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Johnny H.

Johnny H.

Joined on 02/23/07

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Most Favorable Review

OK case

Antec Performance One P180 Silver cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec Performance One P180 Silver cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Ok, the aluminum finish is cool. But then again I'm a sucker for natural finish aluminum. Keeps my system cool (E6700 overclocked to 3.5, zalman fan, 4 gigs memory and 2 Raptors in a striped array)with just the supplied fans and does it quietly.

Cons: Wiring is a PAIN! And why can't all cases be tooless now? Cheap knockouts for the drive bays. A few sharp edges here and there. For the price I would have liked to see metal door hardware instead of plastic hinges. HUGE footprint and VERY heavy assembled. No bling for that inner geek in us all.

Overall Review: I had a spare Mustang chrome pony emblem laying around in the toolbox, it looks awesome mounted on the door! Great case if you like aluminum finish with no clear panels or super bright led's. It's also very quiet as I have it in an office enviroment. Admittedly I bought it because I'm a car guy ant the top vent looks like a cowl induction hood. Now I just need a spoiler and some slicks under it.

Most Critical Review

Shiny and new! (Thanks to constant RMA's)

OCZ ATI CrossFire 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2A8002GK
OCZ ATI CrossFire 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2A8002GK

Pros: When it works, it is very stable. The heatspreaders seem to do the job without being too large to fill up all the memory slots. Runs at advertised timings and is VERY overclockable, I tested it at over 900m stable.

Cons: I have 4 gigs of this stuff on a Vista Business x64 machine. I'm on my 3rd set in a year.

Overall Review: Luckily, OCZ honors their warranty, but I'm glad I'm not paying the shipping costs for constant RMA's. I stopped overclocking the memory and ran it at advertised speeds after the first RMA (through Newegg). I'v since RMA'd twice within a year. Major PITA! At home I run 4 gigs of cheaper stuff (exact same specs) from Gski11. That stuff performed flawlessly, overclocks just as well and costs less. Even though this is "certified by ATI", I'd look elsewhere and save your $$$.

Great board

ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus LGA 775 C55+MCP55P; a.k.a. nForce 650i SLI & nForce 570 SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus LGA 775 C55+MCP55P; a.k.a. nForce 650i SLI & nForce 570 SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I've spent 10 years working in IT but I haven't played around with overclocking much at all. This board is great for noobies as it has lots of simplified overclocking capabilities, as well as options to suit a hard core pc guy. Within a day I had a E6700 running at 3.6 and stable between 39-44 celcius depending on the load (air cooled and a noob, not too bad!). I have since cut it back to 3.33 and it stays 36-40. I'm very pleased. The included audio card is pretty awesome as well.

Cons: A bit pricey. If you're not planning on overclocking its a waste of $$$. What happened to the old days of pc building when you got free stuff with a medium sized purchase? They could have at least thrown in a jeweled sticker for this price.

Overall Review: You can get similar performance from other boards without all the frills or features like the alarm clock or customizable bios logo screen. But all my previous ASUS boards have been stable and long lasting so I think it's worth the extra $$$.

Overall great card.

DIAMOND Viper Radeon X1950PRO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card X1950PRO256PCIE
DIAMOND Viper Radeon X1950PRO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card X1950PRO256PCIE

Pros: I used this in a pc I built for work. Not much gaming going on (never know who reads this...) so I was just looking for a cost effective system. However, once I overclocked this card it performed pretty well, scored slightly lower than an XPS with dual cards, so I'm not complaing. Excellent bang for the buck.

Cons: There are better cards, but not for the money. Becomes unstable if drastically overclocked. The fan, despite it's small size is the noisest fan in my case. It's loider than the huge zalman on my E6700 and all of my Antec case fans combined. Again, you get what you pay for.

Overall Review: Overall pleased with it. It handles any game I throw at it under max resolution. Still, if I would have been buying it for myself, I would have stepped down from an E6700 to an E6600 and bought a much better card.

Awesome!

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 - Core 2 Duo Conroe Dual-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80557E6700
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 - Core 2 Duo Conroe Dual-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 775 65W Processor - BX80557E6700

Pros: This processor is amazing. I can run it stable at 3.33 Gigs with an air cooled setup and an Antec case all day long at work with no problems. Even after sneaking in some games it never gets over 37 degrees. Even clocked to 3.6 it stayed between 40-42 with a heavy load.

Cons: Pricey, and the E6600 is much cheaper with very similar performance.

Overall Review: Simply blows away any AMD processors I've worked with. Very impressed with the performance. Very happy but if I did it all again I'd probally put more money in my graphics card and go with an E6600.