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John S.

John S.

Joined on 06/05/07

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Most Favorable Review

Buy this card--- It's awsome

EVGA 01G-P3-1371-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) FPB EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
EVGA 01G-P3-1371-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) FPB EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: Fast and inexpensive. Better performance then my two 9800 gtx+s in SLI. Add in DX11 and a gig of vram, amazing. Performance I'm running crysis on all high and very high settings at 1920x1200 with avg fps at 40+. Can also run crysis 2 on Hardcore settings at 1920x1200 @ ~30fps. Size: About an inch shorter then my 9800 GTX+ Temp: I've been folding non-stop for the last 3 days without a problem, getting 9500-11000 ppd and with the fan at 100%, it's hovering at 56c, under full load. Power: According to my research, it uses about 150w, the same as my 9800 GTX+ Noise: You can hear it with the fan at 100%, But if you're playing a game, you won't notice it. When the fan speed dops below ~65%, it's undistinguishable from my case fans. @ ~40%, it's nearly silent.

Cons: I bought it a week before it came with the free copies of Mafia II and Just Cause 2.

Overall Review: I'm planning on getting a second 460 soon, with the two in SLI, I should get comperable/better performance to a GTX 580, and for a total of $360 (after mir). Also, if you want to see what settings you can run your games at go to geforce.com under the tab "optimize" you can see the recomended settings to run games at for 9800 GT and later models.

Fast

PC Power & Cooling Fatal1ty Gaming Series 750 Watt 80+ Bronze Semi-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ750FTY)
PC Power & Cooling Fatal1ty Gaming Series 750 Watt 80+ Bronze Semi-Modular Active PFC Performance Grade ATX PC Power Supply (OCZ750FTY)

Pros: Very fast, work right out of the box, great bargin.

Cons: It can't make you breakfast (none)

Overall Review: I bought 2 of them, put one in my laptop (thinkpad t61p) and the other in my desktop (custom, C2Q, evga 790i ultra mobo). My laptop only runs sata I, so the speed is definatly limited. But even so, boot to desktop <40 secs, and it only take 2-3 seconds to open the entire office suite (word, power point, excel, access, outlook, onenote). On my desktop, boot is 20-30 secs and the office suite opens in <2 seconds. Can also open all of Adobe CS6 Master in ~10 seconds. I've only had them for 2 months, so I can't speak to longevity, but they are working great so far.

Great Value

Acer S211HLbd 21.5'' 5ms  LED-Backlight LCD Monitor  Slim Design 250 cd/m2 12,000,000:1 (ACM)
Acer S211HLbd 21.5'' 5ms LED-Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 12,000,000:1 (ACM)

Pros: Thin, light, bright, great horizontal viewing angle.

Cons: vertical viewing angle in rather narrow

Overall Review: I bought two of these to supplement the two I already had at work. Originally had two in normal landscape orientation and the colors and contrast are amazing. When I got the other two, I arranged them all in portrait. The vertical viewing limitations are rather apparent when not looking straight at the screen, over 60-70 degrees is unusable. But besides that, they are wonderful monitors, I read and write code on them, so having the real estate is great. Definatly considering geting a trio for home.

Best Security Software

ESET Smart Security 4.0 - 3 PCs
ESET Smart Security 4.0 - 3 PCs

Pros: It works. Since I started using the Smart Security suite a few years ago, I haven't had a single virus/malware problem. SS4 is a great piece of software. You can set how you want to use it, wether it's quietly staying in the background or alerting you to every program that attemps to connect to the net, the customization is great. And it doesn't treat you like an idiot. Enabling "Advanced mode" gives you access to a huge selection of settings. You can control it and tailor it to how you work. Then there is speed... I started using eset several years ago because my P4 machine would get bogged down anytime AVG wanted to do anything, in fact it seamed that just having the AVG service running would noticably effect performance. With eset, even a full virus scan didn't take have such a large hit. With my current machine (C2Q, DDR3, SSD), I wouldn't know it was running if it wasn't for the trendy blue icon in the task bar. If you are looking for a tool that works, buy this..

Cons: Absolutly none

Overall Review: I've been using ESET security for over 5 years, and not a single complaint. I dont know if i'll use SS5, it seems that they might have dumbed it down a little.

Awsome Card

EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 512-P3-N871-AR
EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 512-P3-N871-AR

Pros: This is an awsome card. I just got my second one a few days ago. This card also seemed to speed up some aspects of Adobe CS4 With one, I was getting --- Crysis (Core 2 Duo) ~30-35 fps -1440x900 -Medium/high settings -No AA Call of Duty (Core 2 Duo) ~40+ FPS -1440x1080 -Max settings Unreal Tournemant 3 (Core 2 Duo) >35 FPS -1920x1200 -Max settings GTA4 (Core 2 Quad) ~40fps -1650x1080 -Medium Settings ----With SLI--- Crysis (Core 2 Quad) ~40 FPS -1920x1200 -Very High all settings - No AA Over all, this card is awsome.

Cons: 5 minutes of thinking and I can't think of any Cons.

Overall Review: This 9800 GTX+ only needs ONE 6-pin power connector!! To use 2 cards I needed to upgrade my PSU from a CoolerMaster 550 watt. I went with a 700 watt SLI PSU. So just keep power in mind. I think they use ~150w each under full load. EVGA is an awsome card maker. Keep in mind that you get: -24/7 support (us citizens) -Lifetime warentee -90 day step up program -Cool Freebies. I got the following for free: -Cryostasis -Crazy Machines 2 -EVE trial and I think you also get a copy of PCmark vantage, but I haven't tried that yet. I believe that EVGA has stopped making this card. It does not appear on thier site. I think that they rebreanded it as the GTX 250 or something. Which means that It might not be available for much longer. Using 2 9800gtx's with an ASUS P5N-D, C2Q9550, 6GB ram

Decent Fan

Thermaltake A2016 80mm Blue LED Case Cooling Fan
Thermaltake A2016 80mm Blue LED Case Cooling Fan

Pros: It's a decent fan in that it does what it's made to do.. blow air. It will noticably lower my case's temp when at full power. I also like the speed adjustment knob that's included.

Cons: The fan is noisy at full speed. But so are my games if i'm using it. Keeping it at ~50% seems to be quiet while still pushing a bit of air.

Overall Review: The blue glow is pretty cool, but when I'm watching a dark movie, it can be distracting. I also noticed that the control knob isn't very precise. Moving it to the same spot from diffrent directions results in different speeds. It's not a real problem, but it takes a few extra seconds to adjust.