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Samson L.

Samson L.

Joined on 11/24/03

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Most Favorable Review
Zotac ZT-60607-10L GeForce GT 610 Graphic Card - 810 MHz Core - 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM - PCI Express 3.0
Zotac ZT-60607-10L GeForce GT 610 Graphic Card - 810 MHz Core - 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM - PCI Express 3.0

Pros: I needed this card for an HTPC that has a raid card installed in the only PCIE16 slot. At first I was worried that if the 1X interface would have enough bandwidth for 1080p video or if the GPU would have enough juice to decode it. The research I did indicated otherwise so I bought it. The card plays high def video and audio with hardware decoding enabled without even breaking a sweat. I also found out after I bought it that not only is my decoder able to leverage CUDA but windows 7 media center can take advantage of Nvidia PureVideo as well.

Cons: After almost 2 years of 24/7 up time the fan has started to fail. It now makes an audible whirring noise. Not sure what to do just yet.

Most Critical Review

Junk

SUPER TALENT Pico_C 8GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model STU8GPCS
SUPER TALENT Pico_C 8GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model STU8GPCS

Pros: Small, durable.

Cons: Stopped working after 3 re-inserts. Shows up in device manager, but does not show up in explorer. No idea whats wrong with it but it literally stopped working after 10 minutes.

Overall Review: I am really upset that it broke, I wanted a drive I could keep in my wallet that would not break when sat on like my old plastic one. Sadly it just quit out of the blue not 10 minutes after coming out of the plastic.

12/22/2008

Worth the price

nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 6000B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 6000B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Pros: Fits 6 drives easy Lots of vents and lots of fans. Sturdy and well laid out. Good quality to price ratio Minimalistic design Intuitive hard drive and optical drive tray

Cons: My HDD led didnt work :( No biggie. I wouldn't want it blinking anyway. Its not perfect out of the box like some of the higher end cases. The lower front door that covers the USB ports isn't very smooth upon opening, though ill probably never use it. The door doesnt closer perfectly flush but at 5 feet it wont matter. The power button is a bit flimsy, but again wont matter especially if your remote turns the computer on.

Overall Review: Its the cheapest HTPC case on the market that fits enough drives for it to be a media server, for this money you cant ask for anything better and that's why you should buy it. If you have another 50 bucks there are better options but IMHO for something you will hardly actually interact with, its not worth spending more on. Unless its rack mountable, then you have no choice if you need that.

Great price, awesome performance.

EVGA 896-P3-1267-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
EVGA 896-P3-1267-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Pros: Runs anything thrown at it. Nvidia Drivers. Stable Awesome warranty and customer service from EVGA.

Cons: This thing is LOOOOOOOOOONG. I had to shuffle my hard drives around to squeeze it in. But I dont mind. Just something to keep in mind.

Overall Review: I went with an EVGA over a BFGTech(which was cheaper and had a higher overclock) because I was not satisfied with the direction BFG has taken with their company. Shady warranty requirements, and slow RMA's processes. Even though I never personally RMA'd a card with them, I did not like the feedback all over the net. While EVGA has nothing but praise from sites everywhere. I also like EVGA's customer oriented website, it feels like the company is run by people like myself who like to get what they pay for and know that on the other end is a person that will sympathize the same way I would if something went wrong. This is made more evident by the staff attitude on their forums and the information provided about them on their site.

12/23/2008

Perfect choice for 2008

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 - Core 2 Quad Kentsfield Quad-Core 2.4 GHz LGA 775 105W Processor - BX80562Q6600
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 - Core 2 Quad Kentsfield Quad-Core 2.4 GHz LGA 775 105W Processor - BX80562Q6600

Pros: Quad Core Fast

Cons: None - Its a processor, what cans can there be?

Overall Review: Its the perfect choice for 2008 and even 2009 because its only marginally, and by marginally I mean when compared to real world performance slower then even the newest 300 dollar Core I7, which commands a minimal entry cost of 700 bucks. On the other side, its about 150% faster then anything that came before it. The bottom line is, that its a ridiculously well priced processor that will keep up for at least another 3 - 4 years to come.

12/23/2008

The best I have used so far

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: High quality components Great construction Lots of expansion ports Excellent manual DUAL BIOS!!! - saved me twice so far Great layout

Cons: None.

Overall Review: I have gone through a lot of motherboards, made by a lot of companies in my time and I must admit that so far this is the best I have seen.

12/23/2008