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Aliaksei R.

Aliaksei R.

Joined on 06/11/07

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PNY Optima 2GB DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory Model MD2048SD2-667
PNY Optima 2GB DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory Model MD2048SD2-667

Pros: 2 GBs of RAM in one stick; easy install, works great, arrived quickly. Fair price.

Cons: Plastic packaging was hard to open :)

Overall Review: Make sure your system can recognize all the RAM you are planning to hook it up with: some OS/chipset combination don't support more than 3-3,5 GBs, so if you have enough slots (say, 4) - I'd go with cheaper 1 GB sticks sets.

Best in class

CHAINTECH GSE96GTC GeForce 9600 GT OC 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
CHAINTECH GSE96GTC GeForce 9600 GT OC 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Pros: Fast and cheapest in class, I had to compare quite a few Radeons with it, and with relatively same specs it still was at least 50 cheaper and as fast (prove me wrong if you have tests at hand). Runs 40-person multiplayer CoD4 on 1680x1050 all settings highest with no problem as well as other up-to-date games, Crysis is somewhat slow, but highly playable (20-40 fps on 1280x1024 all medium with 4xAA), but it's probably the only game you'll need a monster system for :) Mine is Dell's Pentium D 3.0 GHZ dual core, upgraded with 3 GBs of 667 RAM. Doesn't require additional slot (issue with my Dell case).

Cons: Your regular power supply might not be enough - make sure to check before buying (I run 650W single card set up).

Overall Review: Manual says it's core clocks at 650, while listing on Newegg was saying 700, I had to get software to check the actual speed, and it was higher than 700 (715 or so).

Great LCD for the money

Philips 32" 1080i LCD HDTV w/ Pixel Plus 3 HD - 32PFL5322D/37
Philips 32" 1080i LCD HDTV w/ Pixel Plus 3 HD - 32PFL5322D/37

Pros: Supports 1080i, 2 HDMI inputs, great picture quality, low price.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I don't watch TV at all, but for games and movies it's perfect.

Rosewill RP550V2-D-SL 550 W ATX12V v2.01 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
Rosewill RP550V2-D-SL 550 W ATX12V v2.01 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply

Pros: Easy install, cool looking, lots of nicely separated cables (even too many for my current set up :), 4 SATA, SLI ready. Blue light is very cool looking, runs silent. Fast delivery (should I even mention that? :)

Cons: No screws supplied, no manual - not a problem, but would be nice to have.

Overall Review: Would try for a SLI system, but would go for a more W model. Really like the brand already :)

BFG Tech GeForce 7950GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support OC Edition Video Card BFGR7950512GTOCE
BFG Tech GeForce 7950GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support OC Edition Video Card BFGR7950512GTOCE

Pros: Runs F.E.A.R. and World of Warcraft and all setting maxed out at a very high FPS on 1600x1080 resolution (see PC specs below). Didn't need an extra upper slot available for a fan - an issue with my current tower, which doesn't have anything above PCI-E slot (just got a new desktop from DELL, as I needed something uber-fast, as my old 3.5 y/o PC crashed beyond repair), I think the only higher-end videocard which doesn't require two slots (I was looking around exclusively for NVidia, as I'm with them since 1998). Not expensive + rebate, fast delivery.

Cons: Out of stock at the moment :(

Overall Review: Had to buy a new power supply (thanks again, NE ;), need to try newer pre-DX10 games. Fan gets noisy sometimes, but you won't hear it, unless you play with no sound at all :) Runs silently when I'm not playing. System: DELL Dimension E520 with Pentium D DC925 @ 3 MHz/800FSB, 3 GB DDR2-667, 22" DELL panel + whatever tower came with.