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Andrew E.

Andrew E.

Joined on 08/05/05

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GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-DS4H AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-DS4H AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: This was my very first "DIY build from scratch" computer. Everything went smoothly. I mainly use this rig for surfing and Audio recording. I timed it at exactly twice the speed of my previous Intel E6600 setup on a .wav render multitrack mixdown. Also, I just now started overclocking. Got it up to 3.0 with just a multiplier change. Too easy. Might could go higher, but I just wanna play it safe for now. I'll have to check my render speed again.

Cons: None yet.

Overall Review: My setup with this board: 9950@3.0 , WD 640gb HD , 4gb Gskill DDR2 800 , LG sata dvdrw , XP-pro , Earthwatts 500 , Apex PC-381 case , and running dual displays on the Onboard Video. Sweet setup for $550 !!

SWEETNESS

APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case

Pros: Great case! I previously owned the ATX version of this case.....now I've upgraded to a mATX i7 setup. Wow....a couple great improvements on this case, when coming from the ATX version. 1. Front bezel can now be removed without having to take both side panels off. 2. This complete system is about 5 lbs lighter than my previous ATX setup. 3. Its even cheaper! $35 is unreal for this case!!!

Cons: There are 2 or 3 spots with sharp edges in the case....but not a big deal for me. I'm really careful when building. I wish it came with thumb screws....yea yea, now I'm just nit picking. lol

Overall Review: i7 920 (overclocked to 3.2) msi x58m 3gb super talent ddr3-1600 640 gb black edition coolmax 500watt psu 2600xt (soon to upgrade to 4770 or 4850) win7

the darkness

Western Digital Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: I also own the caviar blue 640 drive.... Speed on this Caviar black is a little faster than the blue, but more notably....it is quieter, and has alot less vibration.

Cons: none yet....knock on wood

Overall Review: i7 920 - $279 MSI X58m -$169 western 640 black -$65 3GBs Super Talent Triple Channel DDR3 1600 - $40 Win7 -$Free Antec Earthwatts 500 - $45 Asus 2600XT $32 (yeah I know, old card) ...this system cost me under $650!!!

sweetness

APEX TX-381 Black Steel Micro ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX12V 300W Power Supply
APEX TX-381 Black Steel Micro ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX12V 300W Power Supply

Pros: Sweet case! Great Handle!!!! Average weight for a mid tower. Surprising quality for a sub $50 case!

Cons: Power Supply a little on the weak side, I replaced with an Antec 500 Earthwatt just for the hell of it. Otherwise, it's nearly the perfect case for me!

Overall Review: This has been a great case!! For my next build pretty soon, I will probably try the mATX version..... 790gx , 9950 , 640black , 4gb-ddr2(800)

5 fingers to the face!

Western Digital Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: I own both the Blue and Black versions of this 640gb drive....and the black is a much better drive. Definitely worth the extra 7 dollars. It is quieter, and noticeably less vibration. Benchmarks put it only slightly slower than the velociraptor.

Cons: none yet.....5 year warranty if something does go bad.

Overall Review: Great drive. This will probably be my last magnetic drive.....as by early next year, when I go to build a new system, I'm sure I'll be going SSD. But for performance, acoustics, and price per gb....this is an amazing magnetic drive.

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Western Digital Blue WD6400AAKS 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Western Digital Blue WD6400AAKS 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Pros: A+ !! This drive is quieter and cooler than any other drive I've ever had.

Cons: none yet

Overall Review: My setup: Gigabyte 790gx , 9950@3.0 , WD 640gb HD , 4gb Gskill DDR2 800 , LG sata dvdrw , XP-pro , Earthwatts 500 , Apex PC-381 case , and running dual displays on the Onboard Video.