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JOSEPH E.

JOSEPH E.

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EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: Fast. Probably the best price/performance of the current Fermi offerings. EVGA support is simply the best in the industry. I don't do a lot of overclocking but I did tweak this up and play a little with EVGA's OC Scanner (free). There is a lot more under the hood then it says on the box. If your a tweaker and you have plenty of air flow in your case you can get a lot more out of these cards.

Cons: Price, heat and noise. Not as hot and noisy as the you many think but to keep the temp down the fan needs to be manually run at at least 65%-70%. Over 70% it really does start tp get noisy. Left on auto it gets pretty hot BUT it is within what Nvidia says is safe.

Overall Review: Before you buy any high end video card take a good look at your cooling and power supply. In my case I worked things so I have a 120mm fan bring air in the front and blowing right over the video card. Whatever you can do to keep the fan at 65% or lower on the card will really keep the noise down. Performance and quality are great, lost a star from me for heat, noise, and cost. Around $300 would have earned it 5 stars as would a better cooling solution. can't wait to see what will happen with newer future Firmi based cards.

Most Critical Review

You get what you pay for

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100245L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100245L

Pros: Low cost.

Cons: Does not detect my LCD monitor properly. Image quality is not that great. Drivers are difficult to work with and they just indicate the card is a 4800 "series" and don't detect the actual model.

Overall Review: If you are serious, spend the extra cash on an Nvida solution. If your cheap, this is fine. You get what you pay for.

12/27/2008

Very Nice

ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Many input, storage, and memory options. Very sturdy packaging. Worked perfectly on first boot without any major problems. Took a star for price, if it was sub $200 this would be a 5 star board for me.

Cons: Besides cost, none really. My mouse did not work properly in the bios but swapping to another fixed that. I don't believe this is ASRocks problem.

Overall Review: With so many options it might help to make it clearer where to plug in a single PCIe Graphics card for best performance (it's in the manual but hey you know... who reads that?). Color code the memory slots so it is clearer where to seat the memory for dual channel support. With so many case options two nice add-ons would be a few 3-pin fan power extensions and a 5.25" bay adapter for the USB 3.0 front forts. Running 16GB of g.skill memory F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL, an I7 2600k, EVGA Geforce GTX 570, WD Black 1TB sata III drive, Coolermaster 700w quiet PSU in a Coolermaster RC-692-KKN2. Fast, cool and surprisingly quiet without breaking the bank This is my second pc build with an ASRock board and I think they have won me over (Sorry Gigabyte, honeymoon is over). It will be interesting to see if the board will run the upcoming ivy bridge and PCIe 3.0 cards as advertised.

OCZ Vertex LE (Limited Edition) 2.5" 50GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTXLE50G
OCZ Vertex LE (Limited Edition) 2.5" 50GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTXLE50G

Pros: Price is good, easy to install. I used Acronis to clone my netbook drive onto this without a hitch. Windows 7 auto detected and installed working drivers.

Cons: Though the price/performance is good compared to other SSD drives I feel it is still a bit expensive. As others have mentioned the side screw holes are just a little off, maybe half a mm but it's just enough where mounting it in a HP cradle is tricky. I used two of the bottom holes and two side holes and it was fine.

Overall Review: If it had been a little less expensive and had the screw holes lined up I would have given 5 stars. Nothing I can't live with though. Using this in an HP Mini 2140 and it does snap the performance up a bit. My bottleneck is the processor now but hats pretty much every notebooks limitation. When the price comes down more I'll get a larger one (probably from OCZ I like their stuff) for my desktop boot drive.

Amazing

SilenX IXP-74-09 Case cooler
SilenX IXP-74-09 Case cooler

Pros: I had a machine that was kind of noisy. I replaced the 120mm case fan with this and it was like going from a jet engine to a golf cart. The fan is so quite I can't really hear it and it seems to move more than enough air to keep the PC cool. Nice color and very light weight. I'm going to try one of their CPU coolers next and see if I can make this PC almost completely silent.

Cons: high price, but worth it.

Overall Review: If they could lower the pric on these just a bit I'd probably never use anything else. Seems to work nicely paired up the the Cooler Master M600 power supply. My stock CPU cooler is now the loudest thing in the case gave it 4 stars due to price. A little less cash and it would be 5.