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Mr. W.

Mr. W.

Joined on 10/26/04

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Impressed with this monitor!

ViewEra V172HV 17" SXGA 1280 x 1024 Built-in Speakers LCD Video Monitor
ViewEra V172HV 17" SXGA 1280 x 1024 Built-in Speakers LCD Video Monitor

Comments: Where do I start? Along with standard analog monitor inputs, this monitor can accept video via RCA and S-video inputs, as well as RCA audio inputs to the powered onboard speakers. These additional inputs allow you to use this monitor with your PS2 or any other video source making it versatile. I bought a NU 17" LCD monitor with a faster refresh rate but this View Era seems to have better resolution with less ghosting than the NU. It's sleek design allows you to remove the already minimalistic pedestal and wall mount it freeing up even more desk space. This is one nice monitor and am quite satisfied with this purchase. As usual NewEgg delivered all the way to Hawaii in 2-days flat via FedEx. I ordered my parts for my build late Monday evening, come Thursday morning FedEx is knocking on my door. By that night my Media PC was up and running with the View Era at the center of attention. Great service NewEgg, I can't imagine pc building without you guys.

OEM OS not for everyone

Microsoft Windows XP Home SP3 for System Builders
Microsoft Windows XP Home SP3 for System Builders

Pros: When one purchases an OEM version they are typically their own tech support as they are the system builders. But even as a novice, one can install an OEM version and run all the updates and patches very easily. I've purchased XP Home OEM many times with absolutely no problems installing them. It's the way to go.

Cons: I wish the COA was a bit more durable. I slap them all inside the computer where it won't be subjected to wear and tear. I also make a label of the CD key and apply it directly to the OEM CD. IF you lose that CD key that CD is as useless as Big Mac at a vegetarian conference.

Overall Review: Too bad Windows 7 wasn't more like XP.

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ECS L4VXA2 (1.0C) Socket 478 VIA P4X400 ATX Intel Motherboard
ECS L4VXA2 (1.0C) Socket 478 VIA P4X400 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: There are five PCI slots not four as mentioned earlier plus the CNR riser

Cons: As said before this board will not accept the Celeron socket 478 processsor as indicated in the specs. Only P4 as indicated on the box.

Overall Review: If you're not into gaming, this is an excellent board to build upon. With an AGP graphics card and upgrading from the integrated audio to a PCI 6-channel sound card, this makes for an excellent board for workstation use. I'm running Windows Media Center Edition 2005 on it right now with a 256Mb ATI graphics card and 1Gb of RAM (Corsair PC3200 although the mobo will run it at 333Mhz). This mobo screams and has been a solid performer for about a year now and going strong

Good board to expand from

ECS L4VXA2 (1.0C) Socket 478 VIA P4X400 ATX Intel Motherboard
ECS L4VXA2 (1.0C) Socket 478 VIA P4X400 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Four PCI expansion slots for lots of add-ons. No onboard graphics to slow down the processor. Fantastic bargain for what you're getting for under $xx. For techies, buy a few of these boards because they are great replacement for P4 systems. But not for mATX applications. This is a big board with 4 PCI slots.

Cons: Won't take a celeron socket 478 processor so stick to P4 only. DDR memory limited to 333Mhz or PC2700 and FSB at 533Mhz so don't use this for gaming, great for audio/video editing. Buy a PCI sound card as the onboard is limited to 2-channel and won't give you surround capability

Overall Review: I built my barebones around this mobo and am totally satisfied with it. Lots of room for expansion, I only wish it had two more PCI slots but then having four PCI and one 8xAGP slot is plenty for the typical builder.

Fresh simple design works for rebuilds

Linkworld 435-10 C2228 Black & Silver Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply
Linkworld 435-10 C2228 Black & Silver Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply

Comments: After an exhaustive search for cases I decided on this model. Yes the metal is thin however once you set it up it's not an issue, but if you plan on repeated upgrades especially PCI cards, you may want to consider something sturdier. As for me this case looked so appealing I ended up buying two and giving my kid's computer a fresh look. The two-tone design works well especially if you have a white or beige 3.5" bay mounted drives and can't spend anymore on black bezel units. If you're looking at updating the look of a tired old case or simply in need of a low-priced w/power supply case with a timeless look (no fancy lights or out of this world design) this is the case to buy. I built a P4 Celeron computer with this case and a SOYO SY-P4RC350. Add the Celeron and you have a decent barebones for under $180. I'm satisfied with my two cases and will probably buy these cases for future builds.

Good all around mobo

SOYO SY-P4RC350 Socket 478 ATI 9100IGP (RS300) Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
SOYO SY-P4RC350 Socket 478 ATI 9100IGP (RS300) Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Comments: For the price this is one catch-all mobo. I bought it for the ATI 9100 graphics onboard chipset as well as the S-Video output. If you're looking for an inexpensive mobo (Soyo sells it directly for an unbelievable $103.99) that has enough bells and whistles to get you started in a decent build, this is the mobo to buy. And as usual NewEgg delivers fast. I live in the boonies of the Big Island in Hawaii and yes FedEx 2nd day gets here in 2-days. I wish I could only take advantage of the mainland shipping rates.