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Joanne F.

Joanne F.

Joined on 06/01/07

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Good for the money

MITSUMI Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal USB 2.0 Internal USB 2.0 digital card reader with Floppy Drive Model FA404M BLK
MITSUMI Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal USB 2.0 Internal USB 2.0 digital card reader with Floppy Drive Model FA404M BLK

Pros: Reads a variety of cards PLUS floppies, because you need to read a floppy about 3 times over the life of the computer.

Cons: Product title implies it's a USB device - this is incorrect, you still need the floppy connection. Directions are non-existent, so if this is your first build (like it was for me), please note, 1) you need a floppy cable to connect it to the mobo (not included), 2) it is possible install the cable incorrectly to the card reader, so if the floppy doesn't read, but the other cards do, reconnect the cable, and 3) you need to connect the power supply to reader. All of these items have been previously commented on, so hopefully you were not like me, and read the comments thoroughly before installing.

Overall Review: If you are building a new system, install this AFTER you install your OS. I installed XP Hone and XP assigned all the media drives and floppy letter names before the HDD. My HDD was labeled F:, and I had to remove the media reader, reformat so XP labeled the HDD C:, then reinstall the media reader. I don't think you will have this problem with XP Pro, not sure about Vista, but why chance it?

Great monitor

Hanns-G HG-216DPO 21.6" WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050 D-Sub Built-in Speakers HDMI LCD Monitor
Hanns-G HG-216DPO 21.6" WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050 D-Sub Built-in Speakers HDMI LCD Monitor

Pros: Looks great, controls are easy to access, but out of the way.

Cons: Packaging was kind of flimsy. Built in handle was torn on arrival - it could have been a heartbreaker if I didn't notice before I picked it up to bring it upstairs.

great cpu

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ - Athlon 64 X2 Windsor Dual-Core 2.6 GHz Socket AM2 65W Processor - ADO5200CZBOX
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ - Athlon 64 X2 Windsor Dual-Core 2.6 GHz Socket AM2 65W Processor - ADO5200CZBOX

Pros: Easy to install, runs cool and fast. This is my first build (don't do a lot of gaming) and would recommend to other first time builders.

Cons: Can think of any.

Overall Review: Running with ASUS M2N32-sli wireless, BFG GeForce 8500GT, Crucial Ballistix 2X1GB, windows xp home.

Good Deal with the rebate

BFG Tech GeForce 8500 GT 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card BFGE85256GTE
BFG Tech GeForce 8500 GT 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card BFGE85256GTE

Pros: Easy to install, configure. Waiting for my $40 rebate, which will make me like the card more.

Cons: I can't think of any. I don't do any gaming, though.

Overall Review: The fan is not any louder than the case fans on my Apevia X-Jupiter JRs (which are pretty quite). There was an earlier review complaining about that.

easy setup

ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Easy to install and update BIOS. Very stable board. This was my first build and everything in the manual was easy to understand. I'd recommend it to other first-timers.

Cons: I had to reinstall the wifi driver because it wouldn't work the first time, but I suspect this was a Windows issue.

Overall Review: Running with 5200+ Windsor, BFG GeForce 8500GT, Rosewill RD550N power supply, Samsung DVD+R and HDD, Crucial Ballistix 2X1GB DDR2 800, Windows XP Home.

great case for the money

APEVIA X-JUPITER-JR S-Type X-JPJST-MG Metallic Grey SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
APEVIA X-JUPITER-JR S-Type X-JPJST-MG Metallic Grey SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Good looking, simple case. Door will hide beige faceplates if you are building a frankenputer. I had no problems with the tool-less installs. This was my first build and I'd recommend this case for other first timers.

Cons: I might consider not getting a case with a door next time, but I'm that's not this case's fault. I went with the 4 vs. 5 rating because the external ports on the top of the case we installed cheaply - I had to jam them into the correct position. The sleeve protecting the wires running from case to door slips every time you open and close the door.

Overall Review: If you sleep in the same room, it's pretty freakin' bright.