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Joshua W.

Joshua W.

Joined on 09/22/04

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The Bang For The Buck...

AMD Athlon 64 3800+ - Athlon 64 Orleans Single-Core 2.4 GHz Socket AM2 62W Processor - ADA3800CNBOX
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ - Athlon 64 Orleans Single-Core 2.4 GHz Socket AM2 62W Processor - ADA3800CNBOX

Pros: As far as single cores go, there is an outstanding price to performance ratio on this CPU. Runs fairly cool in respect to overclocks and the stock heatsink will take you up to about 2.65 and still run acceptable temps under load. Excellent overclocker, hardy mem controller. No problems reaching a stable 2.9 GHz on a water setup @ 1.575 volts with idle temps running 27c and load running 43c. This is well worth your money if you are looking for a cheap holdover until the 65nm cores are available, or if you are looking for a cheap way to feel out the new platform.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: If you are thinking of upgrading to AM2 don’t hesitate. Pair this CPU up with some high quality DDR2 1000 or 1066 and you will see a large improvement in memory bandwidth and system responsiveness. Don't be surprised if you hit memory benchmarks that blow away (and I mean blow away by about 38 %) your winbond DDR at its highest volts and tightest timings.

Great Overclocker, Very Solid Board Overall.

Foxconn C51XEM2AA- 8EKRS2H AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
Foxconn C51XEM2AA- 8EKRS2H AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Layout is good as you can run SLI and still have access to a PCI slot for a sound card or other card. LED post display is a nice feature along with onboard power and reset switches for out-of-case testing. The BIOS is the largest I've ever seen in 10 years of rig building (nVidia reference bios). It gives you finite control on clocks, voltages, timings, drive strengths, OC profiles, and a large variety of other useful settings you would only expect to see if you were an electrical engineer actually working on the final testing phase of the board. It overclocks well and so far I have it stable at a 416 HTT x 7. Decent voltage range for CPU and memory: mem volts are from 1.8 – 2.5 and CPU volts are 1.25 to 1.85. This board works perfectly with P@triot memory XBL series DDR2 1000. Overall this is a satisfying motherboard to own and has a lot of potential—Foxconn did a great job on this board.

Cons: None that I have discovered so far.

Overall Review: The SPP heat sink is passive and aluminum. If cooled by your CPU fan you will be ok temp-wise. If you water cool the board be prepared to buy an aftermarket chipset cooler for the SPP, or at the very least install a helper fan for it; it gets quite hot for such a small chip. The stock MCP cooler is adequate and the tiny fan is completely silent—yes it really is inaudible. If you reset the chipset heat sinks w/Arctic5 then also have some acetone handy (straight acetone and DEFINITELY not nail polish remover). Isopropyl alcohol is useless on the types of thermal pads used on these chipset heat sinks, Acetone however, used judiciously, works great to remove the bubble-gum-type thermal transfer pads on both the MCP and SPP chipsets and heat sinks without harming them.

Adjustable And Worth The Money

OCZ OCZ600ADJSLI 600 W ATX12V 2.01, BTX, EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Power Supply
OCZ OCZ600ADJSLI 600 W ATX12V 2.01, BTX, EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Power Supply

Pros: The adjustable rails are an outstanding feature and I've used them a few times already while tweaking and overclocking a few different boards. Adjustable rails along with active PFC and the ability to meet different power specifications make this power supply both versatile and practical. It has stable output, heavily shielded leads for SLI (4 total shielded leads, 2 six-pin and 2 molex), and the fans are temp controlled. No problems running under heavy load for hours on end. The rail adjustment range is as follows: 12V: 10.8V ~ 13.2V 5V: 4.5V ~ 5.5V 3.3V: 2.8V ~3.8V Also, each rail adjustment has an LED light to indicator if the power levels are within acceptable range: Green: voltage is within +/- 5% Yellow: too low, voltage is lower than -5% Red: too high, voltage is higher than +5%

Cons: None really.

Overall Review: The only improvement I can see would be a modular cable system.

Excellent Case

Cooler Master CM Stacker STC-T01-UW Black/ Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Cooler Master CM Stacker STC-T01-UW Black/ Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: This is an outstanding case. The fit and finish is top notch. Coolermaster's attention to detail really shows. The flexibility this case offers is hard to match. If you change out components often or do component testing, this case is a dream to work with.

Cons: None at all.

Excellent Fan

MASSCOOL FD12025B1M3/4 120 x 120 x 25mm Cooling Fan
MASSCOOL FD12025B1M3/4 120 x 120 x 25mm Cooling Fan

Pros: The 96CFM rating on this fan is accurate, and the cable sleeve is a nice feature. This fan is quieter than most 70-80 CFM 120mm fans I've ever owned. This fan is a great choice to pair up with a fan controller as you will have some extra CFM when gaming or running under significant load.

Cons: None

Worth every cent

SAMSUNG 997mb-TwoTone Silver-Black 19" CRT Monitor 0.20mm(H) Dot Pitch D-Sub
SAMSUNG 997mb-TwoTone Silver-Black 19" CRT Monitor 0.20mm(H) Dot Pitch D-Sub

Pros: Nice sharp picture from the .20mm dot pitch (one of the best I've ever seen). Great feature set. Great Price.

Cons: None