GB

Pros: light, fits on keychain

Cons: Because of the way it is designed, it can be inserted upside down in the USB slot, making you thinkit it is defective because it is not recognized by the computer. Check to see that you have inserted it correctly before deciding it is bad.

Great deal

Transcend 16GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card w/Compact Card Reader S5 Model TS16GSDHC6- S5W
Transcend 16GB Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash Card w/Compact Card Reader S5 Model TS16GSDHC6- S5W

Pros: Great deal in a combo, got the USB card reader at no charge.

Cons: USB card reader could use a cap to protect the USB connector.

Overall Review: Shoulda bought several......combos would make great Christmas gifts for anyone with a digital camera.

10/20/2008

Just to add a little clarity

BFG Tech GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card BFGR88768GTXOCE
BFG Tech GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card BFGR88768GTXOCE

Pros: fast card for gaming or video applications

Cons: Thickness of card may cause the sacrifice of at least one other slot because it will be blocked by the card's thickness. It will depend on the motherboard.

Overall Review: This card uses a lot of power, it needs two 6 pin connectors.

CorsairTWINX1024-3200C2PT

CORSAIR XMS 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWINX1024-3200C2PT
CORSAIR XMS 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWINX1024-3200C2PT

Pros: Pretested in pairs.....no surprises.

Cons: slightly higher in cost than generic RAM

Overall Review: If you are building a fast computer for gaming, this is a sure bet. Other RAM may or may not affect the performance of a computer with high-end graphics cards, etc. If you are going to the trouble of building your own, and are going to be gaming, then go with these for stability.