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Seth K.

Seth K.

Joined on 05/01/07

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Most Favorable Review

POWERed Audio

ALTEC LANSING FX5051 89 Watts RMS 5.1 Music & Gaming Speakers
ALTEC LANSING FX5051 89 Watts RMS 5.1 Music & Gaming Speakers

Pros: This is my second set of Altec Lansing speakers and I couldn't be happier. Sound quality is superb as far as I am concerned.

Cons: Another reviewer mentioned heat issues with the sub. I had the same problem until I spaced the sub a few inches from the wall and elevated 3 inches off the carpet (on top of an AC vent) That mitigated the heat issue but I had weird shutdown issues until I plugged it into an outlet on the opposite side of the room. Cables were too short to run and keep them hidden from sight.

Overall Review: I think that with a little creative problem solving and some audio extension cables this system is more than worth it. Sure you could pay twice as much for a slightly higher quality but for the money you cannot go wrong here.

Solid and Dependable

LOGISYS Computer PS350MA 350W Micro ATX Power Supply
LOGISYS Computer PS350MA 350W Micro ATX Power Supply

Pros: I inherited a dental office which was cursed with about 12 cheap home built pcs with 7 dollar psu's. In the last 1.5 years nearly all of them have died at some point and this unit is what I have been replacing them with. None of the replacements have failed, they fit as perfect substitutes and I have no complaints about them.

Cons: This may be more of a case flaw but they are slightly hard to line up with the back of the case due to their size and shape. Not enough to prevent use or cause serious issue but hey there's a section for griping so why not.

Overall Review: For a cheap and basic power supply you will not have issues with this unit. It's nothing fancy but it works.

Grenade in a glass house

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100245L
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card 100245L

Pros: Blazing fast card, tons of memory, does everything I want it to and more. One of these offered about 150% boost in 3dmark over my 8600. Two in Crossfire absolutely rock.

Cons: Modest overclocking proved disasterous in my system. The core clock could be maxed out but a few days later it tanked my system. I don't really need it but maybe with better cooling/power I could try it again.

Overall Review: If you are going to use the Overdrive utility with XP SET A RESTORE POINT before you start. It's supposed to back off the settings if they don't work but I kept running into issues where windows would start and then immediately the graphics would fuzz out until I did a system restore. You can also just boot into safe mode to uninstall the drivers then reinstall automatically once you're back up.

Almost perfect

BIOSTAR TForce TF8200 A2+ AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
BIOSTAR TForce TF8200 A2+ AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Solid board, handles 8 gigs of ram, Athlon X2 6000, dual Radeon 4850's and 4 Sata 500gb HDD's like a champ.

Cons: Two of the Sata ports were nonfunctional so I can't max out without a controller card.

Overall Review: Everything that works, works well. I had a few hiccups during the initial build but after a burn in all of the components got along nicely. Sata ports will be a little difficult to reach if you have a mid tower and big video cards. Plan your build carefully and everything will be nice and tidy.

8 gigs easy

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ

Pros: Got 2 kits for under 100 bucks, maxing out my Mobo with 8 gigs. Nicie to finally crank up the potential of my 64 bit linux box.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: If you're using a 32 bit operating system DO NOT FREAK OUT that all 4 gigs (or more) don't show up. Use a 64 bit OS or get Ubuntu and enable PAE to go up to 64 gigs.

4 Ports, 4 drives...

Western Digital Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Snappy install and configuration for a Raid 10 (1 over 0 if you prefer) The array has been stable for 4 months now and I haven't had to pull out the spare I got yet. Hard drives don't need a lot of flash or bang, this one is super reliable.

Cons: I can't wait for the days when a drive costs about a nickel per gig. Or until the SSD's drop in price.

Overall Review: In hindsight I should have gone 320 all around but oh well. No eggs lost.

10/29/2007