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Daniel B.

Daniel B.

Joined on 08/23/05

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent Cooler

Thermaltake VENUS 12 80mm Ball CPU Cooler
Thermaltake VENUS 12 80mm Ball CPU Cooler

Pros: Awesome cooling. Cooled my Opteron 65 10c more over stock heatpipe cooler. The fan is adjustable. Very OC friendly, if you don't mind the noise.

Cons: Literally sounds like a vacuum cleaner at highest RPM.

Overall Review: It is adjustable and turned all the way down, it is nearly silent. I can't even hear it above any other fan in the case, and they're all silent fans. Even at loweest setting it cooled my Opteron 10c even before Arctic Silver 5 has cured. If you like to OC and don't mind the noise, it cools my chip an extra ~4-5C at max setting, but is extremely loud, but nice for benchmarking or gaming if you have an awesome sound system.

Awesome Card, Awesomer Price.

EVGA 256-P2-N564-AX GeForce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card
EVGA 256-P2-N564-AX GeForce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card

Pros: Excellent card. Awesome overclocking ability. After the Volt mod to 1.5V, this card clocks to 725 Mhz Core speed. Gets 11,500 in 3d mark05 and 6450 in 3dmark 06 with my AMD Opteron 165 dual core clocked to 2.65 Ghz. The price is awesome. Best bang for the buck in the high end graphics class. Reletively low power requirements.

Cons: Loud stock fan. Runs a little warm (Around 72 to 73 C) at stock settings.

Overall Review: I replaced the stock fan with a Zalman 900 CU and the card runs ~63 C max after the volt mod and is completely silent. I would definietly recommend picking one up. No card in this price range can touch this card.

Very Quiet

Scythe S-FLEX SFF21D 120mm Case Fan
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21D 120mm Case Fan

Pros: Completely silent. Very good for non-extreme applications. Very good price for the quality of product.

Cons: Doesn't move as much air as some other fans. As long as you're not doing anything too extreme, you're fine.

Overall Review: Bought these because I need to live in the same room as my PC and I couldn't sleep before with the old fans running. I can actually hear the hard drives now. They may not move the 55+ CFM that other fans move, but is that really neccessary for most applications? I have my Opteron 165 OCed by 700 Mhz to 2.5 Ghz and this fan still cools it just fine.

Completely Silent

COOLER MASTER SAF-S84-E1 80mm Case Cooling Fan
COOLER MASTER SAF-S84-E1 80mm Case Cooling Fan

Pros: Completely Silent. Great Price. I even replaced my CPU Fan with one of these. I ordered 4 total. 3 for side panel fans and 1 for a CPU fan. Perfect for non-extreme home use. Especially if you have to live in the same room as the PC.

Cons: What everyone else already said, they don't move much air. Definitely not for extreme OCing.

Overall Review: I replaced my CPU fan with one of these, so I had to cut back the voltage by .1V, which is quite a bit. I had to cut back my OC on my CPU by 150 Mhz as a result. I have an AMD Opteron 165 with the stock heat pipe cooler and one of these fans running at 2.5 Ghz @ 1.25 V, sometimes touches 55C under dual prime. I was able to compensate by lowering the RAM timings. I only lost 40 points in 3d mark 06 as a result. I would definitely buy these again if I had the choice.

Great PC Monitor

27" HD LCD TV Monitor
27" HD LCD TV Monitor

Pros: Excellent Picture Quality. Have not tried any inputs other than DVI, but DVI looks flawless at 1:1 on 1280x720 Rez. I like the ability to fine tune each individual station with the analog input for maximum clarity, I never had a TV that did that before.

Cons: Some very minor ghosting. I only see ghosting on brown tints when I move the mouse around really fast in FPS games (Half-life 2 and COD2) I wish it would save my 1:1 setting after power down, but this is minor. Remote could have a little better design. I don't have HD and it could also be due to my weak analog signal, but cable broadcast looks pretty bad for about 1/8 of my channels.

Overall Review: This is my first LCD Monitor for my computer, I rarely watch TV on it. But comparing prices, this TV is way less than the competition, but still substantially more than a CRT monitor. If you have this money, this is the TV for you. I did not buy online, I bought from a retailer for the fear of damaged pixels. I like the idea of being able to drive it back because of even 1 dead pixel. But, like I said, the only real gripe I have is the ghosting of more vivid shades of brown, but other than that, my other gripes are easy to overlook and even the ghosting really isn't that noticable.

12/14/2005

Awesome Board

ASUS A8N-SLI 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS A8N-SLI 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

Comments: This is my first PC setup, so i can't compare this board to anythign else. It has done an excellent job though. I have my 2.2 Ghz AMD 3700 San Diego core OCed to 2.8 Ghz (295HTT@ 9.5x) with 1.525v and it runs very stable (12 hours on prime 95) and 5 hours on memtest. Only thing i could wish for on this board is higher voltage settings for the CPU (Limits at 1.55v) but its a good thing for me that it doesn't because I would keep going until I fried the chip. 2.8 Ghz is plenty anyways. I've only had it for a week and i haven't had any problems. I've heard about the North Bridge fan having problems, I haven't had any yet. You can buy better replacement fans online that will fit in an SLI setup for around 30-40 bucks, so I'm not too worried about it. I am very pleased with the ease of set up and very detailed manual. I have no computer building experience prior to this and figured it all out by reading the manual. I even called tech support once at ASUS because of a Blue screen going into windows immediately after installation. I read some reviews here about bad service from ASUS, but I didn't have to RMA anything. It was my Windows installation that was messed up, not the board. The tech support was very helpful and I was only on the phone for about 5 minutes (2 minutes in waiting) and he just told me to re-install windows. Newegg got it to me in San Diego in 2 days. Great service all around and a great product.

10/20/2005