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Christopher F.

Christopher F.

Joined on 03/04/04

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Most Favorable Review

Built like a Brick.

Antec PERFORMANCE TX1088AMG Gray Steel Server Computer Case 480W Power Supply
Antec PERFORMANCE TX1088AMG Gray Steel Server Computer Case 480W Power Supply

Comments: Heavy case, its like having a second heatsink. Solidly built except for the front plastic door. The double hinge 'feature' causes the door to sag and not latch unless you lift up slightly on it. The vent in the side for the CPU works great, its a duct that expands down to the cpu cooler to pull in cool outside air straight to the cooler. All the drive bays/mounts are solid and high-quality. Airflow in the case is great, especially after adding fans to the front of the case. The power supply only comes with 5 standard power connectors and a pair of fan-only. It does however have 2x PCIe and 4 SATA with the 3.3v plug that a transformed standard plug lacks.

Most Critical Review

Decent Midrange Card

PNY GeForce FX 5700VE 256MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card VCFX5756VAPB
PNY GeForce FX 5700VE 256MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card VCFX5756VAPB

Comments: The card worked decently, nothing spectacular. It supported 1680x1050 on the vga out, but it had a problem supporting over 1600 width on the DVI out. Newegg was awesome about the return though, and the upgraded card arrived in minimal time.

Cooler than the Case...

ZALMAN CNPS7000B-CU 92mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan
ZALMAN CNPS7000B-CU 92mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan

Comments: This thing is amazing, I've got it in a huge case so I leave it at 2000 rpms and can't hear it. The cable on the controller (Fanmate 2) is so long I ran it out the front of my case and screwed it to a 3.5 bay that I'm not using. With some good heat paste (Arctic Silver 5) my CPU idles at 33C, while my case is at 37C. Too bad I cant mount a second one of these on my 6800GT and fix the case temp. I'm running the 3.0 Gig Northwood core P4. I just installed it so I cant say how it will work overclocked, but with the temperature I'm at now I foresee no problems.

Good Keyboard too bad the media buttons dont work

Comments: The keyboard is really nice and solid, the quick access keys work as advertised. However the Play/Pause, Stop and FF/Rew buttons do not work with software playlists(read WinAmp). The USB hub only supplies 100mA, so it will power a camera, but a portable mp3 player(Creative Rhomba) still needs to plug into a powered hub. Also this keyboard doesnt have the 3 button limitation PS/2 models have... very nice for playing FPS games.