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Isaac M.

Isaac M.

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Most Favorable Review

Does The Job

ASUS P5G41C-M LGA 775 Intel G41 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5G41C-M LGA 775 Intel G41 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Quality board top to bottom and makes for a good transition board for the older LGA775 CPU's. Instructions are complete and very thorough as a reference.

Cons: RAM slots are split: 2 for DDR2 and 2 for DDR3. So forget about using 4 sticks of RAM.

Overall Review: No frills board but has optical-out built in and the Realtek audio controller is solid. SATA ports are out of the way of PCI slots.

What A Difference

OCZ Vertex Series 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX
OCZ Vertex Series 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX

Pros: Extremely fast boot-up time. Applications load quicker than my 7200RPM drives in RAID-0! Silent. No heat. Minimal power required.

Cons: Doesn't store much

Zero Problems

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Zero compatibility issues with nVIDIA chipset. Installed in my home media server in minutes - no driver issues with Vista x64. Up and running with over 700GB of HD movies. Zero problems. Runs cool like my previous Samsung (500GB) drives. Quietest drives I've ever owned.

Cons: Doesn't mow the lawn

Overall Review: Not sure why so many complaints about this drive. I suspect some are misinformed about system building and storage.

Great Alternative to EVGA's A1

XFX MB-N680-ISH9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
XFX MB-N680-ISH9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Picked this up in place of the EVGA 680i A1 which is out-of-stock (and $100 more) everywhere. Superb board layout - especially nice for upside down ATX mount (Lian Li 1XXX series). No problem installing or booting. Had to bump the RAM voltage up to 2.1V to run 4 dual channel sticks. Plan to start overclocking this weekend but wanted to warm up the hardware first. So far 100% satisfied with another great XFX product!

Cons: Chipset runs too hot without fan. I was averaging 70C heatsink alone. Added included chipset fan at 40% (bios controlled) and my temps now average 41C and the fan is too quiet to hear!

Overall Review: Lian-Li PC-1000B, Core2 Quad Q6600, OCZ Plt Rev 2 DDR2-800 (4 X 1GB), eVGA 8800GTS 320MB Superclocked, Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer, Seagate 2X 250GB SATA II RAID-0, Tagan TG-580 (580W) PSU, Cooling by Panaflo, Heatsinks by Thermalright

12/13/2007

Great for HTPC Build!

HIS Radeon X1650XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support iSilenceII Video Card H165XTP256GDDN-R
HIS Radeon X1650XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support iSilenceII Video Card H165XTP256GDDN-R

Pros: Great all-purpose card for HTPC setup. Plays back high-resolution video without a hitch. Completely fanless and not overgrown - perfect for the HTPC environment. Great bang for the buck! Compatible with ATI TV Wonder 650 including AVIVO support. Runs cool (65nm GPU) doesn't put off much heat. Component-out to HDTV works like a charm even in BIOS.

Cons: Haven't tried it gaming but from the reviews I've read, it's better than average for currently available games. AVIVO support doesn't seem to integrate into Vista as well as PureVideo codecs but thats just my opinion.

Overall Review: I was looking for a well-rounded card that would fit nicely and my HTPC. The PCB and heatsink is not overgrown like some passive combinations. With a properly vented HTPC case (mine is a mATX), you shouldn't expect difficulties with high temps.

Vista Media Center Perfection!

AMD 100-715331 TV Wonder 650 - High Definition Personal Video Recorder for PC
AMD 100-715331 TV Wonder 650 - High Definition Personal Video Recorder for PC

Pros: Low prifile card, quality build. Picture quality on the analog side is better than my TV tuner (Samsung HDTV with Comcast Cable) which was a surprise! Better yet, the digital, over-the-air HDTV signal quality was EXCELLENT! Even the girlfriend let a WOW slip out when she saw The Bachelor in HD. Tunes stations fast!

Cons: A little expensive compared to other tuners, but worth every penny in my book. I wanted something that would play nicely with my Radeon X1650XT and have AVIVO support. Haven't tried the FM tuner (have no use for it) so can't comment. In general ATI doesn't have the greatest software/driver support for their hardware but with Vista, the drivers were located and downloaded automatically.

Overall Review: I purchased the TV Wonder 650 for my HTPC upgrade which included Vista Media Center. Was concerned from some reviews about difficulties setting up and utilizing both digital and analog tuners within Vista Media Center. Once installed, the TV Wonder 650 was instantly recognized and the drivers installed alongside the latest Catalyst drivers (Ver 7.3). I fired up Vista Media Center and set up the tuners according to hdtunerinfo website (google "vista Kram") for setup guide. Worked like magic! Switches back and forth between analog and digital tuner, allows recording and EPG controls like a single tuner would. For you other HTPC enthusiasts my setup: Abit Fatality F-I90HD, Core 2 Duo E6400, 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 (unbranded), HIS Radeon X1650XT (fanless version), Terk Amplified HDTV antenna