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Bryson H.

Bryson H.

Joined on 01/22/06

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Most Favorable Review

Careful with this one

ASUS P5E-VM DO LGA 775 Intel Q35 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5E-VM DO LGA 775 Intel Q35 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: For Micro-ATX, this board has a lot of features, and it ASUS' passive cooling keeps it quiet.

Cons: I bought this board because of the RAID capability, but I had a hard time setting up the RAID. The board has 6 SATA ports but if you turn the SATA config to RAID it no longer recognizes CD/DVD devices plugged into the SATA ports because they are all associated with the RAID controller. Called tech support and they said you need to use a PATA device for CD/DVD if you plan to use RAID.

Overall Review: Solved this problem by buying a PCI-express SATA controller. Do that or buy a PATA DVD device if you plan to use this board.

Most Critical Review

trouble getting it to stick

COOLER MASTER SLC-S41-U1 Aluminum Fan & Heatsinks
COOLER MASTER SLC-S41-U1 Aluminum Fan & Heatsinks

Pros: LED is cool.

Cons: Like others I could not get this to stick. It stuck for awhile and then came off.

Overall Review: If you get this, buy some thermal glue with it.

Nice CPU

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - Core 2 Duo Wolfdale Dual-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80570E8400
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 - Core 2 Duo Wolfdale Dual-Core 3.0 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80570E8400

Pros: Very fast for most apps, 45 nm and big shared cache make this one of the best deals in the core 2 series.

Cons: Now that the quad cores are cheaper, I'm not sure if it's quite the same value proposition.

good heatsink / fan

MASSCOOL 8WA741 92mm Ball CPU Cooler
MASSCOOL 8WA741 92mm Ball CPU Cooler

Pros: Keeps the CPU cool, as it should. Compact and quiet.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: If you want a fairly small quiet heatsink this does the job nicely.

Good case.

SilverStone Sugo Series SG01-S Silver Aluminum Micro ATX Desktop Computer Case
SilverStone Sugo Series SG01-S Silver Aluminum Micro ATX Desktop Computer Case

Pros: It looks cool and it's well laid out. Front panel is nice.

Cons: Be careful what heatsink / fan you buy for the CPU- it has about 4" of space between the processor and power supply for my motherboard, and I had to switch out heatsinks. That said, it's a micro-atx case and I should not have expected it to have much space to begin with.