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Don H.

Don H.

Joined on 05/04/08

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Drives 3 monitors

XFX Radeon HD 5830 1GB DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity HD-583X-ZAFV
XFX Radeon HD 5830 1GB DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity HD-583X-ZAFV

Pros: Price, eyefinity, quiet

Cons: You have to buy an active adapter to get the third monitor to work. I knew this before I bought the card, so I am not going to take an egg away for that.

Overall Review: I do not use this card to game, my wife uses it to program. She wanted 3 monitors and I did not want to have to buy 2 video cards. So I did a lot of research on the eyefinity cards before I bought this one. Here is what I found, I hope that it helps out. You can drive 3 monitors with this card, but you need to buy an active adapter to do so. It is important that it is an active adapter. I tried a normal adapter first and it did not work. Luckly I did not buy that adapter, that is why I tried it first. I paid $30 for the one that I am using. I bought it from a local store, but I am sure that newegg sells them. If you want to use 3 monitors you can only use the 2 DVI and the display port. As of right now that card is working great and my wife is happy. That means that I am happy. Once again, I hope that this helps.

This is the one you want

Antec One Hundred Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec One Hundred Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Black inside and out, top tray, nice air flow, looks good, great space for cable management.

Cons: The motherboard sits right up against the top fan. Not that big of a deal, just wish there was a tiny bit of move between them.

Overall Review: I built a rig for my wife and this is the case that I used. Her only requirement was that it did not look like a gaming case. She loves it, so I am a happy man.

Quiet power

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

Pros: Power, price, quiet, modular (well half at lest). This PSU has all that you need and more.

Cons: None at the moment

Overall Review: I was looking at the 650W for my wife's new programming rig, but went this this one because it was on sale for only $10 more. I am so happy that I decided to spend the extra $10. The PSU is quiet and it runs like a champ. I also have the power if a want to upgrade later now. I used the Antec 100 Black case and this blends right in with it. This is the first Antec PSU I have bought and I think that I will be sticking with them.

Nice CPU

Intel Core i7-950 - Core i7 Bloomfield Quad-Core 3.06 GHz LGA 1366 130W Processor - BX80601950
Intel Core i7-950 - Core i7 Bloomfield Quad-Core 3.06 GHz LGA 1366 130W Processor - BX80601950

Pros: Quad-core, 3 channels to the ram, easy to over clock (although I have not done it yet), easy to install, price.

Cons: The stock fan does the job, wish it was a little better though.

Overall Review: I built a new rig for my wife and this is the cpu that I used. She uses the pc for programming and loves it. She says that she is not sure how she worked before she got her new pc. Now she was using a P4 single core chip before, so that might have a little to do with it. But I would like to think that it is my mad pc building skills. When I buy an after market fan, I will bump up the speed a little.

Fast

OCZ Agility 2 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2AGTE120G
OCZ Agility 2 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-2AGTE120G

Pros: It is fast, price, size, no heat

Cons: Bought this for my wife's rig and now I wish I had one.

Overall Review: The pc is used to program and this drive makes a world of difference. Plus it is large enough to install all the programs that you need.

First time buyer

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-12GBRL
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-12GBRL

Pros: 12 GB (3x4GB), fast, well built, looks good

Cons: none at this time

Overall Review: My wife is a programmer and in great need of an upgrade. I bought her a new rig and this is the ram that I decided on. It works great and gives you room to upgrade to 24 GB if you want.