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Brad A.

Brad A.

Joined on 03/08/04

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Fast & Easy

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 - Core 2 Quad Yorkfield Quad-Core 2.5 GHz LGA 775 95W Processor - BX80580Q9300
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 - Core 2 Quad Yorkfield Quad-Core 2.5 GHz LGA 775 95W Processor - BX80580Q9300

Pros: Just intallated in 2 re-builds. Typical of the more recent Intel processors - very easy installation - almost impossible to get it wrong. Fired right up, runs cool with stock cooler. And stock cooler is quiet enough that you don't have to buy an aftermarket on (as I usually have in the past). System booted and recognized all 4 cores with no issues.

Cons: The only tricky part is getting the heat sink push pins seated - minor point, but you have to pay attention.

Overall Review: Used with Asus P5K Pro

Sssssssh! Quiet

Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120mm Case Fan
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120mm Case Fan

Pros: Inaudible! Just replaced a dead Antec case fan. I'm a fanatic about noise since I have multiple PC in a small home office. So I go with passively cooled whenever possible - chipset, graphics board, etc. I can't hear this fan! Comes with all the poser adapters that one could want.

Cons: Would like to have it come with the rubber pull-through fasteners instead of screws.

Overall Review: Powered from one of the case fan plugs on the MB, speed controlled by the MB

Great Value

Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA80A
Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA80A

Pros: Just rebuilt 2 systems using the Ballistix kits - nice package, decent heat sinks and cheap! No compatibility issues.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Overall Review: Used with Asus P5K Pro and Q9300, Vista - REALLY FAST for Photoshop and video encoding. I'm always concerned about compatibility w/ motherboards. Even though Asus doesn't list this model of Ballistix as being compatible, I went to the Crucial website to verify - they said it would work and they have never steered me wrong.

Fast and Quiet

Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: HUGE capacity, fast and quiet. Used 2 on an upgrade, did a new install of Vista on each - Plug it in and go. Did I mention that it has massive capacity?

Cons: Zip

Overall Review: With prices this low, why even think about a smaller drive?

Works Great!

ASUS P5K PRO <GREEN> LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5K PRO <GREEN> LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Just installed two of these to upgrade two PCs - easy install, smaller size than the previous boards. No problems at all, just slap it in, upgrade BIOS and drivers and away you go.

Cons: One of my video cards has a large heatsink on both sides (passive cooling) and the clearance was very tight between the card and the main power connector. That was the only thing I can think of.

Overall Review: Used w/ Q9300 and Ballistix RAM - very fast! Of course Newegg delivered FAST!