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Joseph M.

Joseph M.

Joined on 11/17/02

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Solid as a rock

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX

Pros: Very solid - no errors or install problems at all. Ran Vista memtest - zero errors on 4 GB (two sets of twins).

Cons: SPD is set to the lower specs of the 6400C5DHX (according to Corsair product page). You may want to manually adjust your bios to the 6400C4DHX specs.

Overall Review: Running Vista Ultimate, Intel Core 2 Quad, MSI P6N Diamond MOBO, EVGA 8800GTX in an Antec 900 case w/OCZ 1010W PSU. Vista experience reads 5.9 for everything except this memory. Memory is 5.3. No overclocking - everything is default value. If you have a problem with Vista, install only 2GB first, and then go to 4GB after Vista is configured. Worked for me.

Tight case - but big enough

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

Pros: Excellent case - well laid out. All the accessory cables you will likely need. I thought the fans were fairly quiet.

Cons: The short wire three position fan switches are difficult to get to, and get in your way when installing the HD bays. Also - you will likely need to position the HD bays somewhat forward (out of the front of the case) if you use a big graphics card, such as the 8800 GTX. The back of the hard drives almost jam up against the back edge of the graphics card. Power & data cables will get scrunched otherwise. Run the cables outside of the mobo tray side.

Overall Review: Pretty good manual, except for installing the floppy in the 3.5" adapter. That may take a few minutes of studying and trying different positioning arrangements. The adapter is an unlabeled black plastic tray that initially doesn't look like an adapter.

OCZ 1010W purity

OCZ GameXStream OCZ1010GXSSLI 1010 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply
OCZ GameXStream OCZ1010GXSSLI 1010 W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: All the power you will need, plus connectors for two SLI graphics cards.

Cons: Check the manufacturer's web site for the specs. You will find this 1010W unit has twice the amount of ripple as the lower wattage units. May not be a factor, but the output of this PSU is not as pure as the lesser power ones.

Overall Review: If you only need 700 watts, you might consider getting the next lower powerful unit. Find your biggest power hogs - graphics cards, disk drives, CPU, etc., and add up how much power you really need, plus future growth. (Not because of the cost difference, but to get cleaner power.)