Joined on 03/22/07
Nate likes his TForce.
Pros: Bought this with the Brisbane 3600 combo, 2GB G-Skill DDR 667, Sapphire X1950GT, Ultra V-series 500w PSU and Ultra Wiz case, and 160GB WD SATA, AC64 HSF. Posted on 1st try, running great, haven't tried any oc yet, just running a 80mm front and 120mm rear case fan, system stays super cool, monitored temps during Quake 4 (all settings maxed 16x HQ AF, the works) and it never went above 65 GPU and about 35 system, lots of headroom. Probably won't overclock much, I'd rather see this puppy lead a nice long life. I scored my 19" CRT for 25 bucks and optical drives for really cheap, all in all I spent about 550 bucks for this system, not incuding an OS. I'd like to thank Sony for making the spending of 600 bucks for something far more useful easier to rationalize! All in all very pleased, check out this article about the Tforce on anandtech, its becoming quite the popular affordable gaming board,
Cons: RAM slots are pretty close to the CPU, maybe thats why it benches so well, but I'm going to have to change my HSF before I go for 4 GB RAM. (thats a bit of a knock on the HSF too, the one I bought is HUGE) The single IDE thing is something to consider if you have more than 2 IDE devices you need to put in.
Overall Review: My bold prediction is that this gaming rig will run Crysis nicely and having VISTA and a DX10 card will cancel each other out performace wise while only giving marginal improvements in visuals. When Doom 3 came out all a DX9 card did for it was some kind of shimmering heat effect, people who run out and spend 650 on a vid card and OS for something that wont be out for another year make me laugh. Ill take my DX10 card when they are good and cheap and theres an ATI one to compete with, thats when things will be interesting.